SpiritJams are explorations for mind, body and spirit. Each week, we offer several jam sessions for participants to choose from.
October 2017 – Theme: Covenant
|10/1||UU & Me Jam:|
Learn about our UU heritage and the origins of our covenantal faith.
|Spirit Book Jam:|
Tell us about yourself! We’re making a book to get to know one another better.
|Town Charter Jam:|
Covenant is at the foundation of many worthy endeavors – build a town and write it’s guiding laws.
|10/8||Lunch Sack Jam:|
Help those in need, get creative, and have fun!
The laws of science operate in a predictable manner, offering an example of covenant in the wider world around us and of which we are a part.
|Middle School Meet-Up:|
Middle school youth group will meet 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month – we are dedicated to acts of service and leadership development with SpiritJam.
|10/15||Whole Group #BLM Jam: The mission and vision of the Black Lives Matter movement is an example of group covenant that we will study and learn from. Then, using the #BLM materials as a model, we will write our SpiritJam covenant for the coming year!|
|10/22||My Agreements Jam:|
Write your own personal covenant – how will you be in your own life? What is important to you? What do you value?
Singing together is an excellent way to be in agreement! Come make some joyful noise with us.
|Middle School Meet-Up:|
Middle school youth group will meet 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month – we are dedicated to acts of service and leadership within SpiritJam.
|10/29||The Veil Jam:|
Halloween is almost here! But did you know, it was originally a religious rite called Samhain? Learn more about celebrations around the world taking place at this time!
|Spooky Planet Jam:|
Critters and crawlies and wondrous delights! This planet is amazing, beautiful, and yes, sometimes spooky! But we are still in covenant to take care of her – how’re we doing?
Example Jam Sessions:
- NatureJam – using our new playground as an outdoor backdrop, we connect to the earth, to creatures, and to the interdependent web of which we are a part. Activities might include planting in the Flower or Vegetable Gardens, an Animal Blessing ceremony, building elf houses, a meditative walk through the neighborhood, or a visit by an animal.
- ParachuteJam – exploring unity and community through working together. Activities might include creating a “mushroom” by cooperating, or keeping a ball (or several!) in the center through working together and communicating with one another while using the parachute.
- BodyJam – Improv, yoga, martial arts, and sitting or walking meditation are all ways to engage the body and the spirit. Activities might be Pakua, Mindfulness Meditation, dance, or even making our own stilts and stilt walking!
- TinkerJam – engineering, sculpting, building, and exploring. Activities might be creating recycled junk sculpture, making abstract foam core shapes, engineering marshmallow and toothpick bridges together as a team, or dissecting a video player to see what makes it tick.
- StoryJam – heartmelting stories on the theme told by skilled storytellers. Activities might be listening to a guest Storyteller, role-playing a story as a skit or play, or a multi-ages book chat.
- MusicJam – using sound and harmonies to explore the theme. Activities could include building our own instruments, playing in a kazoo orchestra, or group chanting and singing.
- ServiceJam – walking our talk through service to others, both “in-house” and “out-of-house.” Activities might be creating mini-care packages to hand to the homeless, creating a meal to share at Touchstone Tuesday, working on the playground, or even painting a room!
The possibilities are endless, and the opportunities for learning, laughter and illumination abound with this new approach to religious education!