Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Religious Explorations: Recent posts

Unlit candle sitting in a clear, shallow bowl filled with rocks. The bowl rests upon bark groundcover and a small log is in the background.
Image credit: Call and Response/UUA Blogs
Here are recent posts to social media in my capacity as Administrative Coordinator, Religious Explorations, for the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

The Church of the Larger Fellowship (the UU congregation without walls), offers lots of interactive material for families on a spiritual quest. Its “Family Quest” family ministry is on a variety of social platforms, including YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook. It also offers classes and a variety of other resources.

For many children, rocks are the “perfect physical connection to the earth.” From Kari Kopnick at Call and Response/UUA Blogs:
“The wide, open hearts and minds of children are humbling. In the blink of an eye, a child can go from thinking that a rock is just a rock to connecting with the grounding spirit of where the rock came from, imagining that journey, and relating it to themselves. Children have much to teach us about being whole and open spiritual beings—just as we are, just like a humble, small rock.”
With “Theme-Based Ministry,” worship themes are integrated into religious education programming. At Call and Response/UUA Blogs, Pat Kahn describes this approach, taken by more and more congregations, as a way of building multigenerational connections.

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