PreK-4th Grade Religious Education Newsletter: September 25, 2020


Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
September 25, 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:
K-12th grade Religious Education (RE) is off to a great start!
Last Sunday, classes discussed covenant, justice, and equity v. equality.
Follow what the children and youth are learning in
 THIS document. You can also use this resource for conversations at home. A link to the story and discussion questions are below. 

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

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

I Vote My UU Values

The graphic on the right was made by Claire Pullen, a UU young adult graphic designer. It is free to use, with credit.

Support Resources

With the new school year starting during a pandemic, many parents, children, and youth are feeling stressed. We are collecting resources to support, soothe, and inspire you. We will continue adding resources and hope you find them helpful, click HERE

PreK  Community

Calling All Little Friends
to Meet and Play

Diane Keller and Hans invite PreK/K children to reconnect and play outside on the CUUC playground. Wear masks and bring your own snack/lunch so we aren't sharing food. Saturday, 11:00am-12:30/1:00pm, October 17, November 7 & 14. RSVP with Dianedakmv@aol.com.

At-Home Resource

We are excited to share this new resource! POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism. We think all elementary families will enjoy this!
You will learn to understand your child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support this development, and to see yourself as a spiritual teacher. Each month, three short videos will be added to the POP website. CUUC has purchased the curriculum for you. Use the password below. Access the videos and worksheets at your own pace, then we'll connect and share learning (dates tba).
Click HERE and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive)​.
Along the way, let us know what you think of this resource, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

K - 4th Grade Community

At-Home Resources from Last Sunday's Class

Last Sunday, Laura Goodspeed, Laura Sehdeva, and Norm Handelman led class. The children reconnected, discussed their class covenant and heard a story about how Dewey Doo-It helped a friend. You can listen to the story HERE and discuss it at home. 

Before Listening/Reading, Ask:
-What do you do when you’re hungry? 
-What if you don’t find something to eat that you like? 
-What if someone doesn’t have anything to eat - what would that be like? 

Introduce the Story: We’re going to hear a story and I want you to listen for a problem that happens in the story and how the friends helped. We’ll talk about that after we hear it, and then think about ways to solve the problem. 

Discuss After the Story:
-What was the problem that occurred in this story?
-How do you think Marty felt (about all the fruit falling from his tree and not having food)?
-What did Dewey and others do to help?

Close: Where there is a problem, we can work on a solution. We’ll be talking about solutions and what we can do to help.

The children also talked about justice and fairness.
Questions you can discuss at home: 

-Have you ever experienced something that wasn’t fair? How did that feel?
-When you are on the playground at school, how do you know what’s fair and not fair?
-What special tools do we have as UUs to help us know *how* to treat people fairly? (Our 7 Principles & proposed 8th Principle)

This year we are going to talk alot about being fair and just. Another at-home resources you can use comes from Feeding America, Hungry to Help Family Action Plan

No Class This Sunday, Sept. 27

Next Class, October 4th at 11:30am

Sunday, October 4th, Nicole Turygin, chair of the CUUC Hunger & Homelessness Social Justice Team will join class to talk with the children about hunger and food insecurity. Children will hear a story and begin exploring ideas for an action they can participate in this fall.  

Click HERE for the updated schedule and Zoom login link

Adult Community

Adult RE & Groups

Support for Conversations about Justice & Equity
This Sunday, Sep 27, 1:30pm in Rm 7899
This is the first of three fall sessions to support parents, grandparents, RE leaders and any adults who are having conversations about justice & equity with children and youth. We will discuss our own learning and journeys, and share approaches for shaping conversations with young people. This Sunday, we will highlight one of our fall 2020 justice topics, democratic participation and UU the Vote. Leaders: Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com) & Karen Leahy.

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.

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. Deadline to enroll is extended to Friday, September 25th. CUUC participants will 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

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