Attention: The Practice of Centering

Today’s Chapel Sunday is one that can easily be reproduced at home. Four readings were selected from the WBUUC theme page and used to inspire activity centers. Reading 1: “It is quite possible that an animal has spoken to me and that I didn’t catch the remark because I wasn’t paying attention.” ― E.B. White,Continue reading “Attention: The Practice of Centering”

Chalice Lighting Rituals

This morning we gathered together surrounded by beautifully falling snow to create chalice lighting rituals. The kids selected readings, incorporated sounds, and thought up questions for reflection. This is just one example of the beautiful rituals they created this morning. The group decided on a woodlands/animal theme: Shake the mind jar. Watch the glitter swirlContinue reading “Chalice Lighting Rituals”

Community, Hope, and Resilience

This was the last Sunday of Fall semester. Thank you to all volunteers for sharing your open minds, helping hands, and loving hearts with the kids. To close out our time with the Fall volunteers, each PreK-5th grade class made felt chalice kits to take home. These chalices serve as a reminder of everything learnedContinue reading “Community, Hope, and Resilience”

Growing and Serving

At WBUUC, we say we “Grow our souls and serve the world.” This means that we are intentional about seeking out and learning from stories, people, and experiences– and that we then do our best to live these learnings each and every day. Praying With Our Feet by Lisa D. Weaver, Illustrated by Ingrid Hess; MarchContinue reading “Growing and Serving”

Resilience: the Practice of Trusting

Today’s story was The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. It tells of a librarian’s determination to protect Basra’s books from the destruction of war, and names the community members who help her. In Children’s Chapel, we were reminded that things don’t always go the way weContinue reading “Resilience: the Practice of Trusting”

Blessed Space

Our classrooms are busy places! On Sunday mornings, kids and volunteers fill the space with rituals and creativity. During the week, adults hold meetings and gatherings. The number of people who enjoy our classrooms is increasing. It’s a beautiful thing. Next time you find yourself in one of the RE classrooms, make time to visitContinue reading “Blessed Space”

Thresholds

This Sunday, each class considered the things that make their classrooms different from other space. Paralleling last week’s Children’s Chapel ritual, each class paused outside of their room to notice the threshold. Sometimes we are so busy with school and friends and activities that we don’t have time to notice the things around us. TakingContinue reading “Thresholds”

Blessing: the Practice of Noticing

Before we began Children’s Chapel this Sunday, the kids paused in the hallway to notice what it is to walk into a sacred space. Inside the room, they meditated on what makes this place special. Sometimes all we need is a moment to notice the blessing that is a church space, a home, an office,Continue reading “Blessing: the Practice of Noticing”

Bucket Fillers

Last week, RE classes practiced a ritual that tangibly acknowledged their offerings to this church community. This week, they continue that work by offering kindness, hope, and love through the popular bucket filler idea. “I like you cause you are cool” “Love” “You are a very nice person” ” 🙂 ” What else can youContinue reading “Bucket Fillers”