Past Youth and Family Curriculum

Theme for the Year 2021: Timeless Wisdom, Evolutionary Vision


July 25, 2021 – Pulled By Vision: Hanging with Spirit  

Affirmation: I look at life through the lens of truth, love, and oneness. I put my trust in the good that must come of everything.

Spiritual Lesson: Stayed on Spirit

Each of us is a miracle connected to every other thing that is. We are surrounded by even more miraculous wonders that, in themselves, are unique in their own way. All of us connected in and through the One Life of God/Spirit.

Creation is more than the physical world that we see because everything comes out of nothingness. More good must come from that which we don’t see right now. We are the channels of the good of the universe; it flows through us when we focus our thoughts and mind on Spirit.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read The Smile That Went Around the World by Patrice Karst, and Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

We will sing along to Woke Up This Morning Stayed on Spirit, and answer the questions, “how did you wake up this morning?”

Creative Expression – Choosing Good As My Life Lens   

Each person creates a unique image, picture, color, design or whatever it is they want to express on their piece of the puzzle that represents love. When they are all completed, we will put the puzzle together virtually, revealing the love flowing through us together.

Connecting: Connection Game  

This is a game of observation where the children have to find some way, shape or form that they have a connection.


July 18, 2021 – Pulled By Vision: Free Your Mind  

Affirmation: The Creative Power of Spirit is moving through me. When I’m pulled by vision, I remember “Just do it!” 

Spiritual Lesson: Free your mind and the rest will follow

Sure, if you think a new thought, you will change your experience, but there’s also something to be said for doing—a time when you have to act—a time when you have to just do it! Divine Creativity flows through you in the form of new ideas and thoughts—you choose which ones to act on. “Treat and Move Your Feet” is to affirmatively pray and then act—or “Move Your Feet!”

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read The Voice by Shel Silverstein and then listen to Dream A World audiobook by Bunny Hill and explore what it means to have a dream and how to achieve it.

Creative Expression – Move Your Feet

Youth play a game of “Instant Action,” quickly naming an action to take when presented with a goal.

Connecting: Move Your Feet dance mural

With music playing, we will create a mural of dancing feet using paint and our handprints


July 11, 2021 – Pulled By Vision: Committed to Transformation

Affirmation: “I welcome change in my life because it helps me grow.” -Peggy Lou Jenkins

Spiritual Lesson: Commitment

Commitment begins when we make a choice, or a decision, that says yes to using our spiritual practices and tools. When we make choices and decisions that say yes to change, growth and transformation, we experience a shift within ourselves. We feel confident, hopeful, full of faith, joy and excitement for this new you, new life or new opportunity, that you are committing to.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will listen to Dream A World audiobook by Bunny Hill and explore what it means to have a dream and how to achieve it.

Creative Expression – My Growth Mindset

Using cut-outs of flowers, stems, leaves, we will create words and symbols for our goals, a personal affirmation, and god qualities we can use to grow with. Youth receive their own seed to nurture and grow as a reminder that just like flowers, our goals need nurturing and our attention in order to flourish.

Connecting: Productive Pandemic

Youth take turns sharing what they and their families accomplished in the last year and describe the journey it took to accomplish their goals over the last year.


July 4, 2021 – Pulled By Vision: Pulled By A Vision

Affirmation: “I trust the Universe. I am in unity with others. I am a peacemaker. I care for the earth and all of creation.”

Spiritual Lesson: Unity

You are invited imagine how the world would look and feel if we all got along. How wonderful it would be if we all shared our resources; treated our planet and each other with respect, acted from kindness, practiced forgiveness, explored our creativity, gave back to the World and lived our lives filled with Peace, Love and Harmony as a Global Family.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch inspirational videos of other kids their age using their talents for good in the world.

Creative Expression – World Unity Wreath

Using print-outs of world flags, we will make a colorful wreath to celebrate are global family that represents the United States on this 4th of July.

Connecting: Practicing Unity – Group Orchestra

Youth write their ideas of how we know we are practicing the idea of unity. We will come up with new ways we can express unity out in the world.

Beginning with one person we will create our own musical sound and one by one others will offer their unique sound that complements the one before until we create our own group rhythm.


June 27, 2021 – The Soul’s Call: The Soul’s Call to Freedom

Affirmation: “My love is powerful. I spread my love, light and joy for the entire world to see, feel and experience.” 

Spiritual Lesson: Self Expression – freedom

Do you have someone in your life who is joyful all the time? They always lighten the mood or put a smile on your face. These people live from their spiritual truth, from the joy, the love and the light of creation at the heart of their very being which gives them freedom. This joy, love and light is in the heart of every being.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch inspirational videos of other kids their age using their talents for good in the world.

Creative Expression – Turning talents into magic

We watch a young girl who shares her 5 tips to having great self-esteem and then youth grab their dream boards and look around their world for evidence of talents that bring them joy. We collaborate as a group to come up with ideas of how to share their joy in small and big ways.

Connecting: Chain Reaction Creation

Youth write their ideas from the activity on strips of paper and then connect them, making a chain of possibilities to refer back to when inspired to share their joy and talents with others.


June 20, 2021 – The Soul’s Call: Evolving With Love – Father’s Day

Affirmation: “Love is the currency that I share with others and it returns to me in many different forms, filling every part of my life with joyful abundance.”

Spiritual Lesson: Spiritual Bank Account of Love

Love is the currency which comes in many different forms, like kindness, friendship, honesty, caring and generosity. When we recycle or pick up trash left behind, water plants, feed animals, help friends, practice peace, stand in faith and bring our joy, we are making deposits into our spiritual bank account.

Meditation:

Youth do a Loving Kindness Meditation for kids

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch an animated short film about a girl who wants to be an astronaut and a loving father who supports her through her challenges.

Music: Not All Hero’s Wear Capes – Owl City

Creative Expression – Acts of Kindness

Youth perform anonymous acts of kindness and leave behind a pay-it forward card to encourage the receiver to do the same by paying it forward in turn. We celebrate our fathers and honor the divine masculine in all life.

Connecting: Our Divine Masculine

It is a good goal to balance the masculine and the feminine vibe to have a healthy and happy life. We take a moment to honor Dad or someone who is like a father to you and feel gratitude because they helped develop this aspect within us with affirmations and a list of simple ways we can embrace our Divine Masculine this summer to help reach our goals.


June 13, 2021 – The Soul’s Call: From Discomfort to Empowerment

Affirmation: “My invisible force is strong and it is with me all the time.”

Spiritual Lesson: Invisible Forces

There are plenty of Invisible forces around us all the time. Things we take for granted, like electricity. We know it can light up a room, or power a car but we can’t really see it. Love is invisible too. We feel it – we share it yet it has no form in substance.

Our Invisible forces never leave us; however, we sometimes forget they exist. Or we limit the full potential and power of those Invisible Forces.

Meditation: Chakra meditation

Youth do a meditation to introduce them to their Chakras

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth learn about Chakras from the book, My Body Is a Rainbow and then watch an animated short story called “One Small Step” about a girl who wants to be an astronaut and her dad who inspires her in magical ways.

Creative Expression – My Chakra Energy Circles

Using a rainbow of colored paper we will cut out “energy circles” to represent each Chakra of our body. One side will have an energy symbol and the other an affirmation for that Chakra. We will practice a short Chakra mediation with our Chakra Energy Circles.

Connecting: Fear to Faith

We will practice a teaching called “Fear to Faith” it is finding the opposite truth to whatever fear we are imagining or experiencing. We will practice together using the Power of our Invisible Force.


June 6, 2021 – The Soul’s Call: Pushed to Love  

Affirmation: “My superpower is finding love when no one can see it.”

Spiritual Lesson:  

The Law knows nothing of big, or small. It does not say I am BiG – I am right! It just says I AM – and it automatically follows through by saying YES.

The same Creative power that exists in us is the same creative power that exists in the ant or the Elephant, we can begin to work WITH Spirit to get through the events and conditions in our lives.

In every situation that feels difficult or challenging, we choose to magnify the joy and love that is our inherent birthright.

Meditation: Qi Gong Routine

Youth experience an active-meditation through Qi Gong movements

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch an animated short film about a mother who learns to accept the beauty around her, allowing her to let go of her grief from losing her child.

Creative Expression – Scribble Masterpiece

We will invite the youth to close their eyes and remember a time that they were sad while they make a design on their paper without lifting their marker. Switching thoughts, they think of something they are super grateful for (time spent with family/friends, something they accomplished, something they are looking forward to). Inviting them to open their eyes, and without too much thought, they will create something beautiful or inspiring from the scribble on their page.

This is a great reminder that even when things look or feel hopeless, we can change perspective and notice the gift in the problem and the beauty that is always around us.

Connecting: Unfolding a miracle

We will take turns describing something we felt sad, angry, or disappointed about. We will create a new story with the same scenarios but with a new perspective, encouraging us to find the gift in problem, and discover what new opportunities we can create from that experience.


May 30, 2021 – Living Boldly: Creating the life I love

Affirmation: “I am boldly creating the life I love in a world I love.”

Spiritual Lesson:  5th Sunday Youth/Adult Service

In place of regular classes, youth join the adult service and share an art creation that demonstrates what they are boldly creating in their world.

All month long youth explored the museum rooms of their mind, becoming aware of creative spaces they are blessed with. They learned about how their emotions drive their interactions with all life. Through the discovery process of viewing famous art work and music, youth learned more about what inspires them and what evokes certain types of emotion. Then youth were invited to boldly move with those feelings and listen to what is theirs to do.

Youth created art based on how they felt when viewing other’s art, they created art based on how they felt about their mother’s, including them in their art piece as a mother’s day gift. Using colors, they created art to invoke emotions from others, and finally they created a specific inspired art piece based on one of their favorite famous artist work and wrote a couplet on how the art made them feel.

