Summer Day Camp
Camp Theme: Miracles
A Miracle: An unexpected event or revelation that brings an outcome one has hoped for, perhaps yearned for, perhaps despaired of, perhaps never even imagined. Whatever one believes about how or why it occurs, responding to a miracle with wonder and awe is entirely appropriate.
This summer camp week invites a prolonged encounter with awe and wonder. Stories from our Unitarian Universalist Sources and hands-on activities engage a wide age span of participants to discern miracles, experience and express awe and wonder, and discover their own agency for miracle-making. Participants make a uniquely Unitarian Universalist inquiry—a religious search which simultaneously embraces the awesome truth of a miracle’s mystery and the “how and why” of rational explanation. Miracles provides an encounter with direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, one of the Sources of our Unitarian Universalist faith.
The program will:
- Cultivate participants’ ability to experience awe and wonder.
- Teach skills of paying close attention.
- Affirm curiosity and questioning as spiritual values.
- Explore physical transformations through hands-on activities.
- Lift up the power of our own agency to effect miraculous changes in ourselves and others.
- Introduce people in our faith heritage who embody the powerful entwining of awesome mystery with rational inquiry.
- Inspire reflection about our planet, all life that shares it, and our own small place in the known and unknown universe.
- Celebrate transformation and change as natural, welcome aspects of all life.
Our week together will be adapted from the Miracles curriculum: https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/miracles and all credit is due to its talented authors.