Religious Education: August 21-28, 2020 (incl. Fall 2020 RE Preview)

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
August 21, 2020


The 2020-2021 theme for RE is JUSTICE & EQUITY, to support our young people in understanding justice issues, finding their voice, and carrying their values into the world. And we are deepening our partnership with CUUC Social Justice teams!

FALL 2020 K-12th Grade RE Classes: Over 7 fall Sundays, children and youth will learn about justice issues and collaborate with CUUC's Social Justice teams on a project or action they will share with the congregation. Fall classes will meet online after worship. 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.  You can h
elp us collect stories and resources to share with families and volunteers: Racial Justice resources. Hunger & Homelessness resources. UU the Vote resources. Send suggestions to Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com)

Our Whole Lives (OWL): We will offer OWL for 5th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, and the Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators curriculum when we can meet in person regularly again. We do not offer OWL online. 

Youth Group & Community Building: Youth Groups will meet online. We will also bring OWL youth together online to begin getting to know each other as youth and facilitators from the Rockland and Croton UU congregations will join us for OWL this year. We may offer in-person community-building activities this fall, conditions permitting. We would meet outside and observe safety protocols.

Adult RE & Journey Groups: Classes for adults will be offered every Sunday at 1:30 - stay tuned for topics! Journey Groups will continue meeting. Check the CUUC website for schedule and availability. 

Fall 2020 RE Calendar Coming Next Week!
(click HERE for a peek)

To volunteer in RE this year, contact Laura Goodspeed (lkgoodspeed@gmail.com), Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com), or Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com),


Activity for All Ages!
Get Some Fresh Air & 
Help Prepare CUUC Grounds

TOMORROW/SATURDAY, August 22nd, 9:00am at CUUC
Our building sits on beautiful grounds we look forward to enjoying again. We need help preparing our grounds for Family Fun Day on September 12th, and to make it safe and fun to walk our pathways and explore our hillside woodlands and stream corridor. Gather this Saturday by the Spirit Fire. Bring work gloves, rakes, loppers, and a tarp to carry away cuttings if you have them. We recommend wearing a hat, sunscreen, and long pants with closed shoes to minimize ticks. Beyond September 12th, we are looking for individuals, teams, or families to adopt small areas or sections of pathways to observe and tend. Contact Bice Wilson for details (bicewilson@gmail.com). 

Children's Story Time Returns
August 27th

Barbara Mair will resume hosting children's story time, alternating reading with Nora, Jonathan, and other children. The first story will be chosen soon. Join us Thursday, August 27th. 7:15pm Check-In. 7:30-8:00pm Story. Zoom Room 8428 (login information below).
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 our masks and spreading out for bring-your-own picnics, tie dyeing, rock painting, scavenger hunt, trail cleanup, bird watching and more! Watch the newsletters closer to the date for confirmation that it is safe for us to hold this event. 

The CUUC Hunger and Homelessness team and the Brunch Committee continue partnering with HOPE Kitchen to provide support for local families experiencing food insecurity. The need is great!

The CUUC Hunger & Homelessness 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. You might sponsor a day or week of meals. Any donation is helpful. You can contribute by clicking the Donate button on our website or by sending a check to CUUC with “Share the Plate - HOPE” in the memo line. Contact Nicole Turygin (nturygin@gmail.com) and Steve Miller (obitsman@gmail.com) for more information. 
RE & Social Justice
Our 2020-2021 RE theme is Justice & Equity. 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.


  • Click HERE for activity resources.
  • Many Journey Groups continue checking in over the summer. Visit cucwp.org/calendar for information about these and other gatherings; click on an event for login information.
  • Check the Online Programming Schedule for Zoom room information.
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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