For the youth sharing this Sunday, they get to choose their favorite art piece they created this month and describe why they were inspired to create it or share their “artist walk” piece and describe why they chose redraw part of their world the way they did.


May 23, 2021 – Honoring Life: Expressing Life  

Affirmation: “I am open to experiencing all feelings as I connect with life around me.”

Spiritual Lesson:  

We give ourselves opportunities to remember, reflect and honor life/God expressing as each person. This allows our powerful story of love to live on in us and in those we share our story with.

Meditation: Qi Gong Routine

Youth experience an active-meditation through Qi Gong movements

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch a animated short film about a girl who creates her perfect world with art and her playful imagination.

We will select several couplets from the book The Museum and identify the rhyming words. Choosing several of our favorite classic art pieces we learned about this month, youth create words related to the image.

Creative Expression – Expressing Life through Art

Taking elements from our favorite art pieces we have learned about this month, youth create their own rendition drawing, and using their descriptive words relating to the image, they create a simple poem that helps express how their art makes them feel.

Connecting: Sharing My Art

For the following week sharing time, youth are invited to bring art supplies on a walk and spend time recreating what inspires them by drawing their own rendition of what they see and/or using symbols or designs to express new ideas.


May 16, 2021 – This Too Is God: All Is Good – Self Awareness  

Affirmation: “I am open to experiencing all feelings as I connect with life around me.”

Spiritual Lesson:  

It’s easy to see God in the beauty of the world and harder to see God in what we avoid. Embracing the difficult and finding the God-gift in everything, allows us to feel powerfully loved. In their museum tour, youth explore how artists use color to create mood and evoke emotion. Appreciating their range of feelings as part of their God-self, the youth create their own art that reflects being scared, silly, mad and glad.

Meditation: Body Scan Meditation

We begin with a guided meditation where we will do a Body Scan while doing focused body relaxation through breathing and mind awareness.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We watch a read aloud of our month-long book, The Museum by Susan Verde and then explore famous works of art that sometimes invoke a range of feelings. We will talk about how cool colors can produce feelings of sadness, while warm colors can create happiness and energy.

Creative Expression – What Am I Feeling? It’s all God

Youth continue their museum adventure exploring a wide range of different styles of art and pay attention to how each art makes them feel. We will practice coloring with all cool colors and then with all warm colors. We will take a look at our art gift project and discuss how the cool and warm colors work together in balance a we remember to honor all of our feelings as God stuff.

Connecting: Sharing My Art

Youth are invited to share their cool/warm color art pieces with the group and exchange how each piece made them feel.


May 9, 2021 – Revolutionary Love (Mother’s Day): Returning the Unconditional Love  

Affirmation: “Today I open my heart to others by seeing the good in them.”

Spiritual Lesson:  

Unconditional love is a powerfully committed wholly holy revolutionary act that exudes grace, compassion, and boldness. caring for the life of another person without reward except for the inner joy, love and good feelings is an act of Unconditional Love. When we celebrate Mother’s Day, it is our opportunity to celebrate the woman in our lives who care for us by returning to them your own act of unconditional love. On this day we may be celebrating Mothers, Grandmothers, Aunts, Sisters and women caregivers by sharing acts of unconditional love.

Meditation: Friendly Wishes

We begin with a guided meditation where we will ripple out wishes of happiness, safety, and wellness for those we love and out in the world.  

Active Listening: Book/Music

We listen to a reading of Love by Matt de la Pena and Loren Long and discuss the meaning of love using words and images from the book. Youth think about expressing love through art and begin their love art project.

Creative Expression – Art is Love

Youth continue their museum adventure exploring still life and landscape art. Learning to love and appreciate art—and people—from different aspects, they express unconditional love, drawing their moms in a landscape art piece of their own for Mother’s Day.

Connecting: Sharing My Art

Youth are invited to finish their masterpiece Mother’s Day gift with their mother or caregiver.


May 2, 2021 – This Adventure Called Life: Holy Risks  

Affirmation: “I respond to all the wonderous things in the world with my whole being.” -Adrienne

Spiritual Lesson: Holy Risks

We look allowing this “One Life” to show up, taking holy risks to evolve, and taking chances (opportunities) to let our spiritual magnificence be our experience.

“Step inside, no…skip inside to experience a spirit-lifting day of looking, exploring, interacting, and connecting with art, and feel the emotions that art can inspire in all of us.” -Susan Verde

Meditation: Emotional Exploration

We will do a body/mind check-in and name our body’s emotion. Listening to different types of music, we will draw in a facial expression that represents the different feelings the music brings out in us.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will read The Museum by Peter H. Reynolds and tell about our experiences in the past about visiting a museum and define some expressive words that may be used to describe art and feelings.

Creative Expression –  Dance/Physical Expression

We will revisit the art of Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, and Charles Demuch. With our awareness on the movement of the paintings, we will play a variety of music with varying tempos and play a game of freeze pose when the music stops. Then we will draw a self-portrait in our favorite pose.

Connecting: Dancing My Art

Using the example from our book where the young museum-goer becomes “all twirly-whirly” looking at a depiction of The Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh used spiraling lines to create a sense of turbulent motion in the night sky. Youth practice tracing the lines of this painting and then experiment with drawing spirals and curving lines to create their own work of art. Youth take a holy risk by taking turns sharing their art through dance.


April 25, 2021 – Stepping Out, Stepping Up: Courage/Bravery/Confidence

Affirmation: I am so excited to see what moving through this fear will teach me about myself!

Spiritual Lesson: Confidence

“Somehow I can’t believe there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secret of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C’s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy and the greatest of these is confidence. When you believe a thing, believe it all the way, implicitly and unquestionably.” (Walt Disney)

Meditation: 6 Minutes of Courage, Confidence & Positive Energy Yoga

We will participate in a 6 Minutes of Courage, Confidence & Positive Energy active Yoga meditation to start our day.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will watch a TEDx talk from Joseph Wang about his experience being brave beginning with moving from China to London and going to school in a different country and having to learn a new language. He gives tips on what steps to take to keep trying something new.

Creative Expression –  I am Confident key chain

Remember a time when we were confident in what we were doing or saying. Draw a picture of what you looked like in that moment and add the affirmation: I AM CONFIDENT. I AM BRAVE. I DID IT! Add others words that help you feel confident. Make a big drawing and turn it into a sign that you can hang somewhere and see every day Or, you can draw a small picture to fit in a DIY Keychain so you can clip it right onto your bag and take it with you!

Connecting: Butterfly stories

Youth follow the life of a caterpillar along its journey to become a butterfly. Wearing their beautifully fashioned butterfly masks, they will create and tell their story as a butterfly. Then they will tell their story as a human and what they’ve overcome to become who they are today and what they are excited about for their next journey.


April 18, 2021 – Personal Power: Choice -Blessings and Hesitations

Affirmation: “I choose to recognize the power of blessing in whatever I face.”

Spiritual Lesson: Bless-itation

Every new journey we choose to embark on is filled with excitement and anticipation, and there may also be feelings of hesitation.

As we travel along, we discover the blessings and our hesitations on our new path. Additionally, we have the opportunity to recognize the power of blessing whatever is before us and/or triggering us, greeting it with curiosity. What gifts are discovered during moments of bless-itation?

Youth learn more about our emotions and about the phrase “Flipping Your Lid.”

Meditation: Bunny Tail Breathing

Using a cotton ball, youth place in palm of hand and blow the cotton ball gently into their other hand, being careful not to let the ball fall to the floor, repeating several times.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth read a story/poem called Bunny Flips His Lid to teach us how to train our “New Brain” (prefrontal cortex) to switch back “online”, even after our “Old Brain (amygdala) has taken charge. We will read another short story from Eggs for the Hunting by Reg Down about the great cycle and the Egg of Life.

Creative Expression –  Choosing Gratitude

Youth reflect on Easter weekend and fill out a journal about what they remember, what and who they admired, what surprised them, who or what they would like to see again, and when they felt the most relaxed or calm as they remember some of their most wonderful moments of that time.

Connecting: Stop Walk Game

To help train the mind to find the pause before taking any action, youth will play a game that requires focus and a pause before responding.


April 11, 2021 – The Winds of Change: Choice – Embracing Change

Affirmation: I have the power to choose.

Quote: “You cn’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” C.S. Lewis

Spiritual Lesson: Choice -Embracing Change

Commitment to a Vision calls us to embrace change, transformation, and newness. As we boldly step into the unknown, we find ourselves navigating the winds of change, welcoming some and resisting others. We have the opportunity to choose how we are going to live forward.

●When change occurs suddenly and unexpectedly, we may have very strong negative feelings about the change, but if you choose the change, no matter what, change becomes easier.

● When we choose to see things in a different way, we can always find a way to embrace the good in the things we cannot change.

● Building Courage and Faith can help us to embrace change that may make us feel afraid.

● We must be aware, on our journey, of what is the best thing to do and then do it. Awareness is the skill we hone to be able to tap into the field of unlimited possibilities and to know what is ours to do. It is up to you to be aware, to follow your inner guidance and take action. Sometimes we just have to look up and be willing to see where and how we are being called forward.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth read The North Star by Peter H. Reynolds and discuss where they want to go and what signs they have already been shown to get there. We will read another short story from Eggs for the Hunting by Reg Down about the great cycle and the Egg of Life.

Music: I Can See Clearly Now by Jimmy Cliff and Courage to Change by Sia

Creative Expression –  My Constellation

Youth discover that they have many choices in their lives by creating a “map of possibilities” based on their life journey and then navigate their path though the “wind” changes their direction, they know that they can still choose a positive response to something that may seem out of their control.

