Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Dream cloths and resolutions- for you and UU!

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Dec 31, 2014

During Children’s Chapel on December 28, we watched and listened to the story, Squirrel’s New Year resolution.  We asked questions about what it means to “resolve” to do something and what were some examples of resolutions the characters in the story made.  As squirrel struggles to figure out what resolution to make, rabbit suggests that squirrel think about something that will make squirrel better, or something that will help others.

That led us to decorating and cutting out our “dream cloths” as inspired by an activity from the curriculum, Treasure Hunting 2.  By decorating large pieces of felt with resolutions on how to make ourselves better and how to help others- specifically which Unitarian Universalist principle we can work on in 2015- the felt “dream cloths” would be a reminder of the resolutions we made.  And we can hang them up somewhere in our room- and even placing them under our pillows after the marker dried- that we might dream about our resolutions and then make them a reality.

My personal resolution was to run 1700 miles in 2015 after reaching my 1600 mile goal for 2014.  The UU principle I want to focus on is #6- building a fair and peaceful world.  Now that I have a full array of Standing on the Side of Love apparel, it’s time to get out and join the social justice events, large or small, as so many other UUCSHers have done this year at the People’s Climate March, vigils on our front steps, and marches in NYC.

I encourage all children, youth, and adults to consider which principle they want to work on this year, and there are still a bunch of felt pieces leftover if you would like to make a tangible reminder of your resolution.  Remember, it helps to share your resolutions with others, update your progress with others, in order to hold yourself accountable.
Happy New Year!