Volume XXI | November 1, 2018
November 2018
Your monthly news & updates
Upcoming youth activities and events as well as information for members
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Remembering who we want to be is tied up with remembering where we’ve come from. Holding on to our roots keeps us rooted. It’s also keeps us connected to gratitude and humility.
To remember where you’ve come from is to remember that you didn’t create yourself or earn your successes all on your own. Remembering where you’ve come from is also a way to celebrate your uniqueness. 

November 4 - Service for All Ages
Reclaiming an Honest History:
Remember the Past to Move Forward
November is the month of exploring Memory.
We will start by focusing on the symbol and meaning of Sankofa, highlighting the importance of returning to the past to retrieve stories and wisdom we have missed.

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 November is MEMORY. The weekly topics will be:
Nov . 4 - Reclaiming an honest history (no classes)
Nov. 11 - Remembering those who have gone before and the guidance they
have for us today.
Nov. 18 - Remembering and noticing all of life's gifts that lay around us
Nov. 25 - Remembering our values in a world where buying stuff is more
important than being good people
Each week we will provide parent and family resources relating to the theme and/or topic. (see further below for more resources on Memory)
November 18 - Bread Service
We invite you to bring bread from your ethnic tradition or heritage to our Bread Service on November 18th. Bread bringers hold onto your bread until you are invited to bring your bread forward and share your name and the heritage or ethnic tradition of your bread. For example: “My name is Katie, and this is cornbread from my West Virginia days.” 
We will break bread after the service during coffee hour.
(We'll supply the butter)
One of the most moving and successful services in Unitarian Universalist worship is the Bread Service, usually offered on the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The Bread Service provides a lens for the theme of being a people of memory by remembering and sharing bread passed down through the generations in the various cultural and ethnic heritages within the congregation. It also removes the stigma of oppression that surrounds Thanksgiving, allowing the holiday to become a time of remembrance and gratitude for all heritages and ethnicity. 
Resources for MEMORY
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 Memory?”, we invite parents to ask “What does it mean to be a parent of Memory” or “What does it mean to be a family of Memory?”

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 Memory 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
Sankofa: Paperback , Kindle
Sankofa is the story of the West African bird whose name means ‘go back and fetch it.’ Sankofa represents the past, present and future. Young readers will be introduced to the bird, the special meaning of its name and enjoy a brief jaunt through black history as they journey back into time with Sankofa. 

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (National Geographic) by Catherine O'Neill Grace  
An honest retelling of US Thanksgiving.
Theme connection: The real Thanksgiving story in the US, in honor of November being Native American History month and remembering to bring forward those memories we need to save.

Milo's Museum by Zetta Elliott
“Milo is excited about her class trip to the museum. The docent leads them on a tour and afterward Milo has time to look around on her own. But something doesn’t feel right, and Milo gradually realizes that the people from her community are missing from the museum. When her aunt urges her to find a solution, Milo takes matters into her own hands and opens her own museum!” - Amazon
Theme connection: Helps children wrestle with the question: How does it feel when you and your stories are excluded from your community’s memory?

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
The story of a transgender child based on the real-life experience of Jazz Jennings, who has become a spokesperson for transkids everywhere.
Theme connection : In honor of November's Transgender Day of Remembrance. Being a people of memory on the Transgender Day of Awareness means acknowledging, remembering and supporting the lives of our transgendered people.

“When Mountain Girl states that the family is poor, her parents describe to her the richness in the natural things around them, such as the desert hills and blooming cactus, which makes Mountain Girl realize that her family is wealthier than anyone in the world.” 
Theme connection: a reminder about remembering our values in a world where buying stuff is more important than being good people.


Music and Video
Sankofa:
Celebrate the Ghanaian culture from which we find the Adinkra symbol of “Sankofa” meaning “Go Back and Get It.” Let the music and drums move you into your own memories. 
The drummer is from Ghana and the guitarist is from Nigeria. Sona is from Gambia.



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