Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains April 16, 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.
Tracy is off this weekend.
She will begin responding to weekend e-mails on Tuesday.
Youth Group at CUUC
7th-12th Grade Youth TOMORROW Saturday, April 17, 1:00pm RSVP to Cyndi and Daniel, email@example.com so they can be in touch if needed. Bring a favorite game and a lawn chair, and wear walking shoes.
With warmer weather, we are able to plan some outdoor gatherings that follow pandemic protocols. It’s still a little cool to meet outside in the evening so this month, youth group is moving to Saturday afternoon. Cyndi and Daniel look forward to meeting *in person* with youth at CUUC this Saturday. And, we are inviting Croton UU youth to join us! Youth Group will be outside and follow pandemic protocols. There are eight geocaching sites to be found on our grounds and games to be played! Bring a favorite game and a lawn chair. Meet in the lower parking lot behind the parsonage. Construction on the bathrooms is underway so we'll leave the upper lot to the workers.
ATTN K-4th Class Families
Children’s Environmental Stewardship Activity and Home Materials. Families can opt in or out of the earthworm activity that includes home delivery of soil and earthworms!
Sunday, April 25ththe K-4th grade class will be led by CUUC Environmental Practices member, Janet Bear, with Norm Handelman. Janet will talk with the children about why Unitarian Universalists care about the environment and climate justice, explain our new food recycling program, share a story, and explore with the children what they can do to help our planet.
Then, May 16th, Norm is leading a class and activity about earthworms and food recycling. We will be preparing home activity kits for the children, including soil and earthworms! Norm has kindly offered to deliver the kits to each home. Active families who prefer not to have earthworms at home can opt out of the activity by e-mailing Tracy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Families who haven’t been able to attend online but would like to join this activity and receive a home kit, please e-mail Tracy (email@example.com).
Sunday, April 18
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon, “Breathe"
The 2020-21 UUA Common Read– Imani Perry's Breathe – has some important and hopeful things to say to us.
The UUA has chosen Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry as the 2020-2021Common Read. Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Perry’s book offers a broad meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived, as well as an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience. We invite the congregation to read Breathe and join us for group discussions coming soon. Copies are available throughinSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shopand other sellers. The e-book and audio book are available on Bookshop.org and Audible.
We look forward to seeing you in class next Sunday, April 25th. The full RE schedule is available here, including class dates and topics. Visit the Adult RE Parent/Caregiver class resource document with materials for adults who are supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships.
Connecting in Community
Children's Play Time at CUUC
Saturday, April 24 and May 15, 11:30-1:30 With warmer weather, we can plan small, outdoor gatherings that follow pandemic protocols. Diane invites families with young children for play time on the CUUC playground. Bring a picnic lunch. RSVPto Diane, firstname.lastname@example.org so she can be in touch if plans change due to weather.
Attn Children and Youth! The children’s class has been exploring the8th Principle. They took time to understand it and highlight the parts that felt especially important, then wrote the children’s version of the Principle we will use:
Build the Beloved Community, free of all racism and oppression.
Then, they set out to update the 7 Principles Song to an 8 Principles Song. They chose three tunes, sorted out wording and timing, and now would like to record them! ALL children and youth are invited to participate in the video. Soon, we will send instructions for recording yourself singing along with Laura Sehdeva’s samples and submitting your videos. The person who has been editing the beautiful choir videos will make a children and youth choir video with your recordings! Stay tuned for instructions...