What We Are Learning

What We Are Learning 2017-18: Our Six Sources

Join us for a year of programs that explore the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism: our own experience of awe and wonder, the deeds of justice-makers, and the teachings of sacred traditions including world religions, Jewish and Christian traditions, humanism, and earth-centered traditions.

PK-1 Spirit Play
Spirit Play is a religious education method, based on the work of Jerome Berryman and Maria Montessori, that helps children explore questions of the spirit: Where did we come from? What are we doing here? How do we choose to live our lives? What happens when we die?

Spirit Play uses a ritual that includes music, a weekly spiritual story to explore, feasting, and then lets children make real choices for themselves in a teacher-prepared environment about how to understand and integrate the story into their own lives. This year’s spiritual stories are grounded in our Six Sources. Spirit Play is a Unitarian Universalist version of Godly Play, developed by Dr. Nita Penfold and Beverly Leute Bruce.

2-3 Love Will Guide Us (16 sessions), Lessons of Loss (4 weeks)
In Love Will Guide Us, a UUA Tapestry of Faith program, participants learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask questions such as, “Where did we come from?” “What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?” “How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?” “What happens when you die?” Sessions apply wisdom from our Sources to help participants answer these questions. Participants will learn that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism, even as they begin to shape their own answers.

Lessons of Loss is a life-span curriculum on death, dying and loss for the UU community, by Carol Galginaitis.

4-5 Bibleodeon
In Bibleodeon particpants don’t just read, but experience great stories of the Hebrew and Christian Bibles. They encounter a crime scene that tells the story of Cain and Abel. They face down the temptation of candy. They conduct BIBWAN – a Bible Women’s Awards Night. They construct masks of animals that didn’t make it onto the ark. They perform 11 original playlets. Bibleodeon is rich in spiritual elements, with meditations, ritual chalice lightings and closings, and more. Bibleodeon is a component of the Shelter Rock Faith Curriculum.

6-8 Building Bridges
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. Youth enjoy visits to many houses of worship as they explore and compare the world religions that are one of Unitarian Universalism’s founding Sources.

At First Parish in Cambridge, we are blessed with many Resident Experts who visit the group, share their upbringing or current practices, and co-lead each unit exploring different faiths.

9-10 OWL
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula. OWL is jointly published by the Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ.

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