Sing to the Power

Sunday Morning Program for Children in Grades 3rd-6th

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The word "power" often has a negative connotation. It may remind us of the corruption that seems inevitable when people pursue power for its own sake. We may feel overwhelmed by the power of giant institutions. But everyone has power, and the capacity to choose how and when to use it.

OCUUC kids in 3rd-6th grade are invited to Sing to the Power on Sunday mornings. This program affirms our Unitarian Universalist heritage of confronting "powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love." Participants experience their own power, and understand how it can help them to be leaders.

The program uses a metaphor of the four elements—earth, air, fire, and water—as a framework to explore different forms of power. Four four-session units explore each element.

We begin with a unit on earth and kinds of power associated with it: Connection, Roots, Growth, and Place. The second unit features kinds of power associated with air: Stillness, Presence, Silence, and Listening. The third unit centers on the powers of fire: Shine, Passion, Action, Reaching Out. The program concludes with three powers of water: Flexibility, Persistence, and Gathering. The final session honors all of the elements' power to Transform.

Children participating in Sing to the Power start their Sundays in the service with their parents and then head to their classrooms with their teachers after Time for All Ages. Religious Education classes run a full hour, ending at approximately 11:45 (about 15 minutes after the adult service lets out). Children will be released at that time and given the option to go to the activity room, which is open until 12:30.

If you have any questions, you can reach Karen Magoon Pearson, our Director of Religious Education, at dre@ocuuc.org. She and our dedicated volunteer teachers can’t wait to get to know you and your children.