Writing the Children’s Immigration Curriculum
In this post, Mandy Neff, author of the newly published children’s RE curriculum, With Justice and Compassion, shares some of the background story behind the curriculum.- Ed.
My mother escaped as a teen during the Hungarian Revolution. I grew up hearing her stories of running from soldiers, a long wait eating thin soup in a refugee camp, and finally several demanding years of learning English with the family that adopted her here in the US before she was naturalized. I knew her immigration was no small thing. But despite the difficulties, she was welcomed into a new culture when she arrived. She was one of the lucky ones – and I have benefited from that.
After several years of Buddhist studies, I have learned the power of the Metta, or lovingkindness, meditation for myself. Through its repetition of the same words for yourself, then a loved one, in ever-widening circles until you reach someone you consider an enemy and have to send them lovingkindness, it is a profound tool. As a Religious Educator, I am always searching for ways to teach compassion and respect to our children and youth. This was an ideal tool to give them. (more…)