September 24, 2014
Dear Old Ship,
I’ve been busily preparing for the start-up of Sunday school… Trying to make things as organized and easy for the volunteer teachers as possible… This past week I was concentrating on the Spirit Play classroom and materials.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Spirit Play, here is the official description:
A Unitarian Universalist religious education method and ministry based on Montessori philosophy and Jerome Berryman’s Godly Play. Currently being used in Unitarian Universalist and other liberal churches across the continent, it incorporates multiple styles of learning, hands-on materials, and an atmosphere of the classroom as a sacred space.
As I was re-typing materials that had been lost in old dead computers and printing up signage for the room, I found myself falling into the soothing rhythm and blessed mind-set that Spirit Play evokes… Me? I think it’s the reason we come to church… Or come together at all…
Here is how we begin every Spirit Play class:
I offer you peace.
I offer you friendship.
I offer you love.
I see your beauty.
I hear your needs.
I feel your feelings.
My wisdom comes from a higher source.
I honor that source in you.
Let us work together.
And here is how we end:
We are going out now
into the world…
But remember that wherever you go,
Here, you will find the hands of friends.
Finding the “spirit play” in all of us…
Director of Religious Education