Using their birth constellation sign (attached) they will plot the events of their lives on construction paper with cut-out or drawn stars and the attached constellation-birth sign chart. After they label event’s next to each star, they will take turns telling the story of how they got to each “star” or accomplishment.

At the sound of “the wind” recording, they must change or add to their story by describing a real or fictitious challenge they faced before getting to the next star on their map.

Connecting: Mindful Choices

Youth are given scenarios or share real experiences and will practice being mindful, or aware, of how often they have choices. We will name as many choices we can think of for that scenario. Whenever you are deciding between two or more options, you are making a choice. We can make mindful choices by considering not just what we think but how that choice makes us feel. When a choice feels good, then it is going to be the right choice.


April 4, 2021 – The Path Less Travelled: Easter

Affirmation:

” Today is a great day to experience all the good that is around me!”

Quote: “Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” -Steve Maraboli

Spiritual Lesson: Easter – Optimism

Just like Nature in the Spring, we can plant new thought seeds inside our minds and hearts, and we can also nurture the seeds we have already planted in our lives and watch them grow and evolve. What new thought seeds do you want to plant and watch grow this Spring? This could be learning a new skill, or practicing being more positive. What is something that you already do or know that you would like to nurture and learn more about, or something you would like to become more skilled? Maybe you like to draw, play an instrument or play a sport, what new goals or experiences can you set for yourself? In the same way that seeds are of a specific kind (apple seeds produce trees that grow apples, pumpkin seeds produce vines and pumpkins), our thought seeds are specific too and it is through our positive thoughts and our positive vision about what our seeds will be like in the future that will help our seeds grow into good things for our life and our world. Having a positive outlook and always expecting the best for your thought seeds create the nutritious soil for your ideas to grow. We call this being optimistic. Optimism is knowing that the outcome will always be the best outcome.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth watch the short animation, Spring about a shepherd girl and her dog who face ancient spirits in order to continue the cycle of life. We will read several short stories from Eggs for the Hunting, a spring tale affirming the joy, humor and mystery of life.

Music: Believe! by Fearless Soul

Creative Expression –  My Dream Garden

Using cut-out pictures of plants in varying stages of growth, youth will create garden scene on paper. They will draw or write their life accomplishments on mature plants, and goals they are working towards on the young plants, and new ideas they are thinking of on the seedlings. This will serve as a reminder of their life accomplishments and remind them that the goals they are working on require tending to and patients as they develop.

Connecting: Easter event: Woodland Easter Egg Hunt

Youth and their families are invited to a Woodland Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy lawn games, snacks, and hunt for Easter eggs amongst the woodland animals. Details on the CSL Newsletter youth page.


March 28, 2021 – Shake It Up; Say Yes: Commitment

Affirmation:

“Today I say Yes! to living my life with courage and commitment.”

Quote: “Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.” -Marica Wieder

Spiritual Lesson:  Committing to saying Yes!

Thought + Feeling = Manifestation is a common equation in the teaching of Science of Mind. We have thoughts all day long about this thing or that thing. When our thoughts are accompanied by a feeling they are activated and take form by using the power of the Universe. When our thoughts are positive, affirmative and in the direction of our highest good, the “Law” of the universe says yes and our experience of life flows with ease and grace. When our thoughts are negative, and our feelings are focused on all the things that are wrong or aren’t going our way then the “Law” says yes to that too and we get more of the things and experiences we do not want. The practice then becomes making a commitment to ourselves to notice where our thoughts and feelings are, so we are better able to turn them around from negative to positive. Our feelings are so very powerful! We have the power to modify our feelings by the way we direct our thoughts. The power of the Universe is always working for us. It is up to us to feel and listen to what it is telling us, then commit to keep saying Yes to all the good we are and all the good we are ready to receive.

Active Listening: Book/Music

Youth will listen to a video book There was a Bold Lady Who Wanted a Star, by Charise Miracle Harper. Younger kids will listen to a video reading of Firenze’s Light by Jessica Collaco about a feisty firefly who discovers the power of her light in this fun and encouraging story of friendship and self-appreciation. Music: I Believe In Miracles by Fearless Soul

Creative Expression –  Magic Screens

The children draw or doodle on a Magic Screen, seeing what serendipity brings, letting go, and creating again while listening to Not Playing Small Anymore by Fearless Soul

Connecting: Grounding/Releasing

Youth participate in a Qi Gong practice for kids.


March 21, 2021 – With Open Arms: Embracing Faith

Affirmation:

Today I see Good everywhere!

Quote: “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” -Helen Keller

Meditations:

We will do nature yoga poses and then listen to youth explain what Faith means to them after discussing our own feelings about faith.

Spiritual Lesson: Embracing Faith  

Faith is believing, and believing is knowing, and knowing is trusting that someone or something is always available to you and supports you in your life journey. Faith can help you activate the good in your life and can be your partner in co-creating your experiences and relationships. Faith is also trusting yourself and your inner guidance, believing in who you are and what you do.

When we use thoughts and feelings of Faith, we co-create with a great power in the Universe. Practice being mindful and explore the mood of your thoughts. Where they are leading you, but most importantly, what feeling is driving your thoughts? Faith or fear? For our greatest good to evolve, we want to always embrace Faith, refocus on the positive and affirm all the good we have in life.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will listen to a video reading of I Think, I Am! By Louise Hay and listen to Believe, a lyric video by Frearless Soul

Creative Expression –  Vision Board work

We invite the children to grab their vision boards we worked on earlier in the year and do a breath and scan of their vision board. We will create affirmation statements for each picture or word on our board, say it aloud, and affirm this truth for each other. Using the SOM Symbol, we will write our affirmation on a printed mandala and say them as we color.

Connecting: Yoga

From last week, we will revisit some of our favorite activities such as taking turns leading a “yoga puppy pose” and when all 12 poses are complete we will shake it off.


March 14, 2021 – Release/Shake It Off: Presence/Self Awareness

Affirmation:

I easily let go of the past and the future so I can enjoy the present -Adrienne Cherry

Meditations:

We will breathe along with The Puppy Mind Poem to help calm our “puppy minds” and listen to author Andrew Jordan Nance read his book Puppy Mind and discuss how living in the past or the future can limit our present experiences.

Spiritual Lesson: Release and Let Go  

There is a Spiritual Law at work all the time in all things. Its job is to say YES. Whatever we think into mind, whatever we feel ~ it responds to us by saying Yes and gives us more of whatever it is. If we are stuck in a rut… the sooner we recognize it we have the ability to shake it off and turn things around. This is often called Releasing. Letting go of the thing that isn’t working for our highest good, so we can make room for the thing(s) that will!

Making mistakes in life is how we grow. The better we are at releasing our fears, doubts and disappointments the faster we are able to return our thoughts to a positive outlook. The Law says Yes to all the good thoughts too – and they GROW!!! So let go of the small stuff and turn your thoughts and feelings to all the goodness you can imagine and watch how fast things turn around.

Active Listening: Book/Music

We will listen to author Andrew Jordan Nance read his book Puppy Mind and discuss how living in the past or the future can limit our present experiences. Our music experience will be a kid-friendly version of Shake It Off (lyric video) by Taylor Swift.

Creative Expression –  Vision Board work

We invite the children to grab their vision boards we worked on earlier in the year and do a breath and scan of their vision board. We will ask of ourselves what we need to let go of in order to achieve my vision. Allowing any negative feelings about any vision to rise to our awareness, we will use a releasing practice to let go of the negative thoughts and end by visualizing that the desired outcome is already coming true.

Connecting: Puppy Yoga Pose Game/Qi Gong

We will take turns leading a “yoga puppy pose” and when all 12 poses are complete we will shake it off with a fun Qi Gong Routine for kids, knowing our body and mind is feeling the present moment.


March 7, 2021 – A High Idea: Presence/Self Awareness

Affirmation:

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Alice Morse Earle

Meditations:

We will do a 5-4-3-2-1 meditation and identify and describe 5things we can see 4things we can touch, 3things we can hear, etc. to practice presence.

Spiritual Lesson: Practicing the Present

Pretend that you are a beautiful aquamarine gem, like the color of a beautiful blue ocean. This is just as Spirit intended you to be. Your vision is clear and you can see for miles. Over time, little by little due to exposure of the elements in your environment, a light coating of dust and hard water mutes the beauty of that which you are. Because of this coating, you don’t see as clearly as you once did, and others cannot see you as clearly either. However, with a little bit of work, you have the power to change your view. You can polish away the coatings of dust and easily remove the accumulation of sediment. Doing so allows you to shine as brightly as you ever did see the world clearly and feel wonderful.

With a little practice each day taking time to notice your thoughts you can choose which to keep ones may need a bit of polishing. If you polish your gem a little every day, you’ll remain bright and clear, present in this moment and self-aware.

Active Listening:

We will read the book Little Squarehead by Peggy O’Neill about Rosa, a lonely young girl who is different from other children–her head is shaped like a square. Tormented by her classmates, Rosa runs deep into the forest where she discovers a mystical pool. In the clear water, she is amazed to see a brilliant diamond shining in her heart. “This diamond mirrors the beauty that shines within you,” a gentle voice tells her.

Creative Expression – Polishing My Gem

We invite the children to say or sing a mantra “I am everything that I’m meant to be in this moment” (music by Allison Davies) each time they break open a piece off of their hidden gem. After their special gem is revealed, they will polish it to shine bright as a reminder of the light inside of them, and to choose thoughts that help them feel good.


February 28, 2021 — Universal Truth: Journey to Freedom

Quote: “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Affirmation: “Mindfulness is my power that helps me rise above any storm at anytime, anywhere, and I am free.” -Adrienne Cherry

Lesson: The Freedom to Choose  

Freedom is our Divine birthright. All people have the freedom to make their own choices. We get to think for ourselves. We pick our own words, do our own things, and make our own choices. That means we get to create our own life, and decide what kind of life we want to live. We get to choose happiness and how we respond to our relationships and the world around us. For every freedom we have, comes the responsibility to make the best choices for ourselves and for each other. Remembering that our Freedom ends where another’s begins.

