Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Follow up to Children’s Chapel Oct 11: Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches and other books…

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Oct 12, 2015

After the time for all ages on white privilege, children departed to chapel to hear Dr. Seuss’ The Sneetches.  You may recall from the story the Sneetches go back and forth on which type of Sneetch gets unearned privileges- the star bellied sneetches or those who do not have “stars upon thars”.  All the while the Sneetches are adding/removing stars from their bellies, Sylvester McMonkey McBean is raking in the cash!

Chapel participants got to decorate construction paper stars- “stars of fairness”- as a way to remind ourselves to treat each other fairly, whether we have stars on our bellies or not!
This touches on several UU principles, notably the 6th principles- building a fair and just world.

Some other books I picked up from the Bridgewater library for information and inspiration:
Being Fair by Robin Nelson
The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson
The Sandwich Swap by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah (about keeping an open mind and trying new things)
Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey (a fictional story based on real Green Book, people of color needed to use to travel about the country during Jim Crow era)
The School is Not White! by Doreen Rappaport! (a story of determination to overcome resistance to school integration)
Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh (a precursor to Brown v. Board of Education!)

The above books cover a range of subjects- fairness, getting to know the other, working for justice, accounts of undoing systemic oppression that produce white privilege.

As October’s worship theme is letting go- what does it mean to be a people of letting go- I wonder what we need to let go of- individually and institutionally- to more fully address the issues of white privilege, black lives matter, and racial justice?