Session 3: Thanks Be for Trees!

Session 3: Thanks Be for Trees!
Session 3: Thanks Be for Trees!

In This Section

  • No shade tree? Blame not the sun but yourself. — Chinese proverb This session focuses on the vital role trees play in our ecosystems, as...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Earth Ball Name Game 5 Activity 2: Story — Amrita's Tree 10 Activity 3: Build a Tree 15 Activity 4:...
  • Find a place where you can be quiet with your thoughts. Close your eyes and breathe deeply for several minutes, perhaps repeating a word or...
  • Materials for Activity Chalice and LED/battery-operated candle Cloth for altar or centering space Group Covenant (Session 1) Chalice-...
  • Materials for Activity Inflatable earth ball or globe, available from Amazon Preparation for Activity Inflate the earth ball or globe...
  • Materials for Activity Story, " Amrita's Tree " A large basket Objects to place in the basket that are related to the story such as a small...
  • Materials for Activity A chime or rain stick Preparation for Activity Find a large, open space, preferably outdoors, with plenty of room...
  • Materials for Activity Leader Resource 1, Acorn Guided Meditation Acorns Optional: Music and/or quiet nature sounds, and a music player...
  • Materials for Activity World of Wonder Mural from Session 1 Leader Resource 2, Mural Image—White Oak , and tape Closing song lyrics from...
  • Take a few minutes to evaluate the session with your co-leader immediately afterward, while it is fresh. Share your thoughts with any other...
  • Materials for Activity Information about various tree-planting campaigns Tree(s), shovels, water, garden gloves Preparation for Activity...
  • Materials for Activity Ball of yarn Preparation for Activity Clear an open space where the group can sit in a circle. Make sure you know...
  • Materials for Activity Light-colored 11x17-inch paper, and pencils or crayons for all participants Pencils or crayons Tree identification...
  • Materials for Activity Lengths of clean cloth for covering eyes Preparation for Activity Select a safe, accessible outdoor location with...
  • No shade tree? Blame not the sun but yourself. — Chinese proverb IN TODAY'S SESSION... we learned about trees' vital role in our lives. We...
  • Adapted from "Amrita's Tree" in The Barefoot Book of Earth Tales by Dawn Casey and Anne Wilson (Cambridge: Barefoot Books, 2009). Used by...
  • Today we built a tree using the outside of our bodies. Now we'll go inside our imaginations. Let's imagine what it might feel like to grow...
  • Photo by Karren Wcisel, used by permission. Printing This Handout Download a high-resolution copy of this Handout (PDF) for printing.
  • Learn more about trees and how to protect them from the Arbor Day Foundation . Visit the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth or the...

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