Jennifer Gates, Youth and Family Ministry Director, Unity of SA
Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. – Albert Einstein
Throughout the month of October, we will be building upon the work we have done with our Pathways to Peace topic of September. Our creative and fun pinwheels are now decorating our Youth Ministry space as a reminder of the discussions we have had and the importance of our work towards inner and outward peace. Having a firm grasp on the importance of living peacefully with ourselves and with others, we will spend the next several weeks thinking about and discussing what it means truly to understand “others” and how we can best develop our inborn trait of empathy.
Adult volunteers and guest speakers will share information with children and teens about:
October 1: Intro to Peace Through Understanding and Introductions from the Heart
October 8: Guest Speaker, Shay Wilson – Real Talk about Race
Otober 15: Guest Speaker, Juliana Berry – Being Differently Abled in the World
October 22: Guest Speaker, Understanding the LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual/Agender/Aromatic) Community
October 29: Fifth Sunday/Family Sunday no YM Classes
Empathy: The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Children and Teens will work towards developing and strengthening their sense of empathy, with themselves and others. Through discussion, games, guest speaker interaction, and stories, children, teens, and adults will share honest and open dialogue leading to a greater sense of empathy and a deeper understanding of its importance in creating the peaceful environment in which we wish to live.
We will explore ways to introduce ourselves and ways to learn more about others. Instead of simply stating our name, age, where we go to school or where we work, our children, teens and adult volunteers will share with one another information about the origin of our names – what our name means, who we are named for, why our name was chosen for us, how we feel about our name, etc. We will also share about what makes us feel alive in the world, not simply how we spend the hours of a typical school/work day. Finally, we will take all of this newly shared information and find ways in which we are similar to one another.
Our younger children will also have the opportunity to read and discuss the books, Where Does God Live? by Holly Bea, and The Everything Seed by Carole Martignacco.
Principle #3: I create my life experience by what I choose to think, believe and feel.
Principle #5: I must live the Truth that I know!
As always, please feel free to drop by our YM classrooms to see what we are up to! Our space is calm and inviting yet filled with a vibrant energy. Perhaps you will find a place here that tugs at your heart – we welcome you as a visitor or as a volunteer! Contact Jennifer Gates by clicking here.