Religious Education: Mid-Summer 2020 Edition

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
August 7, 2020

Mid-Summer 2020 Edition


Movin' & Groovin' 
for ALL Ages!
Starts Monday! Calling all ages, energy levels, ranges of mobility and experience for some dancing fun!  Join Terri Kung (terrikung@yahoo.com) to have some FUN and learn a routine that can be modified for any age and stage. (We might just find ourselves in a flash mob sometime soon.) Come to one or all of the practices:  
  • Monday, August 10 & 17, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Friday, August 14 & 21, 10:30am
  • Zoom Room 8428: Meeting ID 817 388 428 & Password 468468; for Phone Audio Dial 646-558-8656; Zoom One-Step Authentication Login, click HERE

UU Kids Connect
Children and youth can participate any time!
Tracy is with the 6th-8th grade group
tomorrow: Friday, August 7th
Click HERE for the full description in the July 2nd newsletter.

Rising K-5th Graders 
  • Summer Power Hour Mondays - incoming grades K-2 (Mondays, July 6 – Aug.24, 11:00am-12:00pm ET)
  • Summer Power Hour Wednesdays - incoming grades 3-5 (Wednesdays, July 8 – Aug.26, 11:-00am – 12:00pm ET)
  • Click HERE  for the full description in the July 2nd newsletter. Click HERE to register and receive the participation link. 
 Rising 6th-8th Graders
  • Summer Socials for incoming grades 6-8 (every other Friday, July 10, July 24, Aug.7 & Aug.21, 3:00pm – 4:00pm ET)
  • Tracy Breneman is one of the leaders for the 6th-8th group tomorrow, Friday, August 7th! We are exploring our 5th UU Principle and the democratic process, and having fun!  Join us!  Click HERE for the full description in the July 2nd newsletter. Click HERE to register and receive the participation link. 

More Youth Activities

Click HERE  for full descriptions
in the July 2nd newsletter. 

CER Treehouse
The UUA Central East Region (CER) Treehouse offers drop in events, some planned by youth, some planned by adults. There will be break out spaces by CON community, spaces for POC and LGBTQ youth, chances to plan and participate in drop in programs like worship, and more—whatever the community needs and can create together! The Treehouse is free and open to rising 9th graders through 2020 HS graduates.  Click HERE for more information and to register for log in instructions.

Center Lane Pride Camp: Isms & Intersections
Monday-Friday, August 10-14, 11am-3pm
There's still time to register! Pride Camps are FREE 5-day leadership conferences where teens in Westchester County can earn 20 hours of community service learning how to create community, connect with LGBTQ+ culture and history and contribute to the world!  The LGBTQ+ community is made up of people of all genders, races, religions, abilities, ages, income levels - we're everyone! This week, we'll talk 'ism' - how oppression of groups affects us personally, others in our community, and how we talk about being Queer. We'll explore how we navigate intersecting identities, deal with oppression, and show resilience. 

TransParentcy+ is a 9 week program for Trans, Gender Expansive, Non-Binary, or Questioning youth ages 13-21 who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, talk about their experiences and concerns, and helping their families navigate the changing world of gender. Gather in a confidential Zoom, Mondays 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31 from 6-8 pm. FREE!  Click HERE for the flyer. // Click HERE to sign up. Email centerlane@wjcs.com for more information

Mental Health & School Reopening
Tuesday, August 18th, 7:00-8:00pm
The Westchester chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering a virtual presentation on how to prepare your child for returning to school in the "new normal." There will be time for Q&A. 
Pre-registration required via Evenbrite at:  https://childrenshealthandschoolreopening.eventbrite.comYou will receive the Zoom link and login on the morning of the presentation. Registration Ends August 17

*Andrew Ecker, Ed.D., Coordinator, Guidance & Child Study Center, Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES
*Marion Walsh, Esq., Special Education Dept. for Littman Krooks
*Marie Considine, MPA, Director of Development for NAMI Westchester and parent of school-age children

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 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.


The RE Council is delighted to welcome two new members: Stephanie Madden and Al Forte! They join continuing Council members, Christine Haran (Co-chair), Laura Goodspeed (Co-chair), David Bowen, Janice Silverberg, Laura Sehdeva, Joe Gonzalez and Tracy Breneman (DRE). We are actively planning classes and events, and will reach out to RE leaders in the coming weeks. 

For the 2020-2021 year in Religious Education, we are embracing the theme of JUSTICE & EQUITY, with learning and action in these areas: racial justice & police reform, LGBTPQIA+ rights, Indigenous rights, climate justice, and UU the Vote.  We will deepen our partnership with the CUUC Social Justice teams, supporting existing initiatives and affording our young people opportunities to find their voice.

We will offer Our Whole Lives classes for 5th-6th and 7th-9th grades. We are also excited to support parents and caregivers by offering the "Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators" curriculum, which provides an opportunity for adults to gain tools for supporting the young people in your lives.

The CUUC Reopening Planning Group has been meeting to discuss means and a timeline for eventually reopening our building. No date has been set but the group is in ongoing discussion and will communicate with the CUUC community when there is a decision. For the sake of creating a plan for the year and scheduling, the RE Council anticipates holding RE classes and activities mostly online through December. We are working on the RE schedule and will share it in the coming weeks. 


  • Click HERE for activity resources.
  • Click HERE for our growing list of anti-racism resources for families.
  • 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.
  • For information about Summer 2020 UU camps, click HERE
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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