June 26 – "Harold and the Purple Crayon" - Judd Kramarcik, Service Leader

Join us as we kick off our summer series, exploring some of the books from our childhood that have influenced our lives and reflect our UU values. This Sunday, Judd Kramarcik uses the classic Harold and the Purple Crayon to explore creating our own paths through the choices we make.

July 3  – "The Key" – Rev. Margie Allen

Rev. Margie opens the door to the summer service series with a reflection on a classic children’s book that laid in a solid spiritual foundation for the UU she would become, Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.

July 10  – "The Stories We Tell Ourselves" – Henry Nelson & Jonathan Nelson, Service Leaders

Children's books such as The Little Prince present unique narratives of human existence and our place in the world. A person's existence and sense of self is relative to the story they tell themselves or their personal narrative. All religious movements in history are attempts to create a narrative within which their followers can ground themselves and organize their understandings of life.

July 17  – "I Think I Can, I Think I Can, I Think I Can!" – Wendy Engelhardt, Service Leader

Using The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, and reflecting through the eyes of a child as well as an adult, Wendy will help us examine how life’s challenges can push us to the point where we don’t have the strength to push back.

July 24  – "The Glass Mountain" – Philip David Morgan, Service Leader

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July 31  – "Ninjas, Cowboys, and MORE BEARS!" – Chris D’Orso and Emily Clasper, Service Leaders

There’s more to children’s literature than just “the classics”! Chris D’Orso and Emily Clasper look at the way some more recently published picture books reflect the UU principles they hope to instill in their own children. Come ready to read, play, and shout along as they share a world of talking pigs, selfish archdukes, and bears on unicycles… all coming together to help teach our kids what it means to live by our principles.

August 7  – "Does a Star on Your Belly Reflect Who You Really Are?" – Shelly Psaris, Service Leader

Dr. Seuss' book The Sneetches tells the story of discrimination against people based on a physical characteristic. One of our seven UU Principles is to “Respect the worth and dignity of every person.” How difficult is this to actually live out?

August 14  – "The Yellow Brick Road" – Andy Collver, Service Leader

The book, as you can guess, is The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, first published in 1900 and rich in lessons for people of all ages and periods of history.