Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Taking It Home: The Power of Gathering

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more. — Washington Irving

IN TODAY'S SESSION... the children learned about the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry's work to educate young adults about water use and water problems in California. We learned about our local water supply, brainstormed how to conserve and protect water, and created posters and reusable water bottles to share with others.

EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Look together at your household water bill. Do you know where your water comes from, how you use it, and where it goes? What choices does your family make to conserve water? What new choices could you make?

FAMILY RITUAL. Create a water-pouring ritual to honor this precious resource. As you fill water glasses or a water pitcher at meal times, say "We give thanks for water, source and sustainer of life."

You may wish to add water to a special jar throughout the year for a September Water Communion (if that is a practice of your congregation).

FAMILY ADVENTURE. Take a family trip to a local reservoir. Note what activities are allowed in/on the water, and which are not, due to the need to protect the water source. What resources does the reservoir provide to plants, animals, and the environment?