For every freedom we have, there is also a responsibility. We have the freedom to choose happy, empowering thoughts, or sad and angry thoughts. Our choices often determine the outcome of a situation. By staying grounded in truth and our highest divine self, we tap into our natural power to make positive choices.

Active Listening: Book choice

We will choose from two books, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse: A Retelling of Aesop’s Fable by Eric Blair about honoring ours and others choices, and What Do You Do With a Chance? By Kobi Yamada about taking action on opportunities no matter how small.

Creative Expression: Free to Be Me

We will create a rendition of ourselves showing as many of our unique attributes as we can, and then draw our future self with new qualities and what we want to be. We will play charades acting out what we want to do when we grow up and have others guess what it is.   

Connecting: Freedom and Responsibility Game

With an imaginary ball we choose who will be next to describe what freedom they would like to have in their lives and what responsibility comes with having that freedom. We will discuss consequences to consider when choosing wisely and how confidence and trust plays a role in your relationships and result into having more less freedom to choose.


February 21, 2021 — Universal Truth: One Mind, Infinite Connections

Quote: “Our connection to God is our connection to one another!” CSL Global Vision Statement

Affirmation: I Am One with God, You are One with God, We are One with God

Lesson: The Golden Rule

There is a common thread of truth that runs through almost every religion and faith tradition in the world. Just as a river has many streams and waterways that feed into it and stretch beyond it, so does the practice of The Golden Rule. It is a simple message told in many stories. It flows like the water ways in a variety of paths that lead to the same Universal Truth of Compassion & Oneness. It invites us to consider treating other people the way we wish to be treated.

Active Listening:

We will listen to the story, Do Unto Otters: A book about Manners by Laurie Keller, who highlights how to be a good friend and neighbor by following the Golden Rule. We will discuss how other cultures embrace this idea of The Golden Rule.

Creative Expression:  

Using the image of a river, youth explore the idea of many paths leading to one—one truth, one mind. They will discover their spiritual connection to all life and expand that awareness to how their thoughts and actions contribute to the whole.

Youth create a collage of The Golden Rule using Norman Rockwell Art.

Connecting:

Youth play a game imagining different outcomes when taking an action toward a goal, one resisting the river and then swimming with the river.


February 14, 2021 — One Journey, Many Paths: The Infinite Invisible Heart

Quote: “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours” -Dolly Parton

Affirmation: “I am a healing presence of love.”-Adrienne Cherry

Meditation: Cupid’s Bow Breathing

We will think of a person we want to send loving – kindness to and breath as we draw our invisible bow, breathing out with a shooshing sound, and finally opening up our hands to sprinkle love and kindness down around the person we imagine is in front of us. We repeat three times for different people.

Lesson: Valentines Day Love

Today is Valentine’s Day. A common practice today is to share or send loving greetings, sometimes anonymously, with friends, or family members. But what about you? Did you remember to send yourself a love note? Loving ourselves is a way of honoring the unique expression that we are. We may all look different on the outside, each having distinct elements that are individual to just us. However, we are all the same on the inside. Learning to appreciate what makes us unique and recognizing the things we have in common with others, helps build Unity and connectedness. Unity in Nature is a beautiful and natural thing. Every creature has a role to play in this thing called Life. Just like we do. We are on a journey of discovering. That means being open to new ideas, new foods, new traditions, new ways of looking at things. It also means loving ourselves just the way we are and appreciating the gifts we bring to the world. What new thing have you learned recently that you didn’t know before? Or what new thing have you learned about yourself? What makes you uniquely you?

Active Listening: We will explore the book Zen Pig: Where You’ll Find Love, by Mark Brown and discuss all the places we can find love and leave love for others to find.

Creative Expression: Packing Presence

Youth explore through story and music what is uniquely special about who they are and practice connecting their heart and mind when manifesting their goals. Youth will pack an invisible suitcase filled with symbols of their talents, skills and beliefs. Using the infinite Spirit as their guide, they will add other qualities that will help them along in their journey.

Connecting: We will make origami hearts for someone in our class and then someone else special to us.


February 7, 2021 — One Journey, Many Paths: A Clean Slate

Affirmation: “Today I express my Spiritual essence by spreading joy, kindness and love to everyone I come in contact with.”  Susan Robinson, RScP

Lesson: Self Awareness

Because we are not bound by precedent but by Principle, we are readily able to surrender form to experience and embody Spirit directly. We enter into a mode of deconstruction where the All is ever present and yet the ways in which we experience It are done in new meaningful ways.

There is an encouragement in this teaching to pay attention to our feelings, to listen and observe our thoughts and to spend time every day in some level of spiritual practice, like meditation, prayer, study, silence and/or mindful contemplation.

Creative Expression: Gifts of the Present

Youth will practice releasing the thoughts of the past, releasing expectations of the future and experience the gift of the present. Youth explore what having a clean slate means to them and how it feels when we are given that gift. We will have fun building something magnificent, honoring our creativity and then starting over from scratch.


January 31, 2021 — Upward Movement: 5th Sunday Youth/Adult Service!

Instead of our regular youth zoom this week, we will come together in community and join the adult service zoom to help Rev David share in the lesson topic, Looking Above.

Looking Above – We never forget that behind (and above!) it all is God.

As we advance through our year and continue allowing the evolutionary impulse of Spirit to work through us and our communities, we do so remembering and committing to the upward journey of Divine Unfoldment.”

SUMMARY: Looking Above. We can take it literally and look to the skies, or heavens as it is often called, however, the “higher” perspective is to remember that there is a Power and a Presence that is greater than all Life. Its nature is LOVE, and Peace. It is called by many names, Divine Source, Spirit, God, Universal Presence… yet no one name can define its magnificence or magnitude. Each of us is a living expression of this magnificence. Every movement and moment of change starts with purpose, with intention, with one. With me. With you. We will watch a video showing how 12 kids of various ages took action during the Pandemic.

Creative Expression:

Youth and teens share their Vision Boards and speak to what it means to them to accomplish some of their goals. Teens will share some of their experiences from 2021 Winter Teen Camp inspired by the topic of Looking Above.


January 24, 2021 — Upward Movement: Looking Ahead with Love and letting love lead

SUMMARY: We are “Looking Ahead” at our Journey with Love! Love comes in many forms. It shows up in acts of kindness and the ways we take good care of our bodies. It shows up in the way we love our family or our pets. It shows us how we treat others with respect and it shows us how we love ourselves. Love and feeling of Love helps guide us through our Lives. Each of us has this loving power. We can tap into it when we are having a bad day, or when we just can’t seem to get things to work out the way we thought they would. We can also use it as the foundation upon which we stand and live from as we journey forward in life. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take a moment and just breathe. We can also ask ourselves the question… What would Love do? Then listen for the most loving response and keep moving forward.

Affirmation: I look ahead with love in my heart for myself and the world.” Susan Robinson, RScP

Meditations: Heart Blast Mindfulness Practice -guided

Music: Love Is The Only River

Lesson: Looking Ahead with Love

As we head out on the open road of life, it is important that we pack according to the weather and conditions we expect, and it is also important that we prepare for some surprises along the way. If we pack only shorts, even though bad weather is expected, it might seem foolish; yet if we bring only raincoats and heavy sweaters, we will really be uncomfortable on that unexpectedly sunshiny day. As you prepare for your Life Journey ahead, make sure to take things you think you will need and the things you like you might need as situations may present themselves along the way. The Spiritual Practice of mental equivalents and the practice of Visioning, together with our attention and focus on Love and the feelings of Love, are planning tools to help us determine where we want to travel in life and what qualities we will need to have for our journey and for when we have arrived.

Active Listening:

We will read The Ok Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal which celebrates the real skills and talents children possess, encouraging and empowering them to discover their own individual strengths and personalities

Creative Expression: Read Between the Lines

This week we practice active listening and sharing how we feel with no real words being used. Encourage them to fully convey the meaning of what they want to share while not using the real words. The speaker is asked to keep their thoughts and feelings firmly in mind as they say the nonsense words. This sacred practice allows the speaker to convey their deepest feelings in complete confidentiality.

Connecting: 2021 Vision Board

We will share our vision board with our friends and describe what is on our board and prepare to share with our community the following Sunday.


January 17, 2021 — Upward Movement

“We are all ONE and when we help others we are helping ourselves.”

SUMMARY: Oneness is the invisible essence of life that connects and unites us with all of creation. Each of us breathes the breath of Life. We all have the ability to tap into the same life loving energy and we do this in our own unique way. Each and every one of us is an expression of Divine Good, a loving essence of energy that radiates goodness, love, peace, joy and light into every aspect of life. This God power or Good power resides in us equally and it is up to us to activate it, to cultivate it and to celebrate and share it every day.

Affirmation: “The Unity of all Life beats in the rhythm of my heart.” -Susan Robinson

Meditations: Heart Math Breathing/Coherence -A guided meditation encouraging caring, kindness and compassion radiating Oneness around us, our community, our world, and out to the universe.

Lesson: “There is unity in our diversity. The highest good for you becomes the highest good for others. What you do for yourself, you do for others. What you do for others, you do for yourself. A magnificent journey from me to we. I am you and you are me. The feeling of Unity is the feeling called love. Love is the energy that brings us together. We are a worldwide community, a global village. Our differences do not have to create divisions. Our contrasts do not have to create conflict. Variations in our beliefs do not have to bring violence into our lives. Be the change you wish to see in the world. One earth, One world, one planet. Or, Power with, not power over.”

