1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:06,534 2 00:00:06,534 --> 00:00:07,200 Pat Kahn: Great. 3 00:00:07,200 --> 00:00:09,670 Now that our recording has started, 4 00:00:09,670 --> 00:00:13,200 hi, I'm Pat Kahn waving to you. 5 00:00:13,200 --> 00:00:18,350 And welcome to our October Faith Development Office webinar 6 00:00:18,350 --> 00:00:21,060 on Family Spiritual Practices. 7 00:00:21,060 --> 00:00:23,820 We are very glad that you're here. 8 00:00:23,820 --> 00:00:28,390 And with us tonight are presenters. 9 00:00:28,390 --> 00:00:30,400 We were talking before we got started 10 00:00:30,400 --> 00:00:32,960 that we think this is the first one where we've 11 00:00:32,960 --> 00:00:35,690 had three religious educators who are basically 12 00:00:35,690 --> 00:00:37,820 doing the whole webinar. 13 00:00:37,820 --> 00:00:40,440 Sarah Ahrens is the DRE at the First UU 14 00:00:40,440 --> 00:00:43,640 Fellowship of Hunterdon County in New Jersey. 15 00:00:43,640 --> 00:00:47,420 Joy Berry is the Director of Lifespan Religious Education 16 00:00:47,420 --> 00:00:51,080 at the UU Congregation of Asheville, North Carolina. 17 00:00:51,080 --> 00:00:54,780 And Leah Purcell is the DRE First UU Society of Albany. 18 00:00:54,780 --> 00:00:57,950 I'm Pat Kahn, the Children and Family Programs Director. 19 00:00:57,950 --> 00:01:00,960 And Susan Lawrence who's the managing editor 20 00:01:00,960 --> 00:01:02,980 of Faith Development Office. 21 00:01:02,980 --> 00:01:04,720 And I'm going to turn this over to Susan 22 00:01:04,720 --> 00:01:09,299 right now to do a little few things about housekeeping. 23 00:01:09,299 --> 00:01:10,090 Susan Lawrence: OK. 24 00:01:10,090 --> 00:01:11,360 Well welcome everybody. 25 00:01:11,360 --> 00:01:13,720 And these are just some items about how 26 00:01:13,720 --> 00:01:17,569 to make this go smoothly technologically for all of us. 27 00:01:17,569 --> 00:01:19,360 The first thing is to mute your microphone. 28 00:01:19,360 --> 00:01:22,159 And you'll see your name listed somewhere on your screen. 29 00:01:22,159 --> 00:01:23,200 And there's a little mic. 30 00:01:23,200 --> 00:01:24,991 And there should be a red slash through it, 31 00:01:24,991 --> 00:01:27,375 because we have the power to mute mics. 32 00:01:27,375 --> 00:01:28,750 And then we'll do that if we hear 33 00:01:28,750 --> 00:01:31,050 some disturbing noises that are interfering 34 00:01:31,050 --> 00:01:32,850 with the presentations. 35 00:01:32,850 --> 00:01:34,230 You can also mute your own mic. 36 00:01:34,230 --> 00:01:37,050 And if there's-- at the end of the presentations there'll be 37 00:01:37,050 --> 00:01:38,490 some discussion time. 38 00:01:38,490 --> 00:01:40,370 Unmuting is welcome at that time. 39 00:01:40,370 --> 00:01:42,130 And we'll organize and facilitate. 40 00:01:42,130 --> 00:01:44,510 Pat will, you know, invite people to unmute and ask 41 00:01:44,510 --> 00:01:46,980 questions and stuff like that. 42 00:01:46,980 --> 00:01:49,270 I see that everyone has turned off their camera. 43 00:01:49,270 --> 00:01:50,979 And that's great, because I was going 44 00:01:50,979 --> 00:01:53,020 to ask you to turn off your cameras if you're not 45 00:01:53,020 --> 00:01:53,740 presenting. 46 00:01:53,740 --> 00:01:56,410 So thank you. 47 00:01:56,410 --> 00:01:59,030 If you can't hear, or the hearing is bad, 48 00:01:59,030 --> 00:02:02,330 or there's some funny feedback, you 49 00:02:02,330 --> 00:02:05,040 can-- get out of the audio part of the conference. 50 00:02:05,040 --> 00:02:08,190 Just like walk away and call in with this phone number 51 00:02:08,190 --> 00:02:09,680 and you'll be able to hear. 52 00:02:09,680 --> 00:02:12,164 And if your computer part is not working well, 53 00:02:12,164 --> 00:02:13,330 you'll only be able to hear. 54 00:02:13,330 --> 00:02:16,270 But if you can turn down the sound on your computer 55 00:02:16,270 --> 00:02:17,760 when you're using the phone, that 56 00:02:17,760 --> 00:02:20,460 will allow you to participate by audio by phone. 57 00:02:20,460 --> 00:02:22,460 And it won't interfere with other people's stuff 58 00:02:22,460 --> 00:02:25,000 that they hear because of you being on your computer. 59 00:02:25,000 --> 00:02:28,130 And then you can still see the slides and the video. 60 00:02:28,130 --> 00:02:30,450 And after we're all done, you will 61 00:02:30,450 --> 00:02:33,610 be able to find a recording of this webinar and all 62 00:02:33,610 --> 00:02:34,110 the others. 63 00:02:34,110 --> 00:02:37,660 Actually this is our tenth in the series of the year. 64 00:02:37,660 --> 00:02:44,010 The archives are at this URL-- www.UUA.org, 65 00:02:44,010 --> 00:02:45,120 which is the UUA website. 66 00:02:45,120 --> 00:02:48,470 And I'll post this into the chat box after I'm done talking, 67 00:02:48,470 --> 00:02:51,232 so you can grab it and have it for reference. 68 00:02:51,232 --> 00:02:53,690 It's also where you can register for the upcoming webinars, 69 00:02:53,690 --> 00:02:56,040 which we'll talk about later. 70 00:02:56,040 --> 00:02:58,550 And you probably can see-- I hope-- 71 00:02:58,550 --> 00:03:01,370 you can see a meeting chat, or a group chat box. 72 00:03:01,370 --> 00:03:04,410 And there is a way to type a message. 73 00:03:04,410 --> 00:03:07,330 It's set on "to everyone", so if you're 74 00:03:07,330 --> 00:03:10,480 having a technical problem, or want to record something 75 00:03:10,480 --> 00:03:11,920 to bring up later for questioning 76 00:03:11,920 --> 00:03:14,470 and share it with the group, you can type in that window 77 00:03:14,470 --> 00:03:15,160 and hit Send. 78 00:03:15,160 --> 00:03:16,950 And it'll just get logged into that list 79 00:03:16,950 --> 00:03:20,620 of comments that are building. 80 00:03:20,620 --> 00:03:21,120 Yeah. 81 00:03:21,120 --> 00:03:23,150 We're going to do discussion and questions 82 00:03:23,150 --> 00:03:24,640 at the end the presentations. 83 00:03:24,640 --> 00:03:26,900 So if you want to have something to keep it 84 00:03:26,900 --> 00:03:28,660 as a note for yourself, put it in chat box 85 00:03:28,660 --> 00:03:30,020 or make a note nearby. 86 00:03:30,020 --> 00:03:32,610 And we'll be talking later on. 87 00:03:32,610 --> 00:03:34,110 The Chat Box is also where you're 88 00:03:34,110 --> 00:03:37,229 going to find links and information that you 89 00:03:37,229 --> 00:03:39,395 can grab from there and cut/paste to a Word document 90 00:03:39,395 --> 00:03:42,460 or email on your computer. 91 00:03:42,460 --> 00:03:47,990 And now I believe I'm going to turn this over to Sarah. 92 00:03:47,990 --> 00:03:50,590 Sarah Ahrens: Hello, good evening everyone. 93 00:03:50,590 --> 00:03:56,850 So our chalice lighting is from Eric Heller-Wagner 94 00:03:56,850 --> 00:04:03,480 and it is "The Fire That Burns." 95 00:04:03,480 --> 00:04:06,720 "Blessed is the file that burns deep within the soul. 96 00:04:06,720 --> 00:04:10,660 It is the flame of the human spirit touched into being 97 00:04:10,660 --> 00:04:12,140 by the mystery of life. 98 00:04:12,140 --> 00:04:16,740 It is the flame-- it is the fire of reason, 99 00:04:16,740 --> 00:04:20,779 the fire of compassion, the fire of community, 100 00:04:20,779 --> 00:04:24,000 the fire of justice, the fire of fate. 101 00:04:24,000 --> 00:04:27,950 It is the fire of love burning deep in the human heart. 102 00:04:27,950 --> 00:04:30,420 The divine glow in every life. 103 00:04:30,420 --> 00:04:33,470 May we endeavor through our spiritual practices 104 00:04:33,470 --> 00:04:38,190 to keep this fire burning brightly and eternally." 105 00:04:38,190 --> 00:04:43,100 So this begins our webinar. 106 00:04:43,100 --> 00:04:45,450 Oh, sorry. 107 00:04:45,450 --> 00:04:47,920 I just skipped to the end. 108 00:04:47,920 --> 00:04:55,180 Can you fix that Susan? 109 00:04:55,180 --> 00:04:56,900 Maybe if we go-- yeah. 110 00:04:56,900 --> 00:05:00,200 I don't know the best way to do that. 111 00:05:00,200 --> 00:05:04,010 So tonight we're going to be starting-- there we go. 112 00:05:04,010 --> 00:05:07,260 Tonight we're going to be starting with-- Spiritual 113 00:05:07,260 --> 00:05:09,010 Practice is perfect. 114 00:05:09,010 --> 00:05:11,670 And what is the purpose of spiritual practice? 115 00:05:11,670 --> 00:05:15,520 And what benefits can such spiritual practice and ritual 116 00:05:15,520 --> 00:05:17,270 bring to the family unit? 117 00:05:17,270 --> 00:05:20,240 And so the first piece of it is identifying spiritual practice. 118 00:05:20,240 --> 00:05:21,950 And there's two pieces to that. 119 00:05:21,950 --> 00:05:23,370 There is, what is spirit? 120 00:05:23,370 --> 00:05:25,570 And what is practice? 121 00:05:25,570 --> 00:05:31,520 And so spirit as we often talk about and discuss 122 00:05:31,520 --> 00:05:37,132 is connecting with a greater energy, God, the Divine, 123 00:05:37,132 --> 00:05:41,120 the Mystery, the Universe, that which is outside 124 00:05:41,120 --> 00:05:44,330 but also connecting with that which is inside. 125 00:05:44,330 --> 00:05:49,270 Our heart, our soul, our consciousness, our center, 126 00:05:49,270 --> 00:05:52,700 our sense of groundedness, and who we are in our being, 127 00:05:52,700 --> 00:05:53,950 at our core. 128 00:05:53,950 --> 00:05:57,010 And so the next piece of that is practice. 129 00:05:57,010 --> 00:05:58,890 And practice is something that we're 130 00:05:58,890 --> 00:06:01,350 very familiar with doing when it comes 131 00:06:01,350 --> 00:06:06,020 to skills, like learning an instrument, or playing a sport, 132 00:06:06,020 --> 00:06:07,005 or cooking. 133 00:06:07,005 --> 00:06:08,790 It requires repetition. 134 00:06:08,790 --> 00:06:13,339 It requires a habit to form. 135 00:06:13,339 --> 00:06:14,630 That which requires repetition. 136 00:06:14,630 --> 00:06:16,310 It requires ritual. 137 00:06:16,310 --> 00:06:22,980 And intentional, focused day-in and day-out consideration. 138 00:06:22,980 --> 00:06:25,840 And so when we put these two pieces together, 139 00:06:25,840 --> 00:06:29,350 we really are focusing on our spirit 140 00:06:29,350 --> 00:06:30,760 in a very intentional way. 141 00:06:30,760 --> 00:06:34,070 Focusing on how we connect to ourselves each day. 142 00:06:34,070 --> 00:06:38,000 How we connect to the universe, and the energy, 143 00:06:38,000 --> 00:06:39,530 and the spirit of the Divine. 144 00:06:39,530 --> 00:06:42,730 And also, what that means about how we connect to others. 145 00:06:42,730 --> 00:06:47,050 And this really relates to the benefits of the family unit. 146 00:06:47,050 --> 00:06:50,780 And as you'll see through my presentation, as well 147 00:06:50,780 --> 00:06:55,270 as those of the others, this can really create cohesiveness. 148 00:06:55,270 --> 00:06:57,450 It can create opportunities for us 149 00:06:57,450 --> 00:07:00,190 to get in touch with our family. 150 00:07:00,190 --> 00:07:05,500 In touch with who each is in his or her own journey 151 00:07:05,500 --> 00:07:06,710 throughout the day. 152 00:07:06,710 --> 00:07:10,370 And how we can relate to one another 153 00:07:10,370 --> 00:07:13,540 on a level that's a little bit deeper than just all 154 00:07:13,540 --> 00:07:15,570 the logistics and circumstantial things 155 00:07:15,570 --> 00:07:18,980 that we have to juggle and deal with, and get 156 00:07:18,980 --> 00:07:21,045 caught up with, in the hectic day-to-day. 157 00:07:21,045 --> 00:07:23,450 And so as we think about this, we're 158 00:07:23,450 --> 00:07:27,090 going to look at the arc of the day in my presentation. 