1 00:00:00,000 --> 00:00:08,982 2 00:00:08,982 --> 00:00:10,479 PAT KAHN: Good morning. 3 00:00:10,479 --> 00:00:15,968 This is program 2010, the Journey to Commitment, Faith 4 00:00:15,968 --> 00:00:16,966 Development and Action. 5 00:00:16,966 --> 00:00:18,962 So I hope that's where you were planning to be. 6 00:00:18,962 --> 00:00:23,453 And we hope we'll have a great time together this morning. 7 00:00:23,453 --> 00:00:24,451 My name is Pat Kahn. 8 00:00:24,451 --> 00:00:27,694 I'm the Children and Family Programs Director for the 9 00:00:27,694 --> 00:00:29,441 Unitarian Universalist Association Resource 10 00:00:29,441 --> 00:00:30,938 Development Office. 11 00:00:30,938 --> 00:00:34,930 And it is my pleasure this morning to have a wonderful 12 00:00:34,930 --> 00:00:39,421 team of people to talk to you about putting faith 13 00:00:39,421 --> 00:00:40,918 development into action. 14 00:00:40,918 --> 00:00:44,910 We are going to start by hearing from Judith Frediani, 15 00:00:44,910 --> 00:00:48,403 who is the Curriculum Director of the Resource Development 16 00:00:48,403 --> 00:00:51,397 Office at the UUA. 17 00:00:51,397 --> 00:00:54,391 Then we will hear from three congregations. 18 00:00:54,391 --> 00:00:58,383 We have Leah Purcell from a large congregation 19 00:00:58,383 --> 00:00:59,880 in Albany, New York. 20 00:00:59,880 --> 00:01:02,375 She is the Director of Religious Education. 21 00:01:02,375 --> 00:01:04,870 Representing a mid sized congregation is Barb 22 00:01:04,870 --> 00:01:08,862 Friedland, who is the Director of Lifespan Religious 23 00:01:08,862 --> 00:01:12,355 Exploration here in Louisville at the Thomas Jefferson 24 00:01:12,355 --> 00:01:14,850 Unitarian Church. 25 00:01:14,850 --> 00:01:16,347 And representing-- 26 00:01:16,347 --> 00:01:18,842 this is going to sound strange-- 27 00:01:18,842 --> 00:01:25,329 with a small congregation is Liz Jones, who is the Director 28 00:01:25,329 --> 00:01:29,150 of Religious Education and Family Ministry in San Diego. 29 00:01:29,150 --> 00:01:33,118 Now, San Diego, as many of you might know, is a very large 30 00:01:33,118 --> 00:01:35,350 congregation, but they have a second 31 00:01:35,350 --> 00:01:37,086 campus, a satellite campus. 32 00:01:37,086 --> 00:01:41,054 And that one is the one that Liz is going to talk about as 33 00:01:41,054 --> 00:01:44,030 a satellite location. 34 00:01:44,030 --> 00:01:48,494 And what we'd like to do is each person will speak for 35 00:01:48,494 --> 00:01:49,982 about 10 minutes or so. 36 00:01:49,982 --> 00:01:53,702 And then after each one, we'll allow about five minutes for 37 00:01:53,702 --> 00:01:56,926 your questions, specifically to that person. 38 00:01:56,926 --> 00:02:01,390 And you could use this microphone right up here. 39 00:02:01,390 --> 00:02:05,854 And then at the very end, we'll end with, again, 40 00:02:05,854 --> 00:02:09,326 probably another five or ten minutes of questions and 41 00:02:09,326 --> 00:02:13,166 observations for sharing your stories and congregations. 42 00:02:13,166 --> 00:02:17,930 And so, without further ado, Judith Frediani. 43 00:02:17,930 --> 00:02:26,958 JUDITH FREDIANI: Pat, this is about commitment. 44 00:02:26,958 --> 00:02:30,409 And since you're a general assembly, you're already about 45 00:02:30,409 --> 00:02:32,874 commitment to your congregations and communities, 46 00:02:32,874 --> 00:02:35,339 and to your [INAUDIBLE]. 47 00:02:35,339 --> 00:02:38,297 I want to tell you a little bit about what a Tapestry of 48 00:02:38,297 --> 00:02:43,227 Faith is, because you probably don't know all of the layers 49 00:02:43,227 --> 00:02:47,171 of this particular onion. 50 00:02:47,171 --> 00:02:52,101 Tapestry of Faith is a collection of resources and 51 00:02:52,101 --> 00:02:55,609 curriculum for our congregations. 52 00:02:55,609 --> 00:03:01,347 It is literally something we developed of the people, by 53 00:03:01,347 --> 00:03:04,591 the people, for the people, the people being you, 54 00:03:04,591 --> 00:03:08,832 Unitarian Universalists, and even beyond to our seekers who 55 00:03:08,832 --> 00:03:11,078 may join us in the future. 56 00:03:11,078 --> 00:03:14,571 It is a rich and robust resource for you to keep your 57 00:03:14,571 --> 00:03:20,559 commitments to this education, to worship, to social justice 58 00:03:20,559 --> 00:03:23,802 and action, to strong multi-generational and 59 00:03:23,802 --> 00:03:26,547 multicultural communities. 60 00:03:26,547 --> 00:03:30,560 It is nothing less than that. 61 00:03:30,560 --> 00:03:33,270 It nurtures UU identity, spiritual growth , a 62 00:03:33,270 --> 00:03:36,465 transforming faith, and vital communities 63 00:03:36,465 --> 00:03:37,780 of justice and love. 64 00:03:37,780 --> 00:03:40,620 And we didn't make that phrase up. 65 00:03:40,620 --> 00:03:42,080 We asked you what you want and need, and 66 00:03:42,080 --> 00:03:46,172 this is what you said. 67 00:03:46,172 --> 00:03:52,420 What is new about the Tapestry of Faith series? 68 00:03:52,420 --> 00:03:56,280 Well, for one thing, it's all online, and it's all free. 69 00:03:56,280 --> 00:03:58,180 And that's really cool. 70 00:03:58,180 --> 00:04:00,690 It means no matter how small your congregation is, 71 00:04:00,690 --> 00:04:01,680 you can afford it. 72 00:04:01,680 --> 00:04:02,670 It's free. 73 00:04:02,670 --> 00:04:06,630 And all your parents, and all your teachers and any 74 00:04:06,630 --> 00:04:09,105 interested people can see it. 75 00:04:09,105 --> 00:04:12,817 It emphasizes community, relationship and 76 00:04:12,817 --> 00:04:15,045 interdependence. 77 00:04:15,045 --> 00:04:19,168 UUs and the United States in general have always emphasized 78 00:04:19,168 --> 00:04:20,662 individualism and uniqueness. 79 00:04:20,662 --> 00:04:23,152 We are so unique. 80 00:04:23,152 --> 00:04:26,140 And we are, that's fine. 81 00:04:26,140 --> 00:04:29,128 We don't really need more help with individualism. 82 00:04:29,128 --> 00:04:32,116 What we need is more help with relationship, interfaith 83 00:04:32,116 --> 00:04:34,606 relationship, multi-generational, 84 00:04:34,606 --> 00:04:39,254 international relationships, relationships even within our 85 00:04:39,254 --> 00:04:40,582 own congregation with different 86 00:04:40,582 --> 00:04:42,574 theologies and beliefs. 87 00:04:42,574 --> 00:04:45,811 So we are emphasizing interdependence, global 88 00:04:45,811 --> 00:04:51,040 independence that hopefully will save the Earth. 89 00:04:51,040 --> 00:04:54,526 As a new era in curriculum resources, it's another chance 90 00:04:54,526 --> 00:04:58,012 to bring anti-racist, anti-oppresion multicultural 91 00:04:58,012 --> 00:05:01,498 lenses to bear, not perfectly. 92 00:05:01,498 --> 00:05:02,992 We're not perfect. 93 00:05:02,992 --> 00:05:06,146 But we took this opportunity to make sure we paid attention 94 00:05:06,146 --> 00:05:09,466 all the time to those issues. 95 00:05:09,466 --> 00:05:11,956 It draws from all six of our sources. 96 00:05:11,956 --> 00:05:15,442 We say we have seven sources. 97 00:05:15,442 --> 00:05:18,928 The seventh source, which is missing from our bylaws is 98 00:05:18,928 --> 00:05:20,920 Unitarian Universalism. 99 00:05:20,920 --> 00:05:24,406 That actually is a source of our faith, our unique history 100 00:05:24,406 --> 00:05:29,884 and heritage as well as all the wonderful eclectic 101 00:05:29,884 --> 00:05:36,110 resources we draw from. 102 00:05:36,110 --> 00:05:39,369 Partly because it's online, it's very family, and friendly 103 00:05:39,369 --> 00:05:42,750 and teacher friendly. 104 00:05:42,750 --> 00:05:47,580 And our parent or any interested people can have 105 00:05:47,580 --> 00:05:50,961 full access to what's going on. 106 00:05:50,961 --> 00:05:56,759 It's intentional about faith development, our livable free 107 00:05:56,759 --> 00:06:00,168 thinking faith. 108 00:06:00,168 --> 00:06:05,038 We aren't afraid of faith language or religious 109 00:06:05,038 --> 00:06:08,280 language, not because we share theology, but because we can 110 00:06:08,280 --> 00:06:13,604 use this language in a way that is inclusive, faith 111 00:06:13,604 --> 00:06:19,170 development as meaning making, as community building, as 112 00:06:19,170 --> 00:06:22,066 addressing the big questions of life. 113 00:06:22,066 --> 00:06:25,517 It's intentional about UU growth. 114 00:06:25,517 --> 00:06:30,340 Without families with children, we have no future. 115 00:06:30,340 --> 00:06:34,228 But without bringing in adults, young adults and older 116 00:06:34,228 --> 00:06:39,542 adults in their journeys, we also will not maintain our 117 00:06:39,542 --> 00:06:40,961 vibrant communities. 118 00:06:40,961 --> 00:06:44,830 And this offers resources to really interact and hold 119 00:06:44,830 --> 00:06:47,400 people of all ages. 120 00:06:47,400 --> 00:06:49,820 One thing that is changing in our congregations 121 00:06:49,820 --> 00:06:52,280 is how they do RE. 122 00:06:52,280 --> 00:06:55,570 There's the thematic approach from a pulpit right down to 123 00:06:55,570 --> 00:06:57,950 the pre-school. 124 00:06:57,950 --> 00:07:00,330 There's the different 125 00:07:00,330 --> 00:07:02,520 organizations of the RE program. 126 00:07:02,520 --> 00:07:04,635 Well, this is a resource that's adaptable. 127 00:07:04,635 --> 00:07:09,090 No matter how you do RE with children, youth and adults, 128 00:07:09,090 --> 00:07:13,050 this is a resource that will work for you. 129 00:07:13,050 --> 00:07:18,000 In the past, and still, I think, in our public schools, 130 00:07:18,000 --> 00:07:22,455 often in education, there's an emphasis on content. 131 00:07:22,455 --> 00:07:24,460 What are you going to cover? 132 00:07:24,460 --> 00:07:29,412 Are you going to cover the [INAUDIBLE]. 133 00:07:29,412 --> 00:07:32,870 This obviously, is enormous content, over 134 00:07:32,870 --> 00:07:35,834 16,000 pages of content. 135 00:07:35,834 --> 00:07:37,316 We've got content. 136 00:07:37,316 --> 00:07:40,280 But it's focused and designed on outcomes. 137 00:07:40,280 --> 00:07:41,762 What is the point? 138 00:07:41,762 --> 00:07:44,750 What kind of people do we want to be? 139 00:07:44,750 --> 00:07:46,387 What kind of people do we want to nurture? 140 00:07:46,387 --> 00:07:52,718 And again, we asked you about six or seven years ago through 141 00:07:52,718 --> 00:07:55,964 surveys, phone scripts, and so forth, both online and in 142 00:07:55,964 --> 00:08:00,530 print to reach everybody, and this is what you said. 143 00:08:00,530 --> 00:08:05,032 Spiritual development, faith development, ethical 144 00:08:05,032 --> 00:08:08,800 development and human identity is what should be the outcome 145 00:08:08,800 --> 00:08:16,824 of engagement in religious education at any and all age. 146 00:08:16,824 --> 00:08:21,896 But we want to talk about action. 147 00:08:21,896 --> 00:08:25,375 In order to meet those outcomes, every single session 148 00:08:25,375 --> 00:08:30,842 and workshop, whether it's for a five-year-old or an elder, 149 00:08:30,842 --> 00:08:34,321 has spiritual preparation for the leader, so this is 150 00:08:34,321 --> 00:08:41,776 grounded as a religious experience, not just secular 151 00:08:41,776 --> 00:08:43,780 education experience that could be 152 00:08:43,780 --> 00:08:45,460 received somewhere else. 153 00:08:45,460 --> 00:08:49,735 Every single session and workshop is a faith in action, 154 00:08:49,735 --> 00:08:55,363 a specific activity that your group, or your congregation or 155 00:08:55,363 --> 00:09:01,559 your family can do to make the world a better place, to make 156 00:09:01,559 --> 00:09:04,912 the community stronger, whether it's right at home, or 157 00:09:04,912 --> 00:09:08,744 in your larger community or in the world. 158 00:09:08,744 --> 00:09:13,076 For example, how many of you celebrate the annual 159 00:09:13,076 --> 00:09:15,460 Twighlight day? 160 00:09:15,460 --> 00:09:15,530 We got one. 161 00:09:15,530 --> 00:09:21,080 You must have gotten it in Tapestry of Faith. 162 00:09:21,080 --> 00:09:25,801 Just as an example, you have hundreds and hundreds of 163 00:09:25,801 --> 00:09:28,038 specific faith in actions. 164 00:09:28,038 --> 00:09:32,676 National International Toilet day is a day to recognize that 165 00:09:32,676 --> 00:09:36,984 millions of people have no clean water, but in fact drink 166 00:09:36,984 --> 00:09:42,451 the discharge from sewage. 167 00:09:42,451 --> 00:09:46,924 So this is hundreds of opportunities to put your 168 00:09:46,924 --> 00:09:47,421 faith in action. 