Reflection Time for Young People, fall, 2017–Spring, 2018:
Sunday, September 10, we get going with a new Sunday School curriculum for young people kindergarten through the 4th grade: A Joyful Path, Year 1: Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds, from the Center for Progressive Christianity’s Inner Wisdom Series. The sessions in Year 1 focus on: fostering compassion for all; seeking the wisdom within each of us; and practices to help us live joyfully. We are grateful to Joti Chandra Kaur who will be with us this school year to facilitate this curriculum!
Each week, our Sunday School session includes learning an affirmation we can then use throughout the week as we face difficult or challenging situations.
Feb. 4: I find within myself the power to do what is right.
Feb. 11: I meet life’s challenges with inner strength and courage.
Feb. 18: I choose to fill my heart and mind with goodness.
Feb. 25: My heart is connected to spirit through prayer.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” – African Proverb
We believe it is the shared responsibility of our faith community to nurture young and old in such a way that they grow to be mature persons of faith. Our Sunday School teaching team strives to mentor learners so that they understand the Christian tradition with its roots in Scripture; discover real-life Christian ethics; and set out on their own unique faith journeys as God-loving, Spirit-led disciples of Christ.
Says Pastor Dee: “We are old-fashioned enough to think that it is a very good thing if every child knows that she or he is as good as anybody else, and also knows that she or he is not particularly better than anybody else in God’s eyes—[we’re all] equally beloved. We think it’s a good thing for children to learn that their value is not based on what [theologian] Marcus Borg calls the three A’s of indoctrination in our popular culture: Appearance, Achievement, and Affluence. We think it’s a good thing for children to learn about God’s dreams of justice for all, and a world where everyone has adequate food, shelter, opportunity, and love. We think it’s a good thing for them to learn that the notion that violence solves problems is the oldest lie in the world still being told. We think it’s a good thing for children to learn that there is a God, and that they are not it. We think it’s a good thing for people of every age to be part of something bigger than themselves, a story of salvation and redemption that began before we were born and will continue after we die. We think it’s a good thing to learn that we are caretakers of this earth and everything on it, not owners. This is the radical treasure we want so urgently to pass on the generations coming behind us.”
It is our aspiration to welcome and love all Sunday School participants as God welcomes and loves us.