159 00:07:27,090 --> 00:07:29,110 And what are some of the rituals that we 160 00:07:29,110 --> 00:07:31,676 can engage in right out of the gate in the morning? 161 00:07:31,676 --> 00:07:33,050 And so one of the first things we 162 00:07:33,050 --> 00:07:37,750 can do as a physical activity to really awaken our bodies 163 00:07:37,750 --> 00:07:39,260 is some yoga. 164 00:07:39,260 --> 00:07:41,770 And you can see there in that picture on the slide 165 00:07:41,770 --> 00:07:44,280 just some opportunities for gentle stretches 166 00:07:44,280 --> 00:07:45,280 that we can do together. 167 00:07:45,280 --> 00:07:47,940 And even very young children can engage in this 168 00:07:47,940 --> 00:07:49,880 and can mimic the actions that you're doing. 169 00:07:49,880 --> 00:07:54,270 And it just helps to connect our mind and our bodies together. 170 00:07:54,270 --> 00:07:57,450 I know there's also some body prayers, as well, 171 00:07:57,450 --> 00:08:01,160 that can really lead us into the next piece. 172 00:08:01,160 --> 00:08:04,280 We can together light a chalice in the morning 173 00:08:04,280 --> 00:08:05,740 that we might have on an altar. 174 00:08:05,740 --> 00:08:08,200 And Leah is going to show us some of that later. 175 00:08:08,200 --> 00:08:10,880 Some active setting intentions for the day-- 176 00:08:10,880 --> 00:08:13,300 being very conscious about what are our goals? 177 00:08:13,300 --> 00:08:15,070 What do we want to accomplish? 178 00:08:15,070 --> 00:08:17,230 What do we envision for ourselves? 179 00:08:17,230 --> 00:08:20,540 And how do we envision doing that 180 00:08:20,540 --> 00:08:23,360 in a way that keeps our principles and our values 181 00:08:23,360 --> 00:08:28,020 alive and conscious throughout the day? 182 00:08:28,020 --> 00:08:30,170 And then, obviously, focusing our breath. 183 00:08:30,170 --> 00:08:33,880 Really, again, connecting that through our body with possibly 184 00:08:33,880 --> 00:08:37,520 some yoga poses-- or just some deep breathing-- 185 00:08:37,520 --> 00:08:41,370 so that as we transition from sleeping to waking 186 00:08:41,370 --> 00:08:45,620 we do so with a really intentional, conscious, open 187 00:08:45,620 --> 00:08:47,320 arms way. 188 00:08:47,320 --> 00:08:49,710 Music is also a great opportunity. 189 00:08:49,710 --> 00:08:52,760 And as we'll talk about this in a few different settings, 190 00:08:52,760 --> 00:08:54,500 this is something that can come up 191 00:08:54,500 --> 00:08:56,595 at any time throughout the day. 192 00:08:56,595 --> 00:08:59,755 But I personally find putting on some good wake 193 00:08:59,755 --> 00:09:02,300 up music that helps me transition, 194 00:09:02,300 --> 00:09:05,290 and helps to get me energized is good. 195 00:09:05,290 --> 00:09:07,810 It's a way for my son and I to connect 196 00:09:07,810 --> 00:09:11,650 as we head off to school in the morning in the car and can 197 00:09:11,650 --> 00:09:13,910 just you know share a song-- share 198 00:09:13,910 --> 00:09:16,560 something that we both enjoy. 199 00:09:16,560 --> 00:09:20,070 And as we talked about-- and Leah 200 00:09:20,070 --> 00:09:21,870 will mention-- but often you know 201 00:09:21,870 --> 00:09:24,450 our youth-- or our children-- and we are not always 202 00:09:24,450 --> 00:09:26,770 listening to the same music, and so sometimes coming up 203 00:09:26,770 --> 00:09:29,380 with a playlist that we can agree on that we both can 204 00:09:29,380 --> 00:09:32,830 appreciate and play-- whether it be in the morning, 205 00:09:32,830 --> 00:09:35,320 or as we'll see at different points throughout the day-- 206 00:09:35,320 --> 00:09:37,370 can help remind us of one another 207 00:09:37,370 --> 00:09:39,990 and bring us back to each other. 208 00:09:39,990 --> 00:09:44,280 So the next piece is moving and rituals throughout the day. 209 00:09:44,280 --> 00:09:47,990 There's a lot of opportunities for gratitude. 210 00:09:47,990 --> 00:09:52,380 And setting some specific times throughout the day-- 211 00:09:52,380 --> 00:09:55,880 whether it's at noon, or every hour 212 00:09:55,880 --> 00:09:58,040 on the hour-- setting a clock or a timer, 213 00:09:58,040 --> 00:10:00,320 or something on your phone or computer, 214 00:10:00,320 --> 00:10:03,730 to just ping and remind you to take 10 seconds 215 00:10:03,730 --> 00:10:06,207 and think about what's going well. 216 00:10:06,207 --> 00:10:07,290 What are you grateful for? 217 00:10:07,290 --> 00:10:10,010 And that can really bring up consciousness and awareness 218 00:10:10,010 --> 00:10:12,860 of the positive, which can help the rest of the day, 219 00:10:12,860 --> 00:10:16,520 or the hour, go better instead of focusing on the negative 220 00:10:16,520 --> 00:10:18,880 and putting that energy out there. 221 00:10:18,880 --> 00:10:20,520 Journal writing is something if you're 222 00:10:20,520 --> 00:10:23,350 inclined to do is a great way to connect with your spirit. 223 00:10:23,350 --> 00:10:25,820 I keep a little journal in my purse. 224 00:10:25,820 --> 00:10:28,670 And when I'm waiting in a line, or the doctor's office, 225 00:10:28,670 --> 00:10:30,960 or someplace that might usually be frustrating, 226 00:10:30,960 --> 00:10:33,590 I can take a few minutes and take a few deep breaths 227 00:10:33,590 --> 00:10:35,024 and write some notes to myself. 228 00:10:35,024 --> 00:10:36,440 Maybe about what I'm grateful for, 229 00:10:36,440 --> 00:10:39,190 or something I'm hopeful for. 230 00:10:39,190 --> 00:10:41,690 And just get an opportunity to get in touch 231 00:10:41,690 --> 00:10:44,060 with myself and my spirit. 232 00:10:44,060 --> 00:10:45,560 Turning towards spirit is something 233 00:10:45,560 --> 00:10:49,970 that we can pull from our Eastern religions 234 00:10:49,970 --> 00:10:54,440 with prayer, prayer rugs, and opportunities at specific times 235 00:10:54,440 --> 00:10:57,310 during the day to turn physically 236 00:10:57,310 --> 00:11:01,390 toward whatever calls you-- the North, South, East, West. 237 00:11:01,390 --> 00:11:03,060 Turn towards a tree. 238 00:11:03,060 --> 00:11:04,210 Turn towards the Sun. 239 00:11:04,210 --> 00:11:07,230 Turn towards something that calls your spirit 240 00:11:07,230 --> 00:11:08,930 and gives you that reminder. 241 00:11:08,930 --> 00:11:13,170 So these are just really about reminders throughout the day. 242 00:11:13,170 --> 00:11:17,120 Meditation-- moments in mindfulness-- ultimately 243 00:11:17,120 --> 00:11:20,540 giving you that opportunity to really do something 244 00:11:20,540 --> 00:11:22,970 intentionally, think about what you're doing, 245 00:11:22,970 --> 00:11:24,930 and just get in touch with yourself. 246 00:11:24,930 --> 00:11:28,620 Another great reminder for this could be prayer beads. 247 00:11:28,620 --> 00:11:33,040 And we in our RE class made these where 248 00:11:33,040 --> 00:11:35,280 we used rainbow colored beads. 249 00:11:35,280 --> 00:11:37,970 And we put WWUUD? 250 00:11:37,970 --> 00:11:41,320 On the end-- What Would Unitarian Universalists Do? 251 00:11:41,320 --> 00:11:43,690 I have them hanging off the end of my briefcase, which 252 00:11:43,690 --> 00:11:46,210 I forgot to bring upstairs. 253 00:11:46,210 --> 00:11:48,810 And my son has them that he wears to school occasionally. 254 00:11:48,810 --> 00:11:51,250 And he hangs on his backpack sometimes. 255 00:11:51,250 --> 00:11:56,250 And it's just a nice reminder of, again, an opportunity 256 00:11:56,250 --> 00:11:59,220 to touch each bead and think about the things we're 257 00:11:59,220 --> 00:12:02,580 grateful for, or the values that those represent. 258 00:12:02,580 --> 00:12:07,460 And, again, music is a great opportunity throughout the day 259 00:12:07,460 --> 00:12:10,970 to just connect with yourself, and just think a good song. 260 00:12:10,970 --> 00:12:13,470 I had a very stressful drive home today, 261 00:12:13,470 --> 00:12:20,150 and so I did the "When I breathe in, I breathe in peace." 262 00:12:20,150 --> 00:12:21,790 And I had to do that a lot in order 263 00:12:21,790 --> 00:12:23,550 to get through the traffic. 264 00:12:23,550 --> 00:12:26,090 But it works to just reconnect yourself. 265 00:12:26,090 --> 00:12:27,330 And then time in nature. 266 00:12:27,330 --> 00:12:30,480 Literally putting your feet on the ground 267 00:12:30,480 --> 00:12:34,586 and grounding yourself physically, and mentally, 268 00:12:34,586 --> 00:12:35,960 and spiritually, and emotionally. 269 00:12:35,960 --> 00:12:39,610 And just appreciating whatever the beauty is that 270 00:12:39,610 --> 00:12:40,330 surrounds us. 271 00:12:40,330 --> 00:12:44,240 The mystery and awe and wonder of that. 272 00:12:44,240 --> 00:12:46,480 Many, many times families have traditions 273 00:12:46,480 --> 00:12:49,920 around meals-- prayer, meditation-- 274 00:12:49,920 --> 00:12:54,250 and so we'll take a look at, again, the meal time rituals. 275 00:12:54,250 --> 00:12:56,359 There's the opportunity at breakfast, 276 00:12:56,359 --> 00:12:58,525 as we talked about right in the beginning of the day 277 00:12:58,525 --> 00:13:00,010 to set intentions. 278 00:13:00,010 --> 00:13:02,870 At lunch, that middle of the day checking in with yourself. 279 00:13:02,870 --> 00:13:04,140 And how am I doing today? 280 00:13:04,140 --> 00:13:05,090 And what-- where am I? 281 00:13:05,090 --> 00:13:08,870 And what do I need to be doing otherwise? 282 00:13:08,870 --> 00:13:12,500 And then dinner, a really great time to reconnect and share. 283 00:13:12,500 --> 00:13:14,620 And obviously it's not something we may be 284 00:13:14,620 --> 00:13:16,160 able to do every single night. 285 00:13:16,160 --> 00:13:18,070 But what we do have the opportunity 286 00:13:18,070 --> 00:13:20,910 to have a meal together, to do so 287 00:13:20,910 --> 00:13:23,850 with specific intentions, specific focus, 288 00:13:23,850 --> 00:13:26,750 and the opportunity for that practice. 289 00:13:26,750 --> 00:13:29,217 And so some of the possible rituals could be, 290 00:13:29,217 --> 00:13:30,800 obviously, lighting a chalice together 291 00:13:30,800 --> 00:13:32,600 with some spoken blessings. 292 00:13:32,600 --> 00:13:37,140 And there's a lot of these blessing resources in the list 293 00:13:37,140 --> 00:13:38,560 that were sent to you. 294 00:13:38,560 --> 00:13:42,860 Offering gratitudes, possibly with your joys and concerns. 295 00:13:42,860 --> 00:13:46,890 We have a little bowl of stones that we use that we all 296 00:13:46,890 --> 00:13:48,930 get to pick at the beginning of the meal, 297 00:13:48,930 --> 00:13:52,730 and use those to take our turns and speak our joys 298 00:13:52,730 --> 00:13:53,930 and concerns. 299 00:13:53,930 --> 00:13:55,770 Physically getting in touch with one another 300 00:13:55,770 --> 00:14:00,230 and holding hands around the table for the chalice lighting 301 00:14:00,230 --> 00:14:01,190 or the spoken blessing. 