2017 Summer curriculum for K-5: Let the Force be with You
The world of the Star Wars Jedi has inspired real-life practices of spirituality. The Jedi believe in the “Living Force,” a spiritual presence that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds all the matter in the universe together. The philosophies of Star Wars have been explored, examined, and adopted by many. Some even consider “Jediism” to be their legitimate religion, though it incorporates beliefs from many different philosophies. This 10-session summer program is designed to bring spiritual/ethical lessons from Star Wars into a cohesive program for children. Our summer program runs June-August.
Note: In the summer (June-August) children from pre-school through rising 5th grade have playground 9:30-10:30 in the morning, and curriculum classes during the worship hour.
Preschool (age 3 and fully toilet-trained through pre-K)
Tapestry of Faith: Chalice Children
This curriculum delves deep into our Unitarian Universalist faith. It strives not just to teach about our faith, but also to provide experiences around the strength of community, the wonder and awe that transcend everyday understanding, and life issues we all share. In a group setting, with loving adult guides, young children can engage in spiritual seeking, develop their openness to sharing, and experience the benefit of a supportive community.
Teachers: Faith Rathman (lead), Karen Emerson, Alison Holbach, Sharon Snyder
Kindergarten and first grade
This special curriculum was developed by longtime Unitarian Universalist religious educators. It uses a combination of Montessori methods and storytelling to create an experientially-based, worshipful experience for children. Stories have been developed on the following topics: Unitarian Universalist Promises (Principles), Sources (World Religions), Note-worthy People, The Mystery, Beginnings and Endings, and Sacred Spaces.
Teachers: Jeannette Henderson, Nicole Menesis, Terry Ramirez
2nd — 3rd grade
Tapestry of Faith: Moral Tales
Every day children go forth into a complex world where they are faced with difficult decisions and situations. Moral Tales provides children with spiritual and ethical tools to make choices and take actions reflective of their Unitarian Universalist values and beliefs.
Teachers: Sondra Gervasi and Sarah Silva.
4th — 5th grade
Tapestry of Faith: Love Connects Us
Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another’s search for truth and meaning.
Teachers: Esperanza Danweber and Justine Hansen
6th – 8th grade
Early in the fall, students will discuss desired topics and possible curricula. Topics in the past have included LGBT awareness, and “Jedi Academy,” in which students developed practical spiritual skills such as peacekeeping, courage, making good choices in the face of temptation, and exploration of big questions such as good, evil, death, morality and more.
Facilitators: Gary Evans and Gina Del Castillo
Spiritual Explorations: Small-group Ministry with Youth
Using practices of deep listening and thoughtful inquiry, youth will have an opportunity to explore issues and ideas of interest to them in a trusting, caring environment. The sessions focus on recognizing and examining members’ knowledge and understanding in a faith community setting. The “information” or “knowledge” comes more from the participants than from an external curriculum.
Facilitators: David Rodriguez and Rebecca Edgin-Harrington