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2020-01-15

This Week in Religious Education: January 15-22, 2020

Faith Friday, January 17, 2020
6:15pm Pizza Community Dinner
7:00-8:30pm Faith Friday Programming:
  • Rev. Kimberley's Class, Habits of the Heart
  • Adult Journey Group
  • Youth Group
  • Children's Journey Group. 
The January Journey Group theme is Authority. On The Journey packets are available on our website, click here. RSVP by noon on Thursday, January 16th by e-mailing cuucevents@gmail.com and let us know which group you are attending.

Saturday, January 18, 2020
6:00pm HS Youth Group meeting at the Rockland UU to begin planning the February 15th CON. RSVP to Jane Cowan, janeccowan@gmail.com or in the GroupMe chat.

Sunday, January 19, 2020 (click links for individual class newsletters)
*Winter weather is forecast for Saturday. If it lingers and Sunday RE is affected, Tracy will send an e-mail to all RE families and volunteers by 7:30am Sunday morning. As always, use your own best judgement about whether to venture out or not.

8th-9th & 10th-12th Grades: Special Dr. Martin Luther King Day Program
Begin in the sanctuary at 10:00am then youth will go to special programming in the youth group room, 14. Rhonda M. of the Social Justice/Racial Justice Team is leading a program for 8th-12th grade youth about the children's crusade and the role of youth in the African American freedom struggle, and how our faith calls us to action today. 

6th-7th Grades: Islam Unit Continues
Begin in the sanctuary at 10:00am then youth will go to class with Mohammed Loutfy and Nicole Turygin to continue learning about Islam. Class meets in room 41.

K-1st & 2nd-3rd & 4th-5th Grades: Special Dr. Martin Luther King Day Program
We all start in the worship service at 10:00am then children, youth and volunteers leave for RE. We have a very special K-5th grade program planned. Jim Cobb of the Social Justice/Racial Justice Team is sharing stories of his and Mary's families' ties to slavery, including Mary's great grandmother who was born into slavery. He will also talk about a child's rocking chair that has been in their family for generations. The stories will be told in a manner appropriate for the children's ages and understanding. This is an wonderful opportunity for the children to spend time with an elder of the congregation. Laura G is the assistant. They will meet in classroom 43.

Childcare
Diane Keller and Hans Elsevier welcome children into childcare, room 32, during Sunday morning worship. Parents are welcome to bring comfort items from home. Please let Diane know if your child has allergies or specific needs.

Upcoming Opportunities 
Community Chili Lunch
Following worship and classes January 26th, join us for a community chili lunch.  The Religious Education Council would like to hear from families in a mid-year check in.  How is RE going so far this year for your family?  What would you like us to know?  Look for tables with "RE Check In" cards.

During lunch, Rev. Kimberley will check in with the youth group about their worship planning for the March 8th youth-led worship service.

Congregational Survey
The Committee on Ministry is evaluating how we support our spiritual development, and asks you to help by answering our survey. It should take 10-15 minutes and responses are confidential. You can take the survey online here. The survey is open until Mon Feb 3. Questions? Contact: Tom Wacht (tjwachtesq@aol.com).

Metro NY Social Youth CON
The UU congregation in Summit, NJ is hosting a social CON for 9th-12th graders Friday, January 31-Sunday, February 2. The theme is CONspiracy. Social CONS are youth events that provide a safe space for UU youth to have a weekend of worship, workshops and fun! Jane Cowan from the Rockland UU will serve as our adult sponsor for the weekend. Click here for more information and to register. 

Serving Indigenous and Families of Color
I would like to be in conversation with Indigenous and Families of Color (you or someone in your family is Indigenous or a Person of Color) who attend CUUC. I am wondering if our RE ministry is meeting your needs and would be grateful for a conversation around what that means for you, what it means for you and your family to feel supported and served in this community. Please feel welcome to speak with me any Sunday after worship or to reach out via e-mail (CUUCWPTracy@gmail.com) or by phone/text (914-434-7539).  Thank you, Tracy

Beloved Conversations Family Pilot
A few years ago, this congregation participated in Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity.  We are excited to let you know that the Fahs Collaborative has been working on a Beloved Conversations Family (BCF).  The initial version is for families of color and multiracial families. They anticipate another version will be written for white families at some point in the future.

Our congregation has the opportunity to pilot the curriculum and we are excited to do so. Participants in this pilot will be UUs who identify as People of Color, Indigenous people or as white people in multiracial families. We hope to offer this in the late spring and will be extending the invitation to families at the other Westchester UU congregations. The pilot includes an opening retreat and five 90 minute sessions. Please contact Tracy Breneman to express interest or for additional information. 

Sunday Morning Greeters
We would love to have families greet Sunday morning before worship. What could be more welcoming to families than having a family greet them at the door! Your family would be in place 9:45-10:15am. Contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com) to sign up for a Sunday. 

Backpack Donations
The Hunger & Homelessness Social Justice Team is sponsoring a backpack drive to support the Brighter Futures After School Mentoring Program. Throughout the month of January, you can sponsor a backpack or purchase items to fill backpacks. Click here for the flyer with more information. Contact Amy Swiss with questions (amyswiss@aol.com). 

Teen Benefit Concert & Dinner
Rivertown Teens invites youth from various religious denominations to work together to host a benefit performance and dinner to support a cause of their choosing. This is a great way to meet youth from other faith traditions and contribute to an important social need. Click here for the flyer which has more information.

Teen Essay Contest
Lifting Up Westchester is holding their 3rd annual Annual Student Essay Contest.  This year’ theme is Why Hope Is Important, particularly at times of personal hardship and diversity.  What is hope? Beyond basic necessities of food and shelter, do we need hope to thrive? How do you restore hope in someone who has lost it? The deadline to enter is January 31st.  Click here for more information. 

In The Coming Weeks

  • Sunday, January 26th - Sunday, January 26th - All begin in worship at 10:00am then leave for RE classes and youth group. Following worship and RE, join us for a community chili lunch. The Religious Education Council would like to hear from families in a mid-year check in.  How is RE going so far this year for your family?  What would you like us to know?  Look for tables with "RE Check In" cards. During lunch, Rev. Kimberley will check in with the youth group about their worship planning for the March 8th youth-led worship service.
  • Sunday, February 2nd - All begin in worship at 10:00am then leave for RE classes and youth group. Following youth group, youth have a worship planning discussion with Rev. Kimberley and Tracy. 
  • Adult Journey Groups also meet monthly on the 2nd Thursday and Friday, the 3rd Thursday and Friday, the 4th Sunday and Wednesday, and the 4th Thursday. Click here for more information. 
RE Newsletters
Ahead of Sundays when classes and youth group meet, each class and group receives their own individualized weekly newsletter. If you would like to receive one or more RE newsletters in your e-mail, sign up here.

I look forward to seeing you!
in fellowship, Tracy

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