February 19, 2017
New or didn’t yet? Please 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. Here’s a 2016-2017 Registration link for PARENTS to give your Pre-K through 12th graders permission to participate.
This Week in Lifespan Faith Development (LFD) at the Unitarian Church in Westport, CT
curated by Mary B. Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Developmnt
Sunday. February 19, 2017 – K & up start in the Sanctuary and stay today for our Multigenerational Service.
Nursery/ Pre-K & Wiggly Children– The Skin You Live In (Principles 1 & 2) – WILLOW Room
9-12 gr: YOUTH GROUP –Continue with Check in Question: Bring your Brainstorm for a Social Action, + A Frank Discussion on U.S. Presidents in UU history- MEETING HOUSE– ground level
Youth Forum on Social Action– Youth, Parents & other Adults with passion come share ideas- March 5th 12:30-2:00 – Chapel
CLICK HERE for DETAILS & TAKE-IT-HOME ideas for February 12, 2017 Pre-K & Wiggly group.
ADULT PROGRAMS (ADULT or multi-age – 8th grade youth and up are welcome)
For Sunday afternoon Adult programs Childcare will be available upon request (ideally in advance, so we can confirm two people when needed)
Contact: Rayquiner Hills, Lifespan Faith Development Coordinator.
SUNDAY, February 19:
- 10:15-10:45 am – Meditation with Janet Luongo– ELM Room – to Janet Luongo
- Sunday, February 19 – Last in the series “How to talk to children about DEATH” with Rev. John & Mary Collins in CHAPEL -12:30-2:00 pm Sign up HERE this week & note if you need child care.
- Friday, February 24 – MOVIE DISCUSSION GROUP – All are welcome! The next UU Movie Discussion will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, Potluck dessert at 7:30, & discussion at 8:00 pm in the Meeting House. The films to be discussed are “Arrival”,“The Founder” and “20th Century Women. Don’t forget to bring your Academy Award ballot for our annual contest, or send it back to Lorna Donnelly. Any questions, contact Lorna Donnelly
- Sunday, February 26 – RESCHEDULED CLASS: INTRO TO ISLAM 12:30-2:00 pm – Meet with our neighbor Imam Nasif Muhammad, from the Al-Aziz Islamic Center in Bridgeport. Sign up HERE or RSVP to Mary Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Development. PLEASE Note in RSVP if you need of Child care – Which will be available in the Oak Room. Please bring food for your child(ren) when you drop off with staff (in blue shirts)
- New Book Discussion Book: No god but God by Reza Aslan for March 5 CLICK HERE for info. or ask for it at your library.
Lifespan Faith Development for Adults & Older Youth “at home” or “on-the-go.” For February 19 2017 – Theme: IDENTITY
Curated by Mary B. Collins, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, from Soul Matters
What Kind of Asian Are You? by Alex Dang at the 2013 Poetry Slam, Boston, MA
SONG: True things – JJ Heller “I’m not the clothes I’m wearing, I’m not a photograph, I’m not the car I drive…” (3:16 minutes –Who are you truly?
“When people try to tell you who you are, don’t believe them.” ~Maria Popova
“Afraid that our inner light will be extinguished or our inner darkness exposed, we hide our true identities from each other. In the process, we become separated from our own souls. We end up living divided lives, so far removed from the truth we hold within that we cannot know the “integrity that comes from being what you are.” ~Parker Palmer
“She was simple like quantum physics” ~Unknown
“I am difficult, but I promise I am worth it” ~Unknown
TESTING YOUR IDENTITY
- 16 Personalities https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test
- What Your Higher Self Wants http://www.higherawareness.com/soul-purpose-test.php
Inside-Out (one families inside emotions! What emotions are inside you? Pixar animated film trailer)
SPIRITUAL EXERCISE: Wear a T-Shirt this Sunday: Your T-Shirt
Yes some of us may wear our heart on our sleeves, but virtually all of us wear our identities on our chests. Our t-shirts don’t just inform the world of our allegiances and accomplishments (alma mater, favorite band or sports team), they also tell the world what we want it tobe. T-shirts announce our clan (where we live, or place we love) as well as our class (think about whether that polo logo on your shirt mattered as a teen).
And here’s the most important thing about t-shirts: we keep them around forever. You know the t-shirt that embodies your identity because it’s the one that has holes in it! The wording has faded and the sleeve is torn, but you don’t care! It’s a piece of you. No way is anyone going to throw that away!
So this month, slip your identify over your head and wear it on your chest. Be ready to tell people why, although the image has faded, you’re still holding on to this T. (New found identities and t-shirts are, of course, welcome as well.)
to this date. Don’t forget to bring your Academy Award ballot for our annual contest, or send it back to Lorna Donnelly.
Any questions, contact Lorna Donnelly
New or didn’t yet? Please 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. Here’s a 2016-2017 Registration Link for PARENTS to give your Pre-K through 12th graders permission to participate.
PRE-K – PARENT HANDOUT Topic Identity: The Skin You Are In
This month our theme at church is Identity – or everything that makes you – well, YOU! One part of your identity is the skin you are born with. Melanin is the stuff that makes color in your skin, hair and eyes. Different mixtures of melanin make different color people. Melanin is what makes skin change color and hurt when you get a sun burn. The world is filled with all sorts of people and all kinds of skin color. Sometimes people are treated differently because of their skin color.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: Do you think this is fair? Why do you think people do this? Is it ever ok to treat someone poorly because of their skin color?
Unitarian Universalists believe Each Person is important (UU PRINCIPLE # 1)
and That each person should be treated kindly and fairly (UU PRINCIPLE # 2)
Knowing about how your skin color affects your identity and knowing about how other people’s skin color identity affects their identity helps us to understand each other, so we can treat each other with respect and work together to make the world a fair place (UU PRINCIPLE # 6 Build a fair & peaceful world)
Story: The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
- With your favorite homemade playdough recipe, divide into 3 groups. Add one of the following to each section cocoa, cinnamon, turmeric -squish in well; Do you see any changes to the play dough? What happens when you take some from two piles and mix them together?
All three? Idea from http://www.racheous.com/kids-activities/skin-colour-kids/#_a5y_p=2424703
- Another good book to look at together at the beautiful variety of humans : People by Peter Spier,
Another DISCUSSION QUESTION ~ Do you have any questions about skin, eye or hair color?
- Another video Watch Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong’o Loves Her Skin