Religious Education: February 5, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 5, 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. Also, supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships. 
Sunday, February 7th

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 ~ “Names”
In a study, a resume for “Tyrone Smith” got fewer call-backs by prospective employers than an otherwise identical resume for “David Smith.” In other ways, an “ethnic sounding” name can feel very positive. It's complicated. The way we're called shapes and informs how people think of us -- and how we think of ourselves.

Our Time for All Ages story will be youth spoken word about their names and identity.  Enjoy this Sunday’s Time for All Ages activity sheet.
No Classes This Sunday
K-9th grade and Parent/Caregiver classes do not meet this Sunday. Classes meet next week, February 14th. Click here for the full schedule and list of topics (pp. 3-4).
Adult RE Resource: We 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 update the document ahead of each class.  
Black History Month
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
In the 17th and 18th centuries African New Yorkers buried their loved ones at the African Burial Ground. Closed in 1794, it was rediscovered in 1991 and is now a unit of the National Park Service. Visit www.nps.gov/afbg to find out more and watch these programs they will stream on Facebook.com/AfricanBurialGround:
  • Feb. 9 at 2:00 PM– William Still and the Underground Railroad
  • Feb. 12 at 4:00 PM– Nicodemus: The Largest Colored Colony in America
  • Feb. 15 at 1:00 PM– Presidents' Day: Presidential Trivia
  • Feb. 18 at 3:00 PM– The Black Family and Education
  • Feb. 20 at 10:00 AM– The Playing of African Games: From Ampe to Zamma
  • Special Program:
  • Feb. 24 at 1:00 PM– Special joint program with the Tenement Museum entitled: The African Family Experience in Early New Amsterdam
Movements for Black Liberation
Two new films bring attention to the power and potential of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. The PBS’s Independent Lens released The First Rainbow Coalition, about the burgeoning alliance in late 1960s Chicago between the Black Panthers, the Young Lords, and the Young Patriots to struggle against state violence, economic injustice, and racism. And a feature film on Fred Hampton, Judas and the Black Messiah, will be released on Feb. 12. Learn about the Black Panther Party for Self Defense and their Ten-Point Program for social and economic justice. Also, the significance of the Party’s work in Black communities across the nation for giving the poor access to decent housing, health care, education, and more. 

Patterns of Race-Based Dispossession & Reparations
This Zinn Education Project article offers discussion about the 1921 massacre in a black neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  “This is not just the past. Racial inequality is still a problem. Forgetting about what happened and burying it without dealing with it is why we still have problems today.”  In many ways Tulsa and other Black communities are still burning, still being looted. Read more about Tulsa’s “Black Wall Street.”

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 in the announcements below to learn and act for justice. Click each week’s heading in the announcement doc for additional resources on the UUA website. 

Staying Connected
To shorten our newsletter but make sure you know about important activities and opportunities, our announcements section is getting a makeover. Below is the list of announcements, with full information provided in the linked document.

All Ages    

  • New!  Sunday Worship Activity Sheets    
  • New!  CUUC Patterns of Life Project: Footprints in the Snow, Saturday, February 6 - Help track the animal inhabitants and visitors, and plants on our CUUC grounds.    
  • Day in Place: Saturday, February 6    
  • New!  Easter Spring Fling: Saturday, April 3    


  • Story Time Every Thursday Evening    


  • 10th-12th Grade Sunday RE Class & 8th-12th Grade Friday Youth Group  
  • Center Lane’s Pride Academy    
  • Center Lane’s Rainbow Squad    
  • New!  PrideWorks Drag Queen Bingo, February 18    
  • Middle School Winter CON, February 27    
  • New!  Regional Youth Game Night, March 20    


  • New!  On the Journey: Belonging    
  • 8th Principle Discussion: Friday, February 5    
  • Congregational Vote: Sunday, February 14    

Local Community    

  • Donations for Grace Church    

Unitarian Universalist Association & Central East Region    

  • CER BIPOC Group    
  • 30 Days of Love. Week 1: Living Our Values in the World; Week 2: Hospitality and Inclusion; Week 3: Educating for Liberation; New!  Week 4: Restoration and Reparations
At Your Fingertips...
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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