We are gathering in person and on Zoom this Sunday at 10:30am!
Octavia Butler wrote that “the only lasting truth is change”. Life moves ever onward and changes as it does so, we are not what we were ten years ago or even two years ago. While change can be a source of loss, and the source of painful missteps, it is also an opportunity to re-imagine ourselves and grow in new ways. In this fractured time, what value can we find in the art of reinvention? This Sunday at 10:30am, I explore the power of reinvention during a special family service. All ages will enjoy a service with more music and more movement, then children, junior youth and youth will head off to a time of spiritual exploration. We will also hear a story from our new Family Life Coordinator, Caitlyn Seale. This is a great time for kids to meet Caitlyn, and connect with one another and this chalice community.
After our morning service and spiritual exploration, there is time to head out for a lunch before returning for Carole Berry’s Celebration of Life at 2:30pm, which will also be livestreamed on Zoom (see below for details). Carole spent many years creating our beautiful grounds where new green life is emerging, consider taking a walk around the property in appreciation of all her efforts.
More Time for All Ages
This Sunday (the 24th), the story is The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken. This is the first book she wrote and illustrated with a focus on encouraging readers of all ages to accept that mistakes happen and that working on learning from these mistakes is a constant work in progress. If you are interested in learning more, there is a Meet-the-Author recording.
The discussion questions below focus on principles 1 and 4. I encourage parents and/or guardians to share these questions with their families.
- How do you know when you have made a mistake?
- How does making mistakes make you feel? Why?
- Who or what do you turn to for help when learning from mistakes and making changes?
- How does learning from yours or others’ mistakes make you feel or look at the world differently?
Below are some additional resources focusing on similar themes:
- The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Children – Picture Book): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFQZfeHq9wo
- New Kid by Jerry Craft (Junior Youth – Graphic Novel)
- You Are Standing at a Crossroads (Youth/Young Adults – Game) http://astriddalmady.com/crossroads.html
- What You Will Learn (Adult – Podcast) https://www.whatyouwilllearn.com/
Family Life Coordinator
Sunday Services Zoom Link
Time: 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 881 5564 8070
Phone In via: 647-374-4685
The YouTube livestream of the Service will also be available to subscribers to the UCM channel:
Please be aware our livestream is public. Although it is unlikely for you to appear, if you want to ensure you are not visible please keep your video off during the service.
I look forward to being together this Sunday in joy and sorrow.