Toolbox of Faith

After attending approximately the first fifteen minutes of service with their families, children ages 8-11 follow their teacher to the Fellowship House for class. Their time together often includes songs, stories, games, activities, and outside play.

For April and May, Second-Fifth Grade class is exploring the UUA curriculum Toolbox of Faith, led by Kenneth “Spoon” Witherspoon. Toolbox of Faith invites participants to reflect on the qualities of our Unitarian Universalist faith, such as integrity, courage, and love, as tools they can use in living their lives and building their own faith. Each session uses a tool as a metaphor for an important quality of our faith such as reflection (symbolized by a mirror), flexibility (duct tape), and justice (a flashlight).

Kenneth “Spoon” Witherspoon

Children at San Gabriel shouted “Hooray, he’s so fun!” when they learned Kenneth “Spoon” Witherspoon would be their teacher. Mr. Spoon, as they call him, has a long history working with children, including as the director of a theatrical troupe for at-risk youth,a playwright in residence for a youth theater program, a house parent for abused children, and a crisis intervention counselor.
An accomplished playwright and dramaturge, Spoon has also been honored with many awards for his theatrical work. We are so pleased Spoon chose to share his many gifts with our congregation and our Religious Education program. As he recently shared, Spoon agrees with Confucius that  “If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.”