302 00:14:01,190 --> 00:14:03,670 And really physically reconnecting 303 00:14:03,670 --> 00:14:05,830 can be so powerful. 304 00:14:05,830 --> 00:14:09,430 And, again, having some music that everybody can appreciate, 305 00:14:09,430 --> 00:14:14,200 and set a nice tone and mood is another great opportunity 306 00:14:14,200 --> 00:14:16,590 to elevate what might be the normal, 307 00:14:16,590 --> 00:14:22,230 the mundane to something really special and worshipful. 308 00:14:22,230 --> 00:14:24,730 And finally, towards the end of the day, 309 00:14:24,730 --> 00:14:27,080 we have the nighttime rituals. 310 00:14:27,080 --> 00:14:32,870 The rituals of storytelling, and prayer, and snuggle time. 311 00:14:32,870 --> 00:14:36,640 And so for evening there's a lot of prayers and blessings 312 00:14:36,640 --> 00:14:38,260 that can be said. 313 00:14:38,260 --> 00:14:41,730 Obviously another great time to share joys and concerns. 314 00:14:41,730 --> 00:14:46,000 Children are often really most vulnerable at that time, 315 00:14:46,000 --> 00:14:48,910 and really are willing to open up and share 316 00:14:48,910 --> 00:14:50,040 some of their concerns. 317 00:14:50,040 --> 00:14:54,820 And so it's a great time to have a quite space to do that. 318 00:14:54,820 --> 00:14:57,960 Offering gratitudes and intention. 319 00:14:57,960 --> 00:14:59,770 Gratitudes for what happened today. 320 00:14:59,770 --> 00:15:01,720 Intentions for tomorrow. 321 00:15:01,720 --> 00:15:06,610 In my program we do a THIS prayer-- T-H-I-S. 322 00:15:06,610 --> 00:15:09,520 T standing for thank you. 323 00:15:09,520 --> 00:15:12,920 H standing for help, so things that we 324 00:15:12,920 --> 00:15:17,070 may need an intercession, things we may need help with. 325 00:15:17,070 --> 00:15:18,860 I standing for improvement. 326 00:15:18,860 --> 00:15:21,410 Things that we feel we could do a little bit better 327 00:15:21,410 --> 00:15:22,540 moving forward. 328 00:15:22,540 --> 00:15:24,160 And S standing for sorry. 329 00:15:24,160 --> 00:15:28,860 The things that we feel that we want to be forgiven for, 330 00:15:28,860 --> 00:15:33,710 or apologize to someone for, that we feel in our hearts 331 00:15:33,710 --> 00:15:36,940 we could have hurt them or done better. 332 00:15:36,940 --> 00:15:39,930 So framing it in that way-- T-H-I-S-- 333 00:15:39,930 --> 00:15:43,120 can be a nice way to cover all those bases. 334 00:15:43,120 --> 00:15:44,706 Obviously, storytelling at bedtime 335 00:15:44,706 --> 00:15:45,830 is a wonderful opportunity. 336 00:15:45,830 --> 00:15:49,660 But telling stories doesn't have to just be about the stories. 337 00:15:49,660 --> 00:15:52,650 You can pick stories that have great morals to them. 338 00:15:52,650 --> 00:15:56,500 There's a lot of books around character education, 339 00:15:56,500 --> 00:15:57,720 moral tales. 340 00:15:57,720 --> 00:15:59,860 And so these are great opportunities 341 00:15:59,860 --> 00:16:04,080 to really pull something out about our principles-- 342 00:16:04,080 --> 00:16:06,170 pull something out about our values. 343 00:16:06,170 --> 00:16:08,960 I'm using this Teachable Moments as we're sharing 344 00:16:08,960 --> 00:16:11,100 that time together and reading. 345 00:16:11,100 --> 00:16:15,420 And then there's the evening yoga-- the yawning yoga. 346 00:16:15,420 --> 00:16:18,450 And, again, just kind of taking all the physical stress 347 00:16:18,450 --> 00:16:23,050 of the day, breathing deeply, releasing that energy. 348 00:16:23,050 --> 00:16:25,800 Relaxing the body as it centers itself 349 00:16:25,800 --> 00:16:31,050 for a relaxing, deep, meditative mindset, 350 00:16:31,050 --> 00:16:35,020 and a good, solid sleep that will be rejuvenating. 351 00:16:35,020 --> 00:16:39,340 And really getting back in touch with your body before you 352 00:16:39,340 --> 00:16:40,480 put it to bed. 353 00:16:40,480 --> 00:16:43,840 And, again, some meditations, some guided visualization 354 00:16:43,840 --> 00:16:44,610 and meditation. 355 00:16:44,610 --> 00:16:46,700 And often with younger children, it's 356 00:16:46,700 --> 00:16:51,160 helpful to even just start with, you know, 10 to 15 seconds. 357 00:16:51,160 --> 00:16:54,710 And just give them two or three sentences to think about. 358 00:16:54,710 --> 00:16:57,850 And then each night to increase that little by little 359 00:16:57,850 --> 00:17:01,320 until you've grown their attention span 360 00:17:01,320 --> 00:17:03,440 and their capacity for that. 361 00:17:03,440 --> 00:17:06,200 And it's amazing what very young children can 362 00:17:06,200 --> 00:17:08,130 do once, again, it's practiced. 363 00:17:08,130 --> 00:17:11,180 And it's something that evolves with them. 364 00:17:11,180 --> 00:17:14,589 And again some nice soothing music to really set the pace. 365 00:17:14,589 --> 00:17:16,210 So looking at the arc of the day, 366 00:17:16,210 --> 00:17:19,631 there's a lot of things that are repetitive. 367 00:17:19,631 --> 00:17:21,880 And obviously we're not going to do every single thing 368 00:17:21,880 --> 00:17:23,420 at every single point of the day, 369 00:17:23,420 --> 00:17:25,810 but picking those pieces that really speak to you. 370 00:17:25,810 --> 00:17:28,790 And making some intention about being consistent with them. 371 00:17:28,790 --> 00:17:32,770 And practiced with them, and more ritualistic with them, 372 00:17:32,770 --> 00:17:36,850 will really help to grow your spirit, in a way. 373 00:17:36,850 --> 00:17:40,130 Just like we would practice any other activity or skill 374 00:17:40,130 --> 00:17:42,710 that we look to improve upon. 375 00:17:42,710 --> 00:17:45,440 So I will now turn it over to Joy. 376 00:17:45,440 --> 00:17:55,690 And thank you very much. 377 00:17:55,690 --> 00:17:58,730 Joy Berry: We know that often busy hands 378 00:17:58,730 --> 00:18:02,030 equals a calm mind and body. 379 00:18:02,030 --> 00:18:05,490 Sitting still with nothing to do but just listen or wait 380 00:18:05,490 --> 00:18:08,260 can be hard for kids, and even some adults. 381 00:18:08,260 --> 00:18:12,510 And also we know that we have stressful times, all of us. 382 00:18:12,510 --> 00:18:16,350 How can we help support our kids, ourselves, our program? 383 00:18:16,350 --> 00:18:19,540 With some understanding that neuroscientists 384 00:18:19,540 --> 00:18:22,530 are learning now that some activities can actually 385 00:18:22,530 --> 00:18:26,070 help us focus in on what we're hearing or learning, 386 00:18:26,070 --> 00:18:27,920 and can help us calm down. 387 00:18:27,920 --> 00:18:29,960 Especially activities with our hands. 388 00:18:29,960 --> 00:18:32,360 Sometimes called fidget items, classroom teachers 389 00:18:32,360 --> 00:18:34,510 have known for a long time that activities 390 00:18:34,510 --> 00:18:38,820 like pipe cleaners, Play-Doh, coloring can actually 391 00:18:38,820 --> 00:18:41,130 help listeners focus better. 392 00:18:41,130 --> 00:18:44,280 But did you know that, in particular, knitting, sewing, 393 00:18:44,280 --> 00:18:47,340 and coloring or making mandalas have 394 00:18:47,340 --> 00:18:50,080 been found to create the same brain pattern as those 395 00:18:50,080 --> 00:18:53,280 found during meditation? 396 00:18:53,280 --> 00:18:56,760 I'll be sharing in this session some observations 397 00:18:56,760 --> 00:18:59,310 and research about how hand work is 398 00:18:59,310 --> 00:19:01,070 an important and easy contemplative 399 00:19:01,070 --> 00:19:05,140 practice and some simple ways to add hand work to your toolbar 400 00:19:05,140 --> 00:19:06,314 of ideas and resources. 401 00:19:06,314 --> 00:19:08,230 Whether that's teaching your own kids at home, 402 00:19:08,230 --> 00:19:11,810 setting up a program at church, in a worship service activity 403 00:19:11,810 --> 00:19:14,490 pack, maybe for all ages, or helping 404 00:19:14,490 --> 00:19:20,210 a parent who wants to take some of this home. 405 00:19:20,210 --> 00:19:22,160 We know that knitters and other crafters 406 00:19:22,160 --> 00:19:24,090 often describe the state they experience 407 00:19:24,090 --> 00:19:28,250 while doing their craft as meditative or deeply relaxing. 408 00:19:28,250 --> 00:19:30,820 Some even refer to knitting as the new yoga. 409 00:19:30,820 --> 00:19:33,330 According to one study, studies of the brain waves 410 00:19:33,330 --> 00:19:37,350 of people immersed in repetitive spatial-motor tasks 411 00:19:37,350 --> 00:19:39,460 show remarkable similarities to those 412 00:19:39,460 --> 00:19:43,360 engaged in deep meditation, an activity known to stimulate 413 00:19:43,360 --> 00:19:44,930 the production of dopamine. 414 00:19:44,930 --> 00:19:48,390 And like meditation, repetitive spatial-motor tasks 415 00:19:48,390 --> 00:19:51,130 not only stimulate the brain's reward system, 416 00:19:51,130 --> 00:19:54,436 they also promote relaxation and counteract the negative health 417 00:19:54,436 --> 00:19:59,130 consequences of stress hormones. 418 00:19:59,130 --> 00:20:02,310 Now humans have always crafted, and elders have always 419 00:20:02,310 --> 00:20:05,490 taught young people about those crafts. 420 00:20:05,490 --> 00:20:09,362 In fact, sewing types of hand work, and knitting, 421 00:20:09,362 --> 00:20:11,445 is still taught in Waldorf and other integrative-- 422 00:20:11,445 --> 00:20:13,860 or "whole child"-- curriculum methods. 423 00:20:13,860 --> 00:20:16,780 We use them in our spirit play classes in our Contemplation 424 00:20:16,780 --> 00:20:17,460 Center. 425 00:20:17,460 --> 00:20:19,980 But now science is giving us hard evidence 426 00:20:19,980 --> 00:20:23,920 that hand work really is a power contemplative activity. 427 00:20:23,920 --> 00:20:25,740 So how is that? 428 00:20:25,740 --> 00:20:28,280 Turns out that by increasing activity and cerebral blood 429 00:20:28,280 --> 00:20:31,490 flow in the left, prefrontal cortex of the brain-- 430 00:20:31,490 --> 00:20:34,720 an area associated with positive mood and feelings of general 431 00:20:34,720 --> 00:20:38,510 well being-- that's how it happens. 432 00:20:38,510 --> 00:20:40,490 It turns out that participating in activities 433 00:20:40,490 --> 00:20:43,520 that require the translation of codes and symbols-- 434 00:20:43,520 --> 00:20:45,590 which includes lace and table knitting, 435 00:20:45,590 --> 00:20:48,290 sewing, paint, or coloring by numbers-- 436 00:20:48,290 --> 00:20:50,870 that can also activate that prefrontal cortex 437 00:20:50,870 --> 00:20:52,080 on the left side. 438 00:20:52,080 --> 00:20:55,200 Over time, more activity in this part of the brain 439 00:20:55,200 --> 00:20:58,140 results in lowered anxiety, and an improved response 440 00:20:58,140 --> 00:21:00,210 to environmental stressors. 441 00:21:00,210 --> 00:21:01,890 The repetitive motions of knitting, 442 00:21:01,890 --> 00:21:04,500 for example-- which are very similar to sewing-- 443 00:21:04,500 --> 00:21:07,110 activate the parasympathetic nervous system, 444 00:21:07,110 --> 00:21:12,640 which quiets the flight or fight response. 