169 00:09:47,421 --> 00:09:49,906 Taking home is similar. 170 00:09:49,906 --> 00:09:54,379 We might send home taking it home for little kids. 171 00:09:54,379 --> 00:09:57,858 This is taking it home for all ages, including adults. 172 00:09:57,858 --> 00:10:00,591 Adults are going to take home things to talk about, things 173 00:10:00,591 --> 00:10:03,860 to research, things to explore with your families, things you 174 00:10:03,860 --> 00:10:05,466 can do, every session. 175 00:10:05,466 --> 00:10:09,410 So again, hundreds and hundreds of examples. 176 00:10:09,410 --> 00:10:10,889 And finally, stories-- 177 00:10:10,889 --> 00:10:11,875 stories aren't new. 178 00:10:11,875 --> 00:10:13,354 We've always used stories. 179 00:10:13,354 --> 00:10:16,805 But we, again, not just kids. 180 00:10:16,805 --> 00:10:22,228 We have stories for all the adults too, because we're a 181 00:10:22,228 --> 00:10:27,651 narrative based people as a religious community. 182 00:10:27,651 --> 00:10:30,937 And we don't just tell stories, we listen to each 183 00:10:30,937 --> 00:10:32,590 other's stories. 184 00:10:32,590 --> 00:10:42,331 And that is part of the cycle of story, reflection, action 185 00:10:42,331 --> 00:10:49,151 on that story, reflection, and on to another chapter in our 186 00:10:49,151 --> 00:10:53,143 journey or faith and exploration for justice and 187 00:10:53,143 --> 00:10:56,636 spiritual growth. 188 00:10:56,636 --> 00:11:02,624 So actually, I'm going to end there. 189 00:11:02,624 --> 00:11:05,618 Do I take questions too? 190 00:11:05,618 --> 00:11:06,630 PAT KAHN: Yeah. 191 00:11:06,630 --> 00:11:09,751 JUDITH FREDIANI: So I wanted to emphasize that what you 192 00:11:09,751 --> 00:11:14,224 didn't hear-- you did not hear me say Tapestry of Faith is a 193 00:11:14,224 --> 00:11:17,206 curriculum for kids to use in the basement while the adults 194 00:11:17,206 --> 00:11:18,200 are worshipping. 195 00:11:18,200 --> 00:11:19,194 Did I say that? 196 00:11:19,194 --> 00:11:26,152 No, I said this is your resource for children, youth, 197 00:11:26,152 --> 00:11:31,122 adults, young adults, not just even for RE programs, but for 198 00:11:31,122 --> 00:11:33,610 your worship, for your social justice and social action. 199 00:11:33,610 --> 00:11:36,856 It is an all congregational resource. 200 00:11:36,856 --> 00:11:39,216 And you should take advantage of it. 201 00:11:39,216 --> 00:11:42,700 And these people here are going to demonstrate ways in 202 00:11:42,700 --> 00:11:45,662 which it can be used in congregations of any size. 203 00:11:45,662 --> 00:11:47,811 So a couple minutes of questions if you have any, and 204 00:11:47,811 --> 00:12:02,030 you can come to this mic. 205 00:12:02,030 --> 00:12:05,540 SPEAKER 1: Two of your goals were faith development, and 206 00:12:05,540 --> 00:12:06,360 spiritual growth. 207 00:12:06,360 --> 00:12:07,925 I wondered if you could explain the 208 00:12:07,925 --> 00:12:09,665 difference between those. 209 00:12:09,665 --> 00:12:13,378 JUDITH FREDIANI: Yeah, I get asked that a whole lot. 210 00:12:13,378 --> 00:12:16,319 And the way we picture it, because those words are often 211 00:12:16,319 --> 00:12:21,209 used interchangeably, you know how people say I'm spiritual, 212 00:12:21,209 --> 00:12:25,121 but not religious? 213 00:12:25,121 --> 00:12:29,033 Spiritual is an innate human capacity. 214 00:12:29,033 --> 00:12:30,500 You don't have to be in a religion. 215 00:12:30,500 --> 00:12:35,875 You don't have to be in a community. 216 00:12:35,875 --> 00:12:38,350 We're intellectual, we're physical, we're 217 00:12:38,350 --> 00:12:40,330 sexual, we're spiritual. 218 00:12:40,330 --> 00:12:45,280 And so that's kind of the inner sense of awe and wonder, 219 00:12:45,280 --> 00:12:49,735 of connection perhaps to God, perhaps to nature, being part 220 00:12:49,735 --> 00:12:52,210 of something greater, all of that. 221 00:12:52,210 --> 00:12:55,180 That's my spiritual development. 222 00:12:55,180 --> 00:12:58,892 We're using faith to mean a process that involves more 223 00:12:58,892 --> 00:13:06,600 than inner capacity for awe and connection. 224 00:13:06,600 --> 00:13:11,175 It involves beliefs, theology, questioning on the big 225 00:13:11,175 --> 00:13:14,090 religious questions, making meaning and purpose to your 226 00:13:14,090 --> 00:13:21,650 life, coming together in the community to learn together. 227 00:13:21,650 --> 00:13:24,307 So it's a much more complicated, deeper set of 228 00:13:24,307 --> 00:13:25,552 experiences. 229 00:13:25,552 --> 00:13:27,544 That's how we're using it. 230 00:13:27,544 --> 00:13:30,532 Thank you. 231 00:13:30,532 --> 00:13:32,524 Any comments or questions? 232 00:13:32,524 --> 00:13:35,512 Someone's either leaving or asking-- 233 00:13:35,512 --> 00:13:38,002 oh, they're asking a question. 234 00:13:38,002 --> 00:13:38,998 JULIE STONEBERG: My name is Julie Stoneberg. 235 00:13:38,998 --> 00:13:43,480 I'm the minister in Peterborough, Ontario. 236 00:13:43,480 --> 00:13:45,970 Thank you for these online resources. 237 00:13:45,970 --> 00:13:49,456 We use them a lot, and we are very grateful for them. 238 00:13:49,456 --> 00:13:57,054 My question is about the depth of the resources and getting 239 00:13:57,054 --> 00:13:59,046 through them. 240 00:13:59,046 --> 00:14:04,524 I just thought that there was something that came up but I 241 00:14:04,524 --> 00:14:07,263 haven't had a chance to follow up on in terms of some new 242 00:14:07,263 --> 00:14:09,010 curriculum mapping. 243 00:14:09,010 --> 00:14:12,494 I was interested to hear you say that it's more than just 244 00:14:12,494 --> 00:14:14,430 for the RE program. 245 00:14:14,430 --> 00:14:17,055 I hadn't thought about using it in terms of worship. 246 00:14:17,055 --> 00:14:19,530 We use the [INAUDIBLE] program. 247 00:14:19,530 --> 00:14:23,730 But I find it very dense to get through to find the pieces 248 00:14:23,730 --> 00:14:27,818 that are going to work without having studied it all. 249 00:14:27,818 --> 00:14:30,616 And I don't know what the answer is, but what can you 250 00:14:30,616 --> 00:14:33,252 tell me about search and retrieval? 251 00:14:33,252 --> 00:14:35,820 JUDITH FREDIANI: Right, and, once again, we 252 00:14:35,820 --> 00:14:36,710 will talk about that. 253 00:14:36,710 --> 00:14:45,355 So I'll just say briefly that in terms of using the 254 00:14:45,355 --> 00:14:50,542 curriculum itself, there's actually a core 60 minute or 255 00:14:50,542 --> 00:14:52,518 90 minute, which is not complicated. 256 00:14:52,518 --> 00:14:53,506 It's soup to nuts. 257 00:14:53,506 --> 00:14:56,160 Here's the opening, two activities, closing. 258 00:14:56,160 --> 00:14:58,050 Then there's always alternatives. 259 00:14:58,050 --> 00:14:59,770 And the alternatives will go, oh my God. 260 00:14:59,770 --> 00:15:00,410 They blow people's minds. 261 00:15:00,410 --> 00:15:05,230 But you don't have to go there if you want to 262 00:15:05,230 --> 00:15:06,724 stick to the core. 263 00:15:06,724 --> 00:15:09,712 That's one way of simplifying it. 264 00:15:09,712 --> 00:15:11,704 And your panel, should I say-- 265 00:15:11,704 --> 00:15:13,198 LIZ JONES: You can talk about the tag. 266 00:15:13,198 --> 00:15:15,190 I was going to talk about the search-- 267 00:15:15,190 --> 00:15:17,680 JUDITH FREDIANI: She's going to show you how to use it. 268 00:15:17,680 --> 00:15:21,530 I will say we do have some search functions, which Liz 269 00:15:21,530 --> 00:15:23,676 will help you with, but we also need more search 270 00:15:23,676 --> 00:15:26,382 functions, and we're going to do some more tagging, so 271 00:15:26,382 --> 00:15:29,826 particularly for worship and things like that. 272 00:15:29,826 --> 00:15:33,762 We'll do more work on tagging to help your search. 273 00:15:33,762 --> 00:15:34,746 And I'll say this. 274 00:15:34,746 --> 00:15:37,042 We really listen to what you ask for, and we 275 00:15:37,042 --> 00:15:39,174 put it all in there. 276 00:15:39,174 --> 00:15:42,126 And now people are saying, there's too much in there. 277 00:15:42,126 --> 00:15:45,570 But we were really trying to make sure that we addressed 278 00:15:45,570 --> 00:15:48,399 the expressed needs that we heard for a couple years, 279 00:15:48,399 --> 00:15:50,982 while we were doing the needs assessment. 280 00:15:50,982 --> 00:15:52,950 So that's probably five minutes, right? 281 00:15:52,950 --> 00:16:02,527 All right, thank you. 282 00:16:02,527 --> 00:16:08,419 LEAH PURCELL: What should we do for the slides? 283 00:16:08,419 --> 00:16:12,507 So I will just say when we're doing this part that we did 284 00:16:12,507 --> 00:16:16,216 talk to the tech people about the buzz, and there's nothing 285 00:16:16,216 --> 00:16:19,144 that we can do about it right now. 286 00:16:19,144 --> 00:16:21,370 There's nothing we can do about the buzz right now. 287 00:16:21,370 --> 00:16:26,104 So can you hear me if I talk like this? 288 00:16:26,104 --> 00:16:27,526 How about now? 289 00:16:27,526 --> 00:16:29,430 OK, great. 290 00:16:29,430 --> 00:16:35,958 So we're going to use the buzz as a spiritual practice, an 291 00:16:35,958 --> 00:16:40,072 understanding that we're flexible. 292 00:16:40,072 --> 00:16:44,760 So when you hear the buzz, that's just a reminder to 293 00:16:44,760 --> 00:16:56,562 bring yourself back to the content. 294 00:16:56,562 --> 00:17:01,274 Can we just leave this on here for a minute and I'll just go 295 00:17:01,274 --> 00:17:01,852 to-- all right. 296 00:17:01,852 --> 00:17:08,000 Great. 297 00:17:08,000 --> 00:17:10,872 So I'll get to this in a minute. 298 00:17:10,872 --> 00:17:15,354 But again, my name is Leah Purcell, and I'm the Director 299 00:17:15,354 --> 00:17:18,455 of Religious Education in the First Unitarian Universalist 300 00:17:18,455 --> 00:17:20,630 Society of Albany, New York. 301 00:17:20,630 --> 00:17:26,864 We have almost 400 members and about 140 infants, children 302 00:17:26,864 --> 00:17:30,832 and youth involved in our program. 303 00:17:30,832 --> 00:17:33,312 And my position is full time. 304 00:17:33,312 --> 00:17:36,040 I received my credentialing last year at 305 00:17:36,040 --> 00:17:38,768 the credential level. 306 00:17:38,768 --> 00:17:45,230 So I wanted to talk a little bit about the logistics that 307 00:17:45,230 --> 00:17:47,697 we've been implementing with Tapestry of Faith. 308 00:17:47,697 --> 00:17:52,098 And then I wanted to get to how that's gotten us to a 309 00:17:52,098 --> 00:17:55,032 different understanding of how and why we 310 00:17:55,032 --> 00:17:56,990 do religious education. 311 00:17:56,990 --> 00:18:03,030 So we have a very empowered religious education council 312 00:18:03,030 --> 00:18:06,415 that is made up of 12 elected members. 313 00:18:06,415 --> 00:18:09,050 So it's a very intentional body. 314 00:18:09,050 --> 00:18:14,481 And a few years ago, they said that they wanted to give an 315 00:18:14,481 --> 00:18:19,108 opportunity for people to do religion, not just to learn 316 00:18:19,108 --> 00:18:21,070 about religion. 317 00:18:21,070 --> 00:18:26,136 So when Tapestry of Faith came on, we said a ha, here we go. 318 00:18:26,136 --> 00:18:31,537 But when you have an old congregation with a lot of 319 00:18:31,537 --> 00:18:37,920 traditions and you have 8 or 10 groups of children, and you 320 00:18:37,920 --> 00:18:42,830 have teams of four volunteers for each group, to make a 321 00:18:42,830 --> 00:18:45,700 change is kind of like getting a battleship to turn around. 322 00:18:45,700 --> 00:18:49,250 So you need people firing jets off this way and swinging 323 00:18:49,250 --> 00:18:50,398 things over here. 324 00:18:50,398 --> 00:18:53,842 And the whole thing kind of goes like this. 325 00:18:53,842 --> 00:18:57,778 And it's not very pretty, but it's pretty awesome. 326 00:18:57,778 --> 00:19:01,222 So what we decided to do was to start with the younger 327 00:19:01,222 --> 00:19:04,912 groups and start with those younger groups doing some of 328 00:19:04,912 --> 00:19:06,634 the Tapestry of Faith curriculum. 329 00:19:06,634 --> 00:19:11,800 In part because there was a big attachment by some of the 330 00:19:11,800 --> 00:19:15,660 parents and some of the RE volunteers to the more 331 00:19:15,660 --> 00:19:20,940 traditional curriculum that they thought was really 332 00:19:20,940 --> 00:19:24,896 important in terms of the content, like Judy had said. 333 00:19:24,896 --> 00:19:28,333 They want timeless themes, so they 334 00:19:28,333 --> 00:19:30,788 would have bible literacy. 