These are stressful times, for both young and old, as our country wrestles with actions by the new administration that leave many feeling threatened. How do we engage for democratic principles, justice, and peace while also coping with fear, sadness, anger, and worry, and bewilderment?
Know that you are cherished. As a community of faith, UUs support one another in love as we encourage spiritual growth, learning, discernment, right relationship, and the struggle for justice and peace. On Sundays WBUUC offers a rich experiences of worship among others. Find here groups, forums, classes, concerts, pastoral care, Wednesday dinners, and friendship. You are not alone.
Youth classes and groups are a great place for teens to connect with others in a weekly practice of learning, listening, and creating together. We actively work to build understanding across differences, with respect and safety for each person. Often, this is a place where teens can relax among friends after experiencing or witnessing harsher interactions at school.
Here are some resources I’ve found. Some may be helpful as you seek balance in your heart and home. We hope you find something useful. May peace be with you!
Daily Compass Blog – Church of the Larger Fellowship | Excerpt: “The time to open is coming, but it isn’t here yet. And until that time arrives a circle of thorns might just be the best way to remain safe. How do you keep yourself safe while waiting for circumstances to change?”
Stop, Breathe, and Think – Meditation app | Excerpt: “Your entire being is filled with peacefulness and calm – every cell, every space. Now feel that sense of peaceful calmness expand to fill the room. And even further, to fill the whole city, and even the whole world.”
LGBTQ+ Survival Guide: Trump Edition – UUA Blue Boat Home Youth & Young Adult Ministries | Excerpt: “Even if you feel relatively supported now, please look around and see what else you can do so you have the strongest network possible. You may need such support and you may find that others do too.”
Losing Our Chains – UUA Blue Boat Home Youth & Young Adult Ministries | Excerpt: “Thrive gave me a cohort of new friends who I could talk to about race and racial justice. Beyond that, it gave me more confidence in myself, confidence to trust my own experiences and that they needed to be heard. I have nothing to lose but my chains. Our denomination has nothing to lose but its chains.”
Calling All Friends of Faith and Conscience: Invitation From UUA President and UUSC President and CEO – Unitarian Universalist Service Committe and the UUA | Excerpt: “As people of conscience, we declare our commitment to translate our values into action as we stand on the side of love with the most vulnerable among us. We welcome and invite all to join in this commitment for justice.”
Talking to Kids About Social Justice and Discrimination – Chicago Children’s Museum | Excerpt: “Nobody’s perfect. We all have our own biases, and children hear what we say and take it all in. Avoid speaking in generalizations about other people and question others when they do so. If you do speak unfairly about a person or group, openly acknowledge the mistake.”
Kidspirit Online – Youth writing on big questions | Excerpt: “We walk with it./Dignity./All the walls crumble to the ground/And we are not afraid.”
Talking to Kids About Injustice – Electricity Magazine | Excerpt: “The conventional wisdom is to let children lead: wait until they ask, and offer only the minimal information necessary. … For many marginalized families, there is less choice. As queers, we have had to talk to our children about our differences and vulnerabilities as a family. Most straight parents have not had to discuss homophobia with their children, which means there are few allies for my children when slurs and heterosexist assumptions arise.”
The Science of Compassion – NPR | Excerpt: “What would you do if you had to spend one day beaming compassion into the world? It could be something small, like acknowledging a stranger. It could be something big: changing the direction of another person’s life.”
Tragic Events – Mr. Rogers | Excerpt: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
Building Effective Teacher-Student Relationships In Our Divided Time: Using a Developmental Relationships Framework as a Guide – Search Institute | Excerpt: “Deciding that Expressing Care may not be the best ‘key’ in this case, you and two colleagues decide to more directly involve the students in their turnaround process (Developmental Relationships Element 4, Share Power: “Treat me with respect and give me a say”).”