Ann Richards - Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth and Religious Education

MVUC Friends,

Last week I sent out a letter on speaking to your children about the election and its ramifications to our families. (If you did not get a copy, please let me know and I will send it to you.) I’ve listed some suggested rituals for your home here, to use when processing the political experiences of the year and compliment the ideas on how to speak with your children. After the rituals I have listed some articles on how we might address the subject with our young people. Please note: I do not completely agree with everything in the materials here. However, every parent has the right to address situations like this in their own way, so I have included a variety of references for you.
Post-Election Healing Ritual for Families
Adapted from a ritual written by the Women’s Water Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual

Stand around a large bowl half filled with water.

Leader: This election has been very difficult as people have said and done cruel things, and the nation has been filled with anger and frustration. We now join together to cast out those things that are hurting us. After I read each phrase, dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Anger, meanness and prejudice in this country
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Sexism, racism, and homophobia
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Separations between Republicans and Democrats, the rich and poor, boys and girls
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Ugly words and mean-spiritedness
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Fears and anger about the future
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

Anti-Muslim, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Gay thoughts and words
Dip your hands in the water, then shake them off repeating, “Be gone, be gone, be gone.”

What else would you like to add that should be gone?

End by singing Guide My Feet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z64X_LWQrN8

Guide my feet, while I run this race
Guide my feet, while I run this race
Guide my feet, while I run this race
For I don’t want to run this race in vain
Protection Ritual for Families
Adapted from Silver Spring UU DRE Sarah Gonzalez
Promises on the color spectrum are from the Spirit Play program.

Place seven skeins of yarn, one each red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet in front of the participants. Say, “Each of these colors represents one of our Unitarian Universalist principles.” Hold up the yarn that coordinates with each principle as you say it.
• Red Respect for all people
• Orange Offer fair and kind treatment to all
• Yellow Yearn to accept and learn about ourselves, others, and the Mystery
• Green Grow by exploring what is true and right in life
• Blue Believe in our ideas and act upon them
• Indigo Insist on a peaceful, fair, and free world for all
• Violet Value our home, Earth, which we share with all living things
Continue, “These colors remind us of how we should treat others, and how we want to be treated. If you make a bracelet of these colors and wear it, you will be reminded of our UU beliefs.”
Assist each child in cutting of a length of yarn from each skein and braiding or twisting them then tying them around the child’s wrist.

Ritual for the new President
Created by the Greater Washington Area Religious Educators Council

Place a piece of paper where everyone in the family can see what is being written. Ask, “What would you like to see the President of the United States do while in office? How would you like to see the President behave?”

Write down each suggestion given.

“Let’s look at our list. Which ones of these suggestions are things you think you should also do or be?” Check them off

“Are there any that should be true for every human being?” Mark those with a star.

Hang the paper where everyone can see, and think about it as they pass. Eventually the family may decide to send it as a letter to the new president. Or they may save it, to look back at it in a year or two.

http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_talk_to_boys_about_trumps_attitude_toward_women?utm_source=GG+Newsletter+Nov+2%2C+2016&utm_campaign=GG+Newsletter+Nov+3+2016&utm_medium=email
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/what-should-we-tell-the-children_us_5822aa90e4b0334571e0a30b

http://www.uua.org/re/adults/curricularresources/beyond-partisan-division.
Ann Richards

Director of Lifespan Spiritual Growth and Religious Education