335 00:19:30,788 --> 00:19:34,225 They wanted neighboring faiths again, so they didn't learn 336 00:19:34,225 --> 00:19:36,189 about world religion. 337 00:19:36,189 --> 00:19:39,626 So it was kind of safe to start with the younger kids. 338 00:19:39,626 --> 00:19:43,554 And then we also did some curriculum for fourth and 339 00:19:43,554 --> 00:19:47,040 fifth graders where we just were ready 340 00:19:47,040 --> 00:19:49,280 for a change anyway. 341 00:19:49,280 --> 00:19:52,650 So this year-- 342 00:19:52,650 --> 00:19:55,590 I want to show you some of these slides now-- 343 00:19:55,590 --> 00:19:59,894 we used a new curriculum for our fourth graders called Sing 344 00:19:59,894 --> 00:20:00,766 to the Power. 345 00:20:00,766 --> 00:20:04,003 And we picked this one in particular because this group 346 00:20:04,003 --> 00:20:06,244 was very artsy. 347 00:20:06,244 --> 00:20:12,220 If I do this, will it go big? 348 00:20:12,220 --> 00:20:13,230 Super. 349 00:20:13,230 --> 00:20:19,324 So in this curriculum, you see that circle with the four 350 00:20:19,324 --> 00:20:21,080 quadrants on it? 351 00:20:21,080 --> 00:20:24,920 Those are the four powers that the group is going to be 352 00:20:24,920 --> 00:20:27,948 relating to for the session. 353 00:20:27,948 --> 00:20:33,514 And for each quadrant, there's a little circle with a quality 354 00:20:33,514 --> 00:20:35,692 or a power each week. 355 00:20:35,692 --> 00:20:41,020 And so it kind of looks like this, that right there. 356 00:20:41,020 --> 00:20:44,040 So ideally, you would have these four quadrants, and 357 00:20:44,040 --> 00:20:47,858 you'd have four little circles in each one, and you'd have 16 358 00:20:47,858 --> 00:20:49,766 little circles around there. 359 00:20:49,766 --> 00:20:52,151 But we don't have that there. 360 00:20:52,151 --> 00:20:55,892 And I figured that out, just because those qualities and 361 00:20:55,892 --> 00:20:59,220 concentrating on that didn't work for each of the 362 00:20:59,220 --> 00:20:59,330 volunteers. 363 00:20:59,330 --> 00:21:02,155 So they said, this week, we're not going to particularly 364 00:21:02,155 --> 00:21:02,640 focus on that. 365 00:21:02,640 --> 00:21:05,550 We're going to do something different. 366 00:21:05,550 --> 00:21:16,795 And so the children actually kind of led this to tell the 367 00:21:16,795 --> 00:21:19,494 volunteers what was most important to them, and the 368 00:21:19,494 --> 00:21:21,478 volunteers went with that. 369 00:21:21,478 --> 00:21:29,083 And so there was one session about silence and nature, and 370 00:21:29,083 --> 00:21:31,894 the kids really focused on that. 371 00:21:31,894 --> 00:21:35,200 There was one on solar power, so they did a 372 00:21:35,200 --> 00:21:37,350 lot of focus on that. 373 00:21:37,350 --> 00:21:44,790 They were very creative, so they had collages. 374 00:21:44,790 --> 00:21:49,254 And there was a 350 degree project that had this awesome 375 00:21:49,254 --> 00:21:54,440 little video with a music intro into it, and they were 376 00:21:54,440 --> 00:21:54,540 focused on that as well. 377 00:21:54,540 --> 00:21:58,020 So I just wanted to lift that up as a way that Tapestry of 378 00:21:58,020 --> 00:22:02,176 Faith is very flexible. 379 00:22:02,176 --> 00:22:07,390 So it was brought up a couple minutes ago about how deep and 380 00:22:07,390 --> 00:22:11,721 broad Tapestry of Faith is and how there are basic 381 00:22:11,721 --> 00:22:15,665 activities, but there's also alternate activities and they 382 00:22:15,665 --> 00:22:20,102 all have times associated with each one. 383 00:22:20,102 --> 00:22:22,570 And so it can be a little intimidating. 384 00:22:22,570 --> 00:22:27,923 So I've created a teacher training with a specific group 385 00:22:27,923 --> 00:22:29,666 of teachers. 386 00:22:29,666 --> 00:22:33,650 And Pat has put this available online. 387 00:22:33,650 --> 00:22:36,140 PAT KAHN: It will be at the website. 388 00:22:36,140 --> 00:22:39,128 LEAH PURCELL: It will be on the website, so that's a piece 389 00:22:39,128 --> 00:22:41,120 of material that you can have. 390 00:22:41,120 --> 00:22:48,460 So to help people take steps towards taking the power to 391 00:22:48,460 --> 00:22:51,925 individualize the sessions for their groups and the teacher 392 00:22:51,925 --> 00:22:56,627 workshop, I presented them with a sample session, and 393 00:22:56,627 --> 00:23:01,454 laid out the materials and showed them how it worked, and 394 00:23:01,454 --> 00:23:02,876 they said, that is great. 395 00:23:02,876 --> 00:23:07,880 And then I showed them all the activities and how I got there 396 00:23:07,880 --> 00:23:12,771 so that they saw what could be done instead of oh my gosh, 397 00:23:12,771 --> 00:23:18,260 they're all possibilities. 398 00:23:18,260 --> 00:23:21,254 As was mentioned, too, there's a spiritual 399 00:23:21,254 --> 00:23:23,749 practice for each session. 400 00:23:23,749 --> 00:23:28,240 We talked about this too at a workshop that I did recently 401 00:23:28,240 --> 00:23:31,733 on teaching as a spiritual practice. 402 00:23:31,733 --> 00:23:33,729 And some of the people said that worked for them. 403 00:23:33,729 --> 00:23:35,226 Some said they didn't. 404 00:23:35,226 --> 00:23:39,218 And so, again, that's a flexibility kind of thing. 405 00:23:39,218 --> 00:23:42,212 But the thing I wanted to talk about a lot was how Tapestry 406 00:23:42,212 --> 00:23:45,206 of Faith brought us to a different understanding. 407 00:23:45,206 --> 00:23:48,948 And that was something that Judith talked about too, is 408 00:23:48,948 --> 00:23:52,192 that we have gotten away from the idea-- 409 00:23:52,192 --> 00:23:52,691 pretty much. 410 00:23:52,691 --> 00:23:54,687 We still have some work to do on this-- 411 00:23:54,687 --> 00:24:02,830 that religious education is about content, and that people 412 00:24:02,830 --> 00:24:05,611 are getting away from the idea about OK, we're going to have 413 00:24:05,611 --> 00:24:11,646 a story, and a craft and cookies, and you're going to 414 00:24:11,646 --> 00:24:14,099 bring home this little craft and show you, and that's how 415 00:24:14,099 --> 00:24:16,470 you will know what I have done on Sunday school. 416 00:24:16,470 --> 00:24:19,963 I send a link to the parents about the session, so if they 417 00:24:19,963 --> 00:24:22,458 want to go find out what it is, the can. 418 00:24:22,458 --> 00:24:27,280 But the idea is that our Sunday morning sessions are 419 00:24:27,280 --> 00:24:30,965 more about how we are together. 420 00:24:30,965 --> 00:24:35,820 It's opportunities for groups to practice compassion as 421 00:24:35,820 --> 00:24:41,188 Unitarian Universalists in a way that they do not have an 422 00:24:41,188 --> 00:24:46,324 opportunity to do during the week. 423 00:24:46,324 --> 00:24:49,782 And this has also translated a bit to our 424 00:24:49,782 --> 00:24:51,758 adult education program. 425 00:24:51,758 --> 00:24:56,160 We have done Building the World We Dream About, and The 426 00:24:56,160 --> 00:25:00,185 New UU, and The Spirit of Life. 427 00:25:00,185 --> 00:25:02,560 And with those, it was a little bit of an adjustment 428 00:25:02,560 --> 00:25:09,180 for our adults to concentrate on the spiritual and faith 429 00:25:09,180 --> 00:25:13,590 sides rather than the intellectual sides. 430 00:25:13,590 --> 00:25:16,530 So we did, in the beginning, give them resources that they 431 00:25:16,530 --> 00:25:20,192 could prepare ahead of time so they would have something to 432 00:25:20,192 --> 00:25:25,851 hold on to as they brought their own stories to the work 433 00:25:25,851 --> 00:25:27,600 that we did together. 434 00:25:27,600 --> 00:25:32,227 So that is a quicky quicky of what we do as a large 435 00:25:32,227 --> 00:25:32,970 congregation. 436 00:25:32,970 --> 00:25:36,187 And so, if anybody has questions, now is the time for 437 00:25:36,187 --> 00:25:38,415 you to step forward to the mic. 438 00:25:38,415 --> 00:25:46,830 We have about five minutes and we're done. 439 00:25:46,830 --> 00:25:50,295 SPEAKER 2: I'm curious what you mean by practicing 440 00:25:50,295 --> 00:25:58,690 compassion rather than contemplating on content. 441 00:25:58,690 --> 00:26:05,736 LEAH PURCELL: So with Tapestry of Faith, it's theme based, 442 00:26:05,736 --> 00:26:10,130 but it's not content based. 443 00:26:10,130 --> 00:26:13,084 So this is my particular take on it-- 444 00:26:13,084 --> 00:26:17,458 is that I tell people that the curriculum is there as a 445 00:26:17,458 --> 00:26:19,410 springboard. 446 00:26:19,410 --> 00:26:22,910 And so that probably sounds familiar to you, yeah? 447 00:26:22,910 --> 00:26:25,874 So when I've done teacher trainings, they have shared 448 00:26:25,874 --> 00:26:26,862 with me how they operate. 449 00:26:26,862 --> 00:26:29,455 And some people say I take the plan for the day and write it 450 00:26:29,455 --> 00:26:33,284 up on the board so that I have a guide. 451 00:26:33,284 --> 00:26:37,740 And I kind of see where the children are interested and 452 00:26:37,740 --> 00:26:39,266 where it takes us. 453 00:26:39,266 --> 00:26:43,074 I have people that say I look it over, I set my intention, 454 00:26:43,074 --> 00:26:51,522 and then the whole session in a show and performance piece. 455 00:26:51,522 --> 00:26:54,930 So that's the kind of thing that I'm talking about, and to 456 00:26:54,930 --> 00:26:58,759 really lower the expectation that the children are going to 457 00:26:58,759 --> 00:27:01,989 walk home with something to have over or this is what I 458 00:27:01,989 --> 00:27:05,220 learned in Sunday school today. 459 00:27:05,220 --> 00:27:10,687 And I also say to the parents, if you, as your children's 460 00:27:10,687 --> 00:27:14,911 primary religious educations, your job is to companion with 461 00:27:14,911 --> 00:27:16,899 your children and show them compassion, show them your 462 00:27:16,899 --> 00:27:21,621 values in your everyday life as well. 463 00:27:21,621 --> 00:27:25,597 So I hope that answered your question. 464 00:27:25,597 --> 00:27:29,573 Other questions? 465 00:27:29,573 --> 00:27:30,567 PAT KAHN: OK. 466 00:27:30,567 --> 00:27:34,560 I'll ask you a question. 467 00:27:34,560 --> 00:27:40,110 Could you talk a little bit about the family reflection 468 00:27:40,110 --> 00:27:41,755 that you did more? 469 00:27:41,755 --> 00:27:44,725 LEAH PURCELL: Oh, yes, yes, thank you for that. 470 00:27:44,725 --> 00:27:48,437 So there is this awesome set of questions that is also from 471 00:27:48,437 --> 00:27:50,665 this curriculum. 472 00:27:50,665 --> 00:27:54,955 And I pulled it out and created a document that you 473 00:27:54,955 --> 00:27:59,080 can also get online, and I entitled it Questions for 474 00:27:59,080 --> 00:28:02,545 Family Reflections on Service Projects. 475 00:28:02,545 --> 00:28:05,490 And I have been carrying this around to different activities 476 00:28:05,490 --> 00:28:12,294 in our congregation to promote a learn, do, reflect model of 477 00:28:12,294 --> 00:28:13,752 faith formation. 478 00:28:13,752 --> 00:28:16,182 So again, it's not all intellect. 479 00:28:16,182 --> 00:28:17,640 It's not all action. 480 00:28:17,640 --> 00:28:20,573 There are other components that you bring to it to bring 481 00:28:20,573 --> 00:28:23,531 your faith forward. 482 00:28:23,531 --> 00:28:30,433 And so when we did a service project to pack backpacks at 483 00:28:30,433 --> 00:28:35,363 the beginning of the fall for local schools, when we did our 484 00:28:35,363 --> 00:28:41,279 craft walk, when we did other events, I brought this out and 485 00:28:41,279 --> 00:28:46,209 said huh, maybe you want to think about this. 486 00:28:46,209 --> 00:28:49,167 What do you think worked best about this project? 487 00:28:49,167 --> 00:28:51,632 What was frustrating? 488 00:28:51,632 --> 00:28:54,699 Who was the most memorable person you met? 489 00:28:54,699 --> 00:28:57,657 How do you think your actions change the world 490 00:28:57,657 --> 00:28:59,629 even in small ways? 491 00:28:59,629 --> 00:29:02,094 So to get them reflecting on that. 492 00:29:02,094 --> 00:29:05,052 And I also did a multi-generational workshop on 493 00:29:05,052 --> 00:29:08,503 reflection. 494 00:29:08,503 --> 00:29:13,433 And I can get that up on the web too. 495 00:29:13,433 --> 00:29:17,420 But it was great, because we had people share. 496 00:29:17,420 --> 00:29:21,656 And then we had a word wall of qualities you have that make 497 00:29:21,656 --> 00:29:25,624 you an agent for change. 498 00:29:25,624 --> 00:29:30,584 And then I gave them the questions to go home and think 499 00:29:30,584 --> 00:29:31,080 about further. 