October’s monthly theme is, “Default Settings – What are the routine, reactive ways of thinking that keep us from realizing who we want to be?” This was the first month that youth began leading their own worships, and the first activity they came up with was to make a list of everything we do on a given day from wake up until sleep. Then, we were to make a second list of what we would do if we had more time and leisure. The results were intriguing as we gave ourselves permission to stop and reflect on what we really wanted in life.
What assumptions to we make about what is expected of us, that we keep ourselves from our highest destiny?
We also started Popcorn Theology, our curriculum for this year that uses movies to prompt theological discussions. “Little Buddha,” was our first lesson. It is about a Buddhist teacher who reincarnates as an American boy to spread the Dharma in the U.S. This led to a lively discussion about karma and reincarnation.
What is karma? And if the Buddha was correct in postulating that what we do and think in this moment creates our future, what does that have to do with our default settings? How do we change them?
Finally, we planned our first service project. The youth group has an interest in spanning the generations to work with the elderly this year, so we decided to serve a potluck luncheon to the elders from two local retirement communities.
If default settings are those things which keep us from realizing who we want to be, what is it that does allows us to be who we want to be, no matter what our age?