Volume XVII | October 5, 2018
October 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Upcoming youth activities and events as well as information for members
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Someone or someplace becomes your sanctuary not just because you value it. They become your sanctuary because they hold your values.
October 7 - Service for All Ages
Sanctuary as a Place of Worship: The Spaces that Hold Us and Our Values
We begin the month of exploring Sanctuary.
Sun Bear wrote: “When humans participate in ceremony, we enter sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance.” We will reflect on the space where we hold our Sunday morning worship services, our sanctuary, our sacred space.

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

Our theme for October is SANCTUARY. The weekly topics will be:
Oct. 7 - Sanctuary as a place of worship (no classes)
Oct. 14 - Sanctuary as a place of inner silence
Oct. 21 - Sanctuary as a place of protecting all beings
Oct. 28 - Sanctuary as a place of protecting people
Each week we will provide parent and family resources relating to the theme and/or topic. (see further below for more resources on Sanctuary)
Have you registered for the Youth Religious Education program?
You can press the button to the left to verify whether your family is already registered.
Chalice Lighter Workshop
Sunday, October 28th
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Each year we invite students from 3 rd through 6 th grade to be trained as “Chalice Lighters” -- those who light our flaming chalice at the beginning of each worship service. The installation will take place during the service on December 2nd.
Steve Cooper is leading a workshop on Sunday, October 28th from 1:00 to 3:00 in the Sophia Fahs classroom. Lunch will be provided. 
A parent must attend the workshop and participate with the youth. Please let Steve know by October 24th if you will be attending so that we have enough workbooks and food. Childcare is available if requested.
Spooktacular Sunday
Wear your Halloween costume to church on Sunday, October 29 th ! We will have a Halloween party during both coffee hours. There will games, prizes and fun surprises. 
Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education
for 1st & 2nd grade and 5th & 6th grade
  The Our Whole Lives (OWL) program for elementary age youth is guided by two principles: parents have primary responsibility for sexuality education with their children and sexuality education begins at home and continues through an open and honest communication between parents and children.
   The OWL classes take children through age appropriate activities and provide a support system for parents. Lessons and activities are led by UUA trained OW L facilitators.

*PLEASE NOTE: required parent and child orientation for both programs.

1st & 2nd grade Orientation Sunday, January 13 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
1st & 2nd grade Classes Sunday, January 27 - March 17 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
(8 sessions)

5th & 6th grade Orientation Sunday, January 6 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
5th & 6th grade Classes Sunday, January 13 - March 17 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
(10 sessions)
Resources for SANCTUARY
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 Sanctuary?”, we invite parents to ask “What does it mean to be a parent of Sanctuary” or “What does it mean to be a family of Sanctuary?”

Each month we will provide a list of table topics which are questions based on the monthly theme that will open up discussion during meal times, family time or just time of contemplation. The first dozen questions are at a higher level but most can be re-framed for younger children. The last half dozen or so questions are framed to be more kid friendly. You can find the Sanctuary Table Topics here . Print them out and have them available or cut the questions into strips and place them in a table topic jar.

Books
by Philemon Sturges (Author), Giles LaRoche (Illustrator )
“Describes various types of space which are sacred to the five major world religions, including churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, and other shrines.”
- Amazon.
 
by Wendy Marloe (Author), Joanna Chen (Author)
“What's your special place? Inspired by the notion that all people have a special place, Sanctuary explores the possibilities of what this place--big or small, public or private, indoors or out--might be. Drawn sometimes from a child's perspective, and sometimes from an adult point of view, the illustrations suggest the variety of spaces that may give comfort, protection, inspiration, or peace.”
 - Amazon.

Music  
Carrie Newcomer - Sanctuary

Sanctuary (feat. Charles Esten & Lennon & Maisy) by Nashville Cast
 

Projects and Activities
House Memories and Sanctuaries
Materials: Drawing paper, colored pencils
Distribute the art supplies. Ask everyone to draw the floor plan of a house they lived in before they were ten years old. Have them label each room to the best of their memories. Then ask the group to share individually or in pairs about the memories associated with each room, especially their own.
Variation: Ask everyone to create a Sanctuary of the ideal room for themselves. Encourage them to add as much detail as possible and incorporate childhood fantasy. Share the designs and reasons behind their choices.

UU Prayers and Meditations
From Tapestry of Faith, Signs of Our Faith, Seeking Knowledge
 

Video
PBS - Cathedral- David Macaulay (1 hr.)
“Author David Macaulay hosts CATHEDRAL, based on his award-winning book. Using a combination of spectacular location sequences and cinema-quality animation, the program surveys France's most famous churches. Travel back to 1214 to explore the design of Notre Dame de Beaulieu, a representative Gothic cathedral. The program tells period tales revealing fascinating stories of life and death, faith and despair, prosperity, and intrigue.” - YouTube

The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Disney, G (recommended for 8+)
“Disney's recreation of Victor Hugo's novel is rich in visual and musical sensation. But deeper beneath the rich production lie questions about normalcy, how sanctuary confines us as well as protects us, and what punishment is.” - Common Sense Media Review
Be aware that this movie is not appropriate for young children.

Articles
One of the lenses for the theme of sanctuary is as a place of worship. What are secular and humanist parents to do when sanctuary has overtones of Christianity?
 
“Sacred places are where we meet something beyond ourselves. They are not always conventionally religious places…” - from the article
 

You can contact Steve Cooper, Director of Religious Education at dre@dupageuuchurch.org or the Youth Religious Education Committee at yre@duuc.org