Affirmation: My life is blessed. I have all that I need. I am safe, loved and cared for.
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 22nd anniversary this year. During this 10-week period, we will be learning about the lives of peace heroes and their influence on those around them. We will also contemplate how we can bring peace to our own lives and community.
Over the next two weeks in Youth Ministry, we will look at the life and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his work towards Peace, and his “I Have a Dream” speech. We will be viewing Dr. King’s legacy and lasting impression of what it means to have Courage. We are learning that by focusing on the world right here around us – at church, at home, at school, and in groups of friends, we can make small shifts towards peace. And every one of us can be an important force for good in the world.
Learning objective for children/teens: to identify what the word peace means; to practice the ability to shift into a gratitude focus at any given time; and to demonstrate gratitude towards others for the blessings they provide.
Unity Principles for this week:
Principle #3: I create my experience by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
Principle #5: Every day I do my best, I give my best, and I make a difference in the world.
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, as always, volunteers for our Youth Ministry team are welcomed with open arms!
PS: Be sure to visit the Unity Heights building to see the amazing creations that our children and teens work on each week as we create our Pathway to Peace wall!