Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Circle of Trees: A Multigenerational Program about Nourishing Deep Connections with Nature

Taking It Home: Trees: Connected to All Life

Part of Circle of Trees

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

IN TODAY'S WORKSHOP... we continued to explore the many benefits of trees for other creatures and plants in the web of life with a "Helping Tree Metaphors" activity, and we learned the popular "Rainforest Song" by Unitarian Universalist musician Jim Scott.

HOMEWORK: Before the next workshop, locate or imagine your own "special tree," and bring in a photo or a picture you've drawn of this tree. Feel free to bring extra photos to share.

MAKE TIME FOR TREES: There are several ways to take today's workshop home, for example:

  • Share your thoughts and feeling about today's workshop and the Circle of Trees program with family members, housemates, or co-workers.
  • Try to spend time outside each day, paying special attention to the trees near where you live.
  • Find more "metaphors" for the benefits of trees and do the activity with friends or family members; you might even try it as a charades game.
  • Find out more about UU musician and songwriter Jim Scott and his commitment to the environment, peace, and justice.
  • Think about ways that you can engage with people and trees with respect.

EXTEND THE TOPIC: Explore some of the many wonderful books about trees found in Workshop 1, Handout 2, Selected Bibliography.