A few weeks ago, our religious educator JeKaren offered the story “And Tango Makes Three” in worship. It’s about a penguin family with two dads. She started off by asking our children “what is a family?” And without missing a beat, one of our children piped up and said “A family is a group of people who love and take care of each other.”
Take a moment and let this soak in…in a broader culture, in this Valley, where so much of
the imagery they see of families is a one mom, one dad and kids, somehow they have learned what I would like to name as a UU definition of family.
The concept of spiritual formation can see vague and loosey-goosey. It’s hard to pin-point. But I can point to it when I see it– and the moment one of our children responded with “A family is a group of people who love and take care of each other,” I said to myself “Bam, that’s spiritual formation in action!”
In the past few weeks, is there a time when you can look back on and say “bam, that’s a moment of spiritual formation, of spiritual growth?” A time when you can say “I was standing on the side of love?”
I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday, as we honor the spiritual formation of our children! Forming and Formation: Bridging Our Youth–Our early years are a precious period, where the spiritual lessons we learn shape us for the rest of our lives. Join us in celebrating the faith formation of our children, of which we are all a part. Worship Leaders this week are Rev. Darcy Baxter, Jekaren Taylor, and Tina Godsey.
We UUs got some great press coverage as we stood on the side of love for Planned Parenthood this week. Here are all the links in one place:
- Vigil of support held at Modesto Planned Parenthood center
- My faith calls me to support planned parenthood op ed
- Planned Parenthood health center in Modesto reopens
FYI: I leave for our General Assembly in Columbus Ohio on Monday June 20th and then will be on summer leave, returning Tuesday July 26th. For pastoral emergencies, you can reach me on my cell phone.