It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees... We can work together for a better world with men and women of goodwill, those who radiate the intrinsic goodness of humankind. — Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Greenbelt Movement
IN TODAY'S SESSION... we talked about working together cooperatively to care for the interdependent web. We heard a story about the First Unitarian Church of St. Louis and how people of all ages are engaged in projects to become a "Green Sanctuary." We played cooperative games and created a handprint garden mural together.
EXPLORE THE TOPIC TOGETHER. Talk about... times when your family has worked cooperatively with others. A project at school? At your congregation? In the wider community? Are there interfaith partnerships in your area?
EXTEND THE TOPIC TOGETHER. The people at First Unitarian in St. Louis shared the bounty of their garden with a local food pantry and also served meals there. Organize a neighborhood food drive for a local organization. Sign up to prepare and serve a meal at a local homeless shelter.
A Family Adventure. Create your own handprint family garden mural or other cooperative project. Invite friends or neighbors to join you.
Family Discovery. Find out more about the UUA's Green Sanctuary program. Is your congregation participating? If not, are there other families who might be interested in working together to develop a Green Sanctuary proposal for congregational leaders?
A Family Game. Try cooperative storytelling or play other cooperative games. Invite your friends and neighbors too! Two great resources are the books Everybody Wins! and Win-Win Games for All Ages by Sambhava Luvmour and Josette Luvmour.
A Family Ritual. Many UU congregations celebrate seasonal communions—with water, flowers, or bread. With your family, try an apple communion, a rock communion, or a seed communion. Learn more from The Communion Book by Carl Seaburg or create your own.