Volume XI | August 30, 2018
September 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Upcoming youth activities and events as well as information for members
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Give the people... something of your vision. You may possess only a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it in order to bring more light and understanding to the hearts and minds of men and women. -- John Murray
September 2 - Service for All Ages
“Vision is like passion, it surges up from our roots, from the core of our being. Vision is a force within us based in principles by which we know we must guide our being.”
Reverend Tom and Steve Cooper will explore many understandings of vision and how people can see different things when looking at the same picture.

Services @ 9:30 & 11:15
Youth Religious Education
Everyone starts in the sanctuary for the worship service. On days with religious education classes the children will leave after the Time to Gather in the service with their teachers and go to their classrooms.

Our theme for September is VISION. The weekly topics will be:
Sept. 2 - Vision (service for all ages, no classes)
Sept. 9 - Vision and Social Justice
Sept. 16 - Living the Best Vision of Yourself
Sept. 23 - Vision and the Autumnal Equinox
Sept. 30 - Vision and the Story of Thomas Potter

Each week we will provide parent and family resources relating to the theme and/or topic. (see further below for more resources on Vision)
You can now register for Youth Religious Education online.
Campfire - Tie-Dye - Potluck
Sing-a-long - Conversation - Games & S'mores!
Saturday, September 8th
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
in the church parking lot.
Everyone is invited to attend
We will supply:
Hot dogs (with vegetarian/vegan/gluten free options), lemonade and S'mores

You supply:
You!!! Everyone is welcome. 
A 100% cotton T-shirt or a pair of at least 80% cotton socks if you wish to tie-dye. 
Lawn chairs and/or blankets.

We will be in a sectioned off area of the parking lot. Please park in the auxiliary parking lot across the street. Handicap and limited mobility parking will still be available.  
New items for sale at the Bookstore
Have you wanted a chalice for home but couldn't find the right one or the right price?
The bookstore will have these fifteen chalices on sale starting September 9 during both coffee hours.
These chalices created by UU artist and seminary student Kimberlee Carlson range from $15 to $20. Chalice necklaces for kids will also be available.
The bookstore will also have a variety of new books for adults and children along with U.U. items and T-shirt pre-order sign-up sheets.

U.U.s in Action
IT'S TIME TO GATHER!  Everyone - from our Littles to our Adults - is invited to join us at UUs In Action on the Second Saturday of each month beginning in October at 4pm! 

Racial Justice? Environmental Justice? SOCIAL Justice!? Are you interested in deepening your understanding of these terms and learning about how to talk to others about them? 
Do you want to be more comfortable sharing your perspective with your friends, family, or the person next door? 

Our whole church is invited to join us each month at UUs in Action where we will explore these topics, share a meal, and spend some time joyously connecting as a community. Every month, adults will explore a foundational social justice topic within the framework of our shared Seven Principals and there will be separate programming for children grades K-5 and 6-8, exploring these themes in age appropriate ways...everything from diversity, to kindness, to compassion. 
Some months we will also make time to complete a service project and put our thoughts and ideas into ACTION! 

After learning together, at 6pm we will share a meal, which will be provided. A small donation of $5 per person, or $15 per family is requested, but not required. 
After dinner, stay to play games, listen to music or just visit at our DUUC Coffeehouse, where you can enjoy coffee and tea.  Come for the class, come for dinner, come for Coffeehouse or come for all three...let's gather and create our beloved community.  
UU Spirit Activities
During the month of September the Youth RE Committee will be facilitating craft activities for all ages in the church foyer from 10:30 to 11:10.

Sept 9 - Make name tag lanyards
Sept 16 - Make a clay chalice
Sept 23 - Paint your chalice (or make one)
Sept 30 - Make Table Topic Jars (or paint chalice)

Table topics for Vision can be printed from here.
Resources for VISION
These resources support parents as they live out and engage our themes with their children. Playing off our monthly theme question of “What does it mean to be a people of Vision?”, we invite parents to ask “What does it mean to be a parent of Vision” or “What does it mean to be a family of Vision?”

Videos
TED talk: World Peace Game with John Hunter
 
Resources for Visioning
Dream Big Book for Kids
Create a Vision Board using this personalized book as a guide. ($$)

or
Watch this video for a DIY version
 
Creating a Center-Peace
Your children may enjoy being asked to make this very special contribution to the family meal. Don't wait for special holidays to set the table in a sacred manner.

Book
World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements
by John Hunter (Author)
 
“In John Hunter’s classroom, students fearlessly tackle global problems and discover surprising solutions by playing his groundbreaking World Peace Game. These kids—from high school all the way down to fourth grade, in schools both well-funded and under resourced—take on the roles of politicians, tribal leaders, diplomats, bankers, and military commanders. Through battles and negotiations, standoffs and summits, they strive to resolve dozens of complex, seemingly intractable real-world challenges, from nuclear proliferation to tribal warfare, financial collapse to climate change. In World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements, Hunter shares the wisdom he’s gleaned from over thirty years teaching the World Peace Game.” - Amazon

Articles
 
Back to School Rituals - a vision for a family spirituality
Getting ready for school is more than shopping for supplies.

Learning to Raise Lifelong UU’s
UU World Article by Barbara Wells Ten Hove
"But I have a vision that soon, when a UU group is asked to show how many were raised UU, more than half will lift up their hands in joy—no longer strangers but companions on a shared journey of building a better world.”

NPR: The Key to Raising Happy Kids
William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives.
Helping your children find their own vision for their lives.

Movies for families about vision
 
World Peace Game
“World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements is a one-hour documentary on John Hunter, a fourth-grade teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia and his students as they participate in Hunter's remarkable educational exercise the World Peace Game. The film has played in festivals around the world, has been broadcast in several countries and was aired to over 85% of the US on public television between 2012-2014. It also supports Hunter's World Peace Game Foundation work, and has had special screenings at the Pentagon, the United Nations, the Aspen Institute's Ideas Festivals, and several universities, educational conferences and schools throughout the world.” - Vimeo

Field of Dreams (PG)
Baseball film starring Kevin Costner
“Families can talk about dreams. How do you know when to follow a vision that seems crazy or foolish? What thoughts go into weighing the risks of certain choices? Is there a way to know for sure whether an idea is a good one?” - Common Sense Media review
 
Dream Big; Engineering Our World
“Parents need to know that Dream Big: Engineering Our World is a 42-minute STEM-themed IMAX documentary about how engineers are responsible for important technological innovations that propel us into the future. The film highlights working engineers from different backgrounds, most of them women. They work on a variety of projects, from building earthquake-proof structures to foot bridges in developing countries. Viewers will also meet a young engineer whose love of STEM began in an after-school robotics club. The documentary -- which is narrated by Jeff Bridges and was produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by the Bechtel Corporation -- encourages young viewers to be curious, see how pivotal engineering is to the future, and understand why the world needs more engineers.” - Common Sense Media