Religious Education Special Edition: 8 Principles Songs, April 29, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
April 29, 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. 
New 8 Principles Songs
Featuring Our Children & Youth!

From Lyra Harada, Children’s Music Director and Educator

Dear Parents: 

I hope you are all well!  As part of the congregation’s work on adopting the 8th Principle, the children’s class learned about the Principle and created the children’s version they will use.  The children then set out to update the 7 Principles Song to include the 8th.  Since the tune we have been using did not easily incorporate the 8th, the children explored new tunes and ended up with three: “Seasons of Love” from Rent, “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Misérables, and “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music

For RE Sunday on June 6th, we are preparing a synthesized virtual performance of these newly created 8 Principles Songs featuring as many of our children and youth as possible.  The final video will be similar to the recordings you have seen our Choir offer in online worship services. 

We are inviting all children and youth, PreK-12th grade, to film themselves singing the three songs so they can be in the video! 

Instructions are below.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email (musicalyra13@gmail.com) should you have any questions and/or concerns. (You can add Tracy and Adam on emails, too.)

Thank you very much in advance for submitting the videos. We look forward to your submissions! 

Regards, Lyra 


§  Film your video in LANDSCAPE (horizontal) mode with good lighting.

§  Sing along with the sample recording created by Laura Sehdeva and Adam Kent.  Important: Have your child/youth wear earphones to prevent the audio of the model recording from bleeding into your video.  Just play the samples below through earphones and record your child/youth singing along. 

§ You can record three separate videos (one for each song) or record all three together, leaving space between the songs so we can separate them for editing.

§ Once the recording is completed, please upload your videos to
this Google Drive folder.  

  • PLEASE MAKE SURE that the video/file name has the name of your child and the song title. (Examples: Lyra Harada People, Lyra Harada Seasons, Lyra Harada My Favorite Things). 

§  Submit videos by May 16th, a little over two weeks from today.  The editor needs at least two weeks to compile the videos. 


Tune: "My Favorite Things," Sound of Music - click here for the sample

Each person's important 

Be kind to all people. 

We’re free to learn and

We search for what is true.

All people have a voice.

Build a fair, peaceful world.

We care for Earth and

Build Beloved Community.

Tune: "Seasons of Love," Rent - click here for the sample

Each person is important 

Be kind in all you do. 

We’re free to learn together.

We search for what is true.

All people have a voice.

Build a fair and peaceful world

We care for Earth’s lifeboat and

Build Belov’d Community.

Tune: "Do You Hear the People Sing," Les Misérables - click here for the sample

Every person is important, so

Be kind in all you do.

We’re free to learn together and

We search for what is true.

All people have a voice.

Build a fair and peaceful world.

We all care for Earth’s lifeboat and

Build Belov’d Community.

Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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