500 00:29:31,080 --> 00:29:32,568 But it's really powerful. 501 00:29:32,568 --> 00:29:37,528 Thank you for reminding me. 502 00:29:37,528 --> 00:29:41,000 All right, so we're moving on to our main slide. 503 00:29:41,000 --> 00:29:56,376 Good luck. 504 00:29:56,376 --> 00:30:03,816 BARB FRIEDLAND: I'm multitasking devices here. 505 00:30:03,816 --> 00:30:04,312 I am Barb Friedland. 506 00:30:04,312 --> 00:30:06,800 I am the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration at 507 00:30:06,800 --> 00:30:11,870 Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church here in Louisville. 508 00:30:11,870 --> 00:30:14,402 And some of you may be aware-- 509 00:30:14,402 --> 00:30:16,330 I can see some faces in the room that I know are aware-- 510 00:30:16,330 --> 00:30:21,895 that Louisville is known as possibility city. 511 00:30:21,895 --> 00:30:27,050 And possibility is such a wonderful powerful word. 512 00:30:27,050 --> 00:30:30,910 And Tapestry of Faith is literally chock full of 513 00:30:30,910 --> 00:30:32,790 possibility. 514 00:30:32,790 --> 00:30:35,380 I have to tell you, about three years ago when I started 515 00:30:35,380 --> 00:30:43,630 looking at these materials, I was really hesitant. 516 00:30:43,630 --> 00:30:47,520 I had my old familiar blinders on my shelf. 517 00:30:47,520 --> 00:30:53,550 And it's nicely laid out. 518 00:30:53,550 --> 00:30:55,980 And then I looked at Tapestry of Faith, and there were 22 519 00:30:55,980 --> 00:31:00,080 pages, easily, for each session. 520 00:31:00,080 --> 00:31:03,948 And I said oh my gosh, how am I ever going to do this? 521 00:31:03,948 --> 00:31:05,337 And I think some of my volunteers 522 00:31:05,337 --> 00:31:06,726 said the same thing. 523 00:31:06,726 --> 00:31:08,940 Some of the folks on the religious exploration 524 00:31:08,940 --> 00:31:11,737 committee at the time, I think, probably looked at me 525 00:31:11,737 --> 00:31:16,820 and said she's nuts, because we had concerns about how it 526 00:31:16,820 --> 00:31:18,140 was going to be for the volunteers. 527 00:31:18,140 --> 00:31:21,020 And while there are some volunteers who had the 528 00:31:21,020 --> 00:31:24,570 experience level to be able to dig into something like that 529 00:31:24,570 --> 00:31:28,846 and say, oh yes, I will do this, and we'll take that, and 530 00:31:28,846 --> 00:31:33,060 I like this alternate activity better, for most of my 531 00:31:33,060 --> 00:31:39,085 volunteers, it seems best to provide them with a road map. 532 00:31:39,085 --> 00:31:43,783 And sometimes I do include an alternate activity, because in 533 00:31:43,783 --> 00:31:48,540 a lot of ways, they know their kids better than I do. 534 00:31:48,540 --> 00:31:53,050 But what I try to do is pull together something based on my 535 00:31:53,050 --> 00:31:59,075 knowledge of the young people involved and input from the 536 00:31:59,075 --> 00:32:01,244 volunteer teams. 537 00:32:01,244 --> 00:32:02,830 If I have a group of over active fourth grade, 538 00:32:02,830 --> 00:32:06,474 primarily, boys, I'm going to go with as many 539 00:32:06,474 --> 00:32:08,730 active games as I can. 540 00:32:08,730 --> 00:32:13,780 We had a session in one of the curricula we used this year, 541 00:32:13,780 --> 00:32:16,226 Love Connects Us, that included a bunch of science 542 00:32:16,226 --> 00:32:18,089 experiments. 543 00:32:18,089 --> 00:32:24,005 And they went crazy over things like how to make a 544 00:32:24,005 --> 00:32:26,480 marshmallow puff up and then shrink and things like that. 545 00:32:26,480 --> 00:32:29,560 And really, if we're going to talk about commitment, it 546 00:32:29,560 --> 00:32:32,810 begins with engagement, doesn't it, for all of us. 547 00:32:32,810 --> 00:32:36,500 So for me, task one in religious exploration is how 548 00:32:36,500 --> 00:32:41,010 can I engage people across the lifespan? 549 00:32:41,010 --> 00:32:45,308 So I did begin to see the possibilities. 550 00:32:45,308 --> 00:32:50,530 And rather than thinking of Tapestry of Faith as curricula 551 00:32:50,530 --> 00:32:54,040 in the traditional sense, I did get to a point where I saw 552 00:32:54,040 --> 00:32:57,120 it as this rich, highly adaptable 553 00:32:57,120 --> 00:33:01,250 collection of resources. 554 00:33:01,250 --> 00:33:07,521 And over time, I began to see that by applying what I knew 555 00:33:07,521 --> 00:33:11,188 about the kids and the adults who happen to lead the 556 00:33:11,188 --> 00:33:15,210 programs, I could pull something together that was 557 00:33:15,210 --> 00:33:21,100 much better than just handing them a CD of everything or 558 00:33:21,100 --> 00:33:26,034 printing it all off and putting it in a binder. 559 00:33:26,034 --> 00:33:31,580 For our high school youth who love debate and conversation, 560 00:33:31,580 --> 00:33:35,870 I this year included a lot more opportunities to engage 561 00:33:35,870 --> 00:33:36,370 each other. 562 00:33:36,370 --> 00:33:40,940 We used Virtue Ethics, and they fell in love with the 563 00:33:40,940 --> 00:33:42,900 dilemma elements. 564 00:33:42,900 --> 00:33:45,260 There were some weeks when they would do their opening 565 00:33:45,260 --> 00:33:49,700 circle, their sharing time, and spend most of the rest of 566 00:33:49,700 --> 00:33:53,640 the morning on these dilemmas. 567 00:33:53,640 --> 00:33:55,920 Does anybody know what I mean when I'm 568 00:33:55,920 --> 00:33:57,610 talking about a dilemma? 569 00:33:57,610 --> 00:33:58,180 What do I do if? 570 00:33:58,180 --> 00:34:01,430 I've got this situation, how do I handle that? 571 00:34:01,430 --> 00:34:07,800 They really loved that stuff. 572 00:34:07,800 --> 00:34:11,750 I made it a practice to plug in more of the familiar 573 00:34:11,750 --> 00:34:17,496 opening rituals that our church has always used. 574 00:34:17,496 --> 00:34:20,169 Some of the Tapestry of Faith materials don't include, for 575 00:34:20,169 --> 00:34:24,798 example, sharing time or collecting an offering. 576 00:34:24,798 --> 00:34:30,067 One of the ways that we practice commitment and action 577 00:34:30,067 --> 00:34:34,882 is that every RE group, except maybe preschool, does some 578 00:34:34,882 --> 00:34:36,480 kind of an offering. 579 00:34:36,480 --> 00:34:37,920 We think it's important. 580 00:34:37,920 --> 00:34:41,489 So that's something that we adapted and just plugged in, 581 00:34:41,489 --> 00:34:44,989 so we would change the opening routine of the elements to be 582 00:34:44,989 --> 00:34:51,915 able to include that. 583 00:34:51,915 --> 00:34:56,765 The programs we used this year, as I gradually worked on 584 00:34:56,765 --> 00:34:59,210 implementing Tapestry of Faith-- 585 00:34:59,210 --> 00:35:02,434 well, the first year, I only used two. 586 00:35:02,434 --> 00:35:05,738 I used Mortal Tales and Toolbox of Faith for 587 00:35:05,738 --> 00:35:08,100 elementary level. 588 00:35:08,100 --> 00:35:10,376 And that went pretty darn well-- 589 00:35:10,376 --> 00:35:10,990 learned some lessons. 590 00:35:10,990 --> 00:35:13,390 And then this year, we expanded. 591 00:35:13,390 --> 00:35:17,910 We did Love will Guide Us, Love Connects Us, Heeding the 592 00:35:17,910 --> 00:35:22,278 Call, at the middle school level, and Virtue Ethics, 593 00:35:22,278 --> 00:35:25,164 which I referred to a minute or so ago. 594 00:35:25,164 --> 00:35:28,004 And so now, the updated curriculum map, which someone 595 00:35:28,004 --> 00:35:29,660 referred to mapping a little bit ago. 596 00:35:29,660 --> 00:35:33,440 The updated map that I've been working on is really heavy on 597 00:35:33,440 --> 00:35:35,960 Tapestry of Faith now, because we've grown into it. 598 00:35:35,960 --> 00:35:39,047 We've grown to be able to understand how to use it 599 00:35:39,047 --> 00:35:40,940 better and how to make it work. 600 00:35:40,940 --> 00:35:44,206 One of the things that I absolutely love about Tapestry 601 00:35:44,206 --> 00:35:49,640 of Faith materials is that it lifts up the power of story, 602 00:35:49,640 --> 00:35:53,610 and Judith has already talked about this just a bit. 603 00:35:53,610 --> 00:35:57,632 But story is such a wonderful pathway of learning, and I 604 00:35:57,632 --> 00:36:00,230 love the creative possibilities of how those 605 00:36:00,230 --> 00:36:02,190 stories can be presented. 606 00:36:02,190 --> 00:36:05,810 It's not necessarily just reading one. 607 00:36:05,810 --> 00:36:11,200 It might be having a box of costumes and inviting 608 00:36:11,200 --> 00:36:14,152 different age ranges to go ahead and pick something that 609 00:36:14,152 --> 00:36:16,920 you think this character in the story might have. 610 00:36:16,920 --> 00:36:19,489 The more involved they are, the more they're going to get 611 00:36:19,489 --> 00:36:20,610 out of the experience. 612 00:36:20,610 --> 00:36:24,936 And it's the experience that leads to the kind of growth 613 00:36:24,936 --> 00:36:27,120 that we're looking for and not necessarily taking something 614 00:36:27,120 --> 00:36:29,082 home at the end of the day. 615 00:36:29,082 --> 00:36:31,420 It's about the experience. 616 00:36:31,420 --> 00:36:35,380 They could use different voices. 617 00:36:35,380 --> 00:36:41,330 They could actually act them out if they wanted to. 618 00:36:41,330 --> 00:36:44,230 Unpacking the story and then exploring its meaning is 619 00:36:44,230 --> 00:36:46,730 another really important part of what we 620 00:36:46,730 --> 00:36:48,190 want to do in engaging. 621 00:36:48,190 --> 00:36:52,702 And not only the series of questions that would be 622 00:36:52,702 --> 00:36:56,950 available to us in the particular session, but 623 00:36:56,950 --> 00:37:00,348 another possibility that we sometimes used, depending on 624 00:37:00,348 --> 00:37:04,530 the kiddos, is inviting them to draw something that they 625 00:37:04,530 --> 00:37:08,220 remember from the story, anything that helps them 626 00:37:08,220 --> 00:37:11,270 figure out what are you going to hold on to? 627 00:37:11,270 --> 00:37:13,690 What does the story mean to you? 628 00:37:13,690 --> 00:37:18,380 That's what we want them to get from the experience. 629 00:37:18,380 --> 00:37:22,460 I have a couple of success stories I'd like to share. 630 00:37:22,460 --> 00:37:28,120 One of my favorites is from the Love Connects Us group. 631 00:37:28,120 --> 00:37:32,175 We used a yard web ritual kind of adapted from the 632 00:37:32,175 --> 00:37:35,966 curriculum, where we would do this while we were sharing. 633 00:37:35,966 --> 00:37:39,264 So we had a yarn ball, and one person would share and hold on 634 00:37:39,264 --> 00:37:41,279 to the end and roll it to the next person. 635 00:37:41,279 --> 00:37:44,177 And at the end of the sharing, we would have woven this 636 00:37:44,177 --> 00:37:47,090 fabulous web. 637 00:37:47,090 --> 00:37:49,036 And every week, they would love to pick a string in the 638 00:37:49,036 --> 00:37:53,580 web and see that it affected everyone. 639 00:37:53,580 --> 00:37:56,256 And so by the end of the year, it got to a point 640 00:37:56,256 --> 00:37:58,224 where they would ask. 641 00:37:58,224 --> 00:38:00,200 If I happened to be in the room, I would hear them say, 642 00:38:00,200 --> 00:38:02,103 oh, come on, are we going to do the web today? 643 00:38:02,103 --> 00:38:03,576 Come on, really, please. 644 00:38:03,576 --> 00:38:06,767 And I thought that was great, because it showed how 645 00:38:06,767 --> 00:38:09,468 important the ritual was to them. 646 00:38:09,468 --> 00:38:14,869 Another great success story has to do with music. 647 00:38:14,869 --> 00:38:19,790 How many of you in the room are terrified about singing? 648 00:38:19,790 --> 00:38:22,290 Be honest. 649 00:38:22,290 --> 00:38:24,566 How many of you who work with any kind of a leadership 650 00:38:24,566 --> 00:38:28,729 setting would feel intimidating about helping 651 00:38:28,729 --> 00:38:34,444 children or youth sing? 652 00:38:34,444 --> 00:38:36,910 Yeah, OK. 653 00:38:36,910 --> 00:38:38,360 It's a common thing. 654 00:38:38,360 --> 00:38:42,420 A lot of us are convinced we can't do that. 655 00:38:42,420 --> 00:38:44,860 So I'm sort of the music resource person. 656 00:38:44,860 --> 00:38:47,950 I play guitar and other things, so I'm frequently 657 00:38:47,950 --> 00:38:50,230 asked to go into the rooms and do things. 658 00:38:50,230 --> 00:38:53,565 And one of the teachers said, we've got to do the magic 659 00:38:53,565 --> 00:38:53,890 penny song. 660 00:38:53,890 --> 00:38:56,310 Can you please come in and help us it? 661 00:38:56,310 --> 00:38:57,762 And I said no problem. 