Friday, April 4, 2014

Children at the Well: UU Resources for Building Bridges

Children at the Well returns to UUSS for their 5th year! Local youth storytellers share stories from their religious traditions during our all ages worship this Sunday. Our own Coming of Age youth, Samijo Buczeksmith, will tell a Unitarian Universalist story!

Following the worship, anyone interested in talking with the storytellers and/or finding out more about the Children at the Well program is invited to the Emerson room.

Here is some more information about the religious traditions youth will share from...

We will hear a story from the Hindu tradition. Our online Tapestry of Faith UU resource describes Hinduism this way,

Hinduism is an ancient faith birthed in India in a time beyond memory and still practiced by more than 900 million people around the globe. Hinduism is frequently associated with Buddhism, which is logical, since Buddhism grew from Hinduism: The man who became the Buddha was born Hindu. However, Hinduism is distinct, and more ancient. The almost infinite paths to God supported in Hinduism are the result of its unique approach to the human spiritual quest. Hinduism is an indigenous religion with  complexities and a staggering variety of practices.

Here are more recommended online resources on Hinduism.

We will also hear a story from the Muslim tradition, the religion of Islam. Again from our own UU resources,
Islam is the world's second largest faith. Only Christianity has more adherents. Over 1.5 billion people are Muslim, nearly a quarter of the population of the earth and living on every continent. Islam, like Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism, is monotheistic: Muslims believe in one god, whom they call Allah. "Allah" does not mean "God—it means "the God."
Here are resources for sharing information with your children on the religion of Islam. 
We will  hear a story from a storyteller who is Quaker.

The Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, is small in numbers—less than half the size of Unitarian Universalism, with only 300,000 adherents worldwide. Religious soul mates of Unitarian Universalists in many ways, Quakers have had a far-reaching social and political impact, as well as an influence on our own faith, through their commitment to peace, equality, justice, and humanitarian work.

Last, but not least, a story from a UU ritual, the Flower Communion. Here is a list of sources of our UU beliefs.

These sites are part of our Unitarian Universalist Association online curriculum, Tapestry of Faith,  and offer resources for UU faith development for children, youth and adults.