Mar. 22, 2015 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

Explore the theme of Trust in the School of the Spirit: with a SkitJam. Parents and others invited to be the audience after the service. We need a rabbit and flowers for Easter.

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

the-boy-who-cried-wolf9 and 11 a.m. “SkitJam”

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with Rachel and Michael, SpiritJam faculty. Parents and others are invited to the performance after the service.


9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  with Miss Ari, Early Childhood Music Specialist and Teacher.

Adult Classes

  • Mindfulness Practice and Discussion, 9 – 10:30 a.m, Thoreau Room. “Do You Make Regular Visits to Yourself?”  (part 2) This class guides us in “being here,” in cultivating a mindful awareness that recognizes and accepts what is happening in the present moment. Includes short guided meditations and valuable reminders that can support you in developing, or in enlivening an existing meditation practice. The one-hour talk, which includes time for a brief meditation and reflection exercises, will be followed by sharing circle. No previous experience required. Recording available for free download:  
  • Visit the “one-stop-shopping” Adult Webpage for upcoming offerings and more information.
  • New! “The Gaia Paradigm” with Martin Ogle, Sun. April 19, 1-2:30 p.m. and Sat. Apr. 25, 10 a.m. – noon.

Playground Monitors:  Needed, 11  a.m.  Sign up online  or on the bulletin board. Weather permitting, but the children love to go outside!

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



Bunny (real!) needed for Easter Sunday, April 5. Let Katie know.

Spring Flowers needed for Easter Sunday, April 5. Let Katie know. Potted or cut tulips, daffodils, etc.

Children’s Names – I will include your child’s name in the Easter Word Search Insert for the Order of Service if you will be attending and would like them to be included. Send them to by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 1.

Junk Sculpture Hats!
Junk Sculpture Hats!

Registration 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!


Upcoming SpiritJams

Sun. Mar. 29 – Nature Jam – Scavenger Hunt for signs of  Spring. (We trust that Winter will eventually lose its grip!)

Sun. Apr. 4 – Easter Sunday. Children, Kindergarten and up, to the sanctuary. Can Hunt on the Front Lawn after the service. Bring cans to donate to BCAP, now through Easter Sunday. Nursery/Preschool will be open.

Sun. Apr. 11 – TasteFest and PlagueJam – we celebrate Passover tastes of horseradish, matza and haroset (apple chutney).

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.

Upcoming Parent Circles:

  • April 12 – Redemption: Making mistakes; not being perfect.
  • May 3 – Calling: The call to nurture, what is a parent’s role?

Meet 9 a.m. Thoreau Rm; 11 a.m. Barnum Rm. – your choice! Children are welcome to attend the Preschool/Nursery or SpiritJam. Reflection, Sharing and Support. Guided by the monthly theme with tangents as desired. Specifically for parents, and other important adults in a family. Facilitated by Katie Covey, Director, School of the Spirit and Clara Kelley.

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

Your School of the Spirit Staff:

  • Emily CongerYouth Coordinator, 
  • Ari Flauta, Early Childhood Teacher,
  • Rachel Setzke, 2015 Peace and Justice Camp Director,
  • Rachel StevensonSpiritJam Teacher and Religious Education Assistant, 
  • Michael NewmanSpiritJam Teacher,
  • Katie CoveyDirector of the School of the Spirit,