CONTINUING TO EMPHASIZING CONNECTION
During one of our favorite lessons in August, we made leis out of macaroni and paper flowers (thank you, Ms. Lisa, for dropping off supplies for every Youth Program kiddo!). We made them as symbols of love, friendship, celebration, and connection in the spirit of the ancient Hawaiian custom of lei-giving. We talked about Aloha – the Hawaiian word for love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy. While known to many as a simple greeting, the word has a deeper cultural and spiritual significance to native Hawaiians, who use the term to define a force that holds all of existence together… the oneness of which we are all a part. We connected while crafting together during Zoom church, and each child has the lei to remind them of this connection.