Explaining “blessing” in a community like ours feels a bit like asking a fish to explain water. All of our time together is a gift for which I will always be grateful. In my last month as your Director of Religious Education, I am excited to dig into an exploration of all the beauty, wonder, love, and abundance that enriches our lives.
June 3: Celebrating Ramadan
Muslims consider fasting during the holy month of Ramadan (May 17—June 16) to be a blessing, not a burden; it’s a way to focus their thoughts on what is most important. We’ll learn a little about Islam and the significance of the Ramadan fast; then we’ll go through a guided “food mindfulness” meditation as we take in the full sensory experience of a date (or grape) before eating—a reminder of how blessed we are by the bounty of the earth.
June 10: The Gifts of Our Senses
Sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch are our portals to the world; taking time to appreciate the beauty they have to offer us deepens our sense of gratitude for being alive. We’ll take a walk around the church property to take in as much nature, with as many senses, as we can, and we’ll share these experiences through artwork when we return to the classroom.
June 17: Pride and Equality
June is LGBTQ Pride month, in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots; June 19th, or “Juneteenth”, celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America. Both are important reminders of past injustices, celebrations of diversity, and a call to live our UU values of working towards greater equality and fair treatment for all. Participants will create their own posters or flags promoting messages of justice, equity, and compassion to take home or display at church.
June 24: Blessing the World
For our last Sunday of the RE year, we’ll consider what it means to be a “blessing to each other” and what gifts we each have to bless the world. We’ll create hanging ornaments depicting the blessings we want to share with others, and they’ll decorate our church property (location TBD) throughout the summer.
I hope to see you and your family this month; I hope to share in the many blessings of this church community with all of you in the coming weeks; and I hope you will continue to be a blessing to each other, always. Thank you for the innumerable gifts your presence and participation in this church has given me—beauty, wonder, love, abundance, laughter, learning, growth, joy . . . the list is truly endless.
Yours in faith and boundless gratitude,
Director of Religious Education