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 May we finish unit 6 in our curriculum, which focuses on our “Integrity of the Earth.”  By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who strive to protect and restore the integrity of our Earth.  Our affirmation for these the lessons is: “I love and take care of my earth home.”

  • May 5: Stuff. We all struggle with the challenge of simplifying in an increasingly complex world.  This lesson helps us see how to experience  joy and freedom by living simply, sharing resources, and repeatedly looking inward—toward spirit—to meet our needs, rather than seeking fulfillment outwardly by acquiring more stuff.
  • May 12: Youth Sunday; young people stay in sanctuary for complete service
  • May 19: Caring for Mother Earth.   We want children to understand and honor that our natural world is a gift that we must care for and that as a creation of Spirit, we honor it.  When we aim to save and respect nature, we are aiming to save and respect humankind as well.
  • May 26: The Universe.  This lesson points toward nature’s infinity in the grand scale.  The treasures of the universe fire the imagination and awaken wonder, which we don’t want to let go of in the cold light of scientific study.  Paradoxically, the heavenly realm often appears closer and more personal when we feel our hearts and minds expand beyond the little body and little self to the great reaches of the universe and feel our connection to eternity.

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.