8th-12th Grade Religious Education: October 16, 2020

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
October 16, 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:
Halloween Parade

We are excited to see your costumes!  Our beloved annual Halloween parade will be virtual this year.  Send pictures in costume to Tracy by Thursday 10/22 to be included in the Sunday 10/25 virtual parade.  Pictures in a vertical (up and down) orientation preferred over horizontal (sideways), if possible.  Send pictures to cuucwpTracy@gmail.com.

Light or Extinguish the Worship Chalice

We would love to see your family!  We invite you to record a chalice lighting or extinguishing video for Sunday worship. We will provide the script. You'll send a video by the Thursday preceding your Sunday so it can be added to the worship slide deck. You can record using your own device or meet Tracy on Zoom and she can record you. Send Tracy dates in November and December when you are available to submit recordings by Thursday to be used in worship the following Sunday (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

The 8th-12th grade RE class and Youth Group uses the GroupMe app to share quick information and reminders. It's important that All Youth or a Parent join the GroupMe to support communication.  
1) Download the GroupMe app on your phone.
2) Use the QR code on the left to find and join the group, "CUUC/UUCR Youth Group."
3) Identify yourself so we know who is connected to each number - unidentified numbers will be removed from the group.
Adult RE This Sunday

Choosing a Spiritual Practice 
This Sunday, Oct 18, 1:30pm in Rm 7899
Thinking about taking up a spiritual practice -- or thinking about a new spiritual practice? There are so many ways to cultivate spiritual development -- which ones are right for you? And if you have a spiritual practice, please join us to share what you do. (It's a service to others -- and you might pick up a pointer or two.) Led by Rev. Meredith Garmon.
Center Lane/My Sisters' Place Workshops for Youth
Oct. 20 - Gender Roles or Gender Reality?
Oct. 27 - Consent: Yes, No, Umm Maybe . . .
Nov. 3 - How to Help a Friend in an Abusive Relationship
Attend one or all! Workshops start at 6:30 pm on Zoom.
Flyer HERE. Register HERE
Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that helps ALL of us improve our focus and concentration, and manage stress. Below are five simple mindfulness techniques that can be used by children, youth, and adults. Click HERE to read the full Left Brain Buddha blog, and HERE for a handy poster you can print and post.
1. I can find my anchor and breathe. An anchor keeps our mind from drifting too far by offering a specific place to put one's attention, often the breath.
2. I can notice my puppy mind. Minds are like puppies that are curious and want to wander off! We don't get angry at our puppy mind, but notice it has wandered and gently call it back.
3. I can send kind thoughts and be grateful. We can wish for ourselves and others happiness, safety, health, and send kind thoughts. We can also pause and notice what we are grateful for. 
4. I can notice my feelings. Mindfulness can help us become more aware of our emotions. We can identify where in our body we feel an emotion, then name the emotion. This can help us learn to recognize and handle emotions. 

5. I can be still as I look, listen, and learn. You can simply sit and let your mind, body, and nervous system take a break. It can help us to remain still and focused by having something to pay attention to, e.g., the sounds of nature, the breeze of a fan, the smell of something baking. Be present in the moment. 

Find all of the support resources we have been sharing HERE

8th - 12th Grade Sunday RE

Class This Sunday

The class is exploring the experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in the US and at CUUC. They will also preview upcoming conversations in White Plains about police reform, as well as conversations we will be having at CUUC about adopting the 8th Principle

Class Meets in a Zoom 8428 Breakout Room: 
*One-click login, click HERE 
*Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/817388428 + Passcode: 468468


Oct 25th at 1:30pm, CUUC discussion about adopting the 8th Principle. This is an important discussion for youth to participate in as it further shapes the congregation's anti-racism, racial justice work. 

Oct 29th at 7:00pm, White Plains listening session related to police reform, focused on local youth experiences. Register here to receive the link to listen in: https://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/register.

Nov 1st at 12:00pm, RE class with discussion about what we heard during the White Plains police reform listening session(s). 

Nov 1st at 4:00pm, RTJ/ITSOT Team 1619 Discussion. Our work for racial justice today is informed by a clear understanding of history, systems, and culture. 

Oct 23rd at 6:30pm, Youth Group at CUUC, an opportunity to reconnect and relax with the group.

Click HERE for the fall schedule. 

Find our Anti-Racism/Racial Justice resources online HERE
Speak Up ~ Youth Session
Oct 27th, 7:00pm

Police reform is one of the racial justice initiatives our class is learning about this fall. The White Plains Police Reform Committee and NAACP are hosting listening sessions about local experiences with the police department. Listen to the youth session or any of the sessions. The October 27th session is for hearing from youth.  Click HERE for more information. In our Sunday, November 1st class, we will share thoughts about what we heard in the listening sessions.

You do not need to register to listen to the sessions. The public comment sessions will be streamed live and available to view via the City of White Plains website (cityofwhiteplains.com) as well as on Channel 75 (Altice/Optimum) and Channel 47 (Verizon).

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468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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