Jennifer Llamas, Youth and Family Ministry Director
“The resurrection takes place in us every time we rise to Jesus’ realization of the perpetual indwelling life that is connecting us to the Father. A new flood of life comes to all who open their minds and their bodies to the living word of God.” – Charles Fillmore, Co-Founder of Unity
Easter Sunday is the day we celebrate the resurrection or “rebirth” of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus’ work on earth, in human form, has come to an end with his crucifixion on the cross, his spirit and his teaching live on through each of us. Throughout his life, Jesus taught that God’s divinity is in each of us. (Unity Principle #2).
In addition to our classroom activities, children and teens will participate in an Easter Egg Hunt! The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life and rebirth. For thousands of years, Iranians and others have decorated eggs on Nowruz, the Iranian New Year that falls on the spring equinox.
Some claim that the Easter egg has pagan roots. Before Christians celebrated the resurrection of Jesus, some argue ancient pagans in Europe observed the Spring Equinox as the return of the sun God — a rebirth of light and an emergence from the lean winter.
For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The hard shell of the egg represents the sealed Tomb of Christ, and cracking the shell represents Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Moreover, historically Christians would abstain from eating eggs and meat during Lent, and Easter was the first chance to eat eggs after a long period of abstinence. (Orthodox Christians continue to abstain from eggs during Lent.)
The search for Easter eggs symbolizes our search for our own purpose in life. Once found, each UCSA egg can be opened to reveal the prize inside (affirmations to use each day and some candies symbolizing the sweetness of our intentional lives).
Principle #2: I am naturally good because God’s Divinity is in me and in everyone.
Principle #3: I create my world through my thoughts and choices.