445 00:21:12,640 --> 00:21:15,800 Observing children or adults who are engaged in hand 446 00:21:15,800 --> 00:21:20,720 work like sewing, one notices a deep focus and calm. 447 00:21:20,720 --> 00:21:24,610 In a 2007 paper called "The Neurological Basis 448 00:21:24,610 --> 00:21:28,060 of Occupation", scientists argue that patients 449 00:21:28,060 --> 00:21:29,870 could learn to use crafting activities 450 00:21:29,870 --> 00:21:33,530 to elicit something called flow, which would offer 451 00:21:33,530 --> 00:21:35,530 a non-pharmaceutical way to regulate 452 00:21:35,530 --> 00:21:39,590 strong emotion-- such as anger-- or prevent irrational thought. 453 00:21:39,590 --> 00:21:41,950 They said flow could potentially help patients 454 00:21:41,950 --> 00:21:43,817 to blanch an internal chaos. 455 00:21:43,817 --> 00:21:46,559 And I think that's why we all want more contemplative 456 00:21:46,559 --> 00:21:50,300 practices in our lives, and in our kids' lives. 457 00:21:50,300 --> 00:21:52,280 Turns out that the reward center in our brain 458 00:21:52,280 --> 00:21:54,960 releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine 459 00:21:54,960 --> 00:21:56,560 when we do something pleasurable, 460 00:21:56,560 --> 00:22:01,362 and that is our natural antidepressant. 461 00:22:01,362 --> 00:22:03,960 And so there's survey evidence to support 462 00:22:03,960 --> 00:22:06,140 crafting's dopamine effect. 463 00:22:06,140 --> 00:22:10,150 In one study of more than 3,500 knitters published 464 00:22:10,150 --> 00:22:12,460 in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 465 00:22:12,460 --> 00:22:15,270 81% of respondents with depression 466 00:22:15,270 --> 00:22:16,855 reported feeling happy after knitting. 467 00:22:16,855 --> 00:22:20,610 More than half reported feeling very happy. 468 00:22:20,610 --> 00:22:23,120 Crafting also improves our self-efficacy, 469 00:22:23,120 --> 00:22:25,960 one researcher said-- or how we feel about performing 470 00:22:25,960 --> 00:22:27,640 particular tasks. 471 00:22:27,640 --> 00:22:30,040 Psychologists believe a strong sense of self-efficacy 472 00:22:30,040 --> 00:22:32,200 is key to how we approach new challenges 473 00:22:32,200 --> 00:22:34,360 and overcome disappointments in life. 474 00:22:34,360 --> 00:22:37,260 Now in particular when we are able to model and teach 475 00:22:37,260 --> 00:22:39,010 such healthy habits for our kids, 476 00:22:39,010 --> 00:22:41,196 they're better able to self-regulate and help 477 00:22:41,196 --> 00:22:42,820 themselves get calm, which is something 478 00:22:42,820 --> 00:22:44,540 I think we all want for them. 479 00:22:44,540 --> 00:22:46,520 Seeing a child take on a new task, 480 00:22:46,520 --> 00:22:49,130 like this child did sewing this chalice, 481 00:22:49,130 --> 00:22:50,380 she was so proud afterwards. 482 00:22:50,380 --> 00:22:52,130 She said, oh, take my picture. 483 00:22:52,130 --> 00:22:54,380 I want everyone to see this. 484 00:22:54,380 --> 00:22:57,760 And that's great. 485 00:22:57,760 --> 00:23:00,530 There's something so powerful about creating order 486 00:23:00,530 --> 00:23:02,890 and pattern out of nothingness. 487 00:23:02,890 --> 00:23:05,090 Remember that the Latin roots of religion 488 00:23:05,090 --> 00:23:07,980 come from the word "religare," which means to bind 489 00:23:07,980 --> 00:23:10,530 together-- sounds like sewing or knitting. 490 00:23:10,530 --> 00:23:12,680 It seems to me that hand work does count 491 00:23:12,680 --> 00:23:15,390 as religious exercise. 492 00:23:15,390 --> 00:23:19,490 Especially because it's amazing how people of all ages 493 00:23:19,490 --> 00:23:22,090 will become engaged in hand work. 494 00:23:22,090 --> 00:23:24,500 Here are a few professional religious educators 495 00:23:24,500 --> 00:23:26,790 at a meeting I hope wasn't too boring, 496 00:23:26,790 --> 00:23:30,340 but they were sewing up a storm at a Chapter meeting. 497 00:23:30,340 --> 00:23:32,470 The reality is we all have times in a our life 498 00:23:32,470 --> 00:23:35,690 that are either not stimulating enough, or over stimulating. 499 00:23:35,690 --> 00:23:38,590 And that's especially true for kids, and those with ADHD, 500 00:23:38,590 --> 00:23:41,266 or sensory processing disorders-- people of all ages. 501 00:23:41,266 --> 00:23:43,140 How many of us have seen more and more people 502 00:23:43,140 --> 00:23:46,980 knitting, or sewing, or coloring mandalas at conferences, 503 00:23:46,980 --> 00:23:48,320 and in our worship services? 504 00:23:48,320 --> 00:23:52,810 Turns out those people really know what's good for them. 505 00:23:52,810 --> 00:23:55,710 And there's something especially interesting about the way 506 00:23:55,710 --> 00:23:59,600 that sewing in particular let's us see our mistake when we 507 00:23:59,600 --> 00:24:01,890 notice the pattern going wonky. 508 00:24:01,890 --> 00:24:03,860 And then we have the opportunity to retrace 509 00:24:03,860 --> 00:24:07,270 our step, or stitches, and unstitch and restitch 510 00:24:07,270 --> 00:24:08,590 until it's corrected. 511 00:24:08,590 --> 00:24:11,480 I feel something happen in my own brain when I need do this. 512 00:24:11,480 --> 00:24:13,610 And I see the deepest concentration 513 00:24:13,610 --> 00:24:15,880 and a real zen-like quality in children 514 00:24:15,880 --> 00:24:21,290 when they are seeing and fixing their mistake. 515 00:24:21,290 --> 00:24:24,400 Kind of a hands-on, participatory moment of grace 516 00:24:24,400 --> 00:24:26,327 that is remarkable to feel and see in others. 517 00:24:26,327 --> 00:24:28,285 Especially little ones, like this four-year-old 518 00:24:28,285 --> 00:24:30,130 at a recent program. 519 00:24:30,130 --> 00:24:33,090 Who knows, maybe learning how to fix our mistakes in such 520 00:24:33,090 --> 00:24:36,140 a tangible way teaches us something we 521 00:24:36,140 --> 00:24:39,650 need to know in our life, too. 522 00:24:39,650 --> 00:24:42,610 So you've heard this sort of philosophy and science. 523 00:24:42,610 --> 00:24:45,270 I want to get down to nuts and bolts. 524 00:24:45,270 --> 00:24:47,790 Here in these next slides I'll share some of the ways 525 00:24:47,790 --> 00:24:50,430 that you can share the opportunity to sew and do 526 00:24:50,430 --> 00:24:52,830 other forms of handcraft. 527 00:24:52,830 --> 00:24:57,050 These are simple plastic 4 and 1/2 inch sewing circles. 528 00:24:57,050 --> 00:24:58,735 Plastic sewing circles is what you 529 00:24:58,735 --> 00:25:00,630 would search for to find them near you-- also 530 00:25:00,630 --> 00:25:03,210 available in any craft store. 531 00:25:03,210 --> 00:25:06,410 Often in packs of 10, for example from Amazon. 532 00:25:06,410 --> 00:25:10,400 Add some plastic or blunt tipped metal sewing needles, 533 00:25:10,400 --> 00:25:12,376 and embroidery thread or yarn, and you've 534 00:25:12,376 --> 00:25:14,310 got portable sewing kits for the car, 535 00:25:14,310 --> 00:25:21,580 the classroom, even in worship activity kits. 536 00:25:21,580 --> 00:25:24,700 Now in the last slide you saw the finished product-- 537 00:25:24,700 --> 00:25:27,580 chalices and mandalas sewn onto those sewing circles. 538 00:25:27,580 --> 00:25:29,550 But here's how you might start. 539 00:25:29,550 --> 00:25:31,591 Draw a shape like a chalice or one of the world 540 00:25:31,591 --> 00:25:34,950 religion symbols directly onto one of those plastic circles, 541 00:25:34,950 --> 00:25:39,800 and that way beginning sewers have a pattern to follow. 542 00:25:39,800 --> 00:25:41,740 Freehand sewing is great for those 543 00:25:41,740 --> 00:25:44,486 who have learned the basics with these plastic circles. 544 00:25:44,486 --> 00:25:46,360 This is where you can imagine and then create 545 00:25:46,360 --> 00:25:48,070 your own patterns. 546 00:25:48,070 --> 00:25:52,550 This is an example of one I just started at a meeting yesterday. 547 00:25:52,550 --> 00:25:58,840 It starts to show the beginning of a mandala in a freehand way. 548 00:25:58,840 --> 00:26:05,100 Now a non-plastic alternative-- did I do that right? 549 00:26:05,100 --> 00:26:05,770 Here we go. 550 00:26:05,770 --> 00:26:10,740 A non-plastic alternative is to use-- something that's 551 00:26:10,740 --> 00:26:13,950 more renewable, of course, is the use of a small 4 to 5 552 00:26:13,950 --> 00:26:17,490 inch embroidery hoop and cut pieces of burlap. 553 00:26:17,490 --> 00:26:19,726 Here's what it looks like put together, as 554 00:26:19,726 --> 00:26:22,070 soon as we started in sewing. 555 00:26:22,070 --> 00:26:25,930 And this is costlier outlay in the beginning, 556 00:26:25,930 --> 00:26:28,280 but the hoops can be used again and again. 557 00:26:28,280 --> 00:26:30,675 And the burlap pieces that have been sewn on 558 00:26:30,675 --> 00:26:34,000 can be taken out and kept by children, 559 00:26:34,000 --> 00:26:38,040 or you could choose to knit them in a bigger art project. 560 00:26:38,040 --> 00:26:40,960 It's really nice with burlap to feel the fabric giving way 561 00:26:40,960 --> 00:26:42,000 as we sew. 562 00:26:42,000 --> 00:26:48,290 This is my favorite way to do the sewing. 563 00:26:48,290 --> 00:26:50,840 Another example here with embroidery thread. 564 00:26:50,840 --> 00:26:52,950 I want to lift up that if you use 565 00:26:52,950 --> 00:26:55,850 some sort of variegated embroidery thread that changes 566 00:26:55,850 --> 00:27:00,052 color as a child or adult sews-- or if you 567 00:27:00,052 --> 00:27:03,670 use some kind of variegated yarn, same story. 568 00:27:03,670 --> 00:27:04,654 It changes color. 569 00:27:04,654 --> 00:27:06,570 You get a more of a rainbow effect at the end. 570 00:27:06,570 --> 00:27:08,750 And you start to see the mind working, strategizing. 571 00:27:08,750 --> 00:27:10,700 Oh, what am I going to do with green? 572 00:27:10,700 --> 00:27:11,580 Purple's coming soon. 573 00:27:11,580 --> 00:27:17,590 Should I change in my pattern? 574 00:27:17,590 --> 00:27:24,620 Now here's an example of how these burlap 575 00:27:24,620 --> 00:27:27,600 squares from embroidery hoops can be saved and used 576 00:27:27,600 --> 00:27:28,630 for something special. 577 00:27:28,630 --> 00:27:32,780 In this case, I had every one in the congregation who wished to, 578 00:27:32,780 --> 00:27:36,121 sewing these chalices on embroidery hoops for months 579 00:27:36,121 --> 00:27:36,620 and months. 580 00:27:36,620 --> 00:27:38,855 And then I had a youth who sews turn it 581 00:27:38,855 --> 00:27:41,190 into a nice stole for our Associate Minister's 582 00:27:41,190 --> 00:27:42,840 installation. 583 00:27:42,840 --> 00:27:45,700 It was really special to have the whole congregation's energy 584 00:27:45,700 --> 00:27:47,199 in that thing that she's going to be 585 00:27:47,199 --> 00:27:53,720 wearing as she serves them in her ministry from now on. 586 00:27:53,720 --> 00:27:56,810 This is an example of a sewing corner in our church spirit 587 00:27:56,810 --> 00:27:58,100 play room. 588 00:27:58,100 --> 00:27:59,780 This is a big embroidery hoop. 589 00:27:59,780 --> 00:28:03,440 You can get them very large, as well as some smaller ones. 590 00:28:03,440 --> 00:28:05,840 These big hoops in particular lend themselves 591 00:28:05,840 --> 00:28:10,520 to a cooperative project-- solo work getting shared over time. 592 00:28:10,520 --> 00:28:12,900 So individual children work on it. 593 00:28:12,900 --> 00:28:16,580 They can choose their own shade of ribbon, thread the needle, 594 00:28:16,580 --> 00:28:19,700 work as long as they wish, in a contemplative fashion. 