What is “Mothering”?
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. – Job 12:7-10
Affirmation: I am a caregiver. I give and receive love in my world.
As we head towards Mother’s Day and reflect on the recently observed Earth Day, how can we connect the qualities of these two celebrations? In what ways do we each have the capacity to nurture the earth and each other? How do our “mothering” qualities display themselves in our everyday lives – regardless of our gender or age?
In past times ‘mothering’ was considered to be the quality of living wisdom that was shown, lived, nurtured, and expressed towards others, it could not be reduced or defined by one’s ‘doing’ nor was it ever limited to the physicality of whether one had children or not; more emphasis was placed on a constant way of being that was shared with all others.
Hence, true Mothering was considered an expression or a way of being, whereby a woman nurtured herself in the way that she lived, and therefore all others in her daily interactions and relationships.
In Youth Ministry, this week, our volunteers, children, and teens will be examining what it means to care for all parts of our world – people, animals, the earth, and ourselves. We will look at our connections to those around us and explore ways that we can nurture and bless all with which we interact. And we will also explore Unity’s Five Principles as seen through the Earth Care lens!
Adult volunteers will provide information about what “mothering” means and will provide an opportunity for children and teens to explore their own thoughts about caregiving, especially as it relates to the earth and all its inhabitants, and to expand their understanding of what it means to nurture or care for people and things in their lives.
Children and teens will be able to identify people, places, and times that can benefit from their attention and commitment. They will explore the ways in which each of them can be caregivers in their world, and they will understand how to integrate this sort of thinking into their everyday lives.
As always, I invite each of you to join us in our classroom on a Sunday morning. You may just find that your spiritual life is enriched by the lessons we are sharing. And, remember, volunteers for our Youth Ministry team are welcomed with open arms! Call me to learn more about supporting this important area of our ministry!
Special Note: If you attend the church picnic on Sunday, May 7, there will be a special table hosted by our YM Director and volunteers with earth care items, henna tattoos, a planting station, and a special Native American blessing. All courtesy of your Youth and Family Ministries department