Children and Youth Religious Education News

REflecting and Learning: Children and Youth

One benefit of modern America is that we have SO MANY OPTIONS when it comes to how we live our lives.  Discrimination and social shaming do still happen, of course, but there is also widespread dialog and support for people to live their truth and choose their values.  Employers, businesses, and schools are required for the most part to focus on their tasks rather than our lifestyles.  We can buy what we want online and socialize through many media options with people we choose, even if we live near people who do not generally agree with us.  However, along with a reduction in social pressures, we might or might not take the time to figure out what our principles actually are.  What is worth living for?  How do you 'fight' for justice?  Are our principles the 7 UU ones or are they different? Our congregational theme of Living a Principled Life in a Crazy World provides us with a great platform to explore these questions.  In fact, this is a great time to play.  Start a game, an inter-generational one if possible, and pretend you're throwing down the gauntlet.  Ham it up.  What offense do you take and how do you address it? What principles in your life are non-negotiable?  What values do you choose?  Even starting with play, stating these principles helps us share our values and live them out in real life. Think about how things have changed.  Try these on for size:

·  Describing Bodies and Their Functions

·  Proper Relationships

·  Gainful Employment / Working Women

·  Poverty/Class

·  Thrift / Charity

·  Attire / Makeup and Body Art

·  Social Welfare / Public Health

·  Land Ownership / Environment

   -Adrean Dills, Director of Children/Youth Religious Education