Fall, 2018-Spring 2019
This school year we are using for our Sunday School curriculum A Joyful Path Year 2, from Progressive Christianity’s Inner Wisdom Series, Spiritual Curriculum for Young Hearts and Minds. Year 2’s topics are: The Teachings Of Jesus; Pluralism; Inclusion; How We Treat Others; The Search for Understanding; Peace and Social Justice; The Integrity of the Earth; and Life-long Learning and Selfless Love.
In March we finish unit 5 in our curriculum, which focuses on our “Search for Understanding.” Our affirmation for these the lessons is: “As I ask questions and try to understand, my heart and mind stay open.”
- March 3: The Parables of Jesus. Parables can be extremely effective in helping understand subtle teaching through common experiences, while also capturing our interest and inviting us to continue to explore. The parables used by Jesus are deceptively simply while offering profound spiritual insight.
Then we begin unit 6: Peace and Justice; by calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who strive for peace and justice among all people. Our affirmation for these lessons is: “I act with inner peace and fairness in all I do.” The stories in this unit are biographies of four people who made personal sacrifices and risked their lives to do what they felt would bring peace and justice to others and the world.
- March 10: Mahatma Gandhi is known for bringing independence to India through nonviolent resistance.
- March 17: Tich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese monk, organized nonviolent resistance of the Vietnam War and established a community that focuses on peace.
- March 24: Mildred Norman Ryder, Peace Pilgrim, asked God to “use her,” and received a message to walk across America sharing a message of peace.
- March 31: Vangari Maathai, Tree Mother of Africa, started the Green Belt Movement to help the women and environment of Kenya. She received the Nobel Peace Prize for contributing to peace in the world.
Questions about the curriculum? Speak with Joti Chandra Kaur.
“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.