Unitarian Universalists believe that each person is free to search for their own personal truth on issues — such as the existence, nature, and meaning of life, deities, creation, and afterlife. Our shared covenant is found within the 7 Principles and the 6 sources of our living tradition.
Children need different kinds of support at different times as they navigate the stages of faith development. Some of James Fowler’s work may be helpful to read:
As a child’s first religious education teacher, a parent sometimes needs some help or tools to get the conversations started.
DIVINE OR DIETY CARDS
Toward that end, I made various simple Divine or Diety cards in 4″ x 6″ that can be printed and slipped into dollar store or craft store picture frames for ritual play or group ritual.
Divine or Diety Cards 4 x 6 PDF
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Sometimes it is easiest to think of the UU principles in the children’s version.
Sometimes it is helpful to think of the Unitarian Universalist Principles arranged as pillars.
Other times, it is helpful to think of the UU Principles arranged as an inverted triangle. In the moments of darkness, I change my perspective to viewing our UU principles in triangle style. Going from 1 up to 7. From the individual person out to the bigger world.
They now become a useful ladder with a clear path to follow. When I don’t have the energy for broadcasting on all 7 channels? I dial it down to the level I can best be at.
It begins with Principle 1: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.” Even me. I could be kind to myself, and expect of me what is actually doable, what is actually realistic.
My flu best isn’t going to be the same as my healthy best. My grief and mourning best isn’t going to be the same as when we are not in bereavement. That’s ok. All I have to do is my best in the moment. Hit the number I can hit. When I am doing better, I can climb the next rung on the ladder and add that.
If my compassion does not include myself, it is incomplete.
by Shandarramon in Living Paganism
- All things are sacred, for the divine exists both within and beyond us
- We are free to choose our life and spiritual path and, consequently, are responsible for the choices we make.
- We honor and celebrate the natural cycles of the universe.
Though the UUA has several children’s principle resources, this booklet is my favorite.
It can be sung to the tune of “Doe, a deer. A female deer…”
One : Each person is important
Two: Be kind in all you do
Three: We’re free to learn together
Four: And search for what is true
Five: All people need a voice
Six: Build a fair and peaceful world
Seven: We care for Earth’s lifeboat
And that brings us back to you and me and UU, UU, UU!
The Unitarian Universalist 7 Principles arranged as pillars.
Our first and seventh UU Principles are statements of what we affirm about life.
They are pillars that hold up the other five Principles, which are more about how we agree to be together.
1. Inherent dignity and worth of every person
2. Justice equity, and compassion in human relations
3. Acceptance and encour- agement to spiritual growth
4.A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
5. Right of conscience and use of democratic process
6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part