Curiosity has both a positive and a negative side. Failure to be curious can lead to a failure of empathy for others, to understanding them as they are and not as we assume they are or should be. When faced with fear, failure to engage our curiosity can keep us stuck. Yet curiosity can bring us trouble, as well. Consider the myth of Pandora, whose curiosity unleashed, according to the story, the evils of the world: sadness, poverty, misery, disease, and death. And there’s the old adage about “curiosity killed the cat.”
Our Interim Clergy Leader, Jone Johnson Lewis, will reflect on how we might nurture informed curiosity in our children and ourselves.
Our Ethics Matters theme for May is curiosity: the practice of moving from fear to open-mindedness and open-heartedness.
Sunday platforms begin at 11 am and end at about 12:30, with time for socializing afterward. Feel free to bring some snacks to share. On most Sundays, check the calendar for other events starting at 9 or 10 for those who want other ways of experiencing community and growth.
Our Ethics for Children program provides a fun, focused learning environment for kids 1 to 12 years old to explore topics that foster empathy, respect and a deeper understanding of self and others. These include: our relationship to the natural world, the diversity of world religions and philosophies, social justice and action, and peaceful problem-solving.
The goal of Ethics for Children is to provide children with skills and knowledge to help them make ethical choices and learn to respect the inherent worth of every human being. We do not impose a fixed set of values or beliefs. Rather, we encourage children to respect and learn about themselves and their environment and to examine how their own ideas and actions impact the greater world.
The program also includes yoga and mindfulness, permaculture and environmental practices, arts, service and volunteering and community building activities.
We focus on 5 major principles:
Care for the Self
Care for the Family
Care for the Community
Care for the Earth
Care for the World
Ethics for Children can also be a full family activity, with classes for all ages and free adult programs at the same time for those who want to attend.
Visit our Ethical Education section to learn more