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Themes for Worship and Exploration

Friends School of Portland, Maine, a pre-school-7th grade school with 54 students, sets monthly themes to guide all-school worship on Mondays, and all-school assemblies on Fridays. Friends School of Portland’s theme for December is “Light.” The Grade 3-4 class created the following queries which were read at the all- school Meeting for Worship each week.

Queries on Light
What is light?
How does light influence my concentration in the day?
How can light help us?
How do I shine light on everyone no matter who they are or what they have done?
Do I seek to find the light in everyone and everything?
How do I store the light?
How do I fill myself with light?
How do we find light in the darkest month of the year?
How do I find the courage to seek light when sorrow fills the earth?

Weekly assemblies give students a kinesthetic opportunity to engage and reflect on these themes. For the Light theme, older students worked with their younger student buddies to cut out stars. Each student pair wrote on the star what about them shines. In a later assembly, students pasted their shining stars into constellation maps. In another assembly, student pairs cut out candle shapes on which they wrote a hope for the world, and hung them around the school. Other themes for the year include: winter survival and celebration; warmth and love; service and change; spring, rebirth and Earth Day; peace; and endings and beginnings.

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