Thematic Resources for Possibility – January 2019

Resources for the theme of Possibility for the month of January 2019

Questions for reflection – 

See our webpage on thematic reflection for the full list of this month’s reflection questions – click here. 

The Take it Home with UU Activity for this Month is:


30 Days of Love Family Calendar.  Practice the Possibility of kindness and love with this calendar of family activities, one for each day  from Mid-January until Valentine’s Day. Instructions for this family project are online at:


Think about the Possible Futures of our Faith:  As part of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor 150th anniversary year, UU leaders from around the country gathered to discuss the future of the UU movement and how UU congregations can boldly go into the dawning future.  


Possibility Parenting


  1. Volunteer as a family with others from HUP on the MLK Holiday, Monday, January 21, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon at Catholic Charities located at 200 Main St. in Milford. Contact Becky Chan ([email protected]) for more information or to let us know you’ll participate.
  2. “Starting over” by Michelle Richards. This essay is about how despite our best intentions, all parents make mistakes, act inconsistently, and generally fall short of our goals. But we can also model asking for forgiveness.
  3. “How to Teach Humility to Your Kids in a Digital Age” by Matthew Lynch Article online at
  4. Make and hang Prayer Flags.  See instructions and possible ways to use various materials here:  or YouTube videos:  and


Questions for Reflection

  1. What did your childhood and family of origin teach you about possibility? Are those lessons ones you need to remember or reject?
  2. Is “That was unfair!” or “I was wronged” keeping you from the possibility of moving on?
  3. Are you sure you’re too old to do it?  Are you sure it’s too late to try it?
  4. Is there more to see in your loved one or your loathed one than what you’ve been staring at? Is it possible that your loved one AND your loathed one are doing the best they can? And finally need forgiveness for not living up to who you want them to be?


  1. Possibility wisdom from Julia Fehrenbacher – “Somewhere, a signal has arrived. Now. Now. Now, it says. Stop waiting. Begin. Move despite the trembling. Don’t wait for any of it to be perfect. Just move.”
  2. Possibility wisdom from  Aurora Levins Morales “Imagine winning.  This is your sacred task. This is your power. Imagine every detail of winning, the exact smell of the summer streets in which no one has been shot, the muscles you have never unclenched from worry, gone soft as newborn skin,… Defend this world in which we win as if it were your child.
    It is your child. Defend it as if it were your lover. It is your lover…”
  3. Possibility wisdom from Maria Popova – “Nothing keeps us from changing more than our tendency — our willingness — to remain locked… into personae and identities barred in by heavy leaden rods of self-righteousness.”
  4. Possibility wisdom from Muhammad Ali – “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”



    1. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander  Related TED talk:
    2. The Tipping Point (How possibilities become realities) by Malcom Gladwell
    3. Afro-Futurism by Ytasha L. Womack




Children’s Books


  1. Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen  (Author), Kristina Swarner (Illustrator)
  2. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin  (Author)
  3. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty  (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator)
  4. Galimoto (Reading Rainbow Book) by Karen Lynn Williams  (Author), Catherine Stock (Illustrator)


  1. Ballast – On the possibility of moving on, together  
  2. Billy Elliot – One of the best films of all time about the possibility of pursuing your dreams despite the odds.
  3. Ratatouille – Not just for kids! If a rat can make his dream a reality, then so can we!
  4. Big Fish – Perfect film about for convincing you to believe the unbelievable. Maybe anything IS possible!


  1. “You’re the Only thing in Your Way” by Cloud Cult
  2. “Black as Night” by Nahko and Medicine for the People
  3. “32 Flavors” by Ani DiFranco
  4. “If You Want to Sing Out” by Cat Stevens

For a more songs on our theme see the monthly Soul Matters playlist on Spotify: