What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? Are you a Yertle the Turtle Fan? Do you like cats who wear hats or eggs that are green?
Stories shape who we are. Stories help us understand the world and expand our imagination. This summer, Dr. Seuss stories have helped our religious education teachers and students explore Unitarian Universalist principles and identities.
One of my all time favorite Seuss books is The Lorax. This past Sunday (August 10th) our older kids class had the chance to listen, think and play with this tale of the one who speaks for the trees. I had the chance to hang out with one of the classes.
Let me tell you. . .these kids are impressive. They listened to the story and from that created a diagram of the entire Lorax ecosystem which helped launch us into a discussion of advocacy as a way to live our our principles. At one point, one of the kids turned to the rest of us and said, "Let's make a list of all the things we care about." And so we did. We now have a working list of the issues that they care enough about to become advocates and creators social justice.
I am honored to be among a community of kids and adults who seek knowledge and justice as we think, create, play and act together.
Posted on Wed, August 13, 2014
by Melissa James