Thematic Resources for Beauty- June 2019

Beautiful Parenting

1. Try this activity with members of your household A big part of being a people of beauty is wrestling with the way culture’s conceptions of beauty have distorted and disrupted our relationship with our bodies and souls. Poet Katie Makkai takes this head on in her poem Pretty. In it, she unfolds the challenge of reclaiming and transforming the call to be “pretty.” You are invited this month to turn her call into a spiritual exercise by completing one (or maybe all) of these sentences:

“I am most proud of the fact that I am pretty ____________.”
“I hope my child knows they are pretty ____________.”
“I love my partner because they are pretty _____________.”
“I never knew I was pretty _____________ until ____________ helped me realize it.”
“The moment I realized I could be pretty ____________ was when I ____________.”
“I still want to become pretty ______________.”

Your work will become clear after you watch the video:

2.Go for a Sensory Beauty Walk together. details: Tapestry of Faith, World of Wonder, Beauty in Nature
3. Wabi-Sabi: The Art and Beauty of Imperfection – Utne Reader
4. Youth React to Being Called Beautiful

Take it Home with You – These resources – please take a printed copy of these resources or visit them online at our website and engage your UU faith beautifully throughout the summer.

Questions for Reflection on topic of Beauty

1. Have you ever experienced a “beautiful goodbye”?
2. When were you first healed by beauty?
3. What did your family of origin teach you about what it means “to be beautiful”?
4. What parts of life have grown more beautiful as you’ve aged?

Beautiful Quotes

1. Blaise Pascal – “In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.”
2. Rev. Sean Parker Dennison – “The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.”
3. Rev. Mary Katherine Morn – “We are here so that together we might heed the admonitions of beauty. Answer its call to create, protect, and preserve.”
4. Zoe Kravitz – “Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.”

Beautiful Books

1. Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John O’Donohue
2. Old In Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Irvin Painter
3. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
4. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Beautiful Children’s Books

1. Beautiful Blackbird by Ashley Bryan (author, illustrator)
2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
3. That’s Not a Daffodil! by Elizabeth Honey (Author, Illustrator)
4. Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson (Author), Jan Davey Ellis (Illustrator)

Beautiful Movies
1. Real Women Have Curves On the tangled web of beauty, culture and family relationships.
2. This Beautiful Fantastic
3. A Beautiful Mind Definitely time to watch it again!
4. Dumplin’ -Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

Beautiful Songs
1. Beauty In The World by Macy Gray
2. Beautiful World by Colin Hay
3. The Way I Am by Ingrid Michaelson
4. Not A Pretty Girl by Ani Difranco

Beautiful Videos and things found Online
1. Check out these poems about beauty online: Ode to My Socks – Pablo Neruda: Burial & To the Fig Tree on 9th & Christian – Ross Gay: To the Mulberry Tree – Ross Gay: Ode to the Women on Long Island – Olivia Gatwood: Ode to Thrift Stores – Ariana Brown:
2. The Inner Landscape of Beauty – John O’Donohue: On Being Podcast
3. How Beauty Can Heal Us Shots of Awe / Jason Silva A meditation on the soul-shaking, heart-stirring power of beauty.
4. Body Positivity or Body Obsession? – TED Talk Rather than working to make sure more women’s bodies are viewed as valuable, we are focused on making sure that women are valued as more than bodies to view…