November nUUs from Religious Education

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Clocks Change on Sunday, November 4th!! Also, don’t forget to bring something for the Dia de los Muertos/Day of remembrance worship. There will be an alter set up and you are invited to bring a photo or memento of an someone important in your life who has died.

Hello! What a full and wonderful October we have shared together! Big thanks to everyone who joined us for the Halloween social and help to support our High School youth group, they raised about $300 for their end of year service learning trip!

Church Sundays and Other Important dates this month:

  • November 2-3rd: 7th grade OWL overnight
  • November 4th: Spirit Play, Children’s Chapel (don’t forget your UU7 mission forms and a few coins for the collection!), and Coming of Age meet your mentors today! Senior youth group time change- 6-8pm so they can attend the vigil in market square!
  • November 10th 4:30-8pm: Families Tuugether for parents with young children (rsvp required).
  • November 11th: Normal* RE program day. (see below)
  • November 16-17th: Youth overnight service trip to Orland, Maine
  • November 18th: Normal* RE program day. Wreath sale today! (see below)
  • November 25th: Wholly family service with Special RE guest program! (no Coming of Age, Owl, or Senior youth)
  • November 30th at South Church 7-9pm: Sparks and Flames <-click for more info

[*Normal RE program day: Both services include Spirit Play and Theme workshops for grades 1-5. 11am worship also included: 6-7th grade religious exploration and Coming of Age for 8th grade.  OWL for 5th grade is currently meeting at 9:30 most Sundays. OWL for 7th grade and Senior Youth meet on Sunday evenings at 4-5:30 pm.]

Annual Wreath Sale: Sunday, November 18th after each service. The senior youth group take an annual trip north to Orland, Me each November to volunteer for a community shelter and resource center called H.O.M.E inc. A part of the time is spent helping to assemble holiday wreaths, which are a significant fund raiser for the organization. We bring some back to sell to you! Bring $25 and bring one home! Support H.O.M.E, and support our H.S. youth!

Family resources for November’s theme: A people of Memory

These resources support parents as they try to live out and engage our themes with their children. In this sense, our question for this section is : “What does it mean to be a parent of Memory” or “What does it mean to be a family of Memory?” As you use these resources to engage these questions, keep in mind some additional ways to use them with other parents or your church community:

  • Reflect with those in your family.
  • Share and discuss them with other parents or another family.
  • Use them in a Parent Circle that meets on Sunday afternoon or mid-week.

Sankofa – stories we need to remember-

In Music… During this month, some of our elementary aged students at church will be visiting the African Burying grounds up the street from South church, where the symbol of Sankofa is embedded in the walking path. Here are some links that invite your family to celebrate the Ghanaian culture from which we find the Adinkra symbol of “Sankofa” meaning “Go Back and Get It.”  Let the music and drums move you into your own memories.

In Stories and Books…

Belonging Fannie Barrier Williams -A story from the UUA Tapestry of Faith resources. “… Fannie went to Washington DC to study painting. She had to hide behind a screen so no one could see her. “If the other students know you’re here,” the teacher told Fannie, “they’ll want you to leave.” Over and over again, all through her life, Fannie was told she wasn’t wanted and couldn’t belong, just because she had dark skin…” – from the story

Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott  (Author), Purple Wong (Illustrator). “Milo is excited about her class trip to the museum. The docent leads them on a tour and afterward Milo has time to look around on her own. But something doesn’t feel right, and Milo gradually realizes that the people from her community are missing from the museum. When her aunt urges her to find a solution, Milo takes matters into her own hands and opens her own museum!” – Amazon

Remembering the Shoulders We Stand On

Our Unitarian history has roots in Transylvania, where the Edict of Torda was written 450 years ago. It is fascinating to think about how our UU principles today- nearly half a century later- remain tied to that time in history.

Article: The Edict of Torda, a landmark in religious freedom, by Eric Cherry.

Video: 2016 Transylvania Tour – Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation Adult Choir. Watch minute 9:00 – 17:47 for footage of Unitarian Churches in Transylvania.

Movies for families about Memory

  • The Peanuts Movie  “Nobody says what time period the movie takes place in, but the characters use rotary phones (and don’t have devices/screens everywhere). Did you notice the lack of technology in the kids’ lives? How does that compare to what you’re used to? Do you think one way is better than the other?” – Common Sense Media
  • Kubo and the Two Strings (PG) “…has more darkness and edge than many average kids’ movies and is best suited for tweens and older, rather than the preschool and early-elementary set. It has scary characters and epic battles that can be quite intense and that lead to character injuries, an entire village burning (though the villagers survive), and even deaths. …Despite the peril, this epic adventure set in an alternative fantasy Japan has strong themes of courage and teamwork. And at heart, it’s a mother-and-son love story, as well as the tale of a young artist learning how to be a hero.” – Common Sense Media, as suggested by Lynnie Lynn, Topeka, KS
  • Inside Out – Family Movie
  • Coco – Family Movie “Coco’s rich visual pleasures are matched by a thoughtful narrative that takes a family-friendly — and deeply affecting — approach to questions of culture, family, memory, life, and death…” Engages Day of the Dead – Oct.31 – Nov. 2