Invitation – Our Theme for September


If you are a dreamer, come in.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer.
If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire,
For we have some flax golden tales to spin.
Come in!
Come in!

Invitation by Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein’s poem invites all kinds of explorers to come into the storytelling circle. Do you see yourself as one of those types of explorers? Or maybe more than one? Perhaps different ones at different times?
Perhaps you felt challenged by the descriptions of the explorers in the poem. It can be a challenge to welcome people who look different or learn differently or have different needs and expectations. Can you think of a time when you were “the stranger” and someone invited you in?

Here are more ideas to help you and your family explore what it means to make and receive an invitation.

Is This A “UU Invitation Song”?

Watch and listen to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNx10tHhpvU

On the surface of things, the answer is simple: this is NOT a UU invitation song. But are your sure? Your exercise, if you are willing to do it, is to listen to it over and over until you find, not only you, but us in it. Come to your group ready to share where you feel the invitation to us is in it. What invitation is it offering that you want us to hear?

Table Blessing

LOVING SPIRIT, BE OUR GUEST

By Gary Kowalski
Loving Spirit,
Be our guest,
Dine with us,
Share our bread,
That our table
Might be blessed
And our souls be fed.

Morning Affirmations (with thanks to my fellow UU Relgious Educators)
Week 1 – Say “Hi” to someone new. (an invitaion to connection)
Week 2 – Invite someone to eat lunch with you. (an invitation to community)
Week 3 – What can you look forward to today? (an invitation to joy)
Week 4 – Find a way to “pay it forward”. (an invitation to action)

MEDITATION FOR BEGINNING

By Judith L Quarles

Spirit of life and love,
In this season of beginning
Some of us are hurried and harried.
Some of us feel sorrowful and afraid.
Some of us are not yet ready to step forward into the future.
May we minister to one another with wisdom,
Meeting our friends with open ears, open eyes, and open hearts.

In this season of beginning
Some of us are celebrating triumphs and joys.
Some of us feel whole and happy.
Some of us are eager and excited, curious to see what happens next.
Let us each, as we are able, take part in one another’s happiness and enthusiasm.

Quiet spirit of life and love,
Bring us the grace to share wholly and faithfully in the lives of our friends and loved ones.

—Amen.

Picture Books for Young Children – and the young at heart

First Day Jitters http://www.amazon.com/dp/158089061X/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=I3OYLR8JODJVJJ

I’m New Here http://www.amazon.com/dp/158089612X/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=I2Y35UPBT8II53

Miss Spider’s Tea Party http://www.amazon.com/dp/0590477242/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=ID8AX5TO3L79C

Armond Goes to a Party: A book about Asperger’s and friendship http://www.amazon.com/dp/1575424673/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=INY48RO3ZMJE2

The Lion’s Share http://www.amazon.com/dp/0802723608/ref=wl_it_dp_v_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=ILXKWVJ58AXEU

Books for Older Children

Wonder http://www.amazon.com/dp/0375869026/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=I39SRRUU0B0HBA

Zibby Payne and the Party Problem http://www.amazon.com/dp/1897073690/ref=wl_it_dp_v_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=VWBH7MO094X5&coliid=I1FY3YYALT6VLQ