When we remember we are all a part of the same life and we act from our shared Oneness, we experience our life from a place of common good!

Active Listening: We will read I Am ONE -a book of action by Susan Verde and discuss an action step we can take on a goal we have.

Every movement and moment of change starts with purpose, with intention, with one. With me. With you.

We will watch a video showing how 12 kids of various ages took action during the Pandemic.

Creative Expression:

We will create something unique from clay, understanding that the original form can be symbolic of universal energy and what we each create from that is both unique and is a necessary expression from source that benefits the whole world.

Connecting: 2021 Vision Board

We will share our progress on our vision board with our friends and describe what is on our board and how sharing our dreams can be a powerful way to get energy around accomplishing our goals.


January 10 — Upward Movement: In Perfect Harmony – here and now

SUMMARY: When we practice being in the Here and Now, we practice bringing ourselves into a state of Harmony with ALL that surrounds us and is us. In the state of Here and Now, we embrace our complete Oneness while accepting our individual Uniqueness. In this state, we Love everyone and all things unconditionally. Remembering this, we can help ourselves and others to accept and celebrate our own differences, to let go of judgment or that we are being judged and know that everyone belongs.

Affirmation: I am peaceful and in harmony with the natural world around me.

Meditations: Mindful Seeing -Present Moment Meditation -we explore all that we can do mindfully in a moment.

Music: I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing by Demi Holborn and Living in Harmony by Acapella Kids

Lesson: In Perfect Harmony -here and now

Having an Inner Peace within ourselves puts us in Harmony with God, the Universal principle, our True Selves and all the people, things and experiences which surround us. Harmony is created by embracing and accepting the knowing of our Oneness and our Uniqueness. Music demonstrates that although an orchestra or choir consists of different instruments, people and sounds, they can still create one powerful harmonious sound by resonating, or vibrating on the same scale. Sometimes it helps to notice if we are tuned in to what we are doing, or if we are tuned out. If we are tuned out, it’s likely that we feel some degree of struggle.

What are some other ways you help yourself become present to the now? (meditation, mindfulness, yoga, stretching, hydrating our body, having a healthy snack, doing something creative) When life feels a little, or a lot, overwhelming, turning to Nature can bring us back into Harmony with the here and now. We too can find this Harmonious connection with ourselves, nature and all people.

Active Listening: Orchestra Tuning/Warm Up

We will experience the sounds of an orchestra warming up and then listening to the performed song, symbolic of how when we feel chaos versus feeling in harmony when we are being present and in the flow of our surroundings.

Creative Expression: Harmony Mandala

We will create a Mandala using different types of objects and make a repetitive pattern. Alternately, we will color our harmony Mandalas.

Connecting: 2021 Vision Board

We will share our vision board with our friends and describe what is on our board and what it will feel like once we accomplish each of our goals.


January 3, 2021 — Upward Movement: We Can Be Heroes

Affirmation: “My faith gives me courage and I believe in myself.” – B. Hull

Meditations: Superhero Stance and Spiderman/woman Breathing, Confidence Meditation video

Music: “The Cape” -Guy Clark

Lesson: We Can Be Heros

Heroes have great adventures. What makes someone a hero? What qualities or values do they possess? What do they do? What kinds of actions do they make? What kink of self-talk do they have? Positive or negative? How do heroes overcome their obstacles? Do they have special powers or tools they use? Who are your heroes? What hero qualities do you see in yourself? Have you ever been a hero to someone? What would you consider your superpower?

Every hero is prepared for adventure with the thoughts, feelings and wisdom they need to be successful. In order to be prepared for our daily adventures there are things we need to take along with us. First, we will need a VISION (thoughts/ideas) of our mission, so we know where we are going or what we are doing. We will need NOURISHMENT (spiritual practices) along the way so we stay full of strong positive thoughts and feelings. We will also need some WISDOM tools (spiritual principles to help us when obstacles (fear, self-doubt) appear to get in our way.

You can create a Superhero Adventure in your life for the New Year. Super heroes overcome great obstacles. What are some things you want to experience this year that may be a little difficult? Name it so you can Frame it & Claim it! What is your Vision for yourself? What kind of Thoughts or Actions will strengthen you on your adventure? What good Qualities will help you overcome mental, emotional or physical obstacles?

Creative Expression:

Superhero Adventure Cape

Draw or make a cape and write your qualities, values, strengths on it. Make special symbols for your superpowers. Create a piece of art with a statement such as “LOVE is my Superpower!”

Plan Your Adventure!

Create a map to help guide your Thoughts/Ideas/Dreams towards your Goals. Decide on your adventure and what qualities or superpowers you will need on your adventure. Write them down, cut out magazine pictures, make symbols or draw pictures showing the path to your dream.

Connecting: Go On an Adventure

We participate in a role-playing activity where someone begins an adventure story and everyone takes turns adding to it and overcoming obstacles along the way.

Our Theme for the Year 2020:
Spirituality in Action 

December 27, 2020 — Celebrating Divine Truth: Making Magic

Affirmation: 

Every part of my being vibrates with the radiant joy of Spirit”

Susan Robinson RScP

Spiritual Quote:

“Spirit is right where you are. Spirit fills all space, flows through all form, creates everything, governs everything through love, controls everything through law, and expresses life and beauty in everything.”

This Thing Called You – Ernest Holmes

Spiritual Lesson: New Year Intentions

Youth experiment making magic with intentions. Looking at experiences from the last year, we consider if there is anything left to do. Youth will make a plan to complete or resolve those issues and imagine the amazing new things they want to create. Coming from a place of happiness while setting our intentions, we act on them with joyful expectancy. When we come from a place of happiness while setting our Intentions, we will act on them with joyful expectancy. Youth make a present for their future.

As we learned a few weeks ago, happiness is an inside job. Meaning, nothing on the outside of our lives makes us a happy person. Happiness comes from within.  When we come from a place of happiness while setting our Intentions, we will act on them with joyful expectancy.

Activity or Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

We will have a year-end class party, create New Year Party Hats, and celebrate all we’ve accomplished and learned this year! We will invite families to create a “Family” intention list for the New Year together.


December 20, 2020  Celebrating Divine Truth: Cultivating Light

Affirmation: 

“The Spirit within me fills me with Love, Joy and Peace”

Adapted from LSOM pg. 410

Lesson:

There are so many ways to celebrate and experience the Spirit of the Holidays. Almost all celebrate the return of Light in one form or another. Another common practice is to go into or practice Silence. For some, silence is found through meditation. In others it is found in prayer.

Here is a passage from our teaching that speaks to the practice of silence.

“Sometimes we enter this silence in a momentary flash of consciousness. Sometimes we travel laboriously toward it. Sometimes we seem to miss it. But, at all times we should be conscious of its existence. … All ways are good ways. But our way must be our way and not the way of someone else.”

LSOM pg.422

However it is you choose to celebrate this holiday season remember to make and take time for you. Even a few moments of sitting quietly alone in silence has the magnifying power to energize and illuminate the path of life before you.

Creative Expression: Youth explore cultivating the light through the silence of the holiday spirit. Around the world people celebrate the return of light in different ways. We explore the common practice of silence to magnify the power to energize and illuminate the path of life before us. Youth make a present of light for their spirit.


December 13, 2020 – Celebrating Divine Truth: Preparing the Way

Affirmation: “I feel the pull of my dream calling me forth and I answer, unafraid to take that step to make my dream come true.” -Adrienne Cherry

Spiritual Lesson: Preparing the way through kindness

We are born to be happy, to live creatively, to love, to sing, to dance and to express ourselves to the fullest.” Adapted from LSOM pg406

By recognizing the Christ consciousness within, we express kindness to ourselves in times of sadness and joy. We will use our knowledge of tapping and the “I Am” affirmation to remember that we are love. Youth make a present for their consciousness.

Our mindfulness practice today is a good place to start. In fact we can change the words a bit to say “I AM filled with loving-kindness, I AM well, I AM peaceful and at ease and I AM happy”.  The truth is we are filled with loving kindness always, even when we don’t feel it. It never leaves us completely – we just sometimes forget.

Active Listening:

We will learn that kindness and love expressed to ourselves and to others creates a strong path forward toward our dreams. Using our SOM principals and mindfulness tools, we empower ourselves to weather any storm and to take on the gifts that match our energy.

We will watch an animation about how mindfulness empowers us.

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg – YouTube

Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

We will share together some of the things we can do to express kindness to ourselves when we are feeling down, sad or anxious. What do you do to remember your Good?

Youth make a present for their divine consciousness.


December 6, 2020 – Celebrating Divine Truth: Welcoming the Shadow

Affirmation:

I release all people, place and things from expectation.

I allow Creation to be what it is.

I open myself to see the good.

Spiritual Lesson: Forgiveness the path to freedom

“It is impossible for us to have a sense of being forgiven while we condemn others.” Ernest Holmes

The Holiday Season is upon us. What better time than now, to set down thoughts that no longer serve our highest good, or to release and forgive our friends or family that we might disagree with. It’s no fun to carry angry or frustrated tension in our body; in fact it might even hurt a little or a lot!

In fact right smack in the middle of our Global Vision statement it reads –

Where FORGIVENESS is the norm.  (Full copy attached below)

There is also a huge sense of freedom that comes from releasing the energy we hold when we are in a state of anger, frustration, disappointment or any other feelings we may carry in our minds and bodies when we are unwilling to forgive.

It’s also good to remember that forgiveness is NOT telling someone that

“It’s OK that you did that.” Forgiveness is not condoning (accepting) bad behavior it is about releasing the hurt feelings for your own well being.

Now that we know this, we can practice it and we can shake off all the lingering effects so that we can get on with the business of being joyful, happy, loving and kind.

