Religious Education: January 22, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
January 22, 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 24th

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 ~ “Biases, For Better and Worse”

Our brains were built with certain biases. Some of them are good for some things, even if they're bad for other things. There isn't much we can do about them, but know they're there, and never take our conclusions as absolute truth.

The Time for All Ages story during worship will be The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig. This story reminds us to honor and celebrate the ways in which we are beautifully different. Click here for a story activity sheet to use during worship. 
K-12 & Adult Classes
All log into Zoom room 8428 then meet in separate breakout rooms. Room 8428 (password embedded). Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468  

K-4th class meets 11:40am-12:15pm
5th-7th class meets 11:40am-12:40pm
7th-9th class meets 11:50am-12:50pm
10th-12th class meets 12:00-1:00pm
Parents & Caregivers class meets 12:00-1:00pm

PreK and Older Children: Using the asynchronous, online UU Parents of Preschoolers (POP) curriculum. Click HERE, click on the "Monthly Content" button, and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive)​.

K-4th Grade Class: Children will finalize the CUUC children’s version of the 8th Principle, choosing a phrase that includes keywords they highlighted in the full version. Norm H, Nicole T, Laura S are leading. 

5th-7th & 7th-9th Grade Classes: Youth bring UU values into focus and affirm that we are called to put faith in action through justice making in all areas, especially for historically marginalized and targeted LGBTQIA+ communities. Denice T, Alex S & Christine H are leading the 5th-7th class. Seonaidh M, Monica D & Tracy B are leading the 7th-9th class.

10th-12th Grade Class: Youth will check in about how they are doing during these times and what they need to feel supported.  Then, a discussion about LGBTQIA+ justice and some community building games. Cyndi & Daniel T and Patricia G are leading.

Parents & Caregivers Class: Adults consider how values guide us in physical, personal, and social aspects of sexuality. Then, discover ways to have positive, supportive conversations with their youth who are exploring their own emerging values. Kate C and Jane P are leading. Classes are open to all adults, with or without youth participating, and intended to support conversations at home. Join us for some or all classes. We offer this resource 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.  


Read more here, including the full spring 2021 schedule
with topics for each class on pages 3-4.

K-12 & Adult RE classes meet again next Sunday, January 31.

30 Days of Love
Our annual opportunity to lift up the ways Unitarian Universalists and many of our partner organizations are taking bold, courageous action for intersectional racial justice. Your family can use the resources below to learn and act for justice.
Week 1: Living Our Values in the World 

KIDS  Theme: We can all do our little part to change the world. YOUTH  Theme: Depending on our skills and leadership styles, we all have something to contribute to creating meaningful change. FAMILY / MULTIGENERATIONAL  Theme: Being Unitarian Universalist means that we help create a more just and peaceful world.

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)

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. Thank you!

Collection Continues

 We continue to collect NEW items for Grace Church: NEW underwear and socks for men, women, and children, as well as toiletries. Place items outside CUUC's doors, using our bins. Call Ray Messing (914-592-4497) when you drop off a donation. You can also support Grace Church's outreach with donations to to Lifting Up Westchester. Click here to learn how to support our neighbors in need.


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 (6:00-7:30pm). Click here for more information and to register
Center Lane: 914-423-0610 & 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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