Religious Education: January 15, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
January 15, 2021
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.
Sunday, January 17th

Worship 10:00am  
Click here to join our Sunday Worship
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
After worship, join our Virtual Coffee Hour
or phone in (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
Rev. Meredith Garmon ~ “Does Social Change Happen Intentionally?”

As we celebrate the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., some thoughts on how social change happens both accidentally and on purpose -- and how this connects to our spiritual lives.
K-12 & Adult Classes

January 17th: K-12th grade and Parent/Caregiver classes do not meet this Sunday. Classes meet next on January 24th and January 31st. Click here for the full schedule and list of topics (pp. 3-4).

Adult ResourceWe offer this resource document with materials from the Parent/Caregiver curriculum and additional resources for adults who are supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships. We will update the document after each class.  Click here for the full schedule and list of topics (pp. 3-4).
MLK Day Events for All Ages
We are called this weekend and always to continue the work of making Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a beloved community a reality.  Now through January 26th, there are opportunities for learning and service online and in person. Some require preregistration, as noted below. 
Habitat for Humanity
Friday, January 15 - Tuesday, January 26, Throughout Westchester
Westchester's Martin Luther King J. Build-A-Thon: Get your hands dirty and join Habitat for Humanity of Westchester’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Build-A-Thon. No prior volunteer experience or skills are required to participate and builds will take place throughout the county. Click here for more information
Volunteer NY
Saturday, Jan 16, 3pm-4:30pm, Online Webinar
The global pandemic has shined a light on the glaring inequalities between those that have and those that have not. Join our MLK Day 2021 Webinar "Volunteering with Equity in Mind" where we will share volunteer tips on how best to advocate for those in our community and bridge the gap between those we serve and those who serve.  Click here to register

White Plains Public Library
Sunday, January 17, 1-4:30pm, Showings at the Library

The Library is celebrating MLK with award winning picture books on film in the Cave and Galaxy Hall. The lineup includes: Martin Luther King Day, March On, Henry’s Freedom Box, Martin’s Big Words, Rosa, and Martin Luther King Jr. Admission is free and the short films will be shown multiple times throughout the afternoon. Click here for additional information

Screening of True Justice, Bryan Stevenson
Sunday, January 17, 2pm, Online Viewing and Discussion

Creative Response to Conflict and Rockland partners are hosting an online screening and discussion of True Justice, a film that focuses on Bryan Stevenson's & the Equal Justice Initiative’s work on behalf of the poor, incarcerated, and condemned. Stevenson indicts the U.S. criminal justice system for its role in codifying modern systemic racism and tracks the intertwined histories of slavery, lynching, segregation, and mass incarceration. Register to receive the Zoom link.

Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence
Monday, Jan 18, Online Events
11am-12pm Children's Story Hour For Ages 4 and Up
: Children will be able to listen to stories read aloud by our very own directors and volunteers.  12pm-1pm Listening Circles For Ages 10-17: Facilitated by our directors, youth will reflect, talk and honor the legacy of Dr. King's vision.  1pm-2pm Special Presentation For ages 18 and over: *Remembering the Mindset. This year’s MLK presentation will be focused on the fated connection between civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the leader of the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther, after whom Dr. King was named.  Click here to register 

Congregation Survey

This year, the CUUC Committee on Ministry is exploring racial bias, with a focus on how we, as individuals and as a congregation, have experienced it; can recognize it; have participated in it; and can address this important concern. The survey has 32 questions, takes 10–15 minutes to complete, and will be open until Wed Jan 27. Take the online survey here. If you prefer a paper copy, you can download the survey here, print at home, and mail to CUUC. Or you can email the office (admin@cucwp.org) to have a copy mailed to you. Thank you!

30 Days of Love

Our annual opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are building and organizing by taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice. 

In 2021, 30 Days of Love will focus on four themes from a recently published report called Widening the Circle of Concern, Each week, we will share a ‘playlist’ or ‘menu’ of activities for individuals to interact with, connected with our weekly theme. Each week, there will be a theme with do-it-yourself activities for children, youth, and multigenerational/family audiences in the categories of Read, Watch, Participate, Listen, and Worship. .

Week One: Living Our Values in the World (January 17 – 23)
Week Two: Hospitality and Inclusion (January 24 – 30)
Week Three: Educating for Liberation (January 31 – February 6)
Week Four: Restoration and Reparations (February 7 – 13)

Click here for more information.


Those who identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC) are invited to join the Central East Region's BIPOC gathering. This is an opportunity for lay members and leaders of color, and religious professionals of color to be in community. Our conversations focus on topics like wellness and resilience and our goal is to center BIPOC experiences and create space to explore our UU experiences. Dates for Spring Gatherings, Mondays at 6:30pm: Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, Apr 12 & 26, May 10 & 24, and June 14 & 28. Email Sana Saeed (ssaeed@uua.org) or Paula Cole Jones (pcolejones@gmail.com) for zoom information.  

Pride Academy

Center Lane's Pride Academy is a special program just for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-21). Together, we will learn about the unique challenges and opportunities being LGBTQ+ brings. and celebrate our community, history, and culture! Pride Academy is FREE and meets Thursdays, 1/14/21 - 3/18/21 from 6:00 - 7:30pm using our Confidential Zoom. Click here for more information and to register

Rainbow Squad

Center Lane's FIRST pre-teen group! Rainbow Squad is a special group for kids in 5-8th grade to explore LGBTQ+ concepts and make friends! We'll have fun while building confidence, self esteem, and community! Rainbow Squad’s parents will meet at the same time to talk about parenting, share ideas, and swap resources. Free on our Confidential Zoom! Mondays 1/25 - 4./12 (6-7:30pm). Click here for more information and to register
Center Lane's phone, 914-423-0610 & website, centerlane@wjcs.com.
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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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