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Faith Formation News from Perry Montrose,   Director of Faith Formation
 

 

             September 2020

Register for Faith Formation now, so we can plan our groups accordingly. Rightsizing classes for Zoom is especially important. Click here to register.

For the fall, we plan to have multiple age-separated groups with a monthly theme. 45-minute sessions will include activities adapted for the online format, check-in, and topic discussions with a focus on our values and UU Principles. As weather and the pandemic allows, we will continue to schedule in-person outdoor activities.

Scholarships for the fee are available if you need assistance. If you are in the position to do so, we ask you to consider giving more generously to support Faith Formation. Thank you for your generosity.
Please let us know if you have any questions or there is any way we can support your family.



Perry's Reflection offered September 23, 2020

“Nobody told me there'd be days like these. Strange days indeed,” John Lennon sings. It is strange to see pictures of everyone in masks, an unimaginable scene less than a year ago. Yet, at Faith Formation on Sunday, beneath the masks there were smiles and a different picture of community coming into focus.

We would never choose to go through the difficulties of these times, but there are important new discoveries coming out of our adaptation. When discussing how the shift to online Zoom sessions affected them, the Coming of Age youth mentioned the intimacy of seeing people in their living spaces. Suddenly, we had a view into a hidden piece of a person’s identity. Somehow, seeing someone’s living room or bedroom pulled off a mask and invited conversation about what is meaningful to that person.

“I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul,” sings Cat Stevens. Our first Faith Formation session this past Sunday was socially distanced in the All Souls’ parking lot and the wind presented a challenge to being able to hear each person speak. We had to find ways to listen to each person’s sharing of what gives them inspiration, hope, and in what they have faith. Through the wind, we listened to each other’s souls and this coming Sunday we will do so through the filter of a computer screen. Rather than lessening our connection, it presents us with the opportunity to listen more intently and be there for one another when it is not so easy to be present.

This fall, our focus is on creating personal connection and talking about the values we hold as individuals and Unitarian Universalists. Each time we gather is not just another activity but a chance to hear our stories and unmask who we are. The authenticity of sharing our struggles and our joys is at the heart of Unitarian Universalist living. Our self-discovery is shaped in the circle of community.

Perry Montrose
Director of Faith Formation

Perry's Ponderings - April 2020

 

It can be hard to know how to talk to a child about a crisis, like the current pandemic. Parents have to decide what their children should know, or not, and how the information should be phrased to them. Sometimes questions or situations arise in the moment and parents don’t have time to prepare. It helps to have some framing ahead of time and resources to give some expert perspective. The Unitarian Universalist Association has put together resources for talking to children about Covid-19 (https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/talking-kids-covid). The resource page includes stories, science lessons, dialogue suggestions, and mental health advice.

In her March 15 homily, Rev. Caitlin mentioned Fred Rogers' advice from his mother, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many children have found this comforting because it focuses on what we can do and the good happening in the world. Mr. Rogers also said, "In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers." Often children just want to be heard and adults do not need to have all the answers, just be a loving presence. Children will talk about topics when they are ready to hear about them. It is often better to let them guide the conversation than to give information that they have not asked for. They will process in their own way and time. The most important piece is that there is an open channel for conversation, no matter the age of the child.

 

Thank you,

Jantzi family for an art supplies donation

Maria Bareiss for helping to lead our 1st-3rd grade class as they explored Neo-pagan ideas of peace, magic, and dance

Betsey Fox for joining our 7th-8th Grade teaching team

Emmy Franklin and Eileen Ego for substitute teaching

Paul Carolan for leading a special Youth Group discussion on the educational system’s response to gun violence.

 

 

 

 

 
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Upcoming Events
OCT

27

TUE
Meditation
7:15 AM to 8:30 AM
Everyone is most welcome! The Meditation Group meets twice weekly: at 7:15 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Basic guidelines are offered to all newcomers, and guided mediation is offered during some of the sessions.

Each session includes silent sitting mediation, walking mediation, and dharma sharing, in which folks may share their meditation experiences. On most second Wednesdays, our coordinator offers guided meditation with the body, from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. Attendance is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

For more information please contact Pamala Lewis: pamalalewis@comcast.net or Jean Jerbert: j.jerbert@yahoo.com
OCT

28

WED
Meditation
5:30 PM
Craft Circle
7:00 PM
We are an inclusive social group of adults interested in crafts. We gather with each other on Wednesday evenings to work on our own current personal projects. Whatever the skill: knit, crochet, needlepoint, zentangle, sewing, quilting, beadwork, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, we are willing to teach what we know to others.

Childcare is not provided. Come and be with us as your schedule permits: once a week or once a month, whatever works for you.
Contact: Carol Bunting - cbeema@sbcglobal.net
Kate Treadwell-Hill - treadhill@gmail.com

Note: Members of our group are highly sensitive to perfume. Please refrain from wearing scent.
OCT

30

FRI
Alanon
7:00 PM
OCT

31

SAT
5th Saturday Community Meal
9:00 AM to 2:30 PM
Two shifts: 9 am-noon and noon-2:30 pm. New volunteers will be welcomed and trained. Meals are served in the meal center at Montauk Ave. Contact Carol Irwin if you would like to help. Thanks!