Integrity & Journal Keeping

Anne Frank’s diary. Photo: Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

This week’s lesson explores the testimony of integrity and how it relates to journal keeping and everyday life. You’ll find out about some people in history who kept journals and how it helped them – and helped the world. For example, How did Anne Frank’s diary become one of the most read, most important, and most inspiring books in the world? Click here to find out!

ALSO! Did you know that Friend, Sue McCollum – from right here at Goose Creek – recently wrote a book on journal keeping with her colleague Diane H. Price? The book is titled, Write Your Stress Away: Tame the Tension in Your Life. This book “introduces you to the revolutionary Write To Be Well four-step method proven to bring relief from stress and optimize your health, simply by writing.” Read more at their website and be sure to contact Sue with any questions!

Here are some questions to jump start a journal entry:

  • How was your day?
  • If you could go anywhere, where would you go and why?
  • If you could draw a picture that represents today, what would it be?
  • What would you write a poem about? Explain.

Here are some passages about integrity from our Faith & Practice and from the Bible:

Testimony to integrity and truth refers to the way we bear witness to the belief that one should live a life that is true to God, true to oneself, and true to others … it is not only about telling the truth – it is applying our understanding of the truth to each situation.

from the 2013 Resource for Faith & Practice, page 29

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)

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More at-home activities

Every Problem Has A Solution “Virtual” Quilt Project
This is for everyone and anyone. We will be having our first virtual get together this Friday May 22nd at 4:00 PM. Download the PDFs for more information.

The Light in Me Poem Template
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Virtual Tours of World Museums Click here to take a trip through some of the world’s greatest collections on these virtual museum and gallery tours.

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Fun Project! How much soil do we actually have for growing the food we need? While people don’t often think about it, fertile soil is one of our most valuable resources. Without it, we would not be able to grow the crops and plants we need to feed all of the people and animals on earth. So, just how much of the earth is made up of land that is suitable for growing food? Try this fun project to find out: click here.

Wild Classroom Daily Activity Plans
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) connects educators and parents with the tools and resources they need to help kids explore and understand the world around them. With you, they inspire the next generation to build a future where people and nature thrive! Click here to see plans.

Want to learn something interesting about Agriculture, Horticulture, and Food while housebound? Loudoun Extension is hosting a series of 30-45 minute Zoom webinar sessions. Topics will vary, related to agriculture, horticulture, and food. Learn more: click here (Middle School through Adult)

4 good practices for anyone caring for quarantined kids
About 55 million U.S. schoolchildren attend schools that have been closed or are being directly affected by the new coronavirus social distancing rules. Erika London Bocknek, a family therapist who studies early childhood development, parenting, and family resilience, encourages parents and others raising kids to focus on the 4 R’s: routines, rules, relationships, and rituals. Click here to read the full article from PBS.

Kindness Resources. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. Check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s activities page. Learn more: click here (Families)

Make a Barnyard from the Small Farmer’s Journal, “Just for Kids” pages:

If you have ideas for activities that students and families can do from home, please contact the Religious Education co-clerks Maria and Cameron: and

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