662 00:38:57,762 --> 00:38:59,220 So I went in and I did it. 663 00:38:59,220 --> 00:39:00,900 And the kids said oh, can we sing it again? 664 00:39:00,900 --> 00:39:04,446 So we spend about five minutes on the song. 665 00:39:04,446 --> 00:39:06,910 But they loved it, and that was important. 666 00:39:06,910 --> 00:39:10,167 And then the week, the teacher sen me a text message saying, 667 00:39:10,167 --> 00:39:13,101 they want you to do the magic penny song again. 668 00:39:13,101 --> 00:39:14,568 Can you please come again? 669 00:39:14,568 --> 00:39:18,000 So I thought that was great. 670 00:39:18,000 --> 00:39:22,574 The possibilities of Tapestry of Faith extend way beyond the 671 00:39:22,574 --> 00:39:24,038 RE room walls. 672 00:39:24,038 --> 00:39:26,234 I intentionally look for opportunities to engage the 673 00:39:26,234 --> 00:39:29,894 entire congregation in an experience that young people 674 00:39:29,894 --> 00:39:32,334 may have started. 675 00:39:32,334 --> 00:39:38,294 In Love Connects Us, we worked on a how our hands help mural. 676 00:39:38,294 --> 00:39:40,970 We had cut out hands in different rainbow colors and 677 00:39:40,970 --> 00:39:44,725 put them up on a piece of craft paper, a big piece. 678 00:39:44,725 --> 00:39:48,360 And they wrote on each hand, how do I help? 679 00:39:48,360 --> 00:39:52,042 And so they started it, and then the kids took it out into 680 00:39:52,042 --> 00:39:54,595 the gathering space, put it up on the wall, and they stood 681 00:39:54,595 --> 00:39:57,435 there and they engaged the adults as they 682 00:39:57,435 --> 00:40:00,568 came out of the service. 683 00:40:00,568 --> 00:40:04,424 Hey, add a hand to our mural. 684 00:40:04,424 --> 00:40:06,352 And it was great to see them inviting and talking with the 685 00:40:06,352 --> 00:40:09,270 adults about how they help. 686 00:40:09,270 --> 00:40:14,890 We've done multi-generational services around Tapestry of 687 00:40:14,890 --> 00:40:16,360 Faith components. 688 00:40:16,360 --> 00:40:20,590 I recently did this for our closing service this year. 689 00:40:20,590 --> 00:40:22,741 We used bits and pieces. 690 00:40:22,741 --> 00:40:27,310 The title of the service was What Connects Us, so it was 691 00:40:27,310 --> 00:40:29,230 really easy to draw it in. 692 00:40:29,230 --> 00:40:33,691 Youth did an ethical dilemma with the whole congregation 693 00:40:33,691 --> 00:40:36,470 and talked about it for several minutes. 694 00:40:36,470 --> 00:40:40,140 Our joys and concerns time used the very familiar words 695 00:40:40,140 --> 00:40:46,270 that the love connects us, group had heard all year. 696 00:40:46,270 --> 00:40:48,940 And so there was more engagement for everyone. 697 00:40:48,940 --> 00:40:53,780 The service music that we used included two songs used in 698 00:40:53,780 --> 00:40:55,056 Tapestry of Faith. 699 00:40:55,056 --> 00:40:58,050 And I would like to share one quick one with you. 700 00:40:58,050 --> 00:41:05,202 Can you move this for me? 701 00:41:05,202 --> 00:41:16,070 And I can probably use that mic if it needs. 702 00:41:16,070 --> 00:41:19,400 The first thing we're going to want to do is teach you really 703 00:41:19,400 --> 00:41:48,346 quickly this chorus. 704 00:41:48,346 --> 00:41:49,342 LEAH PURCELL: How many religious 705 00:41:49,342 --> 00:41:51,334 educators does it take? 706 00:41:51,334 --> 00:42:08,266 PAT KAHN: Yeah, that's a good question. 707 00:42:08,266 --> 00:42:14,740 LEAH PURCELL: Slideshow. 708 00:42:14,740 --> 00:42:18,226 BARB FRIEDLAND: Well, while I'm waiting for this to power 709 00:42:18,226 --> 00:42:20,218 back up, are there any questions? 710 00:42:20,218 --> 00:42:22,459 And I really would like to do the song that we do, because 711 00:42:22,459 --> 00:42:28,186 it's about our sources, which I'm thinking-- 712 00:42:28,186 --> 00:42:30,178 an under featured thing. 713 00:42:30,178 --> 00:42:33,166 Does anybody have any questions about how we-- yes, 714 00:42:33,166 --> 00:42:36,154 come to the mic please. 715 00:42:36,154 --> 00:42:38,644 SPEAKER 3: Sorry, it's sort of a question for all of you. 716 00:42:38,644 --> 00:42:41,632 We're hearing a lot of great stuff about the kids, but I'd 717 00:42:41,632 --> 00:42:44,215 like to hear a little bit more about how Tapestry of Faith is 718 00:42:44,215 --> 00:42:47,400 used with adults. 719 00:42:47,400 --> 00:42:49,010 BARB FRIEDLAND: We're just rolling into that. 720 00:42:49,010 --> 00:42:52,710 Our minister has done several of the Tapestry of Faith 721 00:42:52,710 --> 00:42:54,000 programs with adults. 722 00:42:54,000 --> 00:42:59,408 But interestingly enough, for our fall adult RE evening 723 00:42:59,408 --> 00:43:05,480 program, we are looking at incorporating The New UU. 724 00:43:05,480 --> 00:43:05,970 Anything else? 725 00:43:05,970 --> 00:43:12,885 Questions? 726 00:43:12,885 --> 00:43:17,977 So, let me teach you quickly this, since I don't have very 727 00:43:17,977 --> 00:43:25,771 many questions, the chorus to this song. 728 00:43:25,771 --> 00:43:27,250 And it goes something like this. 729 00:43:27,250 --> 00:43:31,933 It will change when I get my ukulele out, because I'm not 730 00:43:31,933 --> 00:43:33,830 necessarily up to perfect pitch. 731 00:43:33,830 --> 00:44:10,587 [CHORAL MUSIC] 732 00:44:10,587 --> 00:44:22,133 BARB FRIEDLAND: All right, here we go. 733 00:44:22,133 --> 00:44:29,618 [UKULELE PLAYING] 734 00:44:29,618 --> 00:45:44,965 [CHORAL MUSIC] 735 00:45:44,965 --> 00:45:46,930 BARB FRIEDLAND: Trying to get in line with me. 736 00:45:46,930 --> 00:45:55,325 [CHORAL MUSIC] 737 00:45:55,325 --> 00:46:15,560 BARB FRIEDLAND: Thank you for being patient. 738 00:46:15,560 --> 00:46:18,750 LIZ JONES: So I am going to sort of add a number of 739 00:46:18,750 --> 00:46:23,520 different smaller pieces to this because we've had some 740 00:46:23,520 --> 00:46:24,650 other requests. 741 00:46:24,650 --> 00:46:27,796 I do want to talk a lot about how we use the Tapestry of 742 00:46:27,796 --> 00:46:31,426 Faith in our small campus. 743 00:46:31,426 --> 00:46:35,298 But before I begin, I want to let you know I do serve a 744 00:46:35,298 --> 00:46:35,800 large congregation. 745 00:46:35,800 --> 00:46:38,210 We have been using Tapestry of Faith with adult education. 746 00:46:38,210 --> 00:46:42,960 In fact, we were so inspired by the Spirit in Practice 747 00:46:42,960 --> 00:46:45,230 curriculum that we have completely adapted our entire 748 00:46:45,230 --> 00:46:48,684 adult ed program around the eight spheres of spiritual 749 00:46:48,684 --> 00:46:52,510 development that are in that curriculum, so that as we look 750 00:46:52,510 --> 00:46:54,100 at all we do, we work toward that. 751 00:46:54,100 --> 00:46:57,007 And that's been a huge part of what we're doing. 752 00:46:57,007 --> 00:46:58,835 SPEAKER 4: Which book is that? 753 00:46:58,835 --> 00:47:00,663 LIZ JONES: It's Spirit and Practice. 754 00:47:00,663 --> 00:47:01,580 SPEAKER 4: Spirit and Practice. 755 00:47:01,580 --> 00:47:02,640 LIZ JONES: And it's been wonderful. 756 00:47:02,640 --> 00:47:05,830 It talks about eight spheres of spiritual development, the 757 00:47:05,830 --> 00:47:09,180 way our spiritual growth, the way we move into connecting 758 00:47:09,180 --> 00:47:13,570 with our spirit through eight different ways. 759 00:47:13,570 --> 00:47:14,990 And so we use that. 760 00:47:14,990 --> 00:47:16,535 We've been using it. 761 00:47:16,535 --> 00:47:18,510 There are programs on ethics. 762 00:47:18,510 --> 00:47:20,420 There's programs on UU history. 763 00:47:20,420 --> 00:47:21,881 They are large and overwhelming 764 00:47:21,881 --> 00:47:23,342 when you look at them. 765 00:47:23,342 --> 00:47:27,968 The exciting part about those programs is that they can all 766 00:47:27,968 --> 00:47:32,595 be used in pieces and bits and pieces, and single units can 767 00:47:32,595 --> 00:47:35,625 be taught as a class, and you don't have to 768 00:47:35,625 --> 00:47:36,550 do the entire program. 769 00:47:36,550 --> 00:47:39,546 They are resources that I highly recommend that you 770 00:47:39,546 --> 00:47:45,474 explore for the variety of ways you can use them. 771 00:47:45,474 --> 00:47:47,015 And I'd be happy to answer more questions about that in 772 00:47:47,015 --> 00:47:55,854 the question and answer period as we get there. 773 00:47:55,854 --> 00:47:58,565 I want to also add that there is the curriculum map. 774 00:47:58,565 --> 00:48:01,362 You mentioned earlier the curriculum map that has 775 00:48:01,362 --> 00:48:02,781 recently come out. 776 00:48:02,781 --> 00:48:05,220 There is a link on the Tapestry of Faith page which 777 00:48:05,220 --> 00:48:09,840 speaks to you about the scope and sequence of the program, 778 00:48:09,840 --> 00:48:12,427 so that as you look at this 779 00:48:12,427 --> 00:48:13,405 overwhelming amount of things-- 780 00:48:13,405 --> 00:48:17,480 It's a great program, and it's huge, but how do we go and 781 00:48:17,480 --> 00:48:18,295 approach it? 782 00:48:18,295 --> 00:48:19,270 What is it covering? 783 00:48:19,270 --> 00:48:22,670 So it's going to give you a brief overview of each of the 784 00:48:22,670 --> 00:48:25,615 programs and provides a suggested 785 00:48:25,615 --> 00:48:27,555 sequence of those programs. 786 00:48:27,555 --> 00:48:29,495 And that's what you'll find if you hit that 787 00:48:29,495 --> 00:48:31,205 curriculum map link. 788 00:48:31,205 --> 00:48:33,805 But I want to talk to you about our program. 789 00:48:33,805 --> 00:48:38,254 We have a small second campus. 790 00:48:38,254 --> 00:48:41,600 It is located in South Bay and Chula Vista 791 00:48:41,600 --> 00:48:43,796 near the Mexican border. 792 00:48:43,796 --> 00:48:48,972 And this group, in its initial steering period, decided that 793 00:48:48,972 --> 00:48:52,916 it wanted to become known in the community by 794 00:48:52,916 --> 00:48:55,150 being in the community. 795 00:48:55,150 --> 00:48:58,863 It wanted to be out there, engaged in what the community 796 00:48:58,863 --> 00:49:03,600 needed and wanted, and become known that way, not by trying 797 00:49:03,600 --> 00:49:06,556 to recruit people in, not to try to do other things, but by 798 00:49:06,556 --> 00:49:07,670 being out there. 799 00:49:07,670 --> 00:49:11,640 They wanted to be known as the love people, and they wore 800 00:49:11,640 --> 00:49:14,770 their Standing on the Side of Love shirts everywhere. 801 00:49:14,770 --> 00:49:16,586 They went out there. 802 00:49:16,586 --> 00:49:18,640 And we have become known as the love people. 803 00:49:18,640 --> 00:49:21,624 But as we began working with our small number of children-- 804 00:49:21,624 --> 00:49:25,390 and when I say small, I'm saying two to four children on 805 00:49:25,390 --> 00:49:29,870 a Sunday morning that ranged in age from 5 to 10. 806 00:49:29,870 --> 00:49:35,600 That's a lot to cover, but a small number of kids. 807 00:49:35,600 --> 00:49:39,890 So we decided that we really wanted to connect them to what 808 00:49:39,890 --> 00:49:44,290 that community saw itself as, which was engaged in the 809 00:49:44,290 --> 00:49:46,990 community through the Standing on the Side of Love campaign. 810 00:49:46,990 --> 00:49:53,208 So we chose the Love Surrounds Us curriculum to use. 811 00:49:53,208 --> 00:49:55,520 Now, that's a K, 1 curriculum, but we're using it for 812 00:49:55,520 --> 00:49:57,650 kindergarten through, basically, 813 00:49:57,650 --> 00:50:00,101 fifth or sixth grade. 814 00:50:00,101 --> 00:50:02,563 And as we're looking at how we're going to do this, we 815 00:50:02,563 --> 00:50:06,370 found that it works because one, it's story based, and 816 00:50:06,370 --> 00:50:08,340 stories speak to all ages. 817 00:50:08,340 --> 00:50:11,995 Those stories can be used with adults as well as children, so 818 00:50:11,995 --> 00:50:13,710 it didn't matter. 819 00:50:13,710 --> 00:50:16,160 Because it's story based, we could use it. 820 00:50:16,160 --> 00:50:19,753 We did have to adapt it for a lot of things, and that's the 821 00:50:19,753 --> 00:50:20,580 piece that comes in. 822 00:50:20,580 --> 00:50:22,970 All of this program is adaptable. 823 00:50:22,970 --> 00:50:24,300 We had to make some choices. 824 00:50:24,300 --> 00:50:25,710 What could we do? 825 00:50:25,710 --> 00:50:27,120 And how do we adapt it? 826 00:50:27,120 --> 00:50:30,600 And one is the dialogue that goes with the story. 