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

Director's Note

 
When you're at that "last straw" moment; when you've "had it up to here," when you're ready to "blow your top" ... give yourself and those around you a break through the practice of patience.  It's not about ignoring what's happening around you or just giving up and walking away.  It's a powerful practice of gathering your inner strength and staying centered in your spiritual heart.  While yelling might be the most immediate response (and, let's face it, the best release), patience can help us speak from the Truth we know about our child, spouse, co-worker, friend or fellow citizen ... that they are God's beloved.  We may not know what is causing them to act the way they are -- and even if we did, it might not make much sense to us.  But our responding from frustration or anger won't make it better and will probably spiral us further into negativity.  Instead, in that peak moment, take a step back.  Taking a physical step back and taking a breath gives you both literal and figurative distance from the edge of the abyss.  Then, looking in that person's eyes, lower your voice and speak your need.  In a chaotic scene, lower and softer tones attract more attention than more shouting.  Just like going into the Silence when we want to commune with the God of our understanding, exercising our patience helps diffuse our own anger and makes us more capable of handling difficulty. 

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:  "Patience is not passive.  On the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength." - Anonymous

Blessings,
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 - "How Can Everyone Win?"  We experience ways in which everyone has a positive outcome.  We'll start with a meditation; read and discuss The Good Samaritan; try cooperative finger-painting; and play a Tug of Peace game.

Unitweens (Gr. 3 - 5):  All Together Now 3 - "I Forgive Myself."  An important part of forgiveness is learning to forgive ourselves.  We'll do a Letting Go activity; read and discuss Peter at Gethsemane; and play a Forgiving Myself game.

Uniteens (Gr. 6-8):  Make a Difference - "What Does Diversity Mean to Me?"  How do we apply our views on diversity?  We explore the power of Different Words; read and discuss "Big at Heart"; and learn about Unity's diversity statement.

YOU (Gr. 9 -12):  Continue exploring "Living Originally" and 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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