About Our Youth Curricula:
Our Unity of Madison curriculum follows the same living curriculum education philosophy that is used by Unity Worldwide Ministries. A living curriculum is a story-based curriculum that uses stories from the bible and other sources to help children understand principles in truth.
What is the Living Curriculum Philosphy?
"Myrtle Fillmore believed our mission was not to “entertain the children, but instead, to draw them out.” The Living Curriculum is an approach or philosophy which affirms that the curriculum–that which is to be learned or known–already lives within the adult, child or teen, themselves. It moves us past the belief that teachers have all the answers and need to impart them to the students. Instead, there is a realization that all of us are uniquely unfolding on our spiritual path, having access to the Spirit within.
The Living Curriculum is a process of spiritual support used to assist children, teens, families, and the church community in co-creating successful living. It honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each one of us, and utilizes storytelling and experiential creative expression to “draw out” the Truth we already know. The process helps us to explore spiritual principles and to become aware of how the principles operate in our lives."
Current Unity of Madison Curricula
“Fishy Tales: Swimming Through Life” by Diane Venzera
“There are 5 lessons that explore the Metaphysical teachings found in the journey of Marlin, Dory & Nemo, from the movie, Finding Nemo. We are all on a Spiritual journey through life and exploring the stories of others often helps us to make sense of our own journey.
Key learning objectives are:
- To explore the idea that God is with us through every adventure in our life.
- To understand that even if we forget that we are a Divine Child of God, we are never far from the power of Spirit because it is within us.
- To know that the Spirit of God within us is always good no matter what appearances may tell us.
- To understand that when we live fully aware of being in the flow of Spirit we can overcome any obstacle because we understand that God is unchanging, all good and everywhere present.”
“May the Force Be With You” by Diane Venzera
“The Star Wars movies are about the hero/heroine’s journey from self-doubt to transformation. The hero/heroine is a regular person living a mundane life and wanting more. It is the story, often set in motion by tragedy, of how extraordinary things can happen in ordinary lives.
The movies focus on the battle between the forces of light, the rebels and the Empire, who represents the darkness. But the battle is not just happening out in space. It is also a part of our human experience. We all, at one time or another, are invited on a quest to bring into the light some undiscovered aspect of ourselves. As with most quests it is not a solo journey. All along the way there are guides, allies, mentors and teachers who show up just when needed to help us move through those long held ideas and beliefs that hold us back. When we accept that the darkness is as much a part of us as the light, when we accept all of our nature, we come to the knowledge of who we really are, children of the Light, children of the Force!”
Quoted from dianevenzera.com, "May the Force be with You"
“Awakening to Spiritual Power” by Diane Venzera
This 7-week multigenerational series is designed to:
- Allow each individual to explore the principles found in the book
- Build community through adult study groups
- Invite the children & teens to also explore the same topics in their Sunday lessons
- Provide speaking points for ministers who wish to share each topic in their Sunday message
“Don’t laugh at Me” (Project Operation Respect)
The Don't Laugh at Me (DLAM) programs, one for grades 2-5, another for grades 6-8 and a third for summer camps and after-school programs are based on the well-tested, highly-regarded conflict resolution curricula developed by the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) of Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR). This program is designed to assure each child and youth a respectful, safe and compassionate climate of learning where their academic, social and emotional development can take place free of bullying, ridicule and violence. Thanks to the generosity of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Operation Respect disseminates the DLAM programs free of charge. More than 180,000 copies of the program have been distributed to educators since Operation Respect's inception.
Lumindorf: School for the Magical & Mystical“
"Harry Potter is a young boy who has traveled a difficult road. When he is ten years old he discovers he is a wizard and that he possesses amazing skills and is filled with magic. His story is a wonderful spiritual journey that we can all identify with. As we follow his adventures we discover that the stories reflect our own spiritual journey and point us to a higher use of our own powers. The curriculum uses a variety of stories from the first four Harry Potter books and is designed to assist the students in taping into the “magic” that exists within them.”