Tour of New York

New York, New York! A city so nice they named it twice.

Lily Colburn took us on a tour of New York – mostly New York City, but up state as well. We played New York Bingo (idea courtesy of Ken Embers) and took a break when we got to the bagel square! Yum. Somehow the cheesecake square was called last and everyone had a bingo so we stopped to taste some cheesecake. At least one of us was surprised that it didn’t taste like cheese at all! And then that same someone wanted a second piece! Double yum.

New York Bingo

Bingo!

 

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Tour of Washington DC

On Sunday we enjoyed talking about Washington D.C. and the Declaration of Independence. Then we tried our hand at writing with a quill and learned that it was not that easy. And then it was on to fireworks. After lessons about striking matches and fire safety, we thoroughly enjoyed our sparklers and colorful smoke bombs.

 

smoke bomb
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Tour of Pillsbury Crossing

Many thanks to Larry Weaver and Dan Swenson for funding and hosting our annual canoe trip to Pillsbury Crossing. Many adults and children had a glorious time!
We also had a great Family Fun Campout at the Fellowship the night before. What a fantastic weekend!
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All aboard!

All aboard!

Kayak lesson

Quick kayak lesson

Paddling in

Paddling into shore

Paddling around

Paddling around

Paddling around

Paddling around

swimming

A little swimming

Talking shop

Dan and Kim talk shop

campfire

Around the campfire

tents and campfire

Lots of tents

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Tour of the International Space Station

Many thanks to Mark Clarke for taking us on a tour of the International Space Station. We learned about being an astronaut. We were weightless for a microsecond as we all jumped into the air! We also made “rockets” that were propelled with our own breath.
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ISS logo

ISS logo

Space Station

Space Station

Nick

Nick

Rockets

Mark helps with the rocket assembly.

Molly and Carl

Molly even got some cuddle time with baby Carl!

Piper and Jake

Piper and Jake

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Tour of Disc Golf

Many thanks to Billy Mitchel for taking us on a tour of disc golf. We had a grand time!
First, he led the group in warm up activities and gave instruction for gripping, throwing, and course safety. Then we headed outside to try out our new found skill. Turns out, there’s a perfect tee-box at UUFM! It was hot, but we had a good time. Cool-down included disc-shape cookies! Billy graciously gave everyone a disc from his own collection so they could continue their new-found skills at home. Yay!
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Warming up

Warming up

tee box

Tee box!

putting

Putting on the green

Arthur

Arthur experienced course safety first hand

 

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Cluster

May 12-13 UUFM welcomed many teens from across Kansas for the Spring UU Youth Cluster. After 22 hours of togetherness everyone still looks energetic!

 
 And on Sunday we dedicated some of our youngest members.

 

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Easter

Easter puzzle

We hid puzzle pieces inside the eggs. Looks like there are a few more eggs to find!

Easter RE

Lots of smiling faces in RE on Easter Sunday.

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April 2

The K-2 class explored our transforming world on Sunday. We talked about what a transformation is and ways that the world is constantly transforming around us. We are sprouting some wildflower seeds with the hopes we can see them grow and transform this month along with us! We observed new growth around the fellowship and made predictions on how it will transform in the coming weeks.

The 3-6 class…This week, among other topics, we talked about why elephants don’t wear monocles, the practicalities of space station construction, superstitious behavior in general and sports in particular, why some religious groups might be opposed to the education of women, and the use of gold in both electronics and dentistry.  We had a rather freewheeling discussion on mysticism, and the desire to perceive and apprehend the world in different ways.  We talked about shamans, and their role as intercessors into supernatural realms, and three broad categories of such realms: the gods, the land, and the dead, and why communities might seek to reach such entities.  We spoke of Greek mystery cults and oracles, why hermits isolate themselves, and the use of techniques and paraphernalia to reach an altered state of perception and find a sublime truth.  Our playlist this week included: “Abyss of the Farplane” – Noriko Matsueda and Takahito Eguchi; “Be Thou My Vision” – Jennifer Haines; “Chop Suey!” – System of A Down; “Euphoria” – Cirque de Soleil; “Heaven” – Shoju Meguro; “Living With God” – Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Dream Circus; “One Vision” – Queen; “Prayer of St. Francis” – Sarah McLachlan; “Sufi Medley” – Ali Jihad Racy; “Way of the Shaman” – Steve Gordon.

 
The 7 and Up class… continued Peace Experiments with a focus on interpersonal conflict. We started with the assumption that in any given situation one person’s hopes, wishes and expectations would not match another person’s hopes wishes and expectations.  That means that interpersonal conflict is natural! We each took a scenario (dating, teasing, jokes taken too far) and then escalated the conflict step by step. Using the same scenarios we took a downward path of ignoring the issue to an unhealthy outcome.  And then we talked about a middle way. We discussed the STABEN method of talking through an issue (example website here: http://crumpet-thinking.blogspot.com/2012/06/calm-down-and-staben-on.html). As we ran out of time we did a quick self-inventory about how frequently we use different strategies when faced with conflict.

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Risk

Lots of fun in the PreK – 2nd grade room with art from recycled materials… necklaces, drums, robots, and more! Click to view larger.

The 7th grade and Up class did some brainstorming and word association for how we might define and describe peace. We did the same for war/conflict as well.

Peace

Talking
Communication
Calm
Being nice
Understanding
Cooperation
Mutualism
Love
Friendship
Community
Nature
Wisdom
Pacifism
Selfless
Balance
Yin/Yang
Restful
Naive
Family
Growth
Sharing
Light
Zen
Buddha
Happy
Slow
Hugs
Safe

 

 

 

Conflict/War

Disagreement
In-Groups and Out-Groups
Fighting
Hate
Violence
Xenophobia
Craziness (not calm)
Danger
Dark
Aggression
Fascism
Selfish
Fear
Imbalance
Discrimination
Segregation
Instability
Lasers (weapons)
Vulnerable
Ares – Dogs of war
Red
Blood
Murder
Death
Greed
Scary
Ignorance
Unknown
Human-made disaster
Destruction
Hunger/famine
Poverty
Pestilence

Haikus
1.
Peace is a panda
Zen like a Buddha smiling
As a pacifist
2.
Communication
Love and understanding reign
People feel their place

3.
When ignorance hurts
It gives us false motivation
Injustice and death

Group-written Sonnet
Childlike naivete, openness and hugs
I was unknowing but smiling, sharing
Loving the world like an optimistic pug
Moon-faced and so wide-eyed, spoiled like a king

Now I leave the warm embrace of my safe home
I go forth with hope in myself and all
I am searching for the good as I roam
Continuing on, I know I won’t fall

But the world can’t harbor a safe bubble
No longer will I believe my own lie
One day all that will be left is rubble
Know now that in the end we all will cry<

Humanity can bless and damn without design
Only with clear intent will there be a lifeline

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Sandinsky Circles

The kids from Pre-K through 2nd grade had lots of fun creating their own special art on Sunday.

Each student is unique so each piece of art is unique! Click on either picture to view larger.

 

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