- God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
- I am naturally good because God’s divinity is in me and in everyone.
- I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
- I do and give my best by living the truth I know. I make a difference.
The lessons each Sunday focus on reinforcing the idea that God is within us, around us, everywhere present and that we are loved unconditionally. We also begin to establish a basic understanding of the Bible and how the stories in the Bible reflect Unity Principles. Other sacred writings and contemporary children’s stories are also used. The children are encouraged to connect with their inner wisdom and to live the Truth they know.
A Living Curriculum
A Living Curriculum philosophy was developed by the Association of Unity Churches International and is the philosophy that we follow here at Unity Spiritual Center of South Bay. It is not one specific piece of material, but “is a philosophy, a process and a program of spiritual support to assist children, teens, families and the church community in successful living. A Living curriculum is designed to ‘draw forth’ the Truth mainly through experiences, storytelling and creative expression. Each lesson relates to an issue in a person’s life and seeks to facilitate an experience of God connected to their life.” — Unity Worldwide Ministries
“The vision of A Living Curriculum is to empower children and youth to use their spiritual wisdom to fulfill their soul’s purpose; to empower parents to see themselves as the prime spiritual educators of their children and youth; to empower facilitators to see education as a process, through which they effectively support the unfolding of the child’s spiritual nature and model the living of the spiritual principles; to empower a spiritual community to function with unity in diversity; to inspire a world educational community by its philosophy, process, programs and products.” — Unity Worldwide Ministries
A Living Curriculum as used in our programs:
The Issue – What is the issue, theme or principle that is to be explored? An intention is created for each lesson that will assist the children and teens in engaging both their head and their heart.
The Vehicle – The vehicle (story, video clip, song, poem, life experience, etc.) is the experience that creates the common ground so that everyone present can feel a connection to the lesson intention. Creating common ground also helps the group to bond and to know that they are not the only one to experience such life issues.
The Discussion – The discussion is the heart of each lesson. The questions used invite the children and teens to see how the issue is happening to the characters in the story, how it is happening in their lives and in the world around them. This helps them come to their own conclusions as to how to experience life from a deeper, more connected place.
The Creative Experience – The creative experiences are open-ended activities that invite the children and teens to play in what they have heard and shared and to explore how it is relevant to their lives.
Our mission is not to entertain the children, but to call them out. To be always entertained is to be dwarfed and dependent. To be “called out” is to follow the harmonious law of the soul’s unfoldment. Who meddles with the rosebud? What fingers are deft enough to pry open that marvel of folded beauty? We are wise enough to leave it alone to follow the glad law of its own unfolding, but our children! Have we dealt as wisely with these buds of marvelous possibilities? Have we always remembered that they, too, must quicken and unfold through the innate law of their own genius?
Sunday School Teacher Extraordinaire!
Our own Lupita won the Los Angeles LAUP Preschool Teacher of the Year Award!
LAUP said the winners from each of the LA County’s five Supervisorial Districts have gone “above and beyond” to provide excellent learning environments and classroom experiences for preschool children. Maria G. Cervantes (Lupita) of Moffet State Preschool in Lennox was the District 2 Winner in 2016. Lupita, along with the other recipients, was recognized at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration with a luncheon and awards ceremony, hosted by LAUP and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Rev. Kathy McCall recognized Lupita for the award, and also for being our Sunday School Teacher Extraordinaire.
We enfold all children in the love of God.
We place all children in the light of God.
We call forth from within them the power of God.
We see the presence of God in each child.
We affirm that all children are under Divine protection of the Holy Spirit
and that all is in Divine Order.