Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains March 26, 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.
CUUC Spring Fling for All Ages
Saturday, April 3rd
Join us for fun and community as we welcome spring!
10:30amGrounds tours and cleanup. 12:00pmEarth Song Circle.
12:30-2:30pmGeocaching activity, Easter treat table, games, crafts, and an introduction to the iNaturalist app. With a special appearance of the Rainbow Unicorn! That day or ahead of time, you can download the geocaching app here and the iNaturalist app here. Bring your mask, a lawn chair, and your own bag lunch. We are planning fun and fellowship while observing pandemic safety protocols.
Sunday, March 28
K-9th & Adult Classes Meet
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 & 7th-9th classes meets 11:50am-12:50pm
Parents & Caregivers class meets 12:00-1:00pm
K-4th Grade Class, 11:40am: The children are beginning a module on Our Interdependent Web and Environmental Justice leading up to Earth Day with lessons focused on awareness, interdependence, and stewardship. This Sunday, they begin with awareness. We invite the children to bring something with them to class that comes from the earth, e.g., a piece of fruit or vegetable, leaf, flower, rock, pinecone, etc. Laura S, Nicole T, and Norm H are leading.
*Saturday, April 3rd, awareness continues at the CUUC Spring Fling with the opportunity to learn about life on our CUUC grounds using theiNaturalist app and a fun geocaching activity.
5th-7th & 7th-9th Grade Classes, 11:50am: The two classes are combining one more time to continue their discussion about gender expression. Youth will also explore what the life-long process of coming out can look like for a person, and review resources and practices they can call on to support themselves and friends. We affirm all gender identities and sexual orientations, and support youth in making healthy choices as they explore their own authentic sense of self. Denice T, David B, and Seonaidh M are leading.
Adult RE: Parents & Caregivers Class, 12:00pm: This is a very special class with a panel of adults sharing about their journeys of understanding and authenticity related to sexual orientation and gender identity. They will also share what it was like for them to come out to their parents or the most significant people in their lives, and the types of support they needed from them. 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. We offer this material for parents and caregivers with resources, session handouts, and questions to reflect on at home.
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon, “Trust" “Trust” will be our theme for April. There are good reasons not to trust in many cases. To cultivate trust will require discerning what is trustworthy, and abiding therein.
NEW! Murray Grove is Seeking HS Youth & Young Adult Camp Counselors
Murray Grove, home of Universalism in the US, is looking for Counselors for Camping in the Grove and Senior Camping in the Grove this coming August. High School students may apply for the younger camp, August 1-8 for rising 4th - 7th graders. College age or older may apply to be counselors for Senior Camp August 8-14 for rising 8th to 10th graders. The latter will be an adventure camp with several trips such as canoeing, the beach, a nature center, an adventure center. Click here for the staff application.
NEW! Online - Seder in Place
Fri Apr 2, 7:00pm, Zoom 7899 Passover is the most widely celebrated Jewish holiday of the year. This retelling of the exodus story shares a promise of liberation for all those who are oppressed. It invites us into our best lives as we take a deep look at the stories that guide our lives, ask big questions about our world, and share bountiful and symbolic meals as we connect across ages, tables, the globe, and millennia. Join us for this reading of our online Haggadahas we celebrate Passover virtually. This is a wonderful tradition for families to share.
NEW! Reopening Committee Update
Shared March 25, 2021: With the vaccine rollout going well in the tri-state area, many of you have been wondering when we will be able to get to back to in-person services and RE. We hear you, and we know how difficult it has been to be physically separated from one another for over a year...
If conditions around the pandemic continue to improve, we will consider reopening in the early fall. Before making this determination, however, we are closely monitoring multiple factors:
Daily New Cases are at or below 1 per 100,000 people per day in White Plains and closest towns
New infections in the area are less than .88 per already-infected person
Testing in the area is widespread and 3% or less of the tests are positive
Area hospitals have less than 50% of available ICU beds in use by Covid patients
If new variants or slow vaccine uptake has us moving in the wrong direction, we will follow the most conservative advice from the State and the CDC.
For those of you interested in the governance process for reopening (or other requests for access to CUUC building and property), the following summary is the policy adopted by the BoT at the outset of the pandemic: all requests for access to or reopening of CUUC buildings and property must be referred to the Reopening Committee. The evaluation and recommendations of the Reopening Committee are in turn submitted to the BoT for review and approval (or declination or other actions as deemed appropriate)...Read the full letter from the Reopening Committee here.