March 16, 2014: SpiritJam in the School of the Spirit, Pilot #2

Justice means bridgebuilding in TinkerJam with marshmallows and toothpicks last Sunday.

9 and 11 a.m. K/Preschool/Nursery- “Dreams” With Juliette Mettes, high school staff, and helpers Solymar Kneale, 9 a.m.,  and helper needed (5th – 8th graders invited) at 11 a.m.

9 a.m. and 11 a.m. SpiritJam Pilot for Kindergarten – Youth and Adults

NOTE SCHEDULE CHANGES for the 3 Sunday Pilot:

1) Participants ( Children, Youth and Adults) will start in the Pauling Room for “CircleJam” with Katie Covey, not in the Sanctuary, for the Sharing Circle.  After the 15 minute CircleJam, there will be two or three choices of 20 minutes each and then a closing.

2) Kindergarteners are invited to “SpiritJam” or to the Beatrix Potter Nursery – Kindergarten Room, whichever would make them most comfortable.

Jams on the theme of Justice offered today:

Justice CircleJam
Multi-Age CircleJam with some of the leaders and Teaching Associates.

Opening  “Circle Jam”  with Katie Covey, DRE. All children, youth and adults interested in attending the Jam start in the Pauling Room (not in the Sanctuary as usual) for a Graffitti Board, Welcome,  the Sharing of Joys and Concerns, and an introduction to the Jams. Then we will offer 20 minute rotations of the Jams. Parents at 11 a.m. are invited to sign their children up for two jams.

NatureJam “Wangari’s Trees of Peace; A True Story from Africa” about the Nobel Prize winner from Kenya. We will visit the BVUUF trees and celebrate their gifts to us. Katie Covey, leader.

PhotoJam “Photo Scavenger Hunt” Celebrate Lent with fellow U.U.’s.  Folks with cameras and smartphones are especially invited to join! Find and post photos on the March 16 word “healing” with Emily Conger.  Visit A word has been selected for each day in Lent. Reflect on the meaning and gifts of that word. Find a photograph each day that speaks to you about that word, idea, practice, or concept. Share it on the site and celebrate the shared inspiration we bring to one another.

11 a.m. TinkerJam with Jamil Scott. Pipe cleaner alphabet sculptures of caring using the book “The Trouble with the Alphabet.”

We’d value your comments for this Pilot! Fill out the simple Survey Monkey online after you attend one of the Pilots ( Mar. 9, 16 or 23) or use the print form on the RE Bulletin board. PS. The entire schedule for each Sunday is posted on the RE Bulletin Board.

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – 5th Grade Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) at U.U. Church of Boulder.

8:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – 7/8th Grade Our Whole Lives meets today.

10 – 11 a.m. Playground – Izaiah Read and one needed.

12:15 8/9th Coming of Age – meets today – Parents and Youth attend together.




If any adults are intrigued by one of the Jams for the Pilot, please feel free to join it!

Mar. 23 Jams on the theme of “Justice”

Youth/Adult WritingJam, 9 a.m. Sunday, March 23 with Karen Douglas, Creative Writing Faculty and member of BVUUF.

ServiceJam In House with Jamil. Beautify the RE rooms.

ServiceJam Out House with Katie. Build Mini Care Packages of donated toothpaste, tissues, etc ( see the donation suggestions below).

Overview of the Pilot for SpiritJam, Sunday mornings 9 and 11 a.m., March 9, 16, and 23.   SpiritJam is a new model for the Sunday School hour, cooked up by Katie.  We will offer “Tinkerjam,” “MusicJam,” “BodyJam” and “ServiceJam” as 20 minute activity choices for the March theme of “Justice.” SpiritJam in the fall will  continue  multi-age explorations of each monthly theme for Mind/Body/Spirit with paid lead teachers and also teaching associates. Check out the SpiritJam Proposal for more details.  The SpiritJam grant comes from the 21st Century Fund of my professional organization, LREDA (Liberal Religious Directors Assn.)

35th Anniversary Children and Youth Statements/Art Needed. Give us a short paragraph or a drawing on the theme of “This congregation is important to me because…..” on or before Sunday, March 23, for inclusion into the “Yearbook” for the anniversary.


Summer Arts Jam, June 2-6, 2014. Our popular  Day Camp for Preschool – 5th graders. Come immerse yourself in Unitarian Universalism and the Arts. Registration is now  online. Visit the Summer Camp Page for more information. Counselor (high school) and Counselor in Training (middle school) applications available online, too.

Mini-Care Packages – Donations are needed for 3/23 ServiceJam project – small travel items like toothpaste, soap, tissues, comb, candle, matches, emergency blanket, razor, wet wipes, First Aid, hand sanitizer, granola bars, small deodorant, cracker packages, thin gloves, bus passes, etc. that will be packed in a ziploc bag and handed out to congregants willing to keep them in their purse or glove compartment to give to the homeless. There is a donations box next to the RE Bulletin Board in the RE hall.

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator ,
  • Jamil ScottReligious Education Assistant,
  • Melissa WilliamsYouth and Intergenerational Choirs Director,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of Religious Education,