Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains April 2, 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 In-Person TOMORROW 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, treat table, Easter egg hunt for young children, games, crafts, and an introduction to the iNaturalist app. With a special appearance of the Rainbow Unicorn!
Bring:Your mask, a lawn chair, your own bag lunch, bug/tick spray. We are planning fun and fellowship while observing pandemic safety protocols.
You can also bring small items to trade as SWAG in the geocache boxes! SWAG can be a keychain, small toy, or other small items. If you take something, leave something behind of equal or greater value. More SWAG ideas here.
The Rainbow Unicorn has been spotted in the area!
They can't wait to see you TOMORROW at CUUC!
From the CUUC PlaceKeepers: We have scattered geocaches at various wonderful places around our hillsdale and watershed. We invite you to come and seek out those places using the Geocaching app, and experience the beauty and wonders of our grounds. When you see an interesting life form, pause and take a picture of it using the iNaturalist app. This will leave a Geo-tag, photo and wildlife description on the digital map of our hillside. Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. iNaturalist shares our findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use the data. All we have to do is observe. This is the beginning of a multigenerational biological census, documenting changes in the pattern of life of this place we all love. And, if we log enough iNaturalist “observations” (photos and notes), we will be allowed to declare ourselves an iNaturalist Project! We invite you back every first Saturday for our monthly Days in Place, to care for and enjoy our beautiful grounds. Contact: Bice Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday, April 4
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon, “Easter in These Times"
The themes of Easter -- rebirth and renewal -- are timeless. But the times are different. And yet, after all, the times are always different.
K-9th grade and Parent/Caregiver classes do not meet this Sunday. We look forward to seeing you in class next week, April 11th. Click here for the full scheduleand list of topics (pp. 3-4).
The children's class is enjoying a module on Our Interdependent Web and Environmental Justice leading up to Earth Day with lessons focused on awareness, interdependence, and stewardship. This Saturday, April 3rd, learning continues at the CUUC Spring Fling with an opportunity for all ages to learn about life on our CUUC grounds through a fungeocaching activity and using the iNaturalist app. Download both apps before arriving (the wi-fi signal in the parking is weak.)
We also share this resource brought to our attention by Catherine Kortlandt, Earth’s Sacred Wonders, a PBS series. Next Sunday, the children are focusing on our interdependence and this series is a great companion. The PBS description: “Many of the world’s best-known landmarks have been inspired by faith and today more worshippers than ever are flocking to these sacred places. For some people they’re sanctuaries for quiet contemplation. For others, they’re sites for astonishing acts of worship, dangerous challenges and extraordinary deeds of devotion, rarely seen by outsiders.”
Connecting in Community
Seder in Place
TONIGHT Friday, April 2nd, 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.
Photography Workshop for Youth
This is an amazing opportunity for teens 13-17 who love photography and want to build their skills in a meaningful way! FREE Online workshops begin Monday, April 12th, 6:00pm.
This 10-week workshop will teach teens ALL 8 UU Principles and how to frame concepts like equity, justice and compassion to capture and convey powerful messages in one shot. The workshop includes participation in a virtual group show with artist talk and everyone will take home individual portfolios of their best works. Led by avid photographer and artist Peter J Robinson, Jr. REGISTER HERE. Contact Jil Novenski, Religious Educator at our UU congregation in Manhattan (email@example.com), for details.
Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training & Resources
Knowing how to safely intervene when you see harassment is a valuable skill in these times. Hollaback! trainings offer methodologies in the areas of bystander intervention, conflict de-escalation, harassment prevention, and resilience. We are working on scheduling a training for our CUUC community. In the meantime, we encourage you to attend their FREE online trainings, listed ontheir website.
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. Read the letter from the Reopening Committee here.