Chalice Camp 2017
Chalice Camp 2017
By Melody Moberg, Chalice Camp Director and Director of Religious Education.
Over the week of July 31-August 4, 21 UU kids entering grades 1-5 participated in University Unitarian Church’s 7th annual Chalice Camp. Despite record heat and smoke from Canadian forest fires, Chalice Campers had a great week at University Unitarian Church, participating in music, art, games, worship, and field trips. We hire 8 teen counselors from University Unitarian Church, to provide leadership opportunities for our youth, and to deepen multigenerational community.
Our camp theme was “World Religions.” Each day of camp we learned about a different faith – Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We choose these five because they are the largest religions. This was our camp theme not only because it is important for us to understand the faiths of our religious neighbors, but because Unitarian Universalism draws inspiration and nourishment from these faiths.
Our Unitarian Universalist religion is like a tree with seven broad branches representing our seven principles, and six deep roots representing our sources of inspiration. One root is the lineage of Judaism and Christianity, the source from which come as the gathering of two historically Christian denominations. Another root is the teachings of world religions, which includes Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. We are called to learn about other religions with respect and humility.
Highlights of camp include:
– learning about and petting bunnies, chickens, wallabies, goats, pigs and Patagonian maras at an on-site petting zoo
– splashing on a 90+ degree day at the Mountlake Terrace Pool
– participating in worship services led by staff and counselors from camp
– learning about interfaith dialogue, peace-building and Christianity, Judaism, and Islam from our friends at Kids4Peace
– singing lots of music, including a song in Hebrew and a song in Latin!
-leading worship on Sunday, August 6, and performing four stories from different faith traditions – wisdom tales from Buddhism and Sufi Islam, the Parable of the Good Samaritan from Christianity, and a re-imagining of Noah’s Ark from Judaism