Supporting Families as They Explore the Sacred in Everyday Spaces
It's hard to carve out time for faith-full family experiences, so many of us try to weave spiritual exploration into the routine spaces of family life. Helping parents create this sacred space in their daily lives is what Soulful Home is about.
Through their church's annual subscription, families get a packet at the beginning of each month that is organized around eight distinct family "spaces" with ideas and resources to fill those spaces with UU theme-based exploration. It's about creating memorable and amazing moments, through a design that is manageable, faithful and fun! All packets will be designed with Covid-19 social distancing measures in mind.
Here’s an overview of the various family spaces we focus on:
The Welcome Mat
The Welcome Mat section provides a brief introduction to the theme and how it relates to family life.
At the Table
The At the Table section engages the theme through discussion. Questions are designed for a family gathering, perhaps in the sitting room when everyone is together or during a meal. This section strengthens the bonds within a family as members learn more about each other by asking and answering questions.
Around the Neighborhood
The Around the Neighborhood activity engages families with their surroundings through the lens of the theme. Throughout the month, we ask families to keep their eyes open for what might seem like everyday sightings but which can be perceived in new ways through the monthly theme. Trips to the grocery store, walks, and drives make for excellent spaces to conduct these treasure hunts.
From the Mailbox (new for 2020!)
This new section connects families with "special deliveries" from leaders in the field of anti-racism. The goal is to support families as the engage in the work of dismantling white supremacy culture.
The At Play activities and questions are a way to joyfully, playfully and imaginatively experience the monthly themes. We offer a brief framework for parents to use to introduce the activity and another to then help one's family reflect upon it, so that the insights learned in play can stay with us throughout the month and beyond.
On The Message Board
The On the Message Board section lifts up a theme-related mantra for your family to carry with them throughout the month. Think of them as tools for the journey that help re-focus and steady us as we navigate life’s challenges and opportunities.
At the Bedside
The At the Bedside activities engage the theme through storytelling. This takes place during the dreamy, almost otherworldly hour or so before children or youth drift off to sleep. Through stories and the questions and realizations that they prompt, we come to understand the nature of our world and our unique place in it.
At the Kitchen Sink
At the Kitchen Sink suggests ways for parents to connect with their co-parents, close circle of supporters or both. Perhaps this happens as the dinner dishes are washed and dried or with friends over a cup of tea or coffee.
The Extra Mile
The Extra Mile section invites families to explore the monthly theme through larger adventures and more complex projects.
Check out this overview video from Soulful Home author Teresa Honey Youngblood: Click Here
The annual subscription is $135 ($13.50/month) for congregations under 150 members and $165 ($16.50/mo) for congregations over 150 members.
Our individually-sold Soulful Home packets allow you to tailor a set of themes to fit your unique program. Purchase them anytime and use them in any order you like! Click here to check them out.
Check Out a Free Sample
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Learn How Congregations Are Using It
Here's a video from Teresa on what we are learning about how Soulful Home is being used in wonderfully surprising ways... and how you could creatively use it too!
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