595 00:28:19,700 --> 00:28:21,940 And then when the next child comes along 596 00:28:21,940 --> 00:28:25,270 can choose a different color, thread there needle, and go on. 597 00:28:25,270 --> 00:28:27,190 By the end of the year, the labyrinth path 598 00:28:27,190 --> 00:28:32,170 has been sewn by many children as a rainbow. 599 00:28:32,170 --> 00:28:35,090 Here's a close up of that labyrinth sewing project. 600 00:28:35,090 --> 00:28:37,420 Again, once you're using burlap you 601 00:28:37,420 --> 00:28:39,320 can draw any pattern directly this so 602 00:28:39,320 --> 00:28:45,120 that children can use that as a design. 603 00:28:45,120 --> 00:28:47,060 This is an example of how I set up 604 00:28:47,060 --> 00:28:51,710 a table outside the sanctuary in my last church. 605 00:28:51,710 --> 00:28:53,770 On the left were for younger children. 606 00:28:53,770 --> 00:28:55,520 I had some of those plastic sewing circles 607 00:28:55,520 --> 00:28:56,782 with designs sewn on. 608 00:28:56,782 --> 00:28:58,240 But it's what's on the right that I 609 00:28:58,240 --> 00:28:59,920 want to draw your attention to. 610 00:28:59,920 --> 00:29:02,150 I call it Soul Work For All Ages. 611 00:29:02,150 --> 00:29:06,380 I wanted to concretely and explicitly 612 00:29:06,380 --> 00:29:11,810 invite people of all ages to take part. 613 00:29:11,810 --> 00:29:13,700 This is-- you can see the chalices here 614 00:29:13,700 --> 00:29:15,890 that got turned into that stole earlier. 615 00:29:15,890 --> 00:29:17,735 Many adults reported that they were 616 00:29:17,735 --> 00:29:19,760 really happy to be given permission 617 00:29:19,760 --> 00:29:22,400 to do something with their hands during the service. 618 00:29:22,400 --> 00:29:25,820 And one of my fondest memories is looking out from the pulpit 619 00:29:25,820 --> 00:29:28,180 and see three generations of family members, 620 00:29:28,180 --> 00:29:32,550 or just congregates, sitting in the same pew 621 00:29:32,550 --> 00:29:36,920 all working sewing in their own way. 622 00:29:36,920 --> 00:29:39,220 And one thing I want to lift up about using 623 00:29:39,220 --> 00:29:43,400 this sort of modality for contemplative practice 624 00:29:43,400 --> 00:29:47,390 in worship is that we're all learning new ways 625 00:29:47,390 --> 00:29:50,630 to worship together-- new ways to integrate and welcome 626 00:29:50,630 --> 00:29:54,370 people of different learning styles, different ages. 627 00:29:54,370 --> 00:29:58,070 When we do that, we start to sort of think outside the box. 628 00:29:58,070 --> 00:30:00,410 And I think it's important that we 629 00:30:00,410 --> 00:30:05,755 can share the neuroscience with leadership or worship teams 630 00:30:05,755 --> 00:30:08,600 to make sure that they understand that this work isn't 631 00:30:08,600 --> 00:30:12,170 distracting people from being able to attend to the worship 632 00:30:12,170 --> 00:30:13,760 method of service. 633 00:30:13,760 --> 00:30:16,700 But that in fact the brain science 634 00:30:16,700 --> 00:30:19,910 shows us that they can attend more closely with a calmer, 635 00:30:19,910 --> 00:30:24,320 more focused mind, and a calmer body. 636 00:30:24,320 --> 00:30:27,510 So I think it's important to work together, and find 637 00:30:27,510 --> 00:30:30,850 the language that can really help you have excellence 638 00:30:30,850 --> 00:30:34,380 in shared ministry around this. 639 00:30:34,380 --> 00:30:36,650 There are other forms of contemplative hand work you 640 00:30:36,650 --> 00:30:38,500 may want to take advantage of. 641 00:30:38,500 --> 00:30:42,455 Mandalas have been shown in various forms of research 642 00:30:42,455 --> 00:30:44,780 to also be stress reducing. 643 00:30:44,780 --> 00:30:46,990 One can color a mandala. 644 00:30:46,990 --> 00:30:49,990 One could make a mandala. 645 00:30:49,990 --> 00:30:52,290 Some examples are coming up. 646 00:30:52,290 --> 00:30:57,240 Dover Books makes small pocket "stained glass" mandalas. 647 00:30:57,240 --> 00:30:59,940 Several in one book for just a couple bucks. 648 00:30:59,940 --> 00:31:03,246 And those can be hung on bedroom windows, class windows, 649 00:31:03,246 --> 00:31:05,729 or maybe the car window on a long drive. 650 00:31:05,729 --> 00:31:07,770 Kids really like that because they can use chalk, 651 00:31:07,770 --> 00:31:11,530 pastels to work on those. 652 00:31:11,530 --> 00:31:12,965 Here we have an example of one of 653 00:31:12,965 --> 00:31:16,830 our fabulous religious educators working on a coloring mandala 654 00:31:16,830 --> 00:31:17,330 sheet. 655 00:31:17,330 --> 00:31:20,730 This is a really easy way you can search for keyword mandala 656 00:31:20,730 --> 00:31:23,730 coloring sheet on the internet, print some off, 657 00:31:23,730 --> 00:31:26,050 and with some colored pencils, walla. 658 00:31:26,050 --> 00:31:30,220 You have a way to help people at meetings or in classrooms. 659 00:31:30,220 --> 00:31:31,866 Especially with my youth I find that I 660 00:31:31,866 --> 00:31:33,699 like to put these in the middle of the table 661 00:31:33,699 --> 00:31:38,950 so that people can working during class. 662 00:31:38,950 --> 00:31:42,065 And if you have the space, and the time, and the energy, 663 00:31:42,065 --> 00:31:44,280 a group activity that's wonderful 664 00:31:44,280 --> 00:31:48,210 is to allow people to create mandalas in 3D 665 00:31:48,210 --> 00:31:50,490 with stones, or shells, or beads. 666 00:31:50,490 --> 00:31:54,970 Even coins would work. 667 00:31:54,970 --> 00:31:56,830 In closing, I'd like to encourage you all 668 00:31:56,830 --> 00:31:59,180 to think about ways you could incorporate some hand 669 00:31:59,180 --> 00:32:02,700 work into your program, or in your home, or classes. 670 00:32:02,700 --> 00:32:05,090 You'll see the benefits for yourself. 671 00:32:05,090 --> 00:32:08,540 And here we're going to show, as a kind of meditation element 672 00:32:08,540 --> 00:32:12,470 in this session, what it really looks like. 673 00:32:12,470 --> 00:32:14,920 This is an active art. 674 00:32:14,920 --> 00:32:24,465 And show what it looks like when someone actually is doing it. 675 00:32:24,465 --> 00:33:02,630 [MUSIC PLAYING] 676 00:33:02,630 --> 00:33:05,850 Susan Lawrence: So I love that smile. 677 00:33:05,850 --> 00:33:08,300 So I'm going to talk to you about staying 678 00:33:08,300 --> 00:33:09,720 connected with youth. 679 00:33:09,720 --> 00:33:14,270 And then I have some altars that I want to show you. 680 00:33:14,270 --> 00:33:19,530 So a few notes about parenting teens and tweens. 681 00:33:19,530 --> 00:33:22,710 When it comes to parenting youth in that age group, 682 00:33:22,710 --> 00:33:25,900 I think that we need to find a balance between too 683 00:33:25,900 --> 00:33:28,530 much hovering and rescuing-- which 684 00:33:28,530 --> 00:33:31,800 is something that's under much discussion at the moment. 685 00:33:31,800 --> 00:33:35,030 So there's that on one hand. 686 00:33:35,030 --> 00:33:37,770 And on the other hand there's the old school style 687 00:33:37,770 --> 00:33:42,600 which fails to recognize new roles as youth get older. 688 00:33:42,600 --> 00:33:46,450 And ends up the adults often pushing away 689 00:33:46,450 --> 00:33:51,460 tweens and teens as if they're some kind of alien species. 690 00:33:51,460 --> 00:33:54,130 In her book, Nurturing Children and Youth, 691 00:33:54,130 --> 00:33:55,930 Tracy Hurd lifts up the importance 692 00:33:55,930 --> 00:34:01,460 of giving young adolescents-- youth 12 to 15-- a soft place 693 00:34:01,460 --> 00:34:05,180 to explore their beliefs and question their religion. 694 00:34:05,180 --> 00:34:08,530 For youth 15 to 18, it's important to allow them 695 00:34:08,530 --> 00:34:10,980 psychological distance to explore 696 00:34:10,980 --> 00:34:13,159 their own new identities. 697 00:34:13,159 --> 00:34:15,440 And yet, youth this age also need 698 00:34:15,440 --> 00:34:19,429 outlets to express their religious development. 699 00:34:19,429 --> 00:34:21,610 Our RE programs and youth groups work 700 00:34:21,610 --> 00:34:24,320 to create these safe and sacred spaces. 701 00:34:24,320 --> 00:34:28,480 But of course, even though youth have lots of activities, often 702 00:34:28,480 --> 00:34:31,060 they still spend more time at home 703 00:34:31,060 --> 00:34:33,460 than they do at our congregations. 704 00:34:33,460 --> 00:34:37,400 So we religious educators need to keep encouraging parents 705 00:34:37,400 --> 00:34:39,389 to hang in there with their youth, 706 00:34:39,389 --> 00:34:42,080 and relate to them in healthy ways. 707 00:34:42,080 --> 00:34:45,560 I think that more parents are starting to become aware 708 00:34:45,560 --> 00:34:50,370 of the benefits of giving youth both clear expectations 709 00:34:50,370 --> 00:34:54,100 and rules for safety, and, also, some room for them 710 00:34:54,100 --> 00:34:56,120 to make their own mistakes. 711 00:34:56,120 --> 00:34:59,380 But I think that more and more we're experiencing and learning 712 00:34:59,380 --> 00:35:01,500 that youth, and even young adults, 713 00:35:01,500 --> 00:35:04,880 benefit from loving, compassionate family 714 00:35:04,880 --> 00:35:08,950 relationships that nurture and empower them. 715 00:35:08,950 --> 00:35:13,040 Tracy Hurd encourages all of us who have relationships 716 00:35:13,040 --> 00:35:16,850 with youth to be flexible, have a sense of humor, 717 00:35:16,850 --> 00:35:19,820 provide unconditional love, and welcome 718 00:35:19,820 --> 00:35:22,820 the youth for who they are. 719 00:35:22,820 --> 00:35:25,770 So for Youth and Spiritual Practice, 720 00:35:25,770 --> 00:35:28,910 I wanted to talk about maintaining and gaining 721 00:35:28,910 --> 00:35:30,760 practices. 722 00:35:30,760 --> 00:35:34,480 Sarah and Joy have shared some wonderful and lovely practices, 723 00:35:34,480 --> 00:35:38,220 and I have a few more that you can use for children and also, 724 00:35:38,220 --> 00:35:40,140 in particular, for youth. 725 00:35:40,140 --> 00:35:43,640 It's great if parents and caregivers start 726 00:35:43,640 --> 00:35:46,150 spiritual practices when children are young, 727 00:35:46,150 --> 00:35:49,060 but it is never too late to start. 728 00:35:49,060 --> 00:35:52,470 For youth I think one good way to engage them in family 729 00:35:52,470 --> 00:35:55,450 spiritual practices is by invitation. 730 00:35:55,450 --> 00:35:58,920 So, for example, Sarah mentioned spending time in nature 731 00:35:58,920 --> 00:36:00,860 as a spiritual practice. 732 00:36:00,860 --> 00:36:04,600 And I would say to families that if you already get out there 733 00:36:04,600 --> 00:36:06,830 into nature as a family, that's great. 734 00:36:06,830 --> 00:36:09,220 And if not, maybe you could start. 735 00:36:09,220 --> 00:36:12,580 And invite your teen to select a place to hike, or bike, 736 00:36:12,580 --> 00:36:16,220 or walk, or kayak using the internet, of course. 