We learned that the future can be exciting. The theme of Becoming invites us to think of the future. Who are we becoming as we grow up? as Unitarian Universalists? It’s normal for human beings to want to control and know their future, and yet we can only control the future so much. Sometimes the answer will be hazy, and we have to trust. So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into being a people of Becoming? It tells us “Predict the future as best you can but be open and trust what unfolds.”
Letting Go or Mindful Moments with Lea: BECOMING (Springtime Will Come)
Consider these thoughts by Alfred D’Souza ~ “ For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin — real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”
Listen to: Hiding Place by Elenowen
Weekly Chalice Lighting
We are all flames.
When we gather
hand in hand
We come together
Sharing our light
for our shared future.
~Josh, Prudence, and Percival Robern
Discuss: How do you envision the future? What do you see for yourself? For the world? Who are we becoming (individually, collectively)?
The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart
Back to the Future – with the Magic 8 Ball (or a Magic Bowl)
We might like to know the future. Use a 8 ball (or create your own Magic Bowl) to ask questions about who we are becoming as Unitarian Universalists, then branch out into some fun. Invite child(ren) to share the reading of the answers.
Make a Magic Bowl
In addition to or as an alternative to a Magic 8 Ball toy, you can use the phrases in Resource #1 (linked here). Invite children to make a Magic Bowl. Simply cut apart the phrases and place them in a bowl. Mix them up and draw one for your answer.
Ask Your Questions
Who are we becoming? It’s time to predict the future and what better way than to ask a Magic 8 ball (or Magic Bowl). Just for fun, of course; consider how this could open meaningful discussions.
- First off, plan your questions. They have to be yes or no questions.
- Each child can ask their question and then read off their answer from the Magic 8 Ball, or Magic Bowl.
Here are a few question ideas about church:
- Will we only have children lead the worship? Teens? Grandparents? Babies?
- Will we have many ministers? Will we have no minister?
- Will we become a church with a new building to worship in?
- Will we become known for our justice work?
- Will we offer beds and shelter for the night?
- Will we build a community garden?
- Will we march every MLK day?
- Will our church become a place of love? Will we become a place of kindness?
- Will we be radically welcoming and inclusive?
Now, ask your own questions; they may be silly and off-topic: Will I get ice cream for dinner?
Blessing of BECOMING
What is becoming of us, beloved? We ask this again and again, with care and curiosity: what is becoming of us?
As we change–inevitably, sometimes uncomfortably–may we choose dynamism over stubbornness, transformation over safe sameness, possibility over status-quo.
May we flow instead of calcify, remembering there are paths away from mistakes, and we can always make more room for those joining the current.
May we reach toward one another and toward interdependence. May we seek and make contact and community as if our lives depend on it, which of course, they do.
May we lead with love, and carry grace; becoming is hard work, and people doing hard things often struggle to be at their best.
-Teresa Honey Youngblood
Mindfulness is helpful in letting go. We enter into the present and let go of the past and the future, simply by breathing in and out, and noticing our breath.
Centering: Let’s now get into our meditation positions.
- Sit comfortably in your chair or on the floor.
- Put your hands on your lap or on your knees.
- Sit up nice and tall.
- Focus your eyes in front of you.
- Find your breath moving in your body by taking in one breath through your nose and then slowly breathing it out through your mouth.
Mindful Moment: Letting Go
- Guide them in taking three slow deep breaths in and out.
- You may like to count “1, 2, 3” for each breath in and “1, 2, 3” for each breath out, pausing slightly at the end of each exhale.
- Let’s take breaths and then reflect each time and share our experience. Encourage the child(ren) to think about how the breath feels, answering the following questions:
- Invite the child(ren) to put both hands on their belly.
- Can you feel your hands being moved by your breath?
- What is moving your hands? [PAUSE and answer]
- Take another few breaths.
- Can you feel the air moving in through your nose? [PAUSE and answer]
- Take another few breaths.
- Can you feel it moving out through your nose? [ PAUSE and answer]
- Take a few breaths.
- Does the air feel a little colder on the way in and warmer on the way out?
- Take a few breaths.
- Can you hear your breath?
- Take a few more breaths.
- What does it sound like?
- Take a final few breaths.
- While we were breathing, did you let go of any thoughts or distractions? Mindfulness can help us let go.
Reflection: How did it feel to be just breathing? Did it feel like you could let go?
Mindful Moments with Lea BECOMING (Springtime Will Come)
- Remind the children about the importance of calming ourselves so we can better focus on each other and our time together.
- Tell them that a special friend named Lea has written a song for us to learn and it is a song that teaches us about the importance of this month’s theme: Springtime Will Come.
- Center the children before playing the video.
- After the video, talk and listen with your child to discover all the things you heard together.