Active Listening:

We will watch a “A Short Story about Self-Criticism” by Alfred & Shadow about facing our shadows and naming what we need. By showing vulnerability we show and grow our inner strength. We will name some of our critical thoughts -our shadows. We will write a letter to our shadow, thanking the shadow for caring, and then direct the shadow with words that are helpful to you.

We will watch the video “You are not your thoughts” about learning the skill of observing our thoughts without judgement, just curiosity and practice letting go of thoughts we attach to and believe but are not our truth.

Creative Expression – Holiday Crafts and Gifts

Youth will make a present for their shadows to honor it as a part of who they are and to demonstrate their power to guide it in the way that is best for them.  


November 29, 2020 – Living as Compassionate Conduits: The Grateful and Cheerful Receiver

Affirmation:

“Today I recognize all the gifts of Spirit that fill me with Gratitude.”
~ Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Lesson: Receiving and Giving in Gratitude

“We do not need to do, have, or be anything to be worthy of receiving our own acceptance and kindness. Instead, we can turn towards ourselves, extending the gifts of more merciful appreciation for every aspect of who we are, exactly as we are. All of it. Here. Now. Perfectly imperfect. Imperfectly perfect.”  Kristi Nelson – Gratefulness.org

Gratitude is something we practice every time we say “Thank you”. In fact you probably practice gratitude many times a day without even thinking about it. When we do focus our attention on it or all the things we are grateful for, it has the power to lighten our mood, our day and even the people around us.

When we approach each day with a grateful heart we open ourselves to the infinite possibilities available to us in Spirit.  We become the open channel to receive our good.  When we practice gratitude by counting our blessings or listing a few things we are grateful for before we go to sleep, we acknowledge the abundance of love that is present in our lives and in so doing create peace and harmony in our mind, body and spirit.

What are some of the ways you practice gratitude?

Active Listening:

We will watch a video reading of the book, “The Secret of saying Thanks” by Douglas Wood and listen to the song “Grateful by John Bucchino. We will discover that when we are able to receive, coming from a place of worth and kindness toward ourselves, that it becomes easier to give.

Creative Expression: Speaking Gratitude

Youth and Teens will be invited to create art, a poem or a short story/video describing their most inspirational gift they received this year.


November 22, 2020 Theme – Right Action: Understanding and Compassion

Affirmation:

“I allow divine love and wisdom to guide me to actions that serve the highest good of all concerned.” Rev. Gregory Toole

Spiritual Lesson: Morality – Understanding – Compassion

Today’s word is Morality. Per Dictionary.com – Morality is defined as – “principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behavior.”  (Read or review today’s SOM point of view written above.)

Last week we talked a bit about morality as values and virtues. When we know what our personal values are, we are better able to make choices that match those values.

When we are living from our authentic selves, we tap into the oneness that connects us all. Doing this allows us to make choices that are not only good they are directed from and to the highest good for everyone.

Even when we slip up and act or react from a place of judgment, anger or upset, which we will do from time to time, we can start again. There is no limit to the creative intelligence or the power of Spirit that is the core of who we are. It is the source of love that guides us to right action and moves us from fearful places to loving places.

With Thanksgiving coming up this next week, let’s start shifting our thoughts from where ever they are in this moment to a place of Gratitude.

Active Listening:

We will watch a video reading of the book, “The Three Questions” by Jon J Muth and discuss how we can know how to be our best and know the right thing to do. We learn that simply our intent to be our best right now will give us all the answers we need to know what to do when the time comes to make decisions.

Creative Expression: Gratitude Games

With Thanksgiving approaching this coming week, it’s a great opportunity to shift our thoughts to Gratitude and things/people we are grateful for. The game below will be a fun way to wrap up our circle time and lead us into the creative activity.

Gratitude Game: we will each have some colored pick-up sticks and say a certain type of thing we are grateful for that corresponds to the color of stick we pick up.

Parents will be given directions for a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt game to play as a family.


November 15, 2020 Theme – Spirituality: Leading from the Heart

Affirmation:

“Today I remember to let my Heart guide me and act from a place of loving kindness with everyone I meet” Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Lesson: Leading from the Heart-exploring our morals

Not all of us will be in a position as leaders, however all of us have the ability to act within our moral values, doing what is right and true and in so doing we are an example for those around us to do the same. When we are in alignment with our good – our Universal truth and Source energy we have all we need to act and/or react from kindness, compassion and our shared humanity.

Active Listening:

We will watch a video reading of the book, “The Golden Rule” by Ilene Cooper and discuss how we can find ways to engage other’s in a way that they may want to be treated instead of a way that may be easy or just make us happy.

Creative Expression:

We will explore why certain values (generosity, kindness, love, patience, honesty, responsibility, determination) are important and how the values work in our life.

Now that we have some great examples of how to lead from our heart and act from loving kindness, we will put these new ideas to work with our friends, family and community by brainstorming ideas of how as children we can be of service.

We will create leaves for our giving trees that describe the ways we can serve others and our family to be displayed at home.


November 8, 2020 Theme – Spirituality: Self-Mastery

Affirmation:

“All that I am is a reflection of the One; all that I do in word and deed is my expression of my highest Self in Mastery.” Rev. Joanne Faith Boruck

Spiritual Lesson: Choosing Compassion  

Self-Mastery is like having a special super power that helps to guide us to be our best self with our words (how we communicate), our deeds or actions (the things we do), and our reactions (the way we respond to an event or others).

Self-Mastery is very much like Integrity. It is doing what is right and good when no one is watching, yet it takes it a bit deeper. When we are acting with self-mastery, we are paying close attention to what we do our say. And, we do not need praise or recognition from others to validate our actions, words or deeds. Instead, we know we are being our best selves and doing the best we can in every moment. It is being the best Spirit self we can be, always coming from our highest good for the highest good of all.

One way we can help ourselves to act/react from a place self-mastery is to place our hand on our heart and ask ourselves the question, what would Spirit/God do? Then listen for the highest good to show us the way.

Remember Spirit is right where you are in every moment, guiding you to be the best you that you can be. 

Active Listening:

We will watch a video reading of the book, “When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner and discuss how we can find ways to discover our gift of choice and opportunity if we are willing to step into our spiritual greatness.

Creative Expression: My Mandala – its in the details.

Youth will be creating their own Mandala as a meditation tool.   


November 1, 2020 Theme – Spirituality: Divine Authority to Choose

Affirmation:

“Freedom is the ability to love myself as I am.” Rev. Martha Quintana

Spiritual Lesson: Choosing Compassion  

To try to define what it means to be spiritual is like trying to explain what wind looks like. We know what wind feels like, how it carries particles and objects and whirls them through the air. We can describe what it feels like when we are standing in it, but it isn’t so easy to describe what it looks like because wind itself is invisible, yet there is no denying that it exists.

Being spiritual is closely related to having high moral standards or virtues and values, such as kindness, consideration, compassion and grace especially when faced with adversity and conflict. It is finding common ground, honoring different perspectives and being present to what is.

We are not and cannot be responsible for the behavior of others or their choices. We can only be responsible for our own. When we take the time to think before we act or re-act and remember to come from love, compassion and kindness, we align with our higher self and our highest good. In this way we by example, express our Spirituality and in so doing give others permission to do the same.

Active Listening:

We will read the book, “What do you do with a Chance? By Kobi Yamada and discuss how we can find ways to discover our gift of choice and opportunity if we are willing to step into our spiritual greatness.

Creative Expression:

Youth receive a special box and stones to create their own personal daily affirmation inspiration to choose from.  


October 25, 2020 Monthly Theme: Cosmic Connections

Weekly Theme: Bridges That Last

Affirmation: With an open heart, I listen to understand others. I treat them the way they wish to be treated.

Opening question:

Where is God? Where is God not? These can be hard questions… we believe that God is in and through all things. The chair you sit on, the air you breathe, the food you eat. Is there anywhere where God is not? How do we find God in those things that we do not like? Is God in a bully? Is God in a drug addict? Is God in a politician that believe the opposite of what we believe? How do we move through our days and our lives demonstrating that God is in those things that we do not like?

Spiritual Lesson:

The Platinum Rule is more compassionate and inclusive than the Golden Rule.

● The Golden Rule says: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Or, more simply phrased, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.”

● The Platinum Rule says: “Treat others the way they want to be treated.”

● The Platinum Rule takes into account the other’s feelings, ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and cultures. It shifts the focus of relationships from “this is what I want, so I’ll give/do it to everyone else” to “let me first understand what they want and then I will give them/do that.”

● The Platinum Rule invokes a more sophisticated level of compassion and inclusion by honoring the diversity of humanity while simultaneously recognizing our Oneness.

Active Listening:   

We will listen to an original song based on Peter H. Reynolds book, Say Something. This song will encourage us to speak out about our feelings. After listening to the song, we will read the book and discuss the message about finding your voice and building bridges along the way.

Creative Expression – Say Something workbook

We will fill out our printed Say Something workbook and fill in the speech bubbles with things we can say to express our feelings in many different ways to strengthen our connections with others.


October 18, 2020 Monthly Theme: Cosmic Connections

Weekly Theme: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Affirmation: “I AM connected to ALL Life”

Spiritual Lesson:

“Know that you are God/the Universe and that anywhere you focus your consciousness, you create reality in one of the infinite physical and nonphysical realms. It all begins with thought, contemplation, prayer, dreams, plans, desires or any method of focusing your consciousness.

Opening question:

Who is responsible for how your life is right now? Your parents? You? Your teachers? God? How is that true? How is that not true? We know everything is made of the stuff of God, and we know that we are each unique expressions of God. How do we take credit? How do we assign blame?

Active Listening: After reading Hey, Little Ant about perspectives, we discuss ways we are responsible for our lives and how we can choose to express the creative intelligence of the universe as God in Action.

