Unitarian Universalist Children
One of the seven principles that Unitarian Universalists affirm and promote is “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
This is as important for our children!
Children absorb their religious understandings in terms that are unique to their stage of development, and they surely have an evolving sense of the holy. We have much to learn from our children, for their spiritual language and images seem to flow so smoothly between the concrete and the ethereal.
“Enjoy your child’s personal philosophy as it unfolds,” says child-study professor George Scarlett of Tufts University. “Listen to the child’s thoughts about God. Try to understand and show respect for their ideas, even while sharing your own. The point is to keep a dialogue about spiritual matters going.”
Harold Howe, former U.S. commissioner of education and a Unitarian Universalist, jotted these words to his minister at church one day:
“Here’s a definition of a Unitarian Universalist: a person who can ask children, ‘What is God?’ and listen seriously to their replies.
P.S.: I once went to Sunday school for about 7 years, but no one asked me ‘What is God?’ Instead, they told me.”