Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains April 23, 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, April 25
Rev. Meredith Garmon, “More Hope, Vigor, and Strength" We draw hope from each other. We draw vigor from each other. We draw strength from each other.
Tracy's Time for All Ages story is "Sustaining the Tree of Life" by Lynn Gardner.
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 class meets 11:40am-12:40pm
7th-9th class meets 11:50am-12:50pm
Parents & Caregivers class meets 12:00-1:00pm
PreK and Older Children: Using the asynchronous, online UU Parents of Preschoolers (POP) curriculum. Click HERE, click on the "Monthly Content" button, and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive). RSVP to Diane (firstname.lastname@example.org) for tomorrow's play time at CUUC, Saturday, April 24, 11:30am-1:30om. Additional information included below.
Faith & Justice, K-4th Grade (11:40am): The children continue learning about Our Interdependent Web. This Sunday, Janet B from the Environmental Practices Group leads class with Norm H focusing on the 3R Principle (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and how environmental issues relate to our theme of Justice & Equity. ATTN K-4th Grade Families: During the week of May 9th, Norm will deliver activity kits to your house for the May 16th earthworm composting activity. We are preparing soil, earthworms, and other materials for each child that has been participating in class and would love to include others we haven't seen in a while. You can opt in or out of receiving soil and earthworms by emailing Tracy (email@example.com).
Healthy Relationships & Self-Esteem, 5th-7th Grade (11:40am) & 7th-9th Grade (11:50am): We are all bombarded with information infused with messages about relationships and identity that can affect self-esteem. Youth can be particularly vulnerable to these messages as they are in a significant stage of self-discovery and deepening their sense of self. It is important to be conscious of how images and information in the media affect us, and to distinguish between real life and life as portrayed in social media. We will increase our awareness about how to use technology to enrich knowledge and social relationships in safe, life-affirming ways, and discuss online safety. Christine H and Alex S are leading the 5th-7th grade class. Seonaidh D and Monica D are leading the 7th-9th grade class.
Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, Adult RE (12:00pm): Interactive, online media define the social worlds of many children and most youth today. Young people may inhabit a social landscape that is a little (or a lot) unfamiliar to parents and caregivers. This Sunday, participants will discuss the role social media can play in youth’s lives and gain confidence to help their children navigate social media. Ultimately, we hope we can raise aware, well informed decision makers who can protect themselves. We will also discuss pornography in the Parent/Caregiver class. Sexual imagery is prevalent in advertising, on television, and on the Internet. Whether they deliberately seek it or not, today’s children are likely to encounter Internet pornography before they become teenagers. Parents and caregivers will clarify their own attitudes and concerns, and find solid ground and workable approaches to communicate about pornography with their children. Tracy B and Kate C 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.
Connecting in Community
Announcements and Resources for Children, Youth, Young Adults, CUUC, LGBTQIA+
& BIPOC & Our Local Communities, Plus Summer Camps Click here for information A Few Highlights Listed Below
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.
In the Next Newsletter!
ATTN Children and Youth! We will be making a video singing the three new versions of the 8 Principle Song. ALL children and youth are invited to participate in the video! In the next newsletter, 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...
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