Empowering children and teens to embrace and express their inherent divinity.

Director's Note

Perception creates your reality.  It's not uncommon to find people in a group reacting differently to the same situation.  One sees it as funny; one is embarrassed; one is angered; one doesn't seem to care.  And it's all based on how they perceive the event.  Perception isn't necessarily about the facts of something; it's our take -- our interpretation of those facts, colored by our beliefs and attitudes.  It's like the Parable of the Two Villages: 
"A man who was traveling came upon a farmer working in his field and asked him what the people in the next village were like. The farmer asked "What were the people like in the last village you visited?" The man responded "They were kind, friendly, generous, great people." "You'll find the people in the next village are the same," said the farmer.  Another man who was traveling to the same village came up to the same farmer somewhat later and asked him what the people in the next village were like. Again the farmer asked "What were the people like in the last village you visited?" The second man responded, "They were rude, unfriendly, dishonest people." "You'll find the people in the next village are the same," said the farmer." 
When I was 24, I traveled for 4 months around Europe -- sometimes with a friend, sometimes alone.  Without exception, everywhere I went I encountered wonderful people who befriended me, opened their homes to me, and helped me.  My first thought was how lucky I was to have had such positive encounters.  But as I look back on it, I can see how my open, friendly and positive attitude drew those people into my life.  I looked at the world through an optimistic lens and like attracted like.  And sure, you may find exceptions to the rule every now and again; but for the most part, your perception will play a big role in determining the success of your encounters.

Looking for Summer Cool Specialists:  During the summer months, we offer a different cool, interactive class each week for our K-8th grade students.  Will it be Art?  Yoga? Puppetry?  Music?  Dance?  Cooking?  Acting?  Crafts?  Gardening?  It all depends on our Summer Cool Specialists!  What engaging hobby or activity can you share with our Soul School one Sunday this summer?  Do you know someone with an activity they could share?  Contact Kate or look for the sign up sheet in the Atrium.

This Week's Angel Affirmation:  "The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them."

Rev. Kate Jordan, LUT, CSE
Youth and Family Ministry Director

This Sunday in Soul School

Soul School starts at 10:25 am, with our Sacred Circle, where we share the Daily Word, our affirmations for the week, and our Love Offerings.  Please sign-in your child(ren) in the Garden Room by 10:20 am, so we can get started on time.

Unitots (Infant - Pre-K):  Loving childcare in a free-play environment.

Unikids (Gr. K - 2): Celebrating My God-Self 3 - "What is Peace?"  We explore what it means to be peaceful.  We read and discuss The 23rd Psalm; create some Peace Pastel art; and experience a Peace Walk through a Dark Valley.

Unitweens (Gr. 3 - 5):  All Together Now 3 - "Am I Whole?"  Regardless of outer appearances, wholeness is our true Christ nature.  We'll do a Helping the Hunter Treasure Hunt; read and discuss Jesus Heals at the Pool of Bethesda; explore our perceptions in an I Can See Clearly Now activity; discover the Hidden Message in a picture.

Uniteens (Gr. 6-8):  Make a Difference - "Do I Create Peace or Conflict?"  We'll discover what it's like to cast the first stone by doing a Marshmallow Throw and reading the story from the Bible; we'll then do a meditation and create Peace Rocks.

YOU (Gr. 9 -12):  Continue exploring "Living Originally" and finish planning their June 9 fundraiser.

"One Earth Family" with the Jai Jagat Children of India - Sat., May 25 - 5 pm in Chicago

Nimo Patel of Empty Hands Music helped produce this amazing show. Children from underprivileged communities of Ahmedabad, Gujarat are on a world tour to share an inspiring story about how our Planet rediscovered the most important thing humanity has ever known: Love. 

Presented at the Athenaeum Theatre (2936 N. Southport in Chicago), this 90-minute musical-dance-drama will open up your heart and give you and your family an experience of another culture.

If you want to skip the hassle of parking and want to rideshare, sign up in the Atrium (or email Kate) to rideshare with us, then meet us at the UNS parking lot at 3:30 pm on May 25. 

Please click Jai Jagat to purchase your tickets: $13/adult; $8/children and seniors.


Soul School Graduation and Teacher Appreciation on June 9

What a wonderful school year it's been ... and we'd like to celebrate our teachers and the students who are graduating out of their current Soul School class.

My records show our graduating students are:

  • Unitots (Pre-K):  Mia Echevarria
  • Unikids (2nd Gr.):  Quinn Muriel, Dean Sassack, Quinn Vanderweit
  • Unitweens (5th Gr.):  Sammy Blix, Cece Dooley, Wyatt Elzaurdia, Kyra Hanneman, Bella Lindroth
  • Uniteens (8th Gr.):  Mac Colby, Apryl Hanneman, Hanna Lindroth, Holden Schaf
  • YOU (12th Gr.):  Maia Colby
Please reply to let me know if your child will be taking part in our graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 9 -- or to let me know if your child is missing from the list above.
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