April 12, 2015 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

Explore the theme of Redemption in SpiritJam: with a PassoverJam.   Eat matza with charoset and horseradish, drink grape juice, and hear the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt.

CircleJam (Opening)- we gather for songs and a Sharing Circle.

Prince_of_egypt_ver2 9 and 11 a.m. “PassoverJam”

Matza symbolizes the unleavened bread which the Jewish people brought with them in their flight from slavery in Egypt. There wasn’t time to wait for the bread to rise. Pharoah might change his mind! The parsley symbolizes Spring and the hope for renewal, the horseradish symbolizes the bitterness of slavery.

If your family wishes to explore the story further, try watching the animated film “Prince of Egypt”  together.  Note: Rated PG.


9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  Passover and matza with Miss Ari.


parentsParent Circle, Sunday, April 12, “Making Mistakes”

9 a.m. led by Hannah Grosser and Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry , Thoreau #4

11 a.m. led by Clara Kelley, Barnum #9

Parents and other adults invited into conversation on the theme of Parenting and Redemption, i.e. making mistakes. Children are invited to the SpiritJams.

Adult Classes and Retreats


Read more about our unique experimental SpiritJam model at www.spiritjam.info   Join us as we co-create this experimental program with paid lead teachers and monthly themes!




daycamp~~element45Registration is OPEN for the 2015 Peace and Justice Summer Day Camp with PeaceJam and Project YES.  June 1-5th. K-5th graders. For our 9th annual camp, we go GLOBAL through our collaboration with PeaceJam and Project YES.

Activities: Peace in Pop Culture, Karate, Camp Zoo, Story Tree, Chapels with Rev. Lydia each morning, Fire Circle, Peace Project and a Friday afternoon Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony!


Campfire Sing-a-long, May 2, 5 – 8 p.m. on the Nature Playground. 

Whether you like to sing campfire songs, roasting marshmallows or just hanging out around the fire with friends, join us on our Nature Playground Saturday, May 2 from 5-8 pm for our annual camp fire. Feel free to bring a picnic or just your s’mores fixin’s. Camp chairs and roasting sticks are great, but not necessary. We’ll provide marshmallows and fire. All are welcome! Questions, contact Rachel Setzke, campdirector@bvuuf.org.


Upcoming SpiritJams

Sun. Apr. 18 – “Making It Better” Trading Cards and a LaminatorJam. Michael and Rachel have invented a game with homemade trading cards to collect and trade.

Sun. Apr. 25 – “CompostJam” Redeeming ourselves with the earth.

Check out the Youth Ministry Newsletter by Emily Conger, Youth Coordinator for 7th – 12th graders.

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, youthcoordinator@bvuuf.org 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher, preschool@bvuuf.org
  • Rachel Setzke, 2015 Peace and Justice Camp Director, campdirector@bvuuf.org
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, assistantre@bvuuf.org 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher, spiritjam@bvuuf.org
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit, dirrectorre@bvuuf.org