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Questions for August 1, 2010 session

The reading assignment for this session is pages 64 - 99 in "Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting" by Michelle Richards. There are four chapters within these pages that correspond to the first four of our Unitarian Universalist Principles. Here are some questions for your reflection relating to each of these four Principles.

To affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person:

  • What part of this chapter spoke to you? How does it relate to your parenting and what parts might you struggle with?
  • In what ways can we live out this principle in parenting our children?

To affirm and promote justice, equity, and compassion in human relations:

  • What part of this chapter spoke to you?
  • How have you attempted to pass on these concepts to your children? What issue has been the most challenging for you?

To affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations:

  • What part of this chapter speaks to your experience?
  • What gifts do you feel you recieve as a family from being part of a Unitarian Universalist Congregation and what challenges does it present?

To affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning:

  • Childhood and adolescence are times of questioning. How can you as a parent respond to those questions in life affirming and esteem building ways?
  • How can we teach what it means to search responsibly?
  • How can our Unitarian Universalist communities support our children and youth as their beliefs are formed and challenged?

We'll share our reflections on these questions and others you may bring on Sunday, August 1 at 11:45 in room 113. If you cannot be with us, please feel free to share your thoughts here by clicking on the "comment" link below. We'd love to hear from those of you who cannot attend the discussion sessions in person. I'll share some of our in-person discussion next week.


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