737 00:36:16,220 --> 00:36:19,940 And then maybe the youth could talk with everyone 738 00:36:19,940 --> 00:36:22,480 once they get there about what to expect, 739 00:36:22,480 --> 00:36:25,050 and what trails you might take. 740 00:36:25,050 --> 00:36:27,230 Sarah also talked about meal times 741 00:36:27,230 --> 00:36:29,720 as a natural and important opportunity 742 00:36:29,720 --> 00:36:31,590 for spiritual practice. 743 00:36:31,590 --> 00:36:34,120 As children get older, they start 744 00:36:34,120 --> 00:36:35,640 to have their own schedules. 745 00:36:35,640 --> 00:36:39,310 And this means that parents have to work to plan when 746 00:36:39,310 --> 00:36:41,400 they can have family meals. 747 00:36:41,400 --> 00:36:44,640 But it's important not to give up on having them. 748 00:36:44,640 --> 00:36:50,480 And I urge families to resist the habit sliding 749 00:36:50,480 --> 00:36:54,420 into having individually pre-packaged meals 750 00:36:54,420 --> 00:36:57,900 in the freezer ready for family members to microwave 751 00:36:57,900 --> 00:37:01,150 and take to their rooms and have dinner alone. 752 00:37:01,150 --> 00:37:05,070 So on those nights when families do have dinner together, 753 00:37:05,070 --> 00:37:07,430 how do you call people to the table? 754 00:37:07,430 --> 00:37:09,730 Youth often don't want to leave what they're 755 00:37:09,730 --> 00:37:12,880 doing until they know that food is on the table 756 00:37:12,880 --> 00:37:14,660 and ready to eat. 757 00:37:14,660 --> 00:37:18,300 But here's an opportunity for families to invite youth 758 00:37:18,300 --> 00:37:22,250 to take a pause, become calmer. 759 00:37:22,250 --> 00:37:24,870 Joy has already talked about handiwork and coloring 760 00:37:24,870 --> 00:37:26,440 mandalas. 761 00:37:26,440 --> 00:37:28,040 And I can assure you that youth really 762 00:37:28,040 --> 00:37:30,110 do enjoy that kind of thing. 763 00:37:30,110 --> 00:37:34,590 Here's the mandala that I took from our youth group 764 00:37:34,590 --> 00:37:38,010 that they have been working on as a shared coloring project. 765 00:37:38,010 --> 00:37:42,190 And it has the fuzzy black lines on it, 766 00:37:42,190 --> 00:37:48,530 so it's kind of forgiving and pleasant. 767 00:37:48,530 --> 00:37:52,470 So I can imagine some of those being available near the dinner 768 00:37:52,470 --> 00:37:56,400 table, or wherever you eat, for children and youth 769 00:37:56,400 --> 00:38:00,890 to use while other people are finishing up making dinner. 770 00:38:00,890 --> 00:38:04,910 Or you could have journals near the table, as Sarah suggested, 771 00:38:04,910 --> 00:38:06,500 for reflection time. 772 00:38:06,500 --> 00:38:09,890 Or what about one of those chalkboards that are so 773 00:38:09,890 --> 00:38:12,220 trendy now for home decoration? 774 00:38:12,220 --> 00:38:14,970 Family members could write down a few thoughts or a word 775 00:38:14,970 --> 00:38:20,890 to release, or to share, before the meal. 776 00:38:20,890 --> 00:38:23,870 Now if families don't already say a table blessing, 777 00:38:23,870 --> 00:38:27,610 it might feel awkward to start that with a teen. 778 00:38:27,610 --> 00:38:29,730 But if you have in your congregation 779 00:38:29,730 --> 00:38:31,800 a monthly table blessing that's sent out 780 00:38:31,800 --> 00:38:35,630 to families, that might be a place for parents to start 781 00:38:35,630 --> 00:38:39,920 table blessings that are-- feel more genuine and not so hokey 782 00:38:39,920 --> 00:38:40,940 to youth. 783 00:38:40,940 --> 00:38:43,620 Or families could have some books of poems, 784 00:38:43,620 --> 00:38:47,170 or short readings conveniently lying about the kitchen 785 00:38:47,170 --> 00:38:50,770 or dining room, so that family members could use those to take 786 00:38:50,770 --> 00:38:55,020 turns to find something to read aloud before the meal. 787 00:38:55,020 --> 00:38:57,970 So of course anything can be a spiritual practice. 788 00:38:57,970 --> 00:39:01,400 Whatever helps you stop for a moment and take a breath 789 00:39:01,400 --> 00:39:03,140 and set your intentions. 790 00:39:03,140 --> 00:39:06,350 So what about cleanup after dinner? 791 00:39:06,350 --> 00:39:09,450 Families might make that a spiritual event. 792 00:39:09,450 --> 00:39:12,390 Sarah talked about play lists for the car. 793 00:39:12,390 --> 00:39:13,920 Families could have an arrangement 794 00:39:13,920 --> 00:39:17,140 where everyone works to clean up after dinner-- putting food 795 00:39:17,140 --> 00:39:19,710 away, wiping the counter, sweeping the floor, 796 00:39:19,710 --> 00:39:21,370 as well as doing the dishes. 797 00:39:21,370 --> 00:39:25,430 And the children and youth could take turns selecting the dinner 798 00:39:25,430 --> 00:39:27,190 cleanup music. 799 00:39:27,190 --> 00:39:30,140 Everything might not be clean to the adult standards, 800 00:39:30,140 --> 00:39:33,130 but maybe that's something they could let go of once in awhile. 801 00:39:33,130 --> 00:39:35,790 Or they might find out that things get cleaner 802 00:39:35,790 --> 00:39:39,240 than they would have otherwise. 803 00:39:39,240 --> 00:39:41,510 Bedtimes of course change for youth. 804 00:39:41,510 --> 00:39:44,780 But adults might consider reading to their children 805 00:39:44,780 --> 00:39:48,570 at night, even when the children can read themselves. 806 00:39:48,570 --> 00:39:51,990 Parents might find a book that both they and their youth 807 00:39:51,990 --> 00:39:55,860 are interested in, so that it's a nice time for both of them. 808 00:39:55,860 --> 00:39:58,000 And I can tell you that youth really 809 00:39:58,000 --> 00:39:59,970 appreciate a good picture book. 810 00:39:59,970 --> 00:40:02,180 And many of them have messages that 811 00:40:02,180 --> 00:40:05,550 help bring them meaning to what they're experiencing 812 00:40:05,550 --> 00:40:07,430 in their daily lives. 813 00:40:07,430 --> 00:40:11,930 Lots are listed in Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook, 814 00:40:11,930 --> 00:40:15,610 which is in the resources. 815 00:40:15,610 --> 00:40:18,920 So even if the youth isn't going to sleep when parents 816 00:40:18,920 --> 00:40:22,380 say goodnight, it's great to keep some sort of routine 817 00:40:22,380 --> 00:40:24,510 of tucking in a child. 818 00:40:24,510 --> 00:40:28,330 Parents may find out that that is the time that youth really 819 00:40:28,330 --> 00:40:30,630 want to talk to them. 820 00:40:30,630 --> 00:40:34,330 And so here are some altars. 821 00:40:34,330 --> 00:40:37,290 Creating alters is one way to encourage youth 822 00:40:37,290 --> 00:40:41,130 to express their spirituality along with their families. 823 00:40:41,130 --> 00:40:43,530 Here is an nature altar. 824 00:40:43,530 --> 00:40:46,050 Sometimes families have a wonder and beauty table, 825 00:40:46,050 --> 00:40:49,470 or something like that, where they display small things 826 00:40:49,470 --> 00:40:51,820 that young children find outside-- 827 00:40:51,820 --> 00:40:54,240 like nuts and stones and bark. 828 00:40:54,240 --> 00:40:56,760 This altar is beside the door. 829 00:40:56,760 --> 00:41:00,180 Family members make a point of keeping an eye out 830 00:41:00,180 --> 00:41:02,910 for something for the altar table each time 831 00:41:02,910 --> 00:41:04,410 they go out for walk. 832 00:41:04,410 --> 00:41:08,580 And when they get home pause to put their nature treasure 833 00:41:08,580 --> 00:41:10,340 in the tray. 834 00:41:10,340 --> 00:41:13,410 This is a great way for us all to be mindful 835 00:41:13,410 --> 00:41:14,690 when we're out in nature. 836 00:41:14,690 --> 00:41:17,580 And it also might be a good habit 837 00:41:17,580 --> 00:41:20,200 to remember to collect the water in the summer 838 00:41:20,200 --> 00:41:27,330 for the in-gathering service, if your congregation does that. 839 00:41:27,330 --> 00:41:31,920 This altar is to honor the four elements of water, air, fire, 840 00:41:31,920 --> 00:41:33,010 and earth. 841 00:41:33,010 --> 00:41:37,110 And you can see a bubble wand on the right to represent air. 842 00:41:37,110 --> 00:41:40,620 And I can imagine that altar with enough bubble wands 843 00:41:40,620 --> 00:41:42,890 for everyone in the family. 844 00:41:42,890 --> 00:41:45,460 So what if everyone in the family 845 00:41:45,460 --> 00:41:47,950 blew out good wishes each evening? 846 00:41:47,950 --> 00:41:52,070 Or you could invite your youth or children 847 00:41:52,070 --> 00:41:54,800 to blow out forgiveness to people who 848 00:41:54,800 --> 00:41:57,530 had been mean to them that day. 849 00:41:57,530 --> 00:42:00,310 For youth you could teach them meta blessings, 850 00:42:00,310 --> 00:42:06,710 and there are lots of those in the back of our Grace hymn 851 00:42:06,710 --> 00:42:12,570 book, Singing the Living Tradition. 852 00:42:12,570 --> 00:42:16,600 So for youth you might want to encourage parents to help 853 00:42:16,600 --> 00:42:19,390 them create their own altar. 854 00:42:19,390 --> 00:42:21,950 For holidays or birthdays, a special gift 855 00:42:21,950 --> 00:42:26,080 could be an item for an altar they keep in their room. 856 00:42:26,080 --> 00:42:28,600 This one has a finger labyrinth, which 857 00:42:28,600 --> 00:42:31,030 is a great practice for people of all ages, 858 00:42:31,030 --> 00:42:36,170 and could be an easy invitation for youth to try something out. 859 00:42:36,170 --> 00:42:41,650 Other presents could be nice cloths, books of poetry, 860 00:42:41,650 --> 00:42:45,440 chalices, stones, crystals, shells, other things 861 00:42:45,440 --> 00:42:48,200 from nature, or beads. 862 00:42:48,200 --> 00:42:51,130 Of course to have family spiritual practices, 863 00:42:51,130 --> 00:42:54,890 the parents and caregivers need to have some experience 864 00:42:54,890 --> 00:42:57,130 with spiritual practices themselves, 865 00:42:57,130 --> 00:42:59,730 or a willingness to start. 866 00:42:59,730 --> 00:43:01,630 I find that parents and caregivers 867 00:43:01,630 --> 00:43:04,780 are often afraid of doing it wrong, 868 00:43:04,780 --> 00:43:07,290 and avoid this kind of thing altogether. 869 00:43:07,290 --> 00:43:10,200 But I reassure them that everyone 870 00:43:10,200 --> 00:43:13,765 can start from where they are with open hearts, humility, 871 00:43:13,765 --> 00:43:17,290 and enthusiasm, and practice with their children 872 00:43:17,290 --> 00:43:19,340 no matter how old they are. 873 00:43:19,340 --> 00:43:21,780 It not only brings more calmness and feelings 874 00:43:21,780 --> 00:43:24,050 of well being at that moment, but it 875 00:43:24,050 --> 00:43:27,560 affects how families are whenever they come together. 876 00:43:27,560 --> 00:43:32,760 And it can also become part of a lifelong practice. 877 00:43:32,760 --> 00:43:35,830 In the report Faith Formation 2020, 878 00:43:35,830 --> 00:43:41,270 research sociologist Christian Smith is quoted, 879 00:43:41,270 --> 00:43:44,410 "Teenagers with seriously religious parents 880 00:43:44,410 --> 00:43:47,590 are more likely than those without such parents 881 00:43:47,590 --> 00:43:53,120 to be trained in their lives to think, feel, behave, and act 882 00:43:53,120 --> 00:43:55,490 as serious religious believers. 883 00:43:55,490 --> 00:43:57,820 And that training sticks with them 884 00:43:57,820 --> 00:44:03,640 as they leave home and enter emerging adulthood." 885 00:44:03,640 --> 00:44:06,700 So we've given you a lot of information. 