5th-7th Grade Religious Education Newsletter: September 18, 2020

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
September 18, 2020
2020-2021 Religious Education (RE) theme: JUSTICE & EQUITY
Supporting our young people in understanding justice issues, articulating their values, and engaging in faith in action with CUUC Social Justice teams. Fall 2020 Resources:

Ellery Churchmouse learns about Unitarian Universalism and deals with the Covid-19 pandemic, click HERE (Instagram). Each picture has a wonderful explanation. 

It's that yummy time of year! A Guide to Westchester Apple Picking

PEN America, Recommended Books for Our Moment

5th - 7th Grade Community

RE Classes Begin This Sunday!

-RE Leaders: Denice Tomlinson, Alex Sehdeva, Gail Johnston
-SJ Partner: Karen Leahy, UU the Vote
-Class Begins Sunday, September 20th, 11:45am-12:30pm  
-Zoom 8428 Breakout Room | Zoom Mtg ID 817 388 428 + Passcode: 468468
-Class Meets Online *9 Times Through December - Youth will be making a video about why it is important to them that adults vote so they are adding two extra classes before the election. You'll be able to share the video with family and friends!

Click HERE for the updated schedule and additional information
Social Conscience Series
Featuring Common

FREE! Important issues such as racism, sexism, and social advocacy are too often shortchanged or omitted in mainstream curriculum. Classes in this series aim to arm today's learners with the knowledge to effectively serve as tomorrow's leaders. Session 1: Finding Your Voice. For more information and to register, click HERE
Story Time 

Thursdays, 7:05pm Check-In & 7:15-8:00pm Story, Room 4635Barbara Mair continues reading "The Saturdays" by Elizabeth Enright. Click HERE for a description of the story and coloring sheets.  Click HERE to listen to Barbara read parts 1 & 2. Next up, Jonathan will read "A Dog's Porpoise" by M.C. Ross. Room 4635| Zoom Mtg ID 602 164 635 & Pswd 468468.
A New School Year

With the new school year starting during a pandemic, many parents, children, and youth are feeling stressed. We hope these resources are helpful:
If you are struggling, please reach out for support: Westchester's St. Vincent's Crisis Team914-925-5959; NAMI HelpLine, 914-592-5458; National Suicide Hotline, 800-273-8255; The Trans Lifeline, 877-565-8860. Get some CUUC Caring & Sharing TLC by contacting Paula Meighan, 914-924-0204, or Liz Laite, 914-366-4211. 
Be Inspired
  • Center for Healthy Minds Series: Our Actions can Plant Seeds for a Better Tomorrow, Well-Being Tips & a Discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • VOTE! Encourage others to vote, like our 5th-7th grade RE class will be doing with Karen Leahy & UU the Vote! You can also Rock the Vote. All registered NY voters can request an absentee ballot TODAY under the "temporary illness" designation; request your absentee ballot HERE.
  • The UU Soul Matters group offers this family resource about RENEWAL with activities and discussion prompts. When we embrace renewal, we accept that what worked in the past may not work in the future, and we trade the confidence of experience and mastery for the release, excitement, and opportunity of beginner’s mind. That kind of renewal is a gift to our kids and ourselves.
  • Soul Matters also shares their Spotify playlists related to their monthly themes.
  • Stay tuned for family resources related to our CUUC themes of Resilience (October), Hope (November), and Abundance (December).

Adult Community

Beloved Conversations

Several CUUC members are participating in the Beloved Conversation 4-part online series this fall. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and RE leaders to have support for the conversations you are having at home and in RE. Register for the Fall Term of of Beloved Conversations by the Sun Sep 20 deadline and receive a generous discount offered by an anonymous donor and matched by CUUC so your cost is only $25. Send payment confirmation to Joe Majsak for reimbursement or other payment arrangements. Learn more and register HERE
Adult RE & Groups

Every Sunday at 1:30pm there will be an Adult Religious Education offering led by Rev. Meredith, Tracy, or CUUC teams. Watch the weekly RE newsletter, e-Communitarian or CUUC calendar for topics.

Three Sundays this fall during the 1:30pm hour, Tracy will offer support space for adults having conversations with young people about our fall justice topics. We will share ideas for discussing democratic participation, hunger/food insecurity, homelessness, anti-Blackness and racial justice as faith and justice issues. Dates are posted on the Fall RE schedule

The CUUC Journey Groups are a way to deepen our understanding of life and strengthen our connections to one another by exploring monthly themes together. The Family Journey Group, led by Alex Sehdeva and Irene Cox, meets monthly on 2nd Fridays. Click HERE to see all groups and select the one that works best for you. For the September issue of On the Journey: "Journeying & Wandering," click HERE.

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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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