Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains May 13, 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.
Important Upcoming Deadlines
May 16: PreK-12th graders' 8 Principles Song videos. Just play the samples through earphones and record yourself singing along. Your voice will be mixed with all the other voices for a video like we see our choir share. Information here. We hope all PreK-12th graders will participate! Contact Lyra Harada.
Our families are not available this weekend so there will not be play time at CUUC this Saturday. We will try again later if there is interest. Contact Diane, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center Lane is Open
Center Lane, Westchester's LGBTQ+ youth center, will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 3-6 with limited capacity. They will follow all of the protocols for COVID safety, including social distancing, and of course masks are required. Stop by for your gift bag! Center Lane is located at 30 South. Broadway 6th Floor, Room #7, Yonkers.
Friday, May 14
Gender Euphoria: Body!
For LGBTQ- Youth and Allies Ages 13-21. This is the second in their Gender Euphoria series. Our bodies can be amazing catalysts of joy and affirmation. Unfortunately, LGBTQ+ bodies are often policed by societal expectations. Center Lane has put together a panel of expert LGBTQ+ adults who will be speaking from firsthand experiences and together we will dismantle the body hierarchy!
We have three tunes for new 8 Principles Songs and are recording a video for RE Sunday, June 6th. We hope all PreK-12th graders will participate!
All you need to do is listen to the songs through earphones and record yourself singing along. Then our video editor will put them all together. The video will be similar to the recordings you have seen our Choir offer in online worship services. The deadline to submit your recordings is this Sunday, May 16th. Read more about the project and find video filming instructions HERE. Contact Lyra Harada with questions (email@example.com). We look forward to your submissions!
Write Notes to Our Bridging Youth
What a year to graduate from high school and transition from youth into young adulthood! Please let our HS seniors know they have a faith community that loves and supports them. Submit a short note to be included in hymnals gifted by the congregation. These hymnals will be an enduring reminder of beloved music, words, and community.
Sunday, June 6th, we will celebrate Bridging for these eleven 12th graders: Zachary Breault, Logan Breneman-Pennas, Ethan Fleck, Christopher Johnson, Madison Kung, Wesley Miller, Remie Suvanto, Jade Swiss, Maggie Young, Hannah Zipkin, and Will Zisson. Click HERE to submit your note of congratulations and encouragement for the youth. The form will be available until Sunday, May 23rd. Thank you!
Reminder for Bridging Youth
We hope each youth will submit videos and/or pictures for the Bridging celebration. Information was sent via e-mail. The deadline is May 23rd. Contact Tracy with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Sunday, May 16th
Rev. Meredith Garmon, “Repairing." How can frayed relationships be repaired? What social fractures can be repaired?
For the Time for All Ages, Tracy is sharing excerpts from the story, Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson. As we think about reparations, we lift up the legacy of astounding resilience, families passing knowledge and hope from one generation to the next. This story is about generations of women in the author's family who made quilts called Show Ways, fabric and secrets woven together.
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
UU POP, AllChildren's Families (on your own schedule): Families continue using the online UU Parents of Preschoolers (POP) curriculum. You will learn to understand your child's spiritual development, to build rituals that support development, and to see yourself as a spiritual teacher. Each month, three short videos will be added to the POP website. CUUC purchased the curriculum for all children's families to use. Access the videos and worksheets at your own pace. Click HERE and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive).
Faith & Justice, K-4th Grade (11:40am): The children continue learning about Our Interdependent Web. Last Sunday, they talked about food scrap composting. This Sunday, they will learn about worm composting with a hands-on activity. Norm is delivering a little bucket of earthworms and soil to each child! Norm H and Laura S are leading class.
Healthy Relationships & Self-Esteem, 5th-7th Grade (11:40am) & 7th-9th Grade (11:50am): This Sunday, youth will discuss decision making in their relationships with family, friends, and partners, and consider what the consequences of decisions might be. Building skills to make healthy decisions takes thought, honest discussion with trusted adults and peers, understanding of the decision-making process, and skills practiced in realistic situations. A key goal of this session is to increase youth’s confidence in their ability to make healthy and wise decisions. Denice T and Laura G 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):This is the last class and the topic is supporting youth in healthy decision making. As youth become ready for more independence, the stakes can feel high. While worry can tempt parents and caregivers to exert more control, efforts at control will not help a child develop their own decision-making skills. This session helps adults to prepare, support, and affirm young people. Adults are invited to have faith in their children’s maturation process and nurture an atmosphere of trust and communication at home to support a child’s developing decision-making capacity. Kate C and Jane P are leading. Classes are open to all adults, with or without youth participating, and intended to support conversations at home.Visit the class resources doc HERE.