886 00:44:06,700 --> 00:44:09,270 And we're going to have time for you in just a moment 887 00:44:09,270 --> 00:44:11,760 to ask questions and share your ideas. 888 00:44:11,760 --> 00:44:15,850 But first I invite us all now to pause for a moment 889 00:44:15,850 --> 00:44:18,590 and turn inward. 890 00:44:18,590 --> 00:44:21,610 I have this reading for us on children 891 00:44:21,610 --> 00:44:25,610 by Kahlil Gibran, which I'm sure many of you have heard, 892 00:44:25,610 --> 00:44:29,170 but I invite you to hold thoughts of youth 893 00:44:29,170 --> 00:44:35,790 in your hearts as I read it. 894 00:44:35,790 --> 00:44:38,170 "Your children are not your children. 895 00:44:38,170 --> 00:44:42,320 They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. 896 00:44:42,320 --> 00:44:45,530 They come through you, but not from you. 897 00:44:45,530 --> 00:44:49,440 And though they are with you, they belong not to you. 898 00:44:49,440 --> 00:44:52,310 You may give them your love, but not your thoughts, 899 00:44:52,310 --> 00:44:54,480 for they have their own thoughts. 900 00:44:54,480 --> 00:44:57,300 You may house their bodies, but not their souls, 901 00:44:57,300 --> 00:44:59,840 for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 902 00:44:59,840 --> 00:45:03,410 which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. 903 00:45:03,410 --> 00:45:06,700 You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them 904 00:45:06,700 --> 00:45:10,720 like you, for life goes not backwards nor tarries 905 00:45:10,720 --> 00:45:12,500 with yesterday. 906 00:45:12,500 --> 00:45:16,560 You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, 907 00:45:16,560 --> 00:45:18,260 are sent forth. 908 00:45:18,260 --> 00:45:21,870 The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 909 00:45:21,870 --> 00:45:24,970 and he bends you with his might, that his arrows 910 00:45:24,970 --> 00:45:27,280 may go swift and far. 911 00:45:27,280 --> 00:45:30,730 Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness. 912 00:45:30,730 --> 00:45:35,150 And for even as he loves the arrow that flies, 913 00:45:35,150 --> 00:45:39,360 so he loves the bow that is stable." 914 00:45:39,360 --> 00:45:46,400 So with that, it's time for your questions. 915 00:45:46,400 --> 00:45:51,350 Pat Kahn: So we can do questions a number of different ways. 916 00:45:51,350 --> 00:45:55,030 You can either unmute yourself, or you could put up 917 00:45:55,030 --> 00:45:58,490 your red flag and I can unmute you to ask a question, 918 00:45:58,490 --> 00:46:02,500 or feel free to type a question into the meeting chat box. 919 00:46:02,500 --> 00:46:06,310 And it could be for any one of our participants-- 920 00:46:06,310 --> 00:46:10,370 our presenters, or a general question that you might have. 921 00:46:10,370 --> 00:46:14,080 Or something that you've done that you want to share. 922 00:46:14,080 --> 00:46:29,940 So now is the time for questions. 923 00:46:29,940 --> 00:46:32,930 No questions? 924 00:46:32,930 --> 00:46:34,120 Here we go. 925 00:46:34,120 --> 00:46:35,260 Great. 926 00:46:35,260 --> 00:46:37,790 Irene said-- ah. 927 00:46:37,790 --> 00:46:39,200 Oh, I'm so sorry. 928 00:46:39,200 --> 00:46:42,670 Irene said her computer has been loading the entire time, 929 00:46:42,670 --> 00:46:43,970 so she didn't get to see. 930 00:46:43,970 --> 00:46:46,920 Well, fortunately, it's all been recorded 931 00:46:46,920 --> 00:46:50,320 and the PowerPoint will also be loaded. 932 00:46:50,320 --> 00:46:52,357 And Susan will give you that URL again. 933 00:46:52,357 --> 00:46:53,440 Oh, there it is right now. 934 00:46:53,440 --> 00:46:55,530 Thank you, Susan. 935 00:46:55,530 --> 00:46:59,220 I'm sorry that happened. 936 00:46:59,220 --> 00:47:01,600 Any thoughts or ideas? 937 00:47:01,600 --> 00:47:03,787 Comments from others? 938 00:47:03,787 --> 00:47:04,870 Lynette: Hi, this Lynette. 939 00:47:04,870 --> 00:47:05,849 Can you hear me? 940 00:47:05,849 --> 00:47:07,140 Pat Kahn: Yes, Lynette, we can. 941 00:47:07,140 --> 00:47:08,696 Please go ahead. 942 00:47:08,696 --> 00:47:09,320 Lynette: Super. 943 00:47:09,320 --> 00:47:10,890 Well, I wanted to thank you all. 944 00:47:10,890 --> 00:47:14,290 It's really full of great ideas. 945 00:47:14,290 --> 00:47:16,432 I just wanted to add one. 946 00:47:16,432 --> 00:47:17,890 I've been thinking a lot about meal 947 00:47:17,890 --> 00:47:22,230 times for our congregation, and for my family as well. 948 00:47:22,230 --> 00:47:25,060 And one tradition that we have in my family 949 00:47:25,060 --> 00:47:29,280 is we have a blessing pot where I've typed up 950 00:47:29,280 --> 00:47:32,780 and cut up little slips of paper with short blessings on them. 951 00:47:32,780 --> 00:47:36,195 And they live in a teapot on our table. 952 00:47:36,195 --> 00:47:38,960 And we take turns pulling one out and reading one. 953 00:47:38,960 --> 00:47:41,250 And that way nobody feels like they 954 00:47:41,250 --> 00:47:44,440 have to make up something profound at meal time. 955 00:47:44,440 --> 00:47:46,290 And everybody seems to really like that, 956 00:47:46,290 --> 00:47:49,440 so I thought I'd just share that with you. 957 00:47:49,440 --> 00:47:50,380 Susan Lawrence: Nice. 958 00:47:50,380 --> 00:47:51,720 Pat Kahn: Yeah, that's great. 959 00:47:51,720 --> 00:47:53,700 Especially, you know, it's almost 960 00:47:53,700 --> 00:47:57,480 November, which means it's almost Thanksgiving. 961 00:47:57,480 --> 00:48:01,150 I know that lots of people share those kinds of blessings 962 00:48:01,150 --> 00:48:03,940 around the Thanksgiving table, but having something 963 00:48:03,940 --> 00:48:06,260 prepared like that in a blessing pot 964 00:48:06,260 --> 00:48:12,000 would really take some of the scariness or anxiety out 965 00:48:12,000 --> 00:48:14,920 for some people. 966 00:48:14,920 --> 00:48:18,400 Gail is sharing that she remembers a number of years 967 00:48:18,400 --> 00:48:21,240 back that most of the youth in her congregation 968 00:48:21,240 --> 00:48:24,770 took up knitting and spent time at church knitting caps 969 00:48:24,770 --> 00:48:26,750 for newborns with AIDS. 970 00:48:26,750 --> 00:48:29,757 There was a deep sense of calm at meetings that year. 971 00:48:29,757 --> 00:48:30,590 Susan Lawrence: Wow. 972 00:48:30,590 --> 00:48:33,700 Pat Kahn: That's really lovely. 973 00:48:33,700 --> 00:48:35,200 Susan Lawrence: I will add that I've 974 00:48:35,200 --> 00:48:40,040 had knitting for family workshops on the Wednesday 975 00:48:40,040 --> 00:48:43,230 of vacation week. 976 00:48:43,230 --> 00:48:48,200 And so it's neat to have the whole family learn to knit, 977 00:48:48,200 --> 00:48:51,310 too. 978 00:48:51,310 --> 00:48:54,680 Pat Kahn: Which reminds me also of the practice of finger 979 00:48:54,680 --> 00:48:58,940 knitting, which I never really got around to perfecting, 980 00:48:58,940 --> 00:49:02,220 but the second and third graders in the congregation I use 981 00:49:02,220 --> 00:49:05,320 to serve learned how to do it. 982 00:49:05,320 --> 00:49:07,460 And then we had them come to teacher training 983 00:49:07,460 --> 00:49:10,780 the following September and show all the adults 984 00:49:10,780 --> 00:49:12,230 how to do finger knitting. 985 00:49:12,230 --> 00:49:15,210 And it was really amazing how engaged 986 00:49:15,210 --> 00:49:18,870 they were in what was going on, but also 987 00:49:18,870 --> 00:49:20,000 keeping their hands busy. 988 00:49:20,000 --> 00:49:23,380 So I know there's a bunch of YouTube's out there 989 00:49:23,380 --> 00:49:25,720 that will show you how to finger knitting. 990 00:49:25,720 --> 00:49:34,400 So I encourage you to look at that. 991 00:49:34,400 --> 00:49:45,320 Other questions or things that people would like to share? 992 00:49:45,320 --> 00:49:49,044 We did send out-- I hope everybody got ahead of time 993 00:49:49,044 --> 00:49:49,960 the rather extensive-- 994 00:49:49,960 --> 00:49:51,182 Lynette: Hi, this is-- 995 00:49:51,182 --> 00:49:52,580 Pat Kahn: Oh, go ahead. 996 00:49:52,580 --> 00:49:57,532 Go ahead. 997 00:49:57,532 --> 00:49:58,990 Lynette: Sorry, it's Lynette again. 998 00:49:58,990 --> 00:49:59,840 Pat Kahn: OK. 999 00:49:59,840 --> 00:50:02,110 Lynette: So, I'm really interested in hearing 1000 00:50:02,110 --> 00:50:08,420 more about adult participation in-- particularly in the things 1001 00:50:08,420 --> 00:50:09,920 that you set out, Joy. 1002 00:50:09,920 --> 00:50:12,160 This is something I'd like to see happen. 1003 00:50:12,160 --> 00:50:19,050 We do a lot of this with kids in our congregation, 1004 00:50:19,050 --> 00:50:20,470 but not so much with adults. 1005 00:50:20,470 --> 00:50:24,408 So I'd love to hear more about what the adult feedback was. 1006 00:50:24,408 --> 00:50:27,450 Joy Berry: You know it was really interesting. 1007 00:50:27,450 --> 00:50:30,820 The first kind of feedback I got was 1008 00:50:30,820 --> 00:50:36,820 a greeter at the door of the sanctuary sort of tsk, 1009 00:50:36,820 --> 00:50:41,420 tsking that adults were picking up the activity pack 1010 00:50:41,420 --> 00:50:42,930 for children. 1011 00:50:42,930 --> 00:50:45,980 And her point of view was, I can't 1012 00:50:45,980 --> 00:50:49,370 believe that they can't just focus on the worship service. 1013 00:50:49,370 --> 00:50:50,980 And I recognized then that there was 1014 00:50:50,980 --> 00:50:54,230 an opportunity for education for the whole congregation, 1015 00:50:54,230 --> 00:50:56,220 so I made sure I did a newsletter 1016 00:50:56,220 --> 00:51:00,880 and a lot of conversations at Coffee Hour about this. 1017 00:51:00,880 --> 00:51:04,020 But all that is sort of preface to say, 1018 00:51:04,020 --> 00:51:06,990 I did hear from adults that they liked it. 1019 00:51:06,990 --> 00:51:11,435 And really that's the biggest answer 1020 00:51:11,435 --> 00:51:14,360 I can give you-- is I saw adults doing it. 1021 00:51:14,360 --> 00:51:18,540 And I saw teachers picking them up to take to their classrooms. 1022 00:51:18,540 --> 00:51:21,520 So it seemed like the adults were definitely on board. 1023 00:51:21,520 --> 00:51:26,970 And I'll just share that I also heard about a sanctuary-- 1024 00:51:26,970 --> 00:51:29,470 it might have been Dallas or Houston-- where there was 1025 00:51:29,470 --> 00:51:36,790 a large multi-person cooperative-- I mean, weaving 1026 00:51:36,790 --> 00:51:39,630 that was in the back of the sanctuary or to the side, 1027 00:51:39,630 --> 00:51:42,340 so that people could do that during the service. 1028 00:51:42,340 --> 00:51:45,550 And that would have been a multi-generational experience, 1029 00:51:45,550 --> 00:51:48,760 which is something I'm really intrigued by. 1030 00:51:48,760 --> 00:51:51,500 So I think there's a lot of possibilities 1031 00:51:51,500 --> 00:51:56,605 of how to make hand work cooperative and multi-gen. 1032 00:51:56,605 --> 00:52:01,000 And I'm interested in anything people are doing in that arena. 1033 00:52:01,000 --> 00:52:03,290 Sarah Ahrens: Just to piggyback on that, Joy. 1034 00:52:03,290 --> 00:52:06,770 And actually one of the Tapestry of Faith programs-- 1035 00:52:06,770 --> 00:52:09,240 although I couldn't tell you off the top my head-- 1036 00:52:09,240 --> 00:52:11,940 there's a lesson on weaving things together. 