Creative Expression – Art is in Everything

We will use unusual objects such as: sponges, forks, q-tips, aluminum foil, leaves, food (cut up apples, potatoes), stencils, found or recycled items, etc. to create an art piece using something other than brushes. The more abstract the better! Have fun mixing colors, textures, and materials. Everyone will be invited to share their unique masterpiece.


October 11, 2020 Monthly Theme: Cosmic Connections

Weekly theme: Inextricably Connected

Affirmation: “I AM connected to ALL Life”

Spiritual Lesson: This month our focus is on Unity – cherishing the Human Family and recognizing the One-ness of everything. “If we think of ourselves as being separated from the Universe, we shall be limited by this thought, for it is a belief in separation from God which binds and limits..” ~ Ernest S. Holmes

A. Love yourself (your personal consciousness) unconditionally

B. Love your broader self (other people) unconditionally

C. Love the nonhuman aspects of the Universe/God

D. Love God/the universe

E. Identify and transcend all negative feelings of hate, indifference, anger, dislike, embarrassment or any emotion that feels unpleasant.

“You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger” – Buddha

Opening question: Think about a time when you have felt separate. Usually this comes from a negative feeling or experience. Feeling isolated and alone is a real feeling, but it is not the truth. What can we do during these times of distress to remember our Oneness?

Active Listening: We will read the book “How do You Hug a Porcupine?” By Laurie Isop and talk about how expressing love and affection is all about meeting each person (in this case, animal) where they are at.

Creative Expression – Story Prompts 

We will take turns building a story with a prompt relating to a character who faces adversity and chooses her life path’s based on love.


October 4, 2020 Monthly Theme: Cosmic Connections

Weekly: Just Like Me

Affirmation: “We are all connected to each other.” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Spiritual Lesson: “We are all connected to each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

This month we are building on the September lessons of Love. Focus conversations on the connectedness of everyone, everything, every being. Consider how we take care of the Earth, our pets, our home, our family, and our friends. We will use inspirational books such as One Good Deed by Terri Fields to open and guide these conversations.

Opening question: When do you feel connected to someone or something “outside” of yourself? Identify some thing or someone to whom they feel a strong connection.

Creative Expression – Unity Poster

Each person traces their hand and forearm (or you trace it for them if younger… you can even use hand-shaped cut-outs). They decorate their hand with bright colored markers… coloring the ENTIRE hand and then cutting it out. These hands are arranged in the shape of a heart around an inspirational quote describing how together, our uniqueness gives us power.


September 27, 2020 Theme: Transcending Fear

Weekly Topic: Light-Heartedness

Affirmation:  “I am the high flying vibrational frequency of love and light. I broadcast this message to all of God’s creation.” Rev. Michelle Ingalls

Spiritual Lesson: – You are a Spiritual Broadcasting Station!

“We are vibrational beings. We are constantly broadcasting into creative law the particular vibrational frequency of our thoughts, beliefs and feelings. Every feeling, belief and thought has a natural vibrational frequency. We attract to ourselves the same vibrational frequency we’re tuned into, much like a radio dial that tunes into a particular frequency. (Think of tuning a radio receiver to the frequency to reach a clear radio station)

God, as First Cause, is the original broadcasting station, extending Its vibration out into all of Its creation.” Rev. Michelle Ingalls

“Love and all of its relatives; compassion, kindness, joy and many more, produce higher vibrations than those related to fear.” Rev. Michelle Ingalls

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” Nikola Tesla

The cool thing is, once we recognize where are energy is, if it needs a course correction WE have the ability to change it! Remember, the Law of Spirit always says YES, it returns to us exactly what we broadcast out.

Attentive Listening: We will watch some very cool videos of sound vibrations using fire, water, salt etc. There is also one showing different patterns of salt reacting to HZ/hertz frequencies.

Creative Activity – My vibrational frequency – Energy balls

Everyone rubs their hands together fast, feel the warmth build, then slowly pull your hands apart from each other a few inches. Feel the strings of electricity, like tingles in the palm of your hand. Shape the energy into a ball. Keep it small so it can eventually fit in one hand. Feel its weight, size and shape.


September 20, 2020 Theme: Transcending Fear

Weekly Theme: Zone of Genius

Affirmation: 

“Today I stand in my truth, a child of God full of Light, Love, Power and Potential” Susan Robinson, RScP

Spiritual Lesson: The Consciousness that Heals

Or… Inner Guidance

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy went on a magical journey in a land far, far away. Along the way she found some new friends and traveling companions and came up against those who wanted to sabotage her journey and those who wanted to control the outcome, even some who wished to harm her.

But she stayed the course no matter what challenges, obstacles and adventures she encountered because she thought that this journey was the way she and her friends would finally find the answers to their questions and she could go home.

It wasn’t until the illusion was shattered that she realized she had had the answer all the time. The ruby slippers that she had been wearing took her home when she was ready. She had discovered that the answer was within her all the time.

Pay attention to where you place your faith!

We all have an Inner guidance system that leads us in the direction of our highest good. It is the Consciousness that heals!

Attentive Listening:

We will watch a video book reading of “The House That Jane Built” by Tanya Lee Stone and share what we are passionate about and what we could do with our talents. We will discuss the importance of following our passions and asking questions about life.

Activity or Creative Expression – My Here to There Maze

The youth will create a picture of a “here” place, feeling, emotion or god quality that they are experiencing now…  and a “there” picture of something they would like to see, visit or experience in the future.

Youth will receive a paper template to recreate the 1907 Hull House community from the story The House That Jane Built.

Youth will receive a Palmer House Brownie recipe to make for their family.

Physical Activity: We will play a Reaction! game over zoom!   


September 13, 2020 Theme: Transcending Fear

Weekly Theme: Wisdom

Affirmation: 

Health, wealth, radiating love and creativity are mine to be embraced and expressed in every now moment.” Rev. Moira Fox

Spiritual Lesson: One Healer

This month we are looking at the topic of revealing Wholeness as a way of transcending fear. We often say in our affirmative prayers, we are whole, perfect and complete. That phrase speaks to the changeless internal presence of Spirit/God within us.

Our outer experience of the world may not look whole, perfect or complete all the time. Life has a way of teaching us lessons through trials and errors that are the pathway for us to grow and learn. Often in times of trial or error, we become sad or angry or a variety of other emotions that don’t necessarily feel good, and they certainly don’t feel perfect! If we linger to long in the negative thoughts in our mind, it has the effect of becoming a mental monster of our own creation!

In order to tame the monster, it’s helpful to use our spiritual tools. Take a moment to have 3 long slow breaths then pause and take 3 more, this time turning your thoughts to Spirit/God and the Love and Power that is your inherited nature as an expression of Spirit/God. 

Shining the light of Love in the dark places of our experiences can give us the perspective to see things in a different way. Hopefully, we’ll be able to see a gift in the situation and learn from it going forward. Remembering to love ourselves just the way we are.

Here is a poem that speaks to the power of LOVE

LOVE – by Emmet Fox

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
No disease that enough love will not heal;
No door that enough love will not open;
No gulf that enough love will not bridge;
No wall that enough love will not throw down;
No sin that enough love will not redeem.

Attentive Listening: Book Ideas…

What do you do with a Problem – Kobi Yamada (if you didn’t use it June)

Monster Watch – Nancy Cheifetz

Activity or Creative Expression – My Monster

Using some fun materials, the children can create their own personal Monster, as a way of seeing it for what it is – a creation of their own making!

Sharing/Closing Circle: We will practice some team building / ice breaker games together.

Lesson created by Susan Robinson, RScP susan@cslsr.org and adapted by Adrienne Cherry


September 6, 2020 Theme: Transcending Fear

Value: Love is our Faith

Spiritual Quote:

“No fear can remain where faith holds sway. Faith reunites us with the original, creative Spirit, the Divine Mind, which already exists at the center of our being.” This Thing Called Life p.26.5

Affirmation:

“I am the manifestation of God in form. Watch out world, here I come!”

Rev. Gayle Dillon

Spiritual Lesson: Transcending Fear

What we put our attention on grows… “If we focus on what is wrong, we keep recreating the same things over and over again. … How we language anything either builds walls or builds community. Ask yourself, in a world that works for everyone, what can I do to help heal the planet?”

Rev. Gayle Dillon

Every moment we choose we take action, speak up and out or – stand up for peace & equality for all we transcend the atmosphere of fear and become a beacon of Faith and Peace. When we live this way, we show others they can live this way too. Let’s use our energy for GOOD together!

Knowing our true selves creates room to feel empowered with love instead of fear.

“You and I are a sacred LOVE story. We get to clarify what our Love story is and how we feel about it. What we love about it we celebrate and live boldly. What we don’t love about it we set free. Then as we heal we become a more beneficial presence on this planet: Our Mother Earth.”

Rev. Frankie Timmers

Active Listening:

The Water Princess – Susan Verde – Another gem from the team of Susan Verde and Peter H Reynolds (companion worksheets avail @ www.susanverde.com) A young girl dreams of bringing clean drinking water to her African village.

Creative Expression – Choice Wheels

Materials – paper plates – markers – brads – small arrows cut from cardstock. 

Draw pie slices on your paper plate – then fill them in with things that help you move beyond “fears” – Thinks like – blow bubbles – pay a fun game – watch funny videos – Count to ten slowly – take a walk in nature –  etc.

Spiritual Practice -Fear to Faith Worksheet

We will share our Fear to Faith worksheets that were assigned earlier in the week and discuss our ideas of how to combat fear with love.


August 30, 2020 — Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Honoring All People

Youth share lessons with their family based on the principals that God is in everything everywhere, that I am naturally whole and complete because God’s divine is in me and in everyone, that I create my experiences by what I choose to think, feel, and believe, that through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with the divine and bring out the good in my life, and that by doing and giving my best by living my Truth, I know I make a difference.

