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The Well Celebrates Oneness, Children

Sister Mary Schaefer, CSJ, and Amber Smith of St. Agatha school in Lawndale with her artwork created for the "Stories of Oneness" program.
 Bridget Sperduto, Director of The Well, shares a reflection with children at the "Stories of Oneness" liturgy.

 Bill Gress, Associate Director of CSJ MInistries, hands out certificates of appreciation at the "Stories of Oneness" liturgy.

The Well, a sponsored ministry of the Congregation of St. Joseph, celebrated the publishing release of two new children’s books with a special children’s liturgy on Sunday, November 25, 2012. Over 120 supporters gathered to honor the student artists from three schools whose artwork was featured in the books.

The artwork was created as part of the "Stories of Oneness" project held at The Well, which gathered school-aged children and teachers from across social, racial, religious and economic boundaries. During this field trip, students participate in activities that foster communion with God, one another and all of creation. Together they explored our common origin story, built new relationships and, with the inspiration of Sister Kathy Sherman’s music, created art to be used for original learning resources for children, families and educators.

Students’ original artwork was used to illustrate two children’s books “Look! Listen! Feel!” and “God is Everywhere!”  The stories, a CD of music, and the related activities provided at the end of the books help us to recognize God’s loving presence through the whole universe. Through their involvement in this project, students were invited to recognize themselves as artists of peace, love and unity. 

Over 100 children participated in creating artwork for the publications including students from St. Luke School in River Forest, St. Agatha from the Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago, and St. Francis Xavier in LaGrange Park.

The Well is a spirituality center which encourages people of all faiths to recognize our unity with God, the Earth and one another. Click here for more information.