worship (n.) Old English worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (West Saxon) “condition of being worthy, dignity, glory, distinction, honor, renown,” from weorð “worthy” (see worth) + -scipe (see -ship). Sense of “reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being” is first recorded c. 1300. The original sense is preserved in the title worshipful “honorable” (c. 1300).worship (v.) c. 1200, from worship (n.). Related: Worshipped; worshipping.
Today I read the book My Uncle Martin’s Words for America by Angela Farris Watkins to our religious education class which is a book about Dr. Martin Luther King and the important vocabulary words he used in his work – words like justice, freedom, and non-violence. When we finished the book we had a great discussion about the work that Dr. King did for black people and all the work we still need to do for minorities. We talked about the Black Lives Matter sign that is hung outside our Society and why we need to have that sign hanging even though some people say the problem of racism is fixed. A second grader said, “We need to take care of everyone, but sometimes we need to take care of some groups of people more than others. If Frank and I each have a house, but mine is on fire, then we would need to take care of mine.”
We used the story to see how Dr. King and his work and words embody our seven UU Principles and the children decided that he worked on all seven throughout his life. I knew from readings I had done that Dr. King actually spent a lot of time studying Unitarian Universalism and ultimately chose to become a devout Christian to better lead a mass movement. I recommend you read To Pray Without Apology by Rosemary Bray McNatt if this interests you.
Unitarian Universalists rely on many sources, including the Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. We ended by agreeing that UUs can certainly consider Dr. King an important person whose legacy can help us work towards a better future for everyone.
Sunday, January RE 8th, the children explored the sense of sight as a tool for cultivating awareness in the present moment. Kids participated in an activity that explored different kinds of visual focus and made snow globes that can be used as a focusing object. – Lesley