Happy Monday! It’s time for another installment of ideas to make, experience, and talk about with the young people in your life.
You probably already have the basic supplies to make this buried in a “give to Goodwill” pile somewhere deep in a closet. All you really need is an old sheet, a hula hoop (totally fine if it’s bent out of shape), and some safety pins. Check out the full directions here.
Also, this can be set up whether or not you have a yard (it goes great over a kid’s bed!). Plus, it offers a cool play space without the cultural appropriation of those kids’ tipis* that are popping up all over Western-mom-blogs.
*Already have a kids’ tipi at home? Use it to start a conversation about cultural appropriation with your kids — see below!
All the fun of summer camp at Twinlow, minus the overnight commitment!
There is still time to register children going into Kindergarten – 5th grade for Summer Day Camp from July 20th – 24th at Green Lake United Methodist Church. Click here to learn more!
Pastor Emma from Green Lake UMC is still looking for volunteers to make this week a success. Here’s a message from her:
Hello Folks from Green Lake, Woodland Park, Wallingford, Sand Point & Queen Anne UMCs! As we quickly approach our North End Cooperative Summer Day Camp on July 20-24th, we need your help! Mark Your Calendars!
Volunteer Orientation: Sunday July 19th 4-5pm (Green Lake UMC)
Summer Day Camp Set up: Sunday July 19th 5-7pm (Green Lake UMC; Dinner Is Provided Bring donated Materials)
We are looking to fill up our volunteer shifts on each day of Camp. Whether you can give a full day, week, or even a few hours throughout the week, your contributions help kids have fun and be safe at camp from across our Methodist/Mary’s Place Connection!
If you would like to be involved, please signup via this Google Doc or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wallingford UMC is responsible for providing healthy snacks and lunch on Wednesday, July 22nd — if you would like to help by donating food or helping prep the day before, please email me!
Here is the topic that often makes some folks (usually white ones) pretty defensive, so pay attention to any rebuttal that might be rising in your throat as you read this. In my experience, that’s almost always my privilege talking.
To start off, Rev. Katie Norris uses this definition when explaining cultural appropriation: “Cultural appropriation typically involves members of a dominant group exploiting the culture of less privileged groups–often with little understanding of the latter’s history, experience and traditions.”
Amandla Stanberg (known for playing Rue in The Hunger Games) explains the difference between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange in this video.
If this is a new-er (or brand new!) conversation for you, I recommend taking a look at this article that asks: When is it cultural appropriation and when is it just kids playing dress-up? This piece was written by Ariel Meadow Stallings, a Seattle mom.
Another great perspective is from Grace Hwang Lynch at her blog HapaMama. It’s titled, Thanks Avril Lavigne, Now I Have To Explain Cultural Appropriation To My Asian-American Kids Again.
So how do we actually talk about this with kids? Like last week, I want to share a few questions to ask around the dinner table, in the car, or while you’re going for a walk:
- What are some practices you like from our religious culture (i.e. Christmas trees, Easter eggs, Advent candles, communion)?
- Why do we do these things? Do we know what their history is?
- What do you like to do that comes from other cultures? (i.e. eat burritos or sushi, practice karate or yoga, etc)
- What do we know about who did these things before we did or where these practices come from?
- How can we learn more?
As I said earlier, this can be a very charged topic with a lot of nuances and questions. When you see ways that my commentary/explanations/ideas are problematic, please let me know (there’s a good chance you know more about this than I do!).
This post ended up being a long one! Thanks for reading and as always, feel free to share any stories, ideas, or concerns with me at email@example.com.