Sunday, April 19, 2015 School of the Spirit Weekly Update

New! A Mindfulness Evening Series for Adults on Tuesdays, plus a “HammerJam” and a Campfire Sing-a-long for families! Seeking a great SpiritJam Lead Teacher for next year.

CircleJam (Opening)- we gather for songs and a Sharing Circle to open the morning.

hammer9 and 11 a.m. “HammerJam”

We will be reflecting on the story of “Nails in the Fence” with Michael then we will pound our own nails for temper, anger, and unkind words and deeds. When the nail is pulled out there is still a mark. When we hurt or are hurt, what scars are left? How to we heal and forgive? How are we redeemed?

9 and 11 a.m. “Trading Cards” Game

Get out the laminator! Rachel has invented a game of “trading cards.”  When we are redeemed we trade suffering for love.

9 and 11 a.m. Preschool/Nursery-  Loving care and program with Miss Ari, early childhood teacher and musician.

Adult Classes 

  • Visit the  Adult Webpage for more information on these and other adult classes and gatherings.
  •  “The Gaia Paradigm” with Martin Ogle, Sun. April 19, 1-2:30 p.m. and Sat. Apr. 25, 10 a.m. – noon.
  • Mindfulness Morning Series, Sun. April 19, 9 – 10:30 a.m. in Thoreau. Drop In’s Welcome.
  • New! Mindfulness Evening Series, Tues. April 21 (and biweekly for 6 Tuesdays), 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Drop In’s Welcome.


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!




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!

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,

Upcoming SpiritJams and Services

Sun. Apr. 25 – “CompostJam” Redeeming ourselves with the earth. There’s a new compost bin. We will explore composting and all the plans for the playground by the Grounds Folks!

Sun. May 17 – “Youth Sunday” Fourth Graders and up will attend the services as we honor the 8/9th Grade Coming of Age Class (9 a.m.) and the Seniors (11 a.m.) who are graduating from High School and “bridging” to Young Adulthood.

Needed for Summer Camp: Cool recyclables and junk for the Junk Sculpture Room at Camp, plus donations of Duct Tape, wild and crazy colors are especially welcome!

“Share Your Passion” Summer Sundays

Do you have a passion that you would like to share with our children for up to 30 minutes on a Sunday this Summer between 10 – 11 a.m.? Be it solar cooking, science, guitar playing, travels, crafting, sports, poetry, your favorite children’s book, music, tinkering, engineering, etc. Choose a Sunday on the “Share Your Passion” Summer Calendar or visit with Katie Covey, Director, School of the Spirit ( or Rachel Stevenson, SpiritJam Summer Coordinator. Rachel will be supervising and attending the Summer Sundays and will help you. You will have about 30 minutes maximum with a multi-age group of children. Here’s an ideal way to get to know the children of BVUUF and help our children get to know other adults in the congregation!

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

SpiritJam Lead Teacher Position open for Aug. 6 hrs/wk, 9.5 mos/yr, $13.50/hr plus 20 extra hours planning/meeting time.  We are seeking a creative, flexible individual interested in creating fun and unique “jams,” who is not a member of BVUUF. 4 hrs. most Sundays; 2 hrs. weekly planning and meeting plus 20 hrs. allocated for other meetings and planning. For the complete job description, visit the SpiritJam Lead Teacher Job Description. Tell your people! We love word of mouth referrals! Contact Katie Covey, Director,

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,