Religious Education: April 2, 2021

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

Saturday, April 3rd

Join us for fun and community as we welcome spring!

10:30am Grounds tours and cleanup.
12:00pm Earth Song Circle. 
12:30-2:30pm Geocaching 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!
Before You Arrive: Be sure to download the Geocaching app here and the iNaturalist app here (the wi-fi signal in the parking lot is weak). 

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 (bicewilson@gmail.com)
Sunday, April 4

Worship 10:00am  

~ 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.
Click here to join our Sunday Worship Service 
Phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

After worship, join Virtual Coffee Hour 
Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
No Classes This Sunday

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 schedule and 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 fun geocaching 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 Haggadah as 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 (jnovenski@ccny.org), 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 on their website.  

Visit these great resources from Hollaback!

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. Read the letter from the Reopening Committee here.

Below are Headings for all
Announcements and Resources

Click here for full information

Religious Education 

  • 2020-2021 Religious Education and Faith Development: Overview, Schedule & Topics, Zoom Links, RE Newsletter
  • Justice & Equity Resources 
  • Support Resources for All Ages, Including Resources for Grief and Healing During the Pandemic


  • NEW! PBS Resource Enhancing Learning About Our Interdependent Web
  • Summer 2021 UU Camp Information 
  • Story Time Every Thursday Evening 


  • NEW! FREE Photography Workshop for Youth, Begins April 12th
  • Murray Grove is Seeking HS Youth & Young Adult Camp Counselors
  • Summer 2021 UU Camp Information - Registration is Open!
  • UU-UNO 2021 Spring Seminar on Climate Justice, April 9th-11th
  • Center Lane’s Rainbow Squad 

Young Adults

  • Murray Grove is Seeking HS Youth & Young Adult Camp Counselors
  • UU Young Adult Network


  • Online - Seder in Place, TONIGHT, Friday, Apr 2nd
  • All Ages Easter Spring Fling, TOMORROW, Saturday, April 3rd 
  • Forum: Food Scrap Recycling, Sunday, April 11th
  • March 25, 2021 Reopening Committee Update
  • NEW! On the Journey, April: Trust
  • CUUC Newsletter & Calendar
  • Online Sunday Worship, 10:00am 

LGBTQ++ Community

  • UU All Ages Transgender / Non-Binary Monthly Gatherings, 4th Tuesdays 

BIPOC Community 

  • BLUU Online Worship, 1st Thurs & 3rd Sat
  • UUA/Central East Region BIPOC Group, Monthly 

Local Community 

  • NEW! FREE Hollaback! Bystander Intervention Training & Resources
  • NY Justice Roadmap 2021
  • Donations for Grace Church 
  • White Plains Food Scrap Drop off Program 

Summer 2021 UU Camps and Activities for ALL AGES 

  • In-Person: Murray Grove, Lanoka Harbor, NJ
  • In-Person: Unirondack, Adirondacks, NY
  • In-Person: Star Island, Isle of Shoals, NH
  • Virtual & In-Person: Ferry Beach, Saco, ME
  • Virtual & In-Person: Rowe, MA
  • Virtual: SUUSI, Southeast UU Summer Institute
  • TBA: UU College of Social Justice
  • TBA: River Rising Youth Leadership
  • TBA: Sophia Fahs 
  • And links to more...
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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