Affirmation:

“I breathe in the love and peace that I am and radiate it out as a blessing to the members of our global family.”  Susan Robinson, RScP

Mindfulness practice and Prayer:  (Special practice today)

With today’s theme of “Honoring All People”, today’s mindfulness practice is an opportunity to slow down and feel the GLOBAL heartbeat.

We will play a heartbeat rhythm, imagining our heartbeats syncing with the sound. Then we will add everyone on the planet until there is one heartbeat beating together for global peace, gratitude and harmony.

Spiritual Lesson: Honoring All People

Appreciation, acknowledgment, grace, recognition, praise, gratefulness, honor, thankfulness, respect, these are all different words for Gratitude.

Today as we wrap up our month, we place our intention of gratitude outward to the global community as a way of honoring all people.

Regardless of where we come from or where we live we are a global community that shares ONE mind within Spirit and ONE planet that we all call home. Within that ONE mind and all over our beautiful planet, we exist in a variety of ways and within a variety of cultural traditions.

Today our invitation is to honor all people from a place of peace and Unity. Imagine in your mind’s eye – that all discord of any type is lifted. That we as a Global community lay down our differences and pay greater attention to the things we have in common.

Active Listening:

Within our Centers for Spiritual Living communities is a blessing called The Global Vision. We’ll read and listen to the words together and then as a way of honoring all people we are going to make prayer flags today.

Creative Expression:  Prayer Flags

This is a great project for recycling an old white sheet if you have one or using materials that can be repurposed. Or you might be able to find some that are pre-printed that the children can color. And, if resources are tight, you can find them in paper form to color!


August 23, 2020 – Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Finding Kindness in Common

Week #3: Respect through Finding Kindness

Youth will demonstrate that individuals belong to different groups and commu­nities and that speaking and acting kindly show respect toward others and can result in a culture of kindness. Youth will identify ways that they can help those with disabilities in the community, how to respond to those in need, and how to reach out to people who have different cultural backgrounds than us to begin communications that bring about peace in the world.

Affirmation: When I become aware of the kindness happening around me, I can easily find new ways to demonstrate and receive kindness.

Readings: We will watch news videos and read articles about everyday people doing random acts of kindness in their communities and share acts of kindness that we’ve noticed our family, peers, and community doing. We will discuss what it means to receive an act of kindness from others and what impacts kindness can have on the world.

Lesson:

We are inundated with news stories about all the terrible things that happen in the world, but there is good all around us as well. People showing compassion, care and kindness to others are all around us.

Activities:

The youth will look at different publication sources and out in their community for examples of caring, concern and kindness to share with the group. We will discuss how conflicts have led to division in the world, and how acts of kindness have helped to bring people in communities and nations together by honoring our differences. We will create a mixed art poster showcasing all of our examples of Acts of Kindness to share.

Advanced Material Tween/Teen:

We can show kindness to others by respecting who they are, but we also need to show that same respect to ourselves. Speaking positively about ourselves is one way to show that. We will practice speaking our truth to others and complimenting others on their God qualities.


August 16, 2020 – Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Finding Kindness in Common

Principal/SOM point of view:

We are rooted in the One, which produces limitless variety.

Affirmation:

When I become aware of the kindness happening around me, I can easily find new ways to demonstrate and receive kindness.

Circle up – Mindfulness practice and Prayer:  Namaste Breath

For this month’s mindfulness practice, we are going to be doing a motion activity called “Namaste Breath” (Translation – the Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you)

Spiritual Lesson: Finding Kindness

We are inundated with news stories about all the terrible things that happen in the world, but there is good all around us as well. People showing compassion, care and kindness to others are all around us.

Active Listening:  We will watch a Storyline Online book reading of “The Rainbow Fish” and decide on one thing to do to share our talent with someone else. We will be creating special handwritten letters to give to the elders out in our local community.

Creative Expression:  Kindness Collage

The youth will look at different publication sources and out in their community for examples of caring, concern and kindness to share with the group. We will discuss how conflicts have led to division in the world, and how acts of kindness have helped to bring people in communities and nations together by honoring our differences. We will create a mixed art poster showcasing all of our examples of Acts of Kindness to share.


August 9, 2020 – Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Who Are We?

Principal/SOM point of view:

We are rooted in the One, which produces limitless variety.

Affirmation:

I see the sacred, I hear the sacred, I speak the sacred, All Life is Sacred!

Rev. Sunshine Daye

Circle up – Mindfulness practice and Prayer:  Namaste Breath)

For this month’s mindfulness practice, we are going to be doing a motion activity called “Namaste Breath” (Translation – the Spirit in me honors the Spirit in you)

Spiritual Lesson: Unique but Different – Who Are We?

Today as we continue our exploration of Diversity we look at two more words and how they apply in our lives, Unique and Different.

From Rev. Sunshine Daye – Unique = The Only one of its kind. Singularity.

Different = A point or way in which two things or people are not the same.

Notice all the different kinds of flowers that are blooming in the summer. They are all flowers, unique in their own expression yet different from the other. Just like many of the examples we looked at last week – Diversity is everywhere.

“A Stained Glass Spirit community is one where each person is recognized as a unique expression of God and their individual strength and beauty become essential elements that contribute to a lively and inspiring collective experience.” Tracy Brown

Today we will explore some of the ways we are unique and different. Some questions to contemplate is what are some of the ways your are alike and different from your friends and family. What name do you use for your grandma or grandpa? Who is in your family? Do you eat dinner at the same time together? What is your favorite pizza topping, flavor of ice-cream, color, book, game to play? How many teeth have your lost?

Our unique gifts and talents are a benefit to the whole. Our differences can be embraced as strengths when we appreciate and celebrate one another for who we are – God expressing beautifully and magnificently as you and me. Infinite possibility is now at hand.”

Rev. Sunshine Daye

Active Listening:  We will watch a Storyline Online book reading of “A Bad Case of Stripes” and contemplate how being true to ourselves will set us free.

Creative Expression:  My Stained Glass Spirit

We will show off our stained glass art we were sent as a home project and discuss how they are alike and different and all beautifully made.


August 2, 2020 — Diversity and Inclusion

Value: Diversity

Affirmation: “We are rooted in the One Life, which produce limitless variety. I celebrate and honor the variety of Life Itself!”  Rev. Karen Fry

Spiritual Lesson: Diversity and Inclusion

Our topic this month for the month of August is Diversity and Inclusion, two big words and concepts for us to explore together.

Remember each of us are created out of the same God stuff and we are each filled with lots of great qualities like love, joy, peace, beauty, power and compassion. Yet no two of us are exactly the same. We are unique and… all part of One Divine essence all at the same time!

We are connected with all Life and the same beauty and love we have inside is also inside of every living thing.

Active Listening: We will read the book Be My Neighbor and discuss how we are showing up to our neighbors.

Creative Expression:  Collaborate – Made together art!

We will take a tour of our planet, its beautiful plants, animals, and humans that help create our colorful world. We will practice saying our shared God-qualities with different forms of life and begin designing our “stained glass spirit” collaborative art piece.

Game: Link of Interests

We will take turns sharing statements about ourselves to our group and are invited to raise our hands when we hear a statement that is also true for us.


July Theme: Freedom/Choice

July’s lessons encourage us to uncover our truth. Living in that truth we get to experience ultimate freedom.

Week #2: Living an Empowered Life

Affirmation: “I am free to be the best me that I AM” –Author unknown

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance: This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: “We live empowered lives by having an unshakable and firm foundation in the love and light of God, and upon that foundation we nurture and develop that relationship with God by the use of spiritual practices. We use mindfulness and introspection to become self-aware, meditation to connect, and believe in and live in principles based in love. From those principles we practice non-judgment and eliminate blame and shame from our lives. In this way we live empowered lives. We use spiritual mind treatment to affirm our good and move our focus from them and onto ourselves.”  – Rev. Karen Linsley

Active Listening: We will be reading a story from the book Free To Be… You and Me by Marlo Thomas

Creative Expression: Today is show and tell. We will share all of our creative expressive art, adventures, and stories.

We will go over 8 Steps to Personal Empowerment and draw pictures of ourselves open to possibilities, expressing our truth to the world, being our best, trusting ourselves, trying something new, loving what we do, showing grace during difficult times, and enjoying what is happening now.


July 19, 2020: Freedom – Living in Choice

Affirmation: “I choose to live a kind and compassionate life, honoring all living beings and the planet that sustains them.” Rev. Sandra Smith

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July 12, 2020: Freedom –Moving beyond our story

Mindfulness practice and Prayer: Ecstatic Dance

This month’s mindfulness practice is a movement meditation to beat music (no vocals or very ambient sounds, choose what works for you). Everybody dances in any way they feel inspired… like no one is watching!

Spiritual Lesson: Moving beyond our story

We all tell stories.  Sometimes we do it when we are with friends, teachers, family even strangers.  Any time we recall and verbally share an event from our past we are telling a story of what occurred.  Some times our stories are based on fact, sometimes they are made up or fantasy. 

Anytime we remember our good, that we have the power and potential to change our thinking, we shift out of old stories and into new light filled possibility.

Creative Expression: Pick a summer project

Today we share what fun summer project that we are working on. Youth will be given indoor and outdoor projects to choose from in addition to their own creative ideas.

Teens: Transforming our stories

Teens often get stuck in the trap of re-telling stories of discontent. It is a sometimes but not always situation as some of our teens have the ability to move beyond their “stories” quickly.

Spend some time with your groups and investigate if there are any old stories that are being replayed in their minds. Is there something that is holding them back, or causing them to feel anxious and limiting them from using the full potential and power of the creative Law of Mind?