UU Ice Breaker Bingo

This UU Ice Breaker Bingo activity was created by me, Peter Bowden, and the Rev. Amy Freedman. It was designed specifically for a religious education parent community building event.

Download UU Ice Breaker Bingo:
Icebreaker Bingo (updated 10/20/17) DOC
 Icebreaker Bingo (updated 10/20/17) PDF

Example Board

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For best results CUSTOMIZE the boards to better fit the group you are using it with.  We used multiple boards just for fun.  Note that you can only customize the word docs, not the PDF.

How it was used        
The bingo sheets were passed out as people arrived.  This helped the 50+ parents attending connect before dinner.  Note this evening program was specifically designed to help parents connect, with the children having a separate program. Want to get your families to interact as families? Want to promote intergenerational / multigenerational community?  Make sure to do some intentional community building with your parents!

The three boards included in this document have different squares.  Boards 1 and 2 include questions referencing children.  Board 3 does not.  This has been included for those who don’t want to take the time to customize.

Tips on customizing:
As the facilitator of this icebreaker I  included “Find someone who has been on the Curious George Show” because I HAVE  and that helped me connect with all participants. We also knew that there was some interest in meditation.  That helped people connect who shared that interest.

We had prizes for the first five winners to shout out BINGO.  Either make sure to have prizes or take out the text saying you have prizes.

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Have fun! And let us know how it goes.

Emerson’s Transparent Eyeball Coloring Page

Recently my wife, the Rev. Amy Freedman, asked me to make an easel pad sized version of the classic Ralph Waldo Emerson “Transparent Eyeball” illustration by Christopher Pearse Cranch (ca. 1836-1838).  She wanted the large version to use in a message for all ages at First Parish in Concord, MA.  Read Amy’s post about the message.

After making my large Sharpie version of this illustration, I scanned it using my iPhone’s Evernote App and later turned it into the following black and white coloring page.

Download:

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Transparent Eyeball Coloring Page (PDF)

Download Coloring Page

Here’s the Cranch “Transparent Eyeball” illustration via Wikipedia:

Here’s the illustration as it appeared in the worship service:

Here are some other versions.

Emerson’s Transparent Eyeball – Social Media Profile Header

Emerson Transparent Eyeball Facebook Header

Emerson’s Transparent Eyeball – Square

Emerson Transparent Eyeball Square

Emerson’s Transparent Eyeball – Full Page

If you use these and enjoy them, drop me a note or comment on this post.  I love hearing how people use my art.  ~ Peter

 

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GA Program for the UU Association of Membership Professionals

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The Unitarian Universalist Association’s UUA General Assembly 2016 conference is coming up fast!  I’m excited to be leading the morning professional day program for the UU Association of Membership Professionals.  We’ll be exploring social media, storytelling, building relationships, membership growth and social media planning.  I don’t know if my talk is being live streamed or filmed, but I’ll keep you posted.

Connect with UUAMP

If your congregation has a volunteer or staff membership coordinator, make sure to checkout the http://www.uuamp.org website. They have a growing collection of resources available, including archived webinars, and a newsletter.  Here’s the May – June 2016 issue (PDF).

Regional Facebook Groups

There are also regional UU Membership Professional Facebook groups. See individual groups for requirements to join.

UU Membership Professionals – Pacific Western Region
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UUAMPPWR

UU Membership Professionals – Southern Region
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1430455480618056

UU Membership Professionals – MidAmerica Region
https://www.facebook.com/groups/671579982977014

UU Membership Professionals – New England Region
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1865231670369512