Thematic Resources for JOURNEY- March 2019

Parenting Journey

  1. Reflect on: What is the most important thing you’ve told your children to pack for their journey?
  2. Family Pilgrimage – What places would be considered pilgrimages in your family? A special bench in a park where you shared news of a new family member? A place where a pet is buried? A National Park where a child made their first big hike? Name these places as places of pilgrimage for your family. Take a journey to one of these places or look at photos of it and explain why it is important.
  3. Learn about UU Family Rituals for other times on the Journey of Life from this online article –
  4. Family Night Ideas – Watch a movie together with the theme of journey: Star Wars (G), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (PG), The Lion King (G), Fly Away Home (PG) OR play a games together with theme of journey: Candyland, Ticket to Ride (or Ticket to Ride: First Journey, for younger ones), Chutes and Ladders, Life, Sorry, The Kids of Catan, etc.


Questions for Reflection on topic of Journey


  1. Could the story of your journey so far be told as an adventure story?
  2. What if someone asked you “Where are you going?” instead of “Where are you from?”
  3. What friend has walked your journey with you the longest? How would you articulate the unique gift of long friendships?
  4. Do you dwell on everything that you have lost? Or focus on everything that you have yet to find? 




  1. J.R.R. Tolkien – “Not all those who wander are lost.”
  2. Rev. Erik Martínez Resly – “In not yet knowing what will be, we are afforded the opportunity to appreciate what already is.”
  3. Julia Fehrenbacher – “Life is not a straight line it’s a downpour of gifts, please -hold out your hand”
  4. Shannon B. – “The exits were entrances in disguise.”




  1. Wisdom Walking: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life  by Gil Stafford
  2. Becoming  by Michelle Obama
  3. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  4. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson 


Children’s Books

  1. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi (Author)
  2. Instructions by Neil Gaiman
  3. Journey, Quest, Return (Wordless Trilogy) by Aaron Becker (Author, Illustrator)
  4. The Iliad and The Odyssey graphic novels from Marvel Illustrated 



  1. Lady Bird
    The journey of adolescence, and the journey of a daughter and mother’s relationship.
  2. Garden State The journey of returning home.
  3. Wild  One woman’s 1,100-mile solo hike undertaken to recover from tragedy.
  4. The Way  “A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.”  



  1. “Loving Home” by Kim Churchill
  2. “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” – live by U2
  3. “Wayfaring Stranger” by Rhiannon Giddens
  4. “I’m Gonna Walk It With You” by Brian Claflin and Ellie Grace


More “Journey Songs” are found on our March Soul Matters Spotify playlist. Click here to check them out:


Video and Online


  1. David Whyte reads and reflects on Mary Oliver’s The Journey – An audio meditation on the journey of leaving your life to save your life and finding your new voice. A reminder that sometimes leaving is an arrival.
  2. What Makes a Hero – Joseph Campbell
  3. Where is Home? – TED Talk by Pico Iyer
    On the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.

Bold & Untold (for Women’s History Month)
“The badass women in history you never knew about—until now”