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

Philip David will reflect on the themes in Diane Wolkstein's The Glass Mountain, a retelling of a classic Grimm Brothers' tale.

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.