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Continued Discussion of Parenting and Our Principles

This Sunday, August 15, we will continue our discussion of Michelle Richard's book  by looking at the chapters about three more of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Please join us in room 113 at approximately 11:45 if you wish to join in the conversation face-to-face. If you cannot be there, please add your comments by clicking the "comment" link below. We'd love to hear from you.

The questions for this week's discussion will focus on the following:

We affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use o the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large:

  • Michelle notes that often we emphasise the use of the democratic process part of this principle, but fail to share with our children what the right of conscience means. She asks how to we help our children learn to stand up for what they believe is right.
  • What ethical issues have arisen in your parenting and how have you been able to share this with your children? How can we help our children to learn to make their own ethical decisions and have the courage to stand by them?

We affirm and promote the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all:

  • Michelle speaks of the family setting as a laboratory for learning how to live peacefully and justly with others. How have you seem this playing our in your family?
  • Have you introduced any specific skills, techniques or practices to intentionally teach some of the skills needed?
  • What role has forgiveness played in your parenting?

We affirm and promote the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part:

  • How do you engage the natural world in your family? What ways do you share with your children how we can be caretakers of our planet?
  • Michelle focuses on interdependence with nature in her book. I see this principle as also speaking about our interdependence with others who live in our hones, communities, nation and the world. How can we be intentional about helping our children recognize the importance of this interdependence?

I will post the main themes of our conversation on the 15th during the following week. Please join us either in person or on-line!


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