“RE”FF Families during Coronavirus Communication

Our Seven Principles: Our principles help us to be the best person we can be. Our principles are the promises that Unitarian Universalist make to one another. (Sunday and Everyday)

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May we keep our UU Faith alive while we apart, but together in our hearts: Keep your UU Faith…Take care of others-cover your mouth if you cough! Care for yourself-Wash your hands!  And love one another-Wipe those Surfaces!  

3.27.2020: Dear Families, during this time of year in REFF we go beyond our UU Principles and begin exploring the “why” of them through exploration of Unitarian Universalist sources. This week I ask us to Contemplate with loving compassion not only as individuals, but as part of our collective grieving.

Grief Expert David Kessler : “We Are Grieving the World We Have Now Lost”: WE Are Grieving the World We Have Now Lost                 

As we grief the world we knew,  let us feel our emotions, not suppressing them by pressing  forward so we can ignore it . The new normal is facing the need to change, and grief is change we don’t want. It is important to mark this passing.  David Kessler says it’s more than acceptance, (that helps us through grief) it’s finding meaning.

**A family storybook: Gather as a family; You’ll need crayons, markers and blank paper, a way to record video/audio gathering. This can be every night event or a once in a while event. You also need punch hole maker and string. Or Binder…

This usually works best if the parents/guardians begin first as role models. It may be a good idea to have everyone in the family choose if there is one storyteller a gathering, or everyone takes turns at a gathering sharing a story.  Pick a theme sometimes helps centering, the story needs to be a true-life event. E.G.  (my first day of school; last time there was a disaster, etc.; the silliest thing happened when I was born, or at the funeral(?))  It can be as simple as…When I was young, grandpa one day…; Make sure every member of the family has a piece of blank paper and access to crayons and pens.

Ring a bell/chime: Ask everyone to be silent for a moment and have someone tell a story. Everyone else, in silence, without asking questions… draws a picture of the story being told. When the storyteller is finished have everyone share the pictures and ask any questions they may have about the story at that time. Then it’s the next person, or the next time turn.

Collect the pictures for a family story book. Punch two or three holes at the end of the book and pull the string through tying a bow or knot that can easily be undone to add more stories. Or use a binder. You may want to do a cover page that says OUUR Families Storybook. Keep Storybook in a special place until next time, it is a sacred chronicle of your family. Hopefully we can share these when we gather again…

3.20.2020: Dear Families, Hope you are doing well and keeping safe! During this time, since we cannot meet in person on Sunday mornings. There will be a Sunday & Any day Service on Fridays.

Extra time  with your children can be part of a shared UU sacred moment on Sunday mornings. A simple chalice lighting, just saying the names of those we love; a quick check-in of how everyone is,  and viewing the pandemic through UU Awareness-with thinking minds, hearts, (washed) giving hands… and reviewing the attached REfrigerator Page.

3.15.2020: Dear Faith Formation Families,

In moments like these it is important for parents and guardians (which all adults are) remember the well-being of our youth includes spiritual, mental as well a physical care. It is our obligation to fill them with hope and UU faith, not despair- and help them work through any anxiety they may be feeling (spoken or unspoken.)  We can empower them with compassion for others, like coughing in your hands/tissue or elbows, self care like washing your hands! In times like this, these can all be seen as part of our Unitarian Universalist Faith Formation spiritual practices of our beliefs and values.

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