May 22, 2016
Complete REGISTRATION so we have your permission for your children to be active in our program, and know about allergies, behavior policy and if it’s okay if we take pictures of your children
• 2015-2016 RE REGISTRATION at http://goo.gl/forms/ygWgp8T921
Parent Communication NOTE: A short post with a little more detail about each class will be in REALM Parents Group and often information about things you might do at home to continue faith formation during the week.
If you are not receiving them please email Mary B. Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Development & ask to be put in the Parent group for your child(ren).
Chalice Lighters – Children, Teens, Adults can all sign up to be a chalice lighter!
CLICK HERE to sign up.
Last Week for BLESSING BAGS for IICONN (International Institute Connecticut) helping refugees
- Choose items from the check list
- Bring items Last Sunday & put in the basket with the picture of the blessing bag items.
- If you want to help sort and donate the bags – contact Mary B. Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Development
At 9:00 & 11:00 am
- Pre-K & wiggly children will start & stay in PINE ROOM – The story: “The Sparrow that couldn’t Sing” Summary: the Sparrow is not confident about his singing ability, other animals try to help, and eventually Sparrow learns from a new acquaintance that his singing is beautiful just the way it is.
~ UU PRINCIPLE: #3 We are free to learn together
~ Possible Activities: share a favorite song, bird pictures , frog jumping movement (origami frogs option for any older children attending).
UPCOMING Memorial Day Weekend – 10:00 am services start
- 9th-12th Graders – Saturday, May 28th Youth Service Rehearsal 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary – Please arrive fed, with any props, readings (9th grade credo statement), etc.
- Parents/families of 9th graders – Sunday, May 29th Gratitude Ceremony and Luncheon follows the youth service in the East Wing – please CLICK HERE to RSVP (need to know for food)
- Beardsley Summer Backpacks collection: May 29 through June 12th for Summer fun toys, Personal Care, Food items. Look for the list on Bulletin board by the Social Justice table this week.
Lifespan Faith Development – Options to consider for our theme: BLESSING (curated by Soul Matters & Mary B. Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Development)
- QUESTION TO CONTEMPLATE This Week: Do you see neutrality where blessing should be? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Howard Zinn, renowned activist and professor, was fond of saying, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” We see it all the time – in others and in ourselves: people have the chance and the power to offer a blessing in the face of suffering, but they settle for passively instead. Often there are good reasons; we are not capable of taking on every injustice or saving every hurting individual that crosses our path. And yet…
- ONLINE ARTICLE: Black Lives Matter: A Blessing
- MOVIE: Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet
This compelling documentary “tells the story of 3000 nuns living in the remote nomadic region of Nangchen in Eastern Tibet who practice an ancient yogic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Despite near extinction during the destruction of the Cultural Revolution, these remarkable spiritual practitioners have emerged to rebuild their monasteries by hand – stone by stone. … A unique meeting of East and West, the film is an inspiration to anyone seeking a spiritual path through the challenges of 21st century life.” ~ CLICK HERE for more information.
- SPIRITUAL EXERCISE: Don’t Just Look at It-Taste It!
Psychologist and author Rick Hanson, writes, “Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in ‘negativity bias.’ In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and remember sticks than it was for carrots. That’s because – in the tough environments in which our ancestors lived – if they missed out on a carrot, they usually had a shot at another one later on. But if they failed to avoid a stick – a predator, a natural hazard, or aggression from others of their species – WHAM, no more chances to pass on their genes.” This is bad news when it comes to noticing and holding on to the blessings of our lives. For instance, it often takes five good experiences to make up for a single negative one. Or as Hanson points out, “In effect, the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones.”
Fortunately, we are also equipped with the simplest but most effective antidote: attention. Truth is, blessings abound. And all it takes is 20-30 seconds of attention to and attunement with a blessing for it to sink in.
So this month, start up a new relationship with your blessings. Don’t just notice them; notice them longer. Or as Hanson puts it, “It’s like sitting down to a meal: don’t just look at it-taste it!” You can do this in all sorts of ways: consciously pause and focus your attention, eat slower, look longer, keep a journal and jot down what happened, when and how it made you feel. If you are focused you are not letting yourself get distracted and rushing on to the next urgent thing. Give it a go!