827 00:50:30,600 --> 00:50:35,280 How do we include it so this basic enough for a four and 828 00:50:35,280 --> 00:50:38,613 five-year-old who might be in there, but also has enough 829 00:50:38,613 --> 00:50:41,040 content material for that fifth and sixth grader? 830 00:50:41,040 --> 00:50:44,660 And so by adapting the questions a little, not a lot, 831 00:50:44,660 --> 00:50:47,205 we were able to include a much broader age 832 00:50:47,205 --> 00:50:50,604 range for our work. 833 00:50:50,604 --> 00:50:53,247 We had to adapt to our time frame. 834 00:50:53,247 --> 00:50:56,000 We basically had the kids in the classroom only 30 minutes. 835 00:50:56,000 --> 00:50:59,451 Well, if you have a program that's designed for 60 to 90 836 00:50:59,451 --> 00:51:01,550 minutes, that means we really had to cut down. 837 00:51:01,550 --> 00:51:05,185 So what was the core of what we wanted to work with? 838 00:51:05,185 --> 00:51:08,700 The kids loved the opening ritual. 839 00:51:08,700 --> 00:51:09,630 That spoke to them. 840 00:51:09,630 --> 00:51:14,390 The song of Love Surrounds Us to the tune of Jesus Loves Me, 841 00:51:14,390 --> 00:51:18,382 was one that the kids truly engaged with and was possible 842 00:51:18,382 --> 00:51:21,066 for every one of the leaders that we had to be able to 843 00:51:21,066 --> 00:51:22,284 teach and sing. 844 00:51:22,284 --> 00:51:24,100 They loved the opening ritual. 845 00:51:24,100 --> 00:51:25,940 We were able to change things. 846 00:51:25,940 --> 00:51:26,760 We had to pay attention. 847 00:51:26,760 --> 00:51:30,093 What can you do with two to four kids? 848 00:51:30,093 --> 00:51:32,870 Well, hands on activities worked fairly well. 849 00:51:32,870 --> 00:51:36,082 Games, not so well, because most games require that you 850 00:51:36,082 --> 00:51:40,034 have a few more than two children to do, so we had to 851 00:51:40,034 --> 00:51:44,480 know we weren't going to choose those things. 852 00:51:44,480 --> 00:51:45,962 And space limitations-- 853 00:51:45,962 --> 00:51:46,950 what could we do? 854 00:51:46,950 --> 00:51:47,938 We didn't have outdoor space. 855 00:51:47,938 --> 00:51:50,132 We had a parking lot that was shared, because this place is 856 00:51:50,132 --> 00:51:51,630 in a strip mall. 857 00:51:51,630 --> 00:51:53,270 So we're sharing it with a bunch of other groups, 858 00:51:53,270 --> 00:51:55,190 including another church. 859 00:51:55,190 --> 00:51:59,617 So we can't take our kids outside, so we have to make 860 00:51:59,617 --> 00:52:03,842 sure that what we could do was only what we could do inside. 861 00:52:03,842 --> 00:52:05,840 But it was simple enough to choose. 862 00:52:05,840 --> 00:52:08,720 And that's why these programs work for us, is they give us 863 00:52:08,720 --> 00:52:15,054 the ability to do that kind of adapting to cut it down 864 00:52:15,054 --> 00:52:18,360 timewise, to cut it down for the number of kids, to expand 865 00:52:18,360 --> 00:52:19,877 the age range. 866 00:52:19,877 --> 00:52:21,978 And that's the piece that I think is so exciting about 867 00:52:21,978 --> 00:52:23,980 this material. 868 00:52:23,980 --> 00:52:26,480 It can be done by a staff person. 869 00:52:26,480 --> 00:52:28,434 I did a lot of this. 870 00:52:28,434 --> 00:52:29,850 But it can be done by committee members. 871 00:52:29,850 --> 00:52:32,217 It can be done by the individual teachers, giving 872 00:52:32,217 --> 00:52:35,180 them the permissions we already heard, training your 873 00:52:35,180 --> 00:52:37,360 teachers to be able to take the material and 874 00:52:37,360 --> 00:52:38,680 make it their own. 875 00:52:38,680 --> 00:52:44,013 Doesn't matter who does it, but it does require adapting. 876 00:52:44,013 --> 00:52:45,007 And we all need to do that. 877 00:52:45,007 --> 00:52:47,615 But we all did that with the hard paper curriculum that we 878 00:52:47,615 --> 00:52:48,620 had before. 879 00:52:48,620 --> 00:52:50,099 We all took them. 880 00:52:50,099 --> 00:52:52,494 Sometimes we had to retype them into something 881 00:52:52,494 --> 00:52:53,452 in order to do it. 882 00:52:53,452 --> 00:52:54,889 It's online. 883 00:52:54,889 --> 00:52:57,284 It's very easy to cut and paste it and make it your own. 884 00:52:57,284 --> 00:53:00,540 I promise you, it works. 885 00:53:00,540 --> 00:53:05,565 It is a piece that can be done with all this. 886 00:53:05,565 --> 00:53:07,545 The other part that really worked for us were the faith 887 00:53:07,545 --> 00:53:09,030 in action pieces. 888 00:53:09,030 --> 00:53:12,495 Because these engaged faith in action pieces, some of which 889 00:53:12,495 --> 00:53:14,475 you have to plan ahead. 890 00:53:14,475 --> 00:53:17,610 You can't just sort of drop it in, you had it on Thursday and 891 00:53:17,610 --> 00:53:20,415 know that you're going to do it on Sunday. 892 00:53:20,415 --> 00:53:21,900 But you have to be able to plan ahead for them. 893 00:53:21,900 --> 00:53:26,555 But that enabled us to engage our children in the entire 894 00:53:26,555 --> 00:53:28,375 congregation. 895 00:53:28,375 --> 00:53:32,272 This is a place where because it's small, they feel our 896 00:53:32,272 --> 00:53:33,896 community of a whole. 897 00:53:33,896 --> 00:53:38,080 The other piece I want to tell you about what we've done is 898 00:53:38,080 --> 00:53:39,440 that we've made a major change to our worship 899 00:53:39,440 --> 00:53:41,310 services this past year. 900 00:53:41,310 --> 00:53:43,860 We now have three completely distinct services. 901 00:53:43,860 --> 00:53:46,220 At our Hillcrest campus, we have a traditional worship 902 00:53:46,220 --> 00:53:46,900 service at 9:30. 903 00:53:46,900 --> 00:53:50,880 We have a contemporary worship service at 11:30. 904 00:53:50,880 --> 00:53:54,765 And we are now offering to our entire congregation, at 9:30, 905 00:53:54,765 --> 00:53:58,670 at our South Bay campus, the fully multi-generational 906 00:53:58,670 --> 00:54:00,011 worship service. 907 00:54:00,011 --> 00:54:02,366 So the children are not leaving, they're staying. 908 00:54:02,366 --> 00:54:04,721 We've now grown from two children to six 909 00:54:04,721 --> 00:54:07,305 children in one year. 910 00:54:07,305 --> 00:54:09,610 It's slow, but it's moving. 911 00:54:09,610 --> 00:54:12,940 But what I found is Tapestry of Faith is still working for 912 00:54:12,940 --> 00:54:17,770 us in this case because we're able to take the stories from 913 00:54:17,770 --> 00:54:21,257 Tapestry of Faith, the faith in action pieces from Tapestry 914 00:54:21,257 --> 00:54:23,815 of Faith and weave them into those 915 00:54:23,815 --> 00:54:25,525 multi-generational services. 916 00:54:25,525 --> 00:54:28,896 And we're able to do that because of the other piece I 917 00:54:28,896 --> 00:54:30,830 want to talk to you about, which is the search engine. 918 00:54:30,830 --> 00:54:35,250 If you go to the Tapestry of Faith page, you will find a 919 00:54:35,250 --> 00:54:37,870 thing that says, search Tapestry of Faith. 920 00:54:37,870 --> 00:54:41,150 And if you click on that link, it's going to take you to a 921 00:54:41,150 --> 00:54:44,950 dialogue box where you can search first by keyword. 922 00:54:44,950 --> 00:54:47,889 So if you're using themes, you might stick the theme, 923 00:54:47,889 --> 00:54:50,210 whatever the topic of the worship service is. 924 00:54:50,210 --> 00:54:52,160 It might be anything that you want. 925 00:54:52,160 --> 00:54:55,400 Whenever your theme is-- and that's probably where the tags 926 00:54:55,400 --> 00:54:58,260 that Judith was talking about are going to go. 927 00:54:58,260 --> 00:55:00,030 So you're going to put your keyword in. 928 00:55:00,030 --> 00:55:02,140 Then you can search by age group-- 929 00:55:02,140 --> 00:55:06,384 adult, child, youth, multi-generational, and also 930 00:55:06,384 --> 00:55:09,793 resources that aren't part of those will be there. 931 00:55:09,793 --> 00:55:13,078 So you can search by that, and then you can type by the type 932 00:55:13,078 --> 00:55:16,270 of resource-- activity, handout, leader resource, 933 00:55:16,270 --> 00:55:19,810 programming session, workshop, story. 934 00:55:19,810 --> 00:55:21,580 So you say what you want. 935 00:55:21,580 --> 00:55:21,790 You put it in. 936 00:55:21,790 --> 00:55:25,271 You hit Search, and it'll bring up a list of the things 937 00:55:25,271 --> 00:55:27,740 that fit the categories that you want. 938 00:55:27,740 --> 00:55:30,300 And it's right there on the Tapestry of Faith page. 939 00:55:30,300 --> 00:55:32,960 Just click that Search Tapestry of Faith. 940 00:55:32,960 --> 00:55:36,850 And it really provide you an opportunity to use it for lots 941 00:55:36,850 --> 00:55:38,260 of different things. 942 00:55:38,260 --> 00:55:41,320 And as I say, we're now using it for our multi-generational 943 00:55:41,320 --> 00:55:44,450 worship service that we're offering, and we're growing 944 00:55:44,450 --> 00:55:46,090 because of it. 945 00:55:46,090 --> 00:55:52,270 So I'm open for questions. 946 00:55:52,270 --> 00:56:00,222 Yeah, come on up. 947 00:56:00,222 --> 00:56:03,701 SPEAKER 5: It's a long way. 948 00:56:03,701 --> 00:56:06,683 I guess listening to you and all of you. 949 00:56:06,683 --> 00:56:09,830 I'm really curious how to maybe through the search 950 00:56:09,830 --> 00:56:15,629 engine screen, Tapestry of Faith to the home environment, 951 00:56:15,629 --> 00:56:19,770 especially during the summer when a lot of RE programs are 952 00:56:19,770 --> 00:56:21,593 not happening in a small congregation [INAUDIBLE] 953 00:56:21,593 --> 00:56:27,060 program, when as a parent, I would love to have some maybe 954 00:56:27,060 --> 00:56:28,551 just casual program with my kids. 955 00:56:28,551 --> 00:56:33,521 They're 13 and under. 956 00:56:33,521 --> 00:56:37,497 I kind of did a brief search on Tapestry of Faith. 957 00:56:37,497 --> 00:56:38,988 But is there a home program? 958 00:56:38,988 --> 00:56:41,473 That would be really awesome just to have. 959 00:56:41,473 --> 00:56:45,530 LIZ JONES: Well, I can say to begin with, the taking it home 960 00:56:45,530 --> 00:56:51,100 pages all include things for you to do with your families. 961 00:56:51,100 --> 00:56:54,305 So not only does it say this is what we did this week. 962 00:56:54,305 --> 00:56:57,543 It'll say here are things that you can do together as a 963 00:56:57,543 --> 00:57:00,538 family to further extend this program. 964 00:57:00,538 --> 00:57:02,522 SPEAKER 5: I guess that's it. 965 00:57:02,522 --> 00:57:05,498 So we're not doing it in the classroom, 966 00:57:05,498 --> 00:57:10,954 something ready made. 967 00:57:10,954 --> 00:57:13,930 JUDITH FREDIANI: One thing that's very made, in a sense, 968 00:57:13,930 --> 00:57:15,418 are the multi-gen programs. 969 00:57:15,418 --> 00:57:19,386 Like Circle of Trees would be published as soon as you get 970 00:57:19,386 --> 00:57:21,370 back from GA. 971 00:57:21,370 --> 00:57:23,354 But yeah, there's Spirit. 972 00:57:23,354 --> 00:57:28,829 They are meant for all ages together to do, like plant 973 00:57:28,829 --> 00:57:33,963 seeds and you learn about stewardship of the Earth and 974 00:57:33,963 --> 00:57:35,186 everything. 975 00:57:35,186 --> 00:57:37,142 And that one's for a family. 976 00:57:37,142 --> 00:57:39,927 LEAH PURCELL: And I want to say too that I had a family 977 00:57:39,927 --> 00:57:41,820 that said, we can't be here this year. 978 00:57:41,820 --> 00:57:44,640 And I said, here's the curriculum. 979 00:57:44,640 --> 00:57:46,520 Here's the link. 980 00:57:46,520 --> 00:57:50,923 And I think it was Creating Home, and that's one that has 981 00:57:50,923 --> 00:57:55,165 a concentration on spiritual practices, and the parent was 982 00:57:55,165 --> 00:57:57,660 particularly interested in that. 983 00:57:57,660 --> 00:58:01,901 So it gave her a chance to practice at home exactly what 984 00:58:01,901 --> 00:58:05,145 the kids were doing in Sunday school. 985 00:58:05,145 --> 00:58:10,634 SPEAKER 5: OK, I think that's helpful, because it's hard to 986 00:58:10,634 --> 00:58:14,251 bring it home, and my kids go to a parochial school, so I 987 00:58:14,251 --> 00:58:16,123 feel like I need to have a balance of other things, and 988 00:58:16,123 --> 00:58:18,150 parochial schools are very good about this. 989 00:58:18,150 --> 00:58:22,467 LEAH PURCELL: I think all the curricula is very accessible. 