Religious Exploration in January 2020

 

Religious Exploration at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Beacon UU is spiritually open, non-creedal, and intentionally inclusive.

Questions? Contact Rev. Robin at minister@beaconuu.com

 

Dr. Seuss takes off at Beacon!

Our new program, Horton Hears A UU: Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss got off to a great start on January 12 with “Yertle the Turtle.” The affirmations from this story about listening and sharing are; “Everyone is important.”  “We have a say in things that are important to us.”

Upcoming Seussian life lessons (with reading, discussion, activities, and craft projects) will be:

Feb 2nd – Childcare Only for children 5 and under; all other children remain the Sanctuary for Worship for all ages.
Feb 9th  – “If I Ran the Zoo” – What if you ran a zoo – what changes would you make for the animals? How does this relate to our 7th principle about the interdependent web?

 

 

Grades 7 and 8 –Building Bridges” resumes on January 12, 2020, 10 a.m.

Stephanie and I are excited to be offering the study of Islam in January!  Our next class will be on Sunday, Jan 12 at Beacon at 10am.  We are working on additional education opportunities for Islam next month. If you see Stephanie, please thank her for her wonderful contributions to this program!  She has been serving as the lead curriculum developer for Building Bridges and the kids educational experience is vastly improved as a result of her efforts!

Rev. Robin plans to talk with the kids in January about what they have been learning in Building Bridges.  The hope is that this will develop into a service with Rev. Robin where the kids share their thoughts and feelings sometime this spring.  Stay tuned for details as they unfold.  Happy New Year, Dru Monroe (edrumonroe@gmail.com)

 

 

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL) IS COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL for our 7th and 8th graders. Stay tuned for details about the parent information session and scheduling for the program (4 Saturdays from 12:30-5 p.m.) OWL is a widely- acclaimed sexuality education curriculum, developed jointly by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL provides accurate, developmentally- appropriate information for youth. Topics include self-respect, relationships, gender identity,

sexual orientation, healthy swxuality, consent, and cultural influences on sexuality. Classes are facilitated by dedicated Beacon members who have received training and certification through the UUA. Parents are the primary sexuality educators for their children, and this is a way our faith community supports parents in that effort, serving as a catalyst for healthy conversations at home. OWL is open to the broader Flagstaff community (parents are required to attend an information session. Although developed

by two progressive religious organizations, Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine.