Reflection Time, aka: Sunday School

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 January we continue and finish unit 4 in our curriculum, which focuses on “How We Behave.”  The affirmation for these six sessions is “What I believe in my heart is what I show in my actions.”

  • January 6: We consider Desmond Tutu, who helped guide South Africans on a path of forgiveness and reconciliation. Tutu’s life and work is paired with the biblical story of Joseph.
  • January 13: We look at the Mary of the Bible who demonstrated her love for Jesus by anointing his feet.
  • January 20: We learn more about Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller, women who forged a special teacher-student bond through compassion and trust. This is paired with the biblical story of Jesus teaching his disciples.
  • January 27: Our focus is Mother Teresa, who lovingly ministered to the poorest of the poor, whom she saw as “Jesus in disguise.” We pair this with the biblical story of Jesus eating with the outcasts.

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.