Monthly Faith Formation News

April 2020

Lifespan Faith Formation

All Souls Unitarian Universalist faith formation
nurtures liberal religious discovery and the spiritual development of children, youth, and adults.

 

Faith Formation News from Perry Montrose,
Director of Faith Formation

 

 

Perry's Ponderings

 

It can be hard to know how to talk to a child about a crisis, like the current pandemic. Parents have to decide what their children should know, or not, and how the information should be phrased to them. Sometimes questions or situations arise in the moment and parents don’t have time to prepare. It helps to have some framing ahead of time and resources to give some expert perspective. The Unitarian Universalist Association has put together resources for talking to children about Covid-19 (https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/talking-kids-covid). The resource page includes stories, science lessons, dialogue suggestions, and mental health advice.

In her March 15 homily, Rev. Caitlin mentioned Fred Rogers' advice from his mother, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” Many children have found this comforting because it focuses on what we can do and the good happening in the world. Mr. Rogers also said, "In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers." Often children just want to be heard and adults do not need to have all the answers, just be a loving presence. Children will talk about topics when they are ready to hear about them. It is often better to let them guide the conversation than to give information that they have not asked for. They will process in their own way and time. The most important piece is that there is an open channel for conversation, no matter the age of the child.

 

Thank you,

Jantzi family for an art supplies donation

Maria Bareiss for helping to lead our 1st-3rd grade class as they explored Neo-pagan ideas of peace, magic, and dance

Betsey Fox for joining our 7th-8th Grade teaching team

Emmy Franklin and Eileen Ego for substitute teaching

Paul Carolan for leading a special Youth Group discussion on the educational system’s response to gun violence.

 

 

 

 

 
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