Celebrating Black History Month in Religious Education

This Sunday, February 18th, continuing our February theme of Perseverance, children at Emerson will hear the story of the Civil Rights movement and the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and we’ll explore ideas of power, privilege, and inclusion through games, stories, and art.  

We’ll play a variation on “freeze tag” where only one person at a time has the power to move, and each child will be challenged to share their power by tagging (and “freeing”) someone else.

Through the metaphor of a broken chalice, we’ll consider how Unitarian Universalists could repair relationships and trust with people of color and other marginalized groups who have not always felt welcomed or heard in our denomination; we’ll make torn-paper mosaic chalices as symbols of creating something strong and beautiful out of brokenness.

Taking it home:

There are many wonderful resources available on the UUA website for further reading about how UUs have engaged in racial justice work–and sometimes failed at it; people of our faith are flawed too.  Check out the stories of influential Black Unitarians and Universalists here: https://www.uua.org/pressroom/stories/black-history-unitarian-universalism-we-shape-our-faith-together

Reminder to families with teens: register for Spring Con!

Cons (“conferences”) are gatherings of UU teens from around the Pacific Southwest District, based on community building, spirituality, social justice work, and good old fashioned silly fun.  The district youth board has been working hard to ensure that the upcoming con in Ventura, March 2-4th, is a truly transformative and empowering experience–and over 30 youth are already signed up, so don’t miss this awesome weekend!  Check out www.spring-con.com for all the info and to register!

As always, yours in faith–

Emmalinda MacLean

Director of Religious Education