990 00:58:22,467 --> 00:58:25,353 SPEAKER 5: And would that be a tag word to be 991 00:58:25,353 --> 00:58:28,250 searched, like home? 992 00:58:28,250 --> 00:58:29,996 LEAH PURCELL: I would go to the different curricula, and 993 00:58:29,996 --> 00:58:32,529 it has ages. 994 00:58:32,529 --> 00:58:34,664 And then you could pick the ones that would work 995 00:58:34,664 --> 00:58:37,034 best for your kids. 996 00:58:37,034 --> 00:58:38,456 LIZ JONES: And I do want to say that that's 997 00:58:38,456 --> 00:58:40,352 the exciting part. 998 00:58:40,352 --> 00:58:41,774 It is online, and it's available. 999 00:58:41,774 --> 00:58:44,207 And you can go to it and explore it to 1000 00:58:44,207 --> 00:58:45,810 your heart's content. 1001 00:58:45,810 --> 00:58:48,910 A lot of our curricula, when they were in books, people had 1002 00:58:48,910 --> 00:58:50,240 to come into the offices or the church and look 1003 00:58:50,240 --> 00:58:51,770 at them and do it. 1004 00:58:51,770 --> 00:58:54,702 It's available for any parent who wants to look at it on 1005 00:58:54,702 --> 00:58:56,610 their own at home any time. 1006 00:58:56,610 --> 00:59:00,000 And that's really exciting for many of our parents, to really 1007 00:59:00,000 --> 00:59:02,716 be able to explore what their kids are learning in their 1008 00:59:02,716 --> 00:59:10,186 classrooms. 1009 00:59:10,186 --> 00:59:19,752 SPEAKER 6: Great point. 1010 00:59:19,752 --> 00:59:21,688 I'm traveling from Maine. 1011 00:59:21,688 --> 00:59:22,656 And my focus is on adult ed. 1012 00:59:22,656 --> 00:59:26,044 And I'm very encouraged to hear what you had to say about 1013 00:59:26,044 --> 00:59:30,892 flexibility in use of the Tapestry of Faith materials. 1014 00:59:30,892 --> 00:59:33,631 And I wonder if you could just comment on something that 1015 00:59:33,631 --> 00:59:38,860 happened on the welcoming congregation class-- 1016 00:59:38,860 --> 00:59:42,346 this was a while ago-- 1017 00:59:42,346 --> 00:59:48,322 in which the interim minister, who was leading the class, 1018 00:59:48,322 --> 00:59:52,306 suggested that the various class members, each go to the 1019 00:59:52,306 --> 00:59:55,294 Tapestry of Faith of materials. 1020 00:59:55,294 --> 00:59:58,780 And each one would pick out one of the sessions, and then 1021 00:59:58,780 --> 01:00:02,598 the member would be responsible for going through 1022 01:00:02,598 --> 01:00:06,084 the materials, picking out the activities that he thought 1023 01:00:06,084 --> 01:00:11,240 would work with the group, and facilitating the session. 1024 01:00:11,240 --> 01:00:13,901 LIZ JONES: And that's a great way to do it. 1025 01:00:13,901 --> 01:00:15,362 Every place has got a different way of doing it. 1026 01:00:15,362 --> 01:00:16,610 If that works in that congregation and the people 1027 01:00:16,610 --> 01:00:19,257 are engaged, then that's a great way to engage people in 1028 01:00:19,257 --> 01:00:21,395 the process of doing it. 1029 01:00:21,395 --> 01:00:23,750 I think that's wonderful. 1030 01:00:23,750 --> 01:00:26,850 The thing is that you can go and you can take pieces. 1031 01:00:26,850 --> 01:00:29,212 And we all are learning every single one of them can be a 1032 01:00:29,212 --> 01:00:31,136 standalone in many ways. 1033 01:00:31,136 --> 01:00:33,541 And that allows you to pull those out. 1034 01:00:33,541 --> 01:00:38,230 And by empowering the members to be able to take it and do 1035 01:00:38,230 --> 01:00:41,190 it, you're not only engaging them in the process, but 1036 01:00:41,190 --> 01:00:43,840 you're also helping train future leaders for future 1037 01:00:43,840 --> 01:00:46,261 classes, which is really exciting. 1038 01:00:46,261 --> 01:00:49,628 SPEAKER 6: Thank you very much. 1039 01:00:49,628 --> 01:00:50,950 JUDITH FREDIANI: I want to say a little more about the adult 1040 01:00:50,950 --> 01:00:53,957 programming, because we didn't say as much about it. 1041 01:00:53,957 --> 01:00:58,010 And I want you to understand that never in the history of 1042 01:00:58,010 --> 01:01:03,600 Universalism or Unitarianism, or marriage of the two, have 1043 01:01:03,600 --> 01:01:08,932 we had so much for adults and so much for youth. 1044 01:01:08,932 --> 01:01:12,513 And may I ask just to say a little bit about the youth, so 1045 01:01:12,513 --> 01:01:13,872 that they know what's available. 1046 01:01:13,872 --> 01:01:15,860 I'll say a little bit about the adult. 1047 01:01:15,860 --> 01:01:17,663 One important thing to understand-- 1048 01:01:17,663 --> 01:01:19,587 and you guys mentioned it. 1049 01:01:19,587 --> 01:01:21,511 I want to emphasize it-- 1050 01:01:21,511 --> 01:01:25,840 is the adult programs might be 8 or 10 or 12 sessions. 1051 01:01:25,840 --> 01:01:29,595 But virtually all of them are really a series of independent 1052 01:01:29,595 --> 01:01:33,525 workshops, and you can benefit from just doing one of them. 1053 01:01:33,525 --> 01:01:39,010 And it's so important not to have to sign up for 12 weeks. 1054 01:01:39,010 --> 01:01:42,750 One of the most popular adult programs is Harvest the Power, 1055 01:01:42,750 --> 01:01:45,180 which is leadership development. 1056 01:01:45,180 --> 01:01:48,365 You could just do one of those with you RE community, your 1057 01:01:48,365 --> 01:01:52,040 board or whatever, and it would be a real benefit. 1058 01:01:52,040 --> 01:01:56,205 But we also have two fantastic programs on UU history that 1059 01:01:56,205 --> 01:02:01,459 not only inspire us with our values, but also humble us a 1060 01:02:01,459 --> 01:02:04,952 little bit, where we fell short of our values. 1061 01:02:04,952 --> 01:02:08,445 So it's not just a back thumping look at our history, 1062 01:02:08,445 --> 01:02:13,934 it's a more realistic look that we're human and we don't 1063 01:02:13,934 --> 01:02:15,431 always achieve our highest values. 1064 01:02:15,431 --> 01:02:17,427 It's a little more complex than that-- very interesting. 1065 01:02:17,427 --> 01:02:22,417 And those can also be used pretty much independently. 1066 01:02:22,417 --> 01:02:23,914 There's ethics for adults. 1067 01:02:23,914 --> 01:02:25,910 There's theology for adults. 1068 01:02:25,910 --> 01:02:27,407 There's spirit in practice. 1069 01:02:27,407 --> 01:02:30,440 There's also spirit of life. 1070 01:02:30,440 --> 01:02:36,144 And it's sort of based on the song, Spirit of Life. 1071 01:02:36,144 --> 01:02:38,096 And that's by Barbara Hamilton-Holway. 1072 01:02:38,096 --> 01:02:40,212 Erik Wikstrom wrote Spirit in Practice. 1073 01:02:40,212 --> 01:02:42,819 So there's two completely different approaches to 1074 01:02:42,819 --> 01:02:45,430 spiritual development for adults. 1075 01:02:45,430 --> 01:02:51,060 The New UU is six workshops. 1076 01:02:51,060 --> 01:02:53,032 You don't have to do all six. 1077 01:02:53,032 --> 01:02:55,743 We have really put a lot of energy into both adult 1078 01:02:55,743 --> 01:02:56,976 programming-- 1079 01:02:56,976 --> 01:02:59,934 and I use programming advisedly, because again, 1080 01:02:59,934 --> 01:03:02,892 we're not just talking about classroom. 1081 01:03:02,892 --> 01:03:07,575 We're talking about taking this out to our retreats, to 1082 01:03:07,575 --> 01:03:10,780 our larger community life. 1083 01:03:10,780 --> 01:03:14,231 And the only other thing I want to say to you before 1084 01:03:14,231 --> 01:03:18,806 Jessica tells you how rich the youth offering are for both 1085 01:03:18,806 --> 01:03:21,910 junior high and high school, I want to say 1086 01:03:21,910 --> 01:03:23,870 who wrote all these. 1087 01:03:23,870 --> 01:03:26,320 As well as UUA staff, because we certainly wrote some. 1088 01:03:26,320 --> 01:03:31,710 But we engaged dozens of people in writing this, 1089 01:03:31,710 --> 01:03:35,140 including young adults, including the diversity of 1090 01:03:35,140 --> 01:03:37,590 ethnicities, racial identities, 1091 01:03:37,590 --> 01:03:39,550 sexual identities, whatever. 1092 01:03:39,550 --> 01:03:45,360 So ministers, religious educators, laypeople-- 1093 01:03:45,360 --> 01:03:47,616 and I really think that diversity is worth mentioning. 1094 01:03:47,616 --> 01:03:50,320 It's not sort of the same old people. 1095 01:03:50,320 --> 01:03:54,280 It is very inclusive, and I think it's reflected in the 1096 01:03:54,280 --> 01:03:57,250 diversity and richness of the programs. 1097 01:03:57,250 --> 01:03:59,599 And, Jessica, could you tell them a 1098 01:03:59,599 --> 01:04:00,715 little about the richness? 1099 01:04:00,715 --> 01:04:04,757 Jessica York serves as the Youth Programs Director and 1100 01:04:04,757 --> 01:04:07,150 had a lot to do with these youth programs, including 1101 01:04:07,150 --> 01:04:08,635 writing some of them. 1102 01:04:08,635 --> 01:04:12,595 JESSICA YORK: Hi, so in the same way that the adult 1103 01:04:12,595 --> 01:04:16,060 programs are very adaptable, and they're written to be 1104 01:04:16,060 --> 01:04:18,139 workshops, which can be done individually instead of having 1105 01:04:18,139 --> 01:04:21,810 to do the entire program, the youth workshops are also 1106 01:04:21,810 --> 01:04:23,470 created in the same time. 1107 01:04:23,470 --> 01:04:27,560 And that's really important, I think, for youth work. 1108 01:04:27,560 --> 01:04:29,180 Because a lot of congregations have a culture where the youth 1109 01:04:29,180 --> 01:04:32,561 don't do a curriculum, where the youth have a lot of 1110 01:04:32,561 --> 01:04:36,620 fluidity in terms of their time and where they have a lot 1111 01:04:36,620 --> 01:04:38,150 of say as to how they want to spend their time. 1112 01:04:38,150 --> 01:04:39,910 Some of you may have been in with a group of youth or may 1113 01:04:39,910 --> 01:04:42,710 yourself have been a youth where you've only got 60 1114 01:04:42,710 --> 01:04:45,110 minutes work of time and check in takes 60 1115 01:04:45,110 --> 01:04:49,035 minutes worth of time. 1116 01:04:49,035 --> 01:04:52,365 But the importance of us having this youth curricula, 1117 01:04:52,365 --> 01:04:57,400 as Judy mentioned, more that we've ever had before is that 1118 01:04:57,400 --> 01:05:00,603 you also want your youth to understand that the time they 1119 01:05:00,603 --> 01:05:03,743 spend together is time for faith development. 1120 01:05:03,743 --> 01:05:06,540 And so that sharing-- yes, that's faith development. 1121 01:05:06,540 --> 01:05:07,872 But there's also additional faith development we can do 1122 01:05:07,872 --> 01:05:09,680 that can be very intentional. 1123 01:05:09,680 --> 01:05:11,434 So these youth programs-- 1124 01:05:11,434 --> 01:05:13,894 you can do one individual workshop with youth. 1125 01:05:13,894 --> 01:05:17,830 I know there are some groups that have four different 1126 01:05:17,830 --> 01:05:19,306 things that they do within a month. 1127 01:05:19,306 --> 01:05:22,504 Maybe one Sunday a month, they're working on doing a 1128 01:05:22,504 --> 01:05:25,456 justice activity, and one Sunday a month, they're doing 1129 01:05:25,456 --> 01:05:27,670 workshop from one of the youth curricula. 1130 01:05:27,670 --> 01:05:31,114 And they may be taking one program and doing it the whole 1131 01:05:31,114 --> 01:05:34,558 year long just by doing a workshop at a time. 1132 01:05:34,558 --> 01:05:38,820 Most of the youth curricula have about 8 to 12 different 1133 01:05:38,820 --> 01:05:40,143 workshops that you can do. 1134 01:05:40,143 --> 01:05:43,594 It's easy to spread those out throughout our year. 1135 01:05:43,594 --> 01:05:48,154 It's easy to take one workshop and do one workshop as a piece 1136 01:05:48,154 --> 01:05:49,020 of a retreat. 1137 01:05:49,020 --> 01:05:50,635 If you're doing something like an all church retreat, it's 1138 01:05:50,635 --> 01:05:53,210 easy to take one or two activities from a workshop. 1139 01:05:53,210 --> 01:05:56,590 You don't even have to do the entire workshop. 1140 01:05:56,590 --> 01:05:59,380 They also have a faith in action piece, as we've 1141 01:05:59,380 --> 01:06:00,370 mentioned before. 1142 01:06:00,370 --> 01:06:01,530 And the faith in action pieces are frequently 1143 01:06:01,530 --> 01:06:03,242 multi-generational faith pieces, where they can work 1144 01:06:03,242 --> 01:06:05,991 with the entire congregation or where they're working out 1145 01:06:05,991 --> 01:06:07,770 in the larger community. 1146 01:06:07,770 --> 01:06:10,930 There's also the taking it home piece, taking it home in 1147 01:06:10,930 --> 01:06:13,306 youth and adults is addressed to the individual, as opposed 1148 01:06:13,306 --> 01:06:15,302 to the children's program, where taking it home is really 1149 01:06:15,302 --> 01:06:17,797 addressed to the family. 1150 01:06:17,797 --> 01:06:20,292 And you're going to find pieces in there for things 1151 01:06:20,292 --> 01:06:22,537 that you can do, not just with your family but 1152 01:06:22,537 --> 01:06:23,785 also with your peers. 