Story Week 4: Stories remind us who we are as living and interconnected beings

Throughout our abundant lives, we can find simple and quick ways to connect our learning and growth at church to our lives at home. 

STORY: Spotify Playlist / Youtube Playlist

At Church: 

We learned that evolution is the story of our planet. We are part of evolution and the story of life. Darwin’s story of evolution, of the origin of all of the species of animals and plants on our planet, is part of our Unitarian Universalist living tradition. We look to science and reason to help us understand our story as living beings. We’ve even put this into our UU principles and sources.  The 5th source says we honor “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science…”  So, what’s one of the ways our faith guides us into being a people of Story? It tells us “To honor the results of science by seeing ourselves as part of the great evolution story and remembering that we are an interconnected part of all living and growing beings.

Morning Time:

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation or STORY: What Will You Make?

Consider these thoughts by Rev. Scott Tayler~ We say it is about listening, but really it’s about love. It is through affection that our stories are born. They are wooed into this world. Never forget that. Nor this: It is through loving the stories that we discover they love us back.”

Drive Time: 

Listen to: We Shall Be Known rendition by Lea Morris

Weekly Chalice Lighting

We light this chalice for the web of life which sustains us,

For the sacred circle of life in which we have our being,

For the Earth, the Sky, Above and Below, and

For our Mother Earth, and for the Mystery.

~Paul Sprecher

Meal Time: 

Discuss: Where do stories come from? What do stories do for us? Think about this time we’re living in; if you wrote the story of now, what might the title be? 

Bed Time:

Read: Say Hello by Rachel Isadora and Outside In by Cindy Derby

Family Time:

Storytelling Songs

Songs tell stories! Share the stories together as you sing these popular preschool songs. What is the story of:

  • The Eensy Weensy Spider – share the story then sing it
  • Old MacDonald – Share the story then sing it
  • Farmer in the Dell – Share the story then sing it
  • Five Little Ducks – Share the story then sing it

And of course, Baby Shark!

Blessing of STORY

Blessed are the playwrights, script writers, poets, authors of all kinds on page, stage, screen, and across airwaves, for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the bookmakers, the pamphlet staplers, the blank notebook fillers, the digital creators and curators, for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the illustrators–painters, drawers, paper and fiber artists, photographers–for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the stage performers–actors, dancers, comics, magicians, singers, acrobats, and musicians–for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the interpreters, the caption transcribers, the audio readers, for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the translators, within and across generations, for through them, we know story.

Blessed are the story keepers and storytellers, those who make space in mind and heart for the stories that teach, that sustain, that warn, that spread wisdom. Like seedbanks, they keep safe the germ of who we once were, and who we may yet be.

And blessed are the listeners, those of us who take the nourishment of stories into our very selves, we who let stories change us, who ask the question that begets all great sequels and other imagined futures: “And then what happened?” 

-Teresa Honey Youngblood

Monthly Meditations

Creative Visualization: Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

In the stories we tell about families, there is often a thread of love. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but at the center of them all is love!   So to honor the love we get from our families, let’s spread and share it with others through this metta meditation on love.

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 or close them.
  • Find your breath moving in your body by taking in one breath through your nose and then slowly breathing it out through your mouth.

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

Repeat after me:

  • (“I” round)
    • May I be happy/ May I be happy.
    • May I be peaceful/ May I be peaceful.
    • May I be filled with love/May I be filled with love.
  • (“You” round)
    • May you be happy…
  • (“We” round)
    • May we be happy…

Sing it as a song, by Betsy Rose, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU_Vj0kytFo

Mindful Moments with Lea about STORY: What Will You Make?

  • Remind the child(ren) 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 something important about this month’s theme: we have the opportunity to write our own stories.
  • Center the child(ren) before playing the video.
  • After the video, talk and listen with your child to discover all the things you heard together.