Children between the ages of four and twelve can learn about the Craft through a regular curriculum that will teach kids about:
- The Wiccan Rede
- Moon Cycles
- The Wheel of the Year
- Magical Tools
- Spell work for kids
Children will create a personal Book of Shadows throughout the year that collects their work. We will learn through craft projects, chants, stories, and discussion. Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about what they are learning and reinforce their own family’s beliefs.
Moon School classes are held prior to each of the Crossroads Tabernacle Church Rituals.
Teens, thirteen to eighteen, can participate in a group program designed to provide them guidance on developing their own relationship with the divine. Those entering the group will undergo a rite of passage that challenges them to begin their journey to adulthood. Likewise those members who are seventeen and eighteen years of age and have studied for one turn of the wheel can petition the High Priest and Priestess for a rite of passage that will make them an adult member of the community.
The Youth Group will participate in a group setting with projects and community involvement. They will also be active in an individualized study program tailored to their level of knowledge. At this level, they will seek to live by the Wiccan Rede as well understand the importance of the Witches Pyramid on their spiritual practice.
Rites of Passage
As our children develop it is important to acknowledge their growth and achievement. We can do this by challenging them to take responsibility for their own life decisions. A rite of passage is given to those who are progressing to the next stage of their life. For children who are becoming adolescents this rite will ask them to make a conscience decision to study the Craft before undertaking any initiation into the mysteries of Witchcraft. For those who are advancing into true adulthood, this rite will be both their decision to become adults of the Church as well initiates of spiritual journey they have committed to taking. As a community we can support these efforts by volunteering to be part of these rites, or support those who have chosen to participate in them.
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We are all saddened by the loss to our community. The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Lansing will be honoring Chris Keith on Sunday 9 December:
The Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty will be having a special time during this Sunday's service at 11:00 for honoring our former members, Chris Keith and Isaac Miller. The Sunday service will feature a holiday children's program for the bulk of the service, based on a Lemony Snicket story. The children will be dismissed from the service, unless parents wish for their children to stay, and then we will have a brief time which will feature a candle-lighting, a time of silence, and a special collection for the memorial fund that has been set up to help support Chris Keith's three surviving children, age 4, 6, and 8. We will have literature on hand about how to talk to children, about tragedy, and other related literature.
Following the service, a trained psychologist will meet as a group with people who wish to process deeper feelings about these tragic deaths.
Next week's service at UUCEL is titled "In the Bleak Midwinter" and focuses on the sadness of the winter season. The service is still being shaped, but may include a section in honor of Chris Keith and Isaac Miller, as well as honoring the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Newtown, CT.