1037 00:52:11,940 --> 00:52:14,516 And they talked about making looms. 1038 00:52:14,516 --> 00:52:16,390 And so we actually have a professional weaver 1039 00:52:16,390 --> 00:52:22,220 in our congregation who made a full sized loom off 1040 00:52:22,220 --> 00:52:25,810 of a tree in our backyard. 1041 00:52:25,810 --> 00:52:28,380 I mean huge-- like an eight foot pole, bamboo. 1042 00:52:28,380 --> 00:52:31,600 And like made the whole tension rods and everything. 1043 00:52:31,600 --> 00:52:35,830 And it became this gigantic installation all Spring 1044 00:52:35,830 --> 00:52:37,790 that we would have baskets by the door, 1045 00:52:37,790 --> 00:52:39,510 and people would come out to the back. 1046 00:52:39,510 --> 00:52:41,400 And the kids would do it. 1047 00:52:41,400 --> 00:52:44,240 And the adults would do up high, and the kids would do down low. 1048 00:52:44,240 --> 00:52:46,560 And everybody kind of played a part 1049 00:52:46,560 --> 00:52:51,050 in this gigantic outdoor loom. 1050 00:52:51,050 --> 00:52:53,380 And it was really interesting and creative, 1051 00:52:53,380 --> 00:52:54,410 and it was so beautiful. 1052 00:52:54,410 --> 00:52:57,170 And then we, you know, we put twigs and pieces of nature 1053 00:52:57,170 --> 00:52:57,670 in it. 1054 00:52:57,670 --> 00:53:01,720 And it was just really organic, and beautiful, and lovely. 1055 00:53:01,720 --> 00:53:05,010 So I think I like doing things like that. 1056 00:53:05,010 --> 00:53:06,650 But even, I think, if you could put it 1057 00:53:06,650 --> 00:53:09,320 together like in some sort of social justice context, 1058 00:53:09,320 --> 00:53:12,341 the adults would get on board, you know, with the idea that, 1059 00:53:12,341 --> 00:53:12,840 OK. 1060 00:53:12,840 --> 00:53:16,350 This is all going to be for some greater good. 1061 00:53:16,350 --> 00:53:18,180 They might have a little bit more buy 1062 00:53:18,180 --> 00:53:25,467 into why they're doing their square that week or ongoing. 1063 00:53:25,467 --> 00:53:27,050 Joy Berry: That's a really good point. 1064 00:53:27,050 --> 00:53:30,900 Because I know that once I had a project in mind-- 1065 00:53:30,900 --> 00:53:35,150 once I could say to adults, oh, your sewing will be part 1066 00:53:35,150 --> 00:53:38,430 of the new Associate Minister's stole, 1067 00:53:38,430 --> 00:53:40,620 they were really excited. 1068 00:53:40,620 --> 00:53:43,850 They weren't as interested in the process at the beginning 1069 00:53:43,850 --> 00:53:45,650 as they were the product. 1070 00:53:45,650 --> 00:53:48,980 But in reality, as Angus MacLean said, 1071 00:53:48,980 --> 00:53:50,420 "The method is the message." 1072 00:53:50,420 --> 00:53:54,060 If I can get people doing it, and they see how they feel, 1073 00:53:54,060 --> 00:53:56,694 then, really, my work here is done. 1074 00:53:56,694 --> 00:54:00,360 [LAUGHS] 1075 00:54:00,360 --> 00:54:01,860 Susan Lawrence: Yeah, I agree. 1076 00:54:01,860 --> 00:54:05,810 When we did our Knitting Circles on Wednesdays, 1077 00:54:05,810 --> 00:54:10,140 we knitted really small pot holders. 1078 00:54:10,140 --> 00:54:13,060 And the adults knitted tea towels and things 1079 00:54:13,060 --> 00:54:16,570 like that for a family that the congregation 1080 00:54:16,570 --> 00:54:18,260 was helping to relocate. 1081 00:54:18,260 --> 00:54:25,914 So it became very personal. 1082 00:54:25,914 --> 00:54:26,580 Pat Kahn: Great. 1083 00:54:26,580 --> 00:54:28,620 Thanks for all these wonderful ideas. 1084 00:54:28,620 --> 00:54:37,270 We have time for, maybe, another question if anybody has one. 1085 00:54:37,270 --> 00:54:52,440 And if not, then I'm going throw this over to Susan to wrap up. 1086 00:54:52,440 --> 00:55:02,310 Susan, we can't hear you. 1087 00:55:02,310 --> 00:55:02,810 OK. 1088 00:55:02,810 --> 00:55:06,100 Well, Susan's microphone is-- 1089 00:55:06,100 --> 00:55:07,530 Susan Lawrence: That better? 1090 00:55:07,530 --> 00:55:08,780 Pat Kahn: Now we can hear you. 1091 00:55:08,780 --> 00:55:09,410 Susan Lawrence: Am I back? 1092 00:55:09,410 --> 00:55:10,390 Pat Kahn: Yup, you're back. 1093 00:55:10,390 --> 00:55:10,770 Susan Lawrence: Great. 1094 00:55:10,770 --> 00:55:11,180 OK. 1095 00:55:11,180 --> 00:55:11,888 That's wonderful. 1096 00:55:11,888 --> 00:55:15,810 I don't know how that happened. 1097 00:55:15,810 --> 00:55:17,340 Since-- OK. 1098 00:55:17,340 --> 00:55:19,340 A lot of people have been asking how to continue 1099 00:55:19,340 --> 00:55:20,450 these conversations. 1100 00:55:20,450 --> 00:55:23,380 And if you're not already involved in the REACH email 1101 00:55:23,380 --> 00:55:27,170 list, or the Facebook page that LREDA runs-- which 1102 00:55:27,170 --> 00:55:29,750 is called Liberal Religious Educators-- 1103 00:55:29,750 --> 00:55:32,340 you ought to think about continuing 1104 00:55:32,340 --> 00:55:33,520 your conversations this way. 1105 00:55:33,520 --> 00:55:36,900 And I'm going to put up right here-- hang on. 1106 00:55:36,900 --> 00:55:38,170 Here is the information. 1107 00:55:38,170 --> 00:55:40,690 It's on the resource sheet that most of you were mailed. 1108 00:55:40,690 --> 00:55:43,390 And here it is again. 1109 00:55:43,390 --> 00:55:45,630 This is the way to hook up with other people 1110 00:55:45,630 --> 00:55:48,500 and continue these conversations. 1111 00:55:48,500 --> 00:55:50,290 In case you don't know, this came about 1112 00:55:50,290 --> 00:55:52,410 because Sarah, Joy, and Leah were 1113 00:55:52,410 --> 00:55:54,870 all on a different webinar, and the conversation 1114 00:55:54,870 --> 00:55:57,670 came around to the topics we've gotten into today. 1115 00:55:57,670 --> 00:56:00,330 And we arranged this session so that they 1116 00:56:00,330 --> 00:56:04,310 could share through this medium with more people. 1117 00:56:04,310 --> 00:56:06,384 And we're always open to more ideas for webinars. 1118 00:56:06,384 --> 00:56:08,050 And if you've found you've got something 1119 00:56:08,050 --> 00:56:09,674 to contribute that bounced off of this, 1120 00:56:09,674 --> 00:56:11,640 and please everybody note to patter to me 1121 00:56:11,640 --> 00:56:13,860 and let us know that you're interested in leading 1122 00:56:13,860 --> 00:56:16,220 something at some point. 1123 00:56:16,220 --> 00:56:18,542 We have two more webinars coming up that we know about. 1124 00:56:18,542 --> 00:56:20,000 There's going to be one every month 1125 00:56:20,000 --> 00:56:21,750 for the foreseeable future, but these two 1126 00:56:21,750 --> 00:56:24,770 are scheduled and ready to be registered for. 1127 00:56:24,770 --> 00:56:28,190 November we're going to talk about the military ministry 1128 00:56:28,190 --> 00:56:30,260 initiatives that are going on in congregations. 1129 00:56:30,260 --> 00:56:33,080 And there's a new six week adult curriculum 1130 00:56:33,080 --> 00:56:35,920 for congregations to engage with whether and how 1131 00:56:35,920 --> 00:56:37,700 you might want to do military ministry. 1132 00:56:37,700 --> 00:56:40,510 And how to engage people in it, and look at your community 1133 00:56:40,510 --> 00:56:42,800 and situation, and see it how might be something 1134 00:56:42,800 --> 00:56:43,810 you'd like to pursue. 1135 00:56:43,810 --> 00:56:46,700 Whether you do the curriculum or take on some other activities 1136 00:56:46,700 --> 00:56:48,130 that we can suggest. 1137 00:56:48,130 --> 00:56:50,500 So Gail Forsyth-Vail and Shawna Foster, 1138 00:56:50,500 --> 00:56:54,170 who is a social media-- I think she's 1139 00:56:54,170 --> 00:56:55,552 their consultant with CLF. 1140 00:56:55,552 --> 00:56:57,260 Gail, you can type in what she really is. 1141 00:56:57,260 --> 00:56:58,301 It's something like that. 1142 00:56:58,301 --> 00:56:59,740 But she's also a military veteran. 1143 00:56:59,740 --> 00:57:01,990 They'll be presenting this in November. 1144 00:57:01,990 --> 00:57:04,250 And in December, Jan Gartner, who 1145 00:57:04,250 --> 00:57:07,990 is the professional development person with UUA who 1146 00:57:07,990 --> 00:57:11,160 runs the credentialing program-- and I'm 1147 00:57:11,160 --> 00:57:12,930 not exactly sure of her title either. 1148 00:57:12,930 --> 00:57:14,170 I should have put it here. 1149 00:57:14,170 --> 00:57:16,970 But Jan is going to present about professional development 1150 00:57:16,970 --> 00:57:18,810 opportunities for religious educators. 1151 00:57:18,810 --> 00:57:21,170 And not just what they are, but how 1152 00:57:21,170 --> 00:57:23,800 to think about the role of professional development 1153 00:57:23,800 --> 00:57:26,730 in your career, and in your week, and in your year. 1154 00:57:26,730 --> 00:57:29,400 And how to fund it, and how to pick the opportunities. 1155 00:57:29,400 --> 00:57:31,390 So that's that discussion. 1156 00:57:31,390 --> 00:57:33,960 And there below is the email address 1157 00:57:33,960 --> 00:57:35,770 to register for any of these. 1158 00:57:35,770 --> 00:57:38,630 If you do register, make sure that you specify the date. 1159 00:57:38,630 --> 00:57:42,270 And you can always go back to that RE/Teacher's page 1160 00:57:42,270 --> 00:57:45,350 where the recordings are to see the most updated listing 1161 00:57:45,350 --> 00:57:47,370 of webinars that are coming. 1162 00:57:47,370 --> 00:57:51,360 Pat Kahn: Susan, isn't the-- instead of Wednesday, December 1163 00:57:51,360 --> 00:57:52,010 17th? 1164 00:57:52,010 --> 00:57:53,026 [GASPS] 1165 00:57:53,026 --> 00:57:54,567 Susan Lawrence: Well, goodness sakes. 1166 00:57:54,567 --> 00:57:56,780 Pat Kahn: It's going to be Thursday. 1167 00:57:56,780 --> 00:57:59,136 Susan Lawrence: Yes, we had a schedule change with that. 1168 00:57:59,136 --> 00:57:59,760 That's correct. 1169 00:57:59,760 --> 00:58:02,530 It's going to be Wednesday, December-- I'm sorry-- 1170 00:58:02,530 --> 00:58:04,290 Thursday, December 18. 1171 00:58:04,290 --> 00:58:06,730 And I did not update this slide. 1172 00:58:06,730 --> 00:58:07,566 And it's-- thanks. 1173 00:58:07,566 --> 00:58:09,555 And it's typed into the chat box. 1174 00:58:09,555 --> 00:58:12,180 Usually we do Wednesday nights, but Jan had another commitment, 1175 00:58:12,180 --> 00:58:14,100 and we decided to just move the evening 1176 00:58:14,100 --> 00:58:15,890 session to the next day. 1177 00:58:15,890 --> 00:58:16,990 Thank you, Pat. 1178 00:58:16,990 --> 00:58:18,790 Pat Kahn: You're very welcome. 1179 00:58:18,790 --> 00:58:21,030 Susan Lawrence: And here we are again with the place 1180 00:58:21,030 --> 00:58:24,130 to find all the webinar related information from the Faith 1181 00:58:24,130 --> 00:58:26,780 Development Office of the UUA. 1182 00:58:26,780 --> 00:58:28,350 So please visit frequently. 1183 00:58:28,350 --> 00:58:31,620 And thank you everyone for being here 1184 00:58:31,620 --> 00:58:35,100 and giving of your spirit, and your time, and being together. 1185 00:58:35,100 --> 00:58:36,074 Thank you. 1186 00:58:36,074 --> 00:58:36,740 Pat Kahn: Great. 1187 00:58:36,740 --> 00:58:37,540 Wonderful. 1188 00:58:37,540 --> 00:58:39,420 Thank you everybody. 1189 00:58:39,420 --> 00:58:50,635