Continuing our theme of Creativity, our Chalice Circle last week focused on creative storytelling. It was a simple lesson, but one with much laughter! Using improvisational storytelling, each person in the circle added a few lines to a spontaneous story, making it up as we went along. What began with a girl and her stamp collection, soon turned to exploding pickles and alligators and all sorts of wild elements with two endings.
The concepts I hoped the children took away from this were:
- connection to their bubbling creativity
- thinking about storytelling as connected to faith (these two classes are using Bible based curricula this year and learning about Jewish and Christian stories)
- connection to each other
- a feeling of safety, as our church is a place to experiment and stretch our ideas together
Did I tell the children that these were my goals? No.
Do I worry that they didn’t “get” the lesson I had in mind? No way!
The circle I was lucky to be a part of last week was totally embodying all these concepts and more! That is the beauty of our Religious Education program. The children, youth and adults are doing church with each interaction, each caring conversation, each ribbon glued, coin collected or bulb planted. Our groups are in constant relationship, interchanging ideas, information and personalities which gives practice for responding to the world as Unitarian Universalists.
SO even when is seems that over in RE, we are just laughing and being silly, there is a whole lot more going on. And it is good.