1153 01:06:23,785 --> 01:06:27,028 When you're sitting down at the lunch table, have a 1154 01:06:27,028 --> 01:06:28,524 discussion about the topic that you were 1155 01:06:28,524 --> 01:06:29,274 talking about today. 1156 01:06:29,274 --> 01:06:32,101 When have you been in a situation where you had to 1157 01:06:32,101 --> 01:06:33,266 change your mind about somebody? 1158 01:06:33,266 --> 01:06:36,260 You had some preconceived notions and something happened 1159 01:06:36,260 --> 01:06:38,755 to you to change your mind. 1160 01:06:38,755 --> 01:06:41,250 Have that discussion with your peers might be what is 1161 01:06:41,250 --> 01:06:42,747 suggested in the taking it home. 1162 01:06:42,747 --> 01:06:47,071 So we have programs for junior high aged children, which I 1163 01:06:47,071 --> 01:06:49,234 believe is probably the first 10, 12. 1164 01:06:49,234 --> 01:06:52,727 We have more in that category than we've ever had before. 1165 01:06:52,727 --> 01:06:55,222 Heeding the Call has been mentioned previously. 1166 01:06:55,222 --> 01:06:56,967 Heeding the Call is a program about the qualities of a 1167 01:06:56,967 --> 01:06:57,218 justice maker. 1168 01:06:57,218 --> 01:07:00,212 We have a program on families and family diversity, and what 1169 01:07:00,212 --> 01:07:02,208 truly makes a family. 1170 01:07:02,208 --> 01:07:05,202 We have programs for a high school age. 1171 01:07:05,202 --> 01:07:08,695 One that's going to be forthcoming online soon is 1172 01:07:08,695 --> 01:07:12,188 Building Bridges, which is sort of a world religions 1173 01:07:12,188 --> 01:07:16,928 curriculum, but not just let's learn about this religion, but 1174 01:07:16,928 --> 01:07:20,172 really asking ourselves if this religion has some pieces 1175 01:07:20,172 --> 01:07:24,164 within it that mean something to me and my religion. 1176 01:07:24,164 --> 01:07:26,825 And how am I, a Unitarian Universalist, in a world with 1177 01:07:26,825 --> 01:07:28,655 a person who is of Hindu faith. 1178 01:07:28,655 --> 01:07:31,649 What does that mean for us? 1179 01:07:31,649 --> 01:07:35,391 A Place of Wholeness, which is a curriculum very much about 1180 01:07:35,391 --> 01:07:38,385 new identity and about developing your own faith 1181 01:07:38,385 --> 01:07:41,130 statements and understanding what Unitarian Universalism 1182 01:07:41,130 --> 01:07:43,260 means for you. 1183 01:07:43,260 --> 01:07:46,018 Virtue Ethics, which was mentioned earlier, is an 1184 01:07:46,018 --> 01:07:49,497 ethical development, character development, curriculum. 1185 01:07:49,497 --> 01:07:52,479 So there's a large range of choices out there, and you 1186 01:07:52,479 --> 01:07:54,467 should feel free to pick and choose. 1187 01:07:54,467 --> 01:07:58,194 And if your youth have never done a curriculum before, show 1188 01:07:58,194 --> 01:08:00,928 them the curriculum and let them find something that might 1189 01:08:00,928 --> 01:08:05,401 be interested and exciting for them. 1190 01:08:05,401 --> 01:08:07,389 PAT KAHN: Thank you, Jessica. 1191 01:08:07,389 --> 01:08:09,542 And we still have time for more questions if 1192 01:08:09,542 --> 01:08:10,371 people want to ask. 1193 01:08:10,371 --> 01:08:14,844 But I also want to just say I hope that you all stop by the 1194 01:08:14,844 --> 01:08:18,323 resource development booth in the exhibit hall. 1195 01:08:18,323 --> 01:08:22,796 Because you can see in person many of the things that we've 1196 01:08:22,796 --> 01:08:26,026 talked about-- the new curriculum map and scope and 1197 01:08:26,026 --> 01:08:27,269 sequence that are published online. 1198 01:08:27,269 --> 01:08:29,754 There are also copies of that available at the booth. 1199 01:08:29,754 --> 01:08:32,239 Another thing that's available there are copies 1200 01:08:32,239 --> 01:08:33,233 of the family pages. 1201 01:08:33,233 --> 01:08:36,712 How many of you are familiar when the UU World magazine 1202 01:08:36,712 --> 01:08:39,694 comes out, right in the center there are family pages. 1203 01:08:39,694 --> 01:08:43,173 And I was thinking of you in particular. 1204 01:08:43,173 --> 01:08:50,912 Copies of recent ones are also at the booth, and that's a 1205 01:08:50,912 --> 01:08:52,864 marvelous resource. 1206 01:08:52,864 --> 01:08:54,328 LEAH PURCELL: They're online separate-- 1207 01:08:54,328 --> 01:08:55,319 PAT KAHN: And they're also online, 1208 01:08:55,319 --> 01:08:59,120 separate, that's right. 1209 01:08:59,120 --> 01:09:01,903 And any of the resources, particularly the documents 1210 01:09:01,903 --> 01:09:06,953 that Leah mentioned, et cetera, and probably the 1211 01:09:06,953 --> 01:09:07,680 PowerPoint-- 1212 01:09:07,680 --> 01:09:12,870 we will put those online, so that when you go to the 1213 01:09:12,870 --> 01:09:17,244 website and you look for this program, you'll see the 1214 01:09:17,244 --> 01:09:20,808 resources that we talked about on there with them. 1215 01:09:20,808 --> 01:09:24,210 So we have a little less than five minutes. 1216 01:09:24,210 --> 01:09:26,401 Are there any other questions that people have or 1217 01:09:26,401 --> 01:09:27,969 experiences? 1218 01:09:27,969 --> 01:09:29,949 Yes, please, come on up. 1219 01:09:29,949 --> 01:09:30,444 SPEAKER 7: Hi. 1220 01:09:30,444 --> 01:09:36,103 We have a very small church with multiple age, mostly 1221 01:09:36,103 --> 01:09:37,676 elementary class, although we've been 1222 01:09:37,676 --> 01:09:42,500 growing our youth also. 1223 01:09:42,500 --> 01:09:44,394 And we have used several Tapestry of Faith programs, 1224 01:09:44,394 --> 01:09:49,344 and really like a lot of the things that you talked about. 1225 01:09:49,344 --> 01:09:52,809 One of our issues, I would say, is that we're 1226 01:09:52,809 --> 01:09:56,769 volunteering time, because it does take a lot of time to go 1227 01:09:56,769 --> 01:09:59,244 through whatever the lesson is. 1228 01:09:59,244 --> 01:10:02,709 And we also only have about 30 minutes, because our children 1229 01:10:02,709 --> 01:10:07,164 are in the service for the first part of Sunday morning. 1230 01:10:07,164 --> 01:10:10,629 So this is kind of more of a comment. 1231 01:10:10,629 --> 01:10:12,114 But we really love it. 1232 01:10:12,114 --> 01:10:15,579 We have not used it at all with preschool. 1233 01:10:15,579 --> 01:10:18,549 Is there any preschool curriculum, and 1234 01:10:18,549 --> 01:10:22,344 that would be why. 1235 01:10:22,344 --> 01:10:28,540 PAT KAHN: They start at kindergarten and first grade. 1236 01:10:28,540 --> 01:10:32,425 LIZ JONES: I just want to say that the volunteer work that 1237 01:10:32,425 --> 01:10:36,683 has to be done, if you do it far enough ahead of time, if 1238 01:10:36,683 --> 01:10:39,215 you plan, then it makes the Sunday mornings or the work 1239 01:10:39,215 --> 01:10:41,695 that had to happen a lot easier. 1240 01:10:41,695 --> 01:10:44,570 And a committee, or a group or someone else putting that 1241 01:10:44,570 --> 01:10:48,120 together far enough in advance and then providing it for 1242 01:10:48,120 --> 01:10:49,790 whoever's going to lead, it makes it 1243 01:10:49,790 --> 01:10:51,290 work for those small-- 1244 01:10:51,290 --> 01:10:54,460 and in a small program, sometimes overworked 1245 01:10:54,460 --> 01:10:56,789 volunteers. 1246 01:10:56,789 --> 01:10:59,747 SPEAKER 8: [INAUDIBLE]. 1247 01:10:59,747 --> 01:11:02,705 SPEAKER 9: All three [INAUDIBLE]. 1248 01:11:02,705 --> 01:11:05,663 LEAH PURCELL: What I do is I send an email out to everybody 1249 01:11:05,663 --> 01:11:08,140 and say hey, here's a link to the section. 1250 01:11:08,140 --> 01:11:08,820 Check it over. 1251 01:11:08,820 --> 01:11:10,300 And they do that on Tuesday. 1252 01:11:10,300 --> 01:11:13,248 So every Tuesday, you get an email from me, and it says, 1253 01:11:13,248 --> 01:11:16,242 let me know if you need any of the materials. 1254 01:11:16,242 --> 01:11:19,735 And I have found that people who normally would look at the 1255 01:11:19,735 --> 01:11:24,065 resources at 9 o'clock on Saturday night are responding 1256 01:11:24,065 --> 01:11:25,700 to me by Thursday. 1257 01:11:25,700 --> 01:11:34,070 So you might be able to reset their clocks. 1258 01:11:34,070 --> 01:11:37,440 SPEAKER 10: How much does this cost? 1259 01:11:37,440 --> 01:11:39,697 PAT KAHN: It is free. 1260 01:11:39,697 --> 01:11:44,098 It cost a lot of money to create. 1261 01:11:44,098 --> 01:11:48,510 And part of that came from lots of different places, but 1262 01:11:48,510 --> 01:11:50,340 it's all free online. 1263 01:11:50,340 --> 01:11:53,018 LIZ JONES: Free online. 1264 01:11:53,018 --> 01:11:55,994 LEAH PURCELL: If your congregation is fair share-- 1265 01:11:55,994 --> 01:11:59,466 PAT KAHN: You have paid for it. 1266 01:11:59,466 --> 01:12:00,458 LEAH PURCELL: You have paid for it. 1267 01:12:00,458 --> 01:12:03,930 And so when I talk to people in my congregation about stuff 1268 01:12:03,930 --> 01:12:09,882 like this, I say thank you for being fair share. 1269 01:12:09,882 --> 01:12:11,866 SPEAKER 10: Thank you. 1270 01:12:11,866 --> 01:12:15,338 PAT KAHN: Thank you. 1271 01:12:15,338 --> 01:12:18,974 BETH: I'm Beth from Baton Rouge, and I have a question 1272 01:12:18,974 --> 01:12:21,340 that's so ridiculous, I'm embarrassed to have to ask it. 1273 01:12:21,340 --> 01:12:22,889 LIZ JONES: This is going to be good. 1274 01:12:22,889 --> 01:12:27,380 BETH: As you know, there are many curricula for children 1275 01:12:27,380 --> 01:12:30,374 with the word love in it. 1276 01:12:30,374 --> 01:12:33,368 I have a lot of resistance from parents and council 1277 01:12:33,368 --> 01:12:38,108 members to use any of those curricula because they feel 1278 01:12:38,108 --> 01:12:41,851 that their children will not want to participate because it 1279 01:12:41,851 --> 01:12:46,342 has that word love in it. 1280 01:12:46,342 --> 01:12:50,084 Have any of you had a similar problem, and do you have any 1281 01:12:50,084 --> 01:12:53,350 thoughts about how to sell this kind of curricula. 1282 01:12:53,350 --> 01:12:56,055 LEAH PURCELL: Well, I think it's one of those things where 1283 01:12:56,055 --> 01:13:00,546 kids aren't paying that much attention, and it's probably 1284 01:13:00,546 --> 01:13:04,039 the adults that have problems with the word. 1285 01:13:04,039 --> 01:13:06,367 And I know that in our congregation, people say, I'm 1286 01:13:06,367 --> 01:13:14,518 an atheist, I can't talk about love. 1287 01:13:14,518 --> 01:13:16,514 JUDITH FREDIANI: I would rename the curriculum. 1288 01:13:16,514 --> 01:13:19,040 PAT KAHN: That's what I was going to say. 1289 01:13:19,040 --> 01:13:21,100 JUDITH FREDIANI: You know all the people who didn't call it 1290 01:13:21,100 --> 01:13:25,332 the Haunting Church, because their children were afraid of 1291 01:13:25,332 --> 01:13:26,790 going to a haunting house. 1292 01:13:26,790 --> 01:13:28,248 Just call it something else. 1293 01:13:28,248 --> 01:13:29,706 But I have to say, Beth, you want my position? 1294 01:13:29,706 --> 01:13:34,566 I've never ever done that before, never did that, no. 1295 01:13:34,566 --> 01:13:36,510 BETH: Well, that's a great idea. 1296 01:13:36,510 --> 01:13:38,960 PAT KAHN: But yes, just change its name. 1297 01:13:38,960 --> 01:13:40,340 BARB FRIEDLAND: You know, one thing I'd like to mention 1298 01:13:40,340 --> 01:13:44,250 briefly about that particular concern is I do play a lot of 1299 01:13:44,250 --> 01:13:47,860 word games in my work as DRE. 1300 01:13:47,860 --> 01:13:50,400 And one of the things that most adults are pretty 1301 01:13:50,400 --> 01:13:55,180 comfortable with is talk about compassion. 1302 01:13:55,180 --> 01:13:58,604 So what we can do is explain to the parents that we're 1303 01:13:58,604 --> 01:14:01,408 using the word love because sometimes it's a little bit 1304 01:14:01,408 --> 01:14:06,348 easier for younger kids to get than the idea of compassion. 1305 01:14:06,348 --> 01:14:09,131 And maybe, how about have a session where you took out a 1306 01:14:09,131 --> 01:14:13,980 piece of the curriculum you'd like to use and help them know 1307 01:14:13,980 --> 01:14:19,980 this is not scary stuff. 1308 01:14:19,980 --> 01:14:21,480 PAT KAHN: OK, I think we are about out of time. 1309 01:14:21,480 --> 01:14:23,130 Thank you all very much for coming, and be sure to come by 1310 01:14:23,130 --> 01:14:25,680 the booth down in the exhibit hall. 1311 01:14:25,680 --> 01:14:26,930 Thank you. 1312 01:14:26,930 --> 01:14:37,845