A Season for NonViolence Week Nine: Choice Peace Hero: Jesus
I make the perfect choices for my life. I am wise and thoughtful.
A Season of NonViolence is an international movement dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. It is observed annually during the 64 days between the assassination anniversaries of peacemakers Mahatma Gandhi, on January 30 and Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4. The celebration of Season of NonViolence began in 1997 and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. During this 10-week period, we will be learning about the lives of four peace heroes: Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, St. (Mother) Teresa, Jesus, and others who directly influenced the work of these individuals.
Over the past eight weeks in Youth Ministry, we have explored the ideas of Dreaming, Courage, Gratitude, Service, Listening, Forgiveness, Kindness, and Peace in the Midst of Conflict. This week, we are continuing on this path of understanding what it means to be a peacemaker in the world as we talk about Choices.
This week, in our Youth Ministry classrooms, our adult volunteers will support our children and teens in their exploration of how to consider our options and stand in our own power by accessing our ability to choose wisely. Through group exercises, storytelling, and meditation, we will examine the choices we each face in our daily lives and methods that best allow us to access the Divine Wisdom and Divine Guidance within and around us all. If you’d like to do some additional reading on the topic of choice and our peace hero, Jesus, please consider visiting this site: https://unraveled1207.wordpress.com/2009/10/27/so-what-does-jesus-say-about-making-choices/
We will close out our time together with some creativity as we continue working on our outreach project for the residents of Pecan Hill. Children and teens will have time at the end of class to create handmade Easter cards, and our adult volunteers will remind them that the outreach project is a way of ministering to our larger community and spreading a message of peace, love & positivity.
Learning objective for children/teens: Children and teens will be able to identify times when choices are made; they will explore ways to make choices that reflect their priorities and beliefs and will understand the impact that each choice has on our world.
Unity Principles for this week:
Principle #3: I create my world through my thoughts and choices.
Principle #4: Through prayer and meditation we access the peace within.
As always, I invite each of you to join us in our classroom on a Sunday morning. You may just find that your spiritual life is enriched by the lessons we are sharing. And, remember, volunteers for our Youth Ministry team are welcomed with open arms! Call me to learn more about supporting this important area of our ministry!
Special Note: Our UniTeen and YOU classes are planning an outreach project during the Easter season for our friends at Pecan Hill. Many of you may be familiar with our Christmas Sharing Party which we host each year on the Pecan Hill campus, just down the street from UCSA on Lawndale. Pecan Hill is a small senior living facility for residents 62+ who are living on a fixed income. Our outreach to these neighbors is one of the many ways we live our core values of Joy, Abundance, Love, Transformation, and Inclusiveness. New this year, our children and teens will be crafting homemade Easter cards for the residents of Pecan Hill. I am moved by the compassion and enthusiasm of our youth ministry participants! When you see our children and teens around UCSA, feel free to show your gratitude for their hearts of service as well!