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A Young Unitarian Universalist's Doodle-ography Journal

The UU journal contains words and images that connect children and youth with their Unitarian Universalist heritage (including the principles and sources) as well as wisdom from other world religions and the earth. With the use of these prompts, children explore and meditate visually, through doodling.

Journals in service

Children at Midcoast UU Fellowship in Maine pick up journals and pens on their way in, and use them during service.

How to use the journal in class and church. Why not replace activity bags and pipe cleaners with a resource that supports the development of our youth's UU identity while calming and centering them on a much deeper level? Keep the journals and a supply of good pens at church for use during Sunday services, religious education classes, Coming of Age program, and youth group. At the end of the church year each child will have created a beautiful visual record of their journey and a memento of their faith community to take home and keep. Gallery of “doodled” pages.

What Doodle-ography can do. The journal can be used to encourage quiet contemplation and it has also been used very successfully as a support for attentive listening during story times and Sunday services. Recent research demonstrates that doodling actually improves retention of auditory information. Doodling has also proven a very effective aid to increasing focus for children who struggle with attention and anxiety issues. MORE INFORMATION

Who should use this journal? This journal is designed for youth, primarily for children ages 6 through 14, though younger children enjoy it as well. It is perfect for middleschool aged children and aa wonderful resourse for Unitarian Universalist religious education classes or at home. Highschool youth are happy using this journal or the ADULT EDITION.

How to get started: Each journal contains tips for getting started. We also offer Workshops designed to get you and your group off to a good start and to enable you to get the most that Doodle-ography has to offer.

The Young Unitarian Universalist's Journal is available from this website only. We have made every effort to keep it as affordable as possible, especially for church groups.

We offer volume discounts as follows:
1-4 journals: $12 a piece.
5-9 journals: $11 a piece.
10+ journals: $10 a piece.

We also have a journal for adults:

• Doodle-ography Journal (for Everyone)

And an interfaith journal for youth:

• A young SEEKER'S Doodle-ography Journal

The instructor notes were simple and clear. I oriented the children and co-teacher to the doodle journals in just a few minutes.… The children were excited and enthusiastic to begin working with their doodle jstoryournals [during the story].… After and discussion, the children were relaxed and centered enough to participate in a several-minute guided meditation.