Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains September 3, 2020
We edited our newsletter lists for new classes this year and will soon resume sending individual newsletters for each class.
Family/grade lists will advance automatically next year. Past RE volunteers are welcome join class lists even if you aren't leading RE this fall. Weekly newsletters are also posted on the CUUC blog, online here.
The 2020-2021 theme for Religious Education (RE) is JUSTICE & EQUITY,to support our young people in understanding justice issues, finding their voice, and engaging in faith in action. And we are deepening our partnership with CUUC Social Justice teams! September-December the K-4th grade RE class is collaborating with the Hunger & Homelessness team, the 5th-7th grade RE class is collaborating with our UU the Vote team, and the 8th-12th grade RE class is collaborating with the Racial Justice/In The Spirit of Truth team. Teams have been busy planning! Fall RE classes meet online after Sunday worship, the K-4th and 8th-12th grade classes meeting 7 times, and the 5th-7th grade class now meeting 9 times so they can get a jump on their faith in action project and share it before the November election. Click HERE for the updated schedule.
NEW!Support for adults having conversations with young people about our three fall justice topics. We will share ideas for discussing democratic participation, hunger and homelessness, and racism and racial justice as faith and justice issues. These will be held Sundays during the 1:30pm Adult RE hour; dates will be posted on the Fall schedule.
Plans for Spring 2021 RE are not yet set. We hope to be able to meet in person so we can offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 5th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, and the Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators curriculum, as well as other Sunday RE classes. We hold the safety of our community as our highest priority and will review conditions later this fall in collaboration with our Reopening Planning Committee.
Barbara Mair resumed hosting Thursday evening children's story time, alternating reading with children would would like a turn. This week, Barbara will continue reading "The Saturdays" by Elizabeth Enright. Click HERE for a description of the story and coloring sheets. Next week, September 10th, Jonathan will read "A Dog's Porpoise" by M.C. Ross.
Join Us Thursdays, 7:15pm Room 4635 | Zoom Mtg ID 602 164 635 & Pswd 468468
CUUC Fun Day
Join us for CUUC Fun Day Saturday September 12th, 12:00-3:00pm, conditions permitting. Our rain date is Sunday, September 13th, time tba. We will be outside, wearing masks and spreading out for tie-dyeing, rock painting, frisbee and catch, scavenger hunt, trail tours, bird watching and more! Bring your picnic lunch and lawn chairs or a blanket. Watch the newsletters closer to the date for confirmation that it is safe for us to hold this event.
UU 7th Principle
Citizen Science Project
Community Service Project
We are looking for individuals, teams, or families to adopt sections of the pathways around CUUC to observe and tend as we honor our interdependent web of existence. This is a great service and learning opportunity for children and youth! Contact Bice Wilson for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Supporting Local Families
Experiencing Food Insecurity
The CUUC Hunger and Homelessness team and the Brunch Committee continue partnering with the HOPE Community Services soup kitchen to provide support for local families experiencing food insecurity. The need is great! Our CUUC team has been making weekly deliveries of dinner trays and lunch items that are prepared by our volunteers. You can help by making a financial donation for ingredients and supplies. With just $100 we can feed 200 people!Any donation is helpful. You can contribute by clicking the Donate button on our website, selecting "Other" and typing "Meals for HOPE" or by sending a check to CUUC with “Meals for HOPE” in the memo line. Contact Nicole Turygin (email@example.com) and Steve Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Religious Education & Social Justice
The 2020-2021 RE theme is Justice & Equity. Our 8th-12th grade youth will partner with the In The Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice team all fall for learning and faith in action. To understand current movements for racial justice, we need to understand our country's history. Summer is a great time to read the 1619 Project materials!
Links to the individual essays on The New York Times website can be found at the bottom of their article "Why We Published the 1619 Project." Find a link to The New York Times Magazine: The 1619 Project HERE. Read about CUUC's approach HERE. Join us Sunday, September 13th at 4:00 pm via Zoom for discussion about Linda Villarosa's essay, "Medical Inequality." We will also discuss an essay that the same author (click here) published in April 2020 on Covid-19 and the toll it has taken in the African American community. Zoom information will be available a few days before the session.
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