Week Five: Family Toolkit

Theme: Practicing Repentance

Scripture Text | Matthew 15:21-28; Mark 7:24-30
Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman 

Three Wonderings

1

Where do I have power to share God’s love?

2

What things have I said or done – to myself or others – that were hurtful?

3

How can I make space every day to think and pray about asking for forgiveness and offering forgiveness?

Video Conversation & Reflection

Join Amy Wick-Moore, UCC New Brighton and Pastor Sheri Nelson, UCC Outdoor Ministry Program Director for conversation and reflection.

Meditation Practice

Join Rev. Emily Meyer, Director of The Ministry Lab, as she invites you to wonder and reflect in the audio recording below.

Transcript available here.

Creative Project

Postcards to Heal the Heart

Ages 4+, artistic, reflective

Is there someone in your life to whom you’d like to apologize? Or can you think of someone you don’t know personally, but feel that our community has harmed? Postcards are a way to connect, or re-connect, with an individual who you feel may be hurting. Because space is limited, you have to get to the point and say it straight.

How to

  • Decorate and write your own postcards using this template
  • Or, use Activist-Artist Ricardo Morales’ beautiful postcards available for free download (see below).

Play

Wipe it Away!

All ages, contemplative, playful

It can be powerful to both identify and ‘wipe away’ your own mistakes and to witness others doing the same. This is a family game that focuses on mistake-making and storytelling.

How to:

  1. Using a paper or a whiteboard, write or draw 2-3 of your recent (adult) mistakes, little or big.
  2. Share the stories about your mistakes, describing how they happened, and how you feel about them.You can even act them out and give family members different roles.
  3. Once you’ve shared, ask for input on whether to take any further action (i.e. Is this a mistake that harmed anyone or anything, and if so, what is my next step?).
  4. Once you’ve fully addressed #3 (key step!), it’s time to wipe your board clean. Do so ceremoniously and with gusto!
  5. Now it’s the next person’s turn. Do your best to support the process rather than the outcome, or looking for the ‘best’ mistakes to use.

Caring for the Common Good

Community Repentance

Practicing repentance isn’t only about individual relationships. It also means reflecting on what we have done as a community to cause harm and how we can remedy harm. What does it look like for a community to repent for their collective actions? The first step is hearing stories from those who have been hurt. You can start that process with your family by taking this 12-Week Anti-Racism Challenge.

How to:

  • Download and print this Anti-Racism challenge.
  • Clear 15-30 minutes each week for the learning challenge.
  • Display your challenge someplace where it won’t be forgotten.
  • Enjoy the task of completing each activity by checking the box when it’s completed.
  • When you’ve completed all 12 prompts, it’s time to take action. Make a donation to an organization doing racial equity work, sign up to volunteer or help spread the message.

Children’s Picture Book

Hot Day on Abbott Avenue by Karen English

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