Monday, January 30, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
- What is your local community struggling with?
- How has the economic crisis affected your congregation and community?
- How have you and/or your congregation been impacted by what you have witnessed these past months in your community, and what have you done in response?
- How is your congregation standing on the side of love?
Monday, January 23, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
- Assigned tasks you must do
- Materials strewn about their lives that might spark something
- Time and Support to follow their on interests
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Years and years ago, before I became the DRE here, I remember the minister telling a story about a man-eating tiger and a Buddhist monk. That story has stuck with me for years – and that is the power of stories, for when they touch us they stay in our minds and hearts and inform our lives forever more.
Faith and religion are ultimately about meaning-making – how we understand the essential and core realities of the cosmos and our place in it. In my opinion, stories are one of the best forms of meaning-making, and they have served that purpose for our ancestors since the hazy days of prehistory.
We’ll call this program “Storytellers” and in this class the children will explore a good story for several Sundays in a row, learning the story, retelling and dramatizing the story, creating their own interpretations and illustrations and retellings of the story – in short they will take the time to make the story truly their own. We’ll also have story connections that the kids can take home with them, to share the story with their families.
It’s still fine to just drop in on this program – each Sunday will stand alone enough to be welcoming to newcomers, visitors, or those who normally come at 11:00 but this week just need to come earlier. But it will be a meaningful and complete program all by itself, and I encourage you to consider coming to the 9:15 service with your elementary aged children.
Stories can connect us to that which is true, of worth, and meaning. They can ask questions, not always answer them, but point us toward an answer. They have a powerful appeal that has held true for human beings for millennia, and we can all be storytellers. With stories at its center, the Storytellers program at the 9:15 service will be something meaningful and fun!
Monday, January 9, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
- to be aware of where I am and how I'm feeling, whether it is that I'm on my bike or standing there holding up their bike, or standing back and letting go all together. I need to remember that I'm me and where I am in this process.
- to self-manage my own anxiety or whatever else is going on with me. I need to keep my balance, let the anxiety go, and stay focused on the goal and my values (in this case that we all ride bikes and that we enjoy the process and stay in loving relationship throughout).
- I need to be paying attention to them, with an open mind and heart, not assuming I know what they are thinking and feeling.
- I need to envision how I want this relationship to go, and to adopt a positive stance that will help that happen (compassion, playfulness, caring, audacity, respect, honesty, or a combination there of).
- And I should acknowledge them for more than just what they do, and show them that I am seeing and appreciating the person they are and the qualities they are bringing to what they are doing (for instance their persistence, their courage, their joy).
- It is normal to feel anxiety about the outcome. After all, people fall as they learn to ride a bike.
- It is normal to feel anxiety about letting them go. After all, eventually children will no longer need you, and will ride off without you, and each step along that path is a little letting go of this precious child.
- It is normal to be unsure when is the right time to let go. And there is trial and error, and mistakes, and falls, and upset feelings.
- You can't control the outcome, but most of the time it all works out in the end.
- Give a little push when it seems like that's what's needed.
- Stand back and watch, controlling your anxiety.
- Run up to give comfort or aid when there is a spill along the way.
- Clap and praise when there is success.
- Encourage when there is fear or doubt.
- And then let them go.