UUs tend to be a pretty brainy group.  We love facts and statistics, ideas and even art.  But what do we do for fun?  For as much as October and Halloween embraces the frightening, at the heart of all the festivities is a sense of playfulness.

If there is one thing I’ve learned in recent years as a mom, it’s the value of Play. Granted, it is easier to experience play when you have “Play Consultants”, or children,” to help you out, but inherently we all know how to do it, even as adults.  And the bonus for us “brainy people,” is that nothing lights up the brain like play!  Neuroscience shows that play activity is significantly tied to brain development and function.

     So let’s embrace PLAY along with Thoroughness as our Faith Development themes this month!

Consider, what does it mean to you to be Playful?  Who do you feel comfortable being “playful” with?  What kind of play do you enjoy?  Do it thoroughly once per week.  Try a new kind of play.  Dive in.  Play a Game.  Take something apart.  Laugh.  Be silly.  Watch a comedy. Do that thing you think will be fun!  Finish this phrase at least 5 different funny ways, “It’s all fun and games until…”


If you’re still not inspired, here are some:


-Events & Activities for kids of all ages             http://fun4kidsinbuffalo.com/

-UU World article- “The Wisdom of Play”  http://www.uuworld.org/articles/wisdom-play


-Four Fabulous TED talks on Play:

Jane McGonigal:  Game Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_the_game_that_can_give_you_10_extra_years_of_life?language=en

Steve Keil:  A Manifesto for Play http://www.ted.com/talks/steve_keil_a_manifesto_for_play_for_bulgaria_and_beyond?language=en

Tim Brown:         Creativity and Play                         http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play?language=en

Stewart Brown :  Play is more than fun, it is vital  http://www.ted.com/talks/stuart_brown_says_play_is_more_than_fun_it_s_vital?language=en



-“Play is the highest form of research.” ~Albert Einstein

-“Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” ~Diane Ackerman

-“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”                                                                                           George Bernard Shaw

-“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”  ~Plato

-“Life must be lived as PLAY.” ~Plato

-“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                                                                          Yours in faith,  Michelle