8th-12th 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:

8th - 12th Grade Community

RE Classes Begin This Sunday!

-RE Leaders: Cyndi & Daniel Tillman, Sophie Mitra
-SJ Partner: Jeff Tomlinson, In the Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice
-Class Begins This Sunday, September 20th, 12:00-1:00pm
-Class Meets Online 7 Times Through December
-Youth Will Choose a Social Action Project for this Fall
-Zoom 8428 Breakout Room | Zoom Mtg ID 817 388 428 + Passcode: 468468

-Leaders: Cyndi & Daniel Tillman
-Meet October 9th at 6:30pm. Leaders will send information. 


Click HERE for the updated schedule and additional information. 
Find our Anti-Racism/Racial Justice resources online HERE. New: My American Melting Pot podcast season 5 series, "Don't be a Racist" with Lori Tharps.
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

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

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

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 information to Joe Majsak for reimbursement or other payment arrangements. Learn more and register HERE

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.

Stay Connected

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

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