Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains August 27, 2021 2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
There's information below about in-person, outdoor worship & RE Sunday afternoons beginning September 12th!
Takin' Care of Business
We ask all PreK-12th grade families to please complete a new registration form. This will assist us in planning classes and activities for 2021-2022. Click here for the registration form. Thank you!
Verify Your Newsletter Group(s)
All RE newsletter groups have rolled over, e.g., last year's 1st grade families have been moved to the the 2nd grade newsletter group. Please use the "update subscription preferences" link at the bottom of this newsletter and follow the instructions to view your newsletter groups and verify that they are correct for the 2021-2022 school year. We will occasionally send newsletters that are designed for specific age groups. *Kindergarten families, please add yourselves to the new 2021-2022 kindergarten list.
*To sign up a NEW e-mail address, click here.
Sun Aug 29, 10:00am ~ “The Origins of Happiness”
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Happiness means lots of different things, many of them impossible to measure. Suppose we focus just on one measurable: How satisfied with their lives do people say they are? What can we learn from the data about what brings this number up - and what lowers it?
With great sadness we share that Michael Baumwoll has passed away. Mike is the husband of Liz Nilsen-Baumwoll and father of Maya and Clara, who began attending CUUC in the fall of 2019. Our hearts are with the family for this devastating loss.
Connecting in Community
“First Saturdays” PlaceKeeping Practice, Sat Sep 4
Come help us care for our land and our children. One of the outdoor PlaceKeeping/Religious Education activities this fall will be to show students how a cord, a nail, and sidewalk chalk can be used to draw a personal mandala. After the morning woodchip wheelbarrow brigade September 4th, Bice will demonstrate the simple process for all who want to learn now and help us teach later this fall. Clickto read more about the practice. Contact: Bice Wilson (email@example.com).
Outdoor Religious Exploration
In September and October, we may offer some online programming but most RE activities will be outside (subject to pandemic trends, volunteer availability, and weather). We are excited to partner with the CUUC PlaceKeepers for some of the sessions to help the children and youth connect with our sacred grounds and build ongoing practices.
September 12, 19, and 26, 4:00-5:30pm, Upper Parking Lot During the in-person, outdoor worship services (see the box below), we will offer outdoor RE activities for children and youth, and Diane and Hans will offer childcare on the outside playground. Children and youth are welcome to attend afternoon worship or RE. Everyone will observe pandemic safety protocols, including wearing masks. 4:00pm: Meet in the upper parking lot then classes and youth group will move to their own areas on the grounds. Information about the activities coming soon! 4:30pm: Worship begins in the lower parking lot. Bring your lawn chair. 5:30pm: Pickup begins in the upper parking lot. Children 5th grade and younger must be picked up by their adult. Youth 6th grade and older will be send to the lower parking lot.
If the weather is inclement or threatening and we need to cancel, we will send out an email and post a notice on the CUUC website. If outdoor worship is canceled, RE is also canceled.
Outdoor Worship From the Reopening & Worship Committees
CUUC Together: Outdoor Afternoon Services, Starting Sun Sep 12, 4:30pm, Lower Parking Lot
Members and friends are invited to join together outdoors in the lower lot on Sunday afternoons for an in-person service that will be a more intimate version of the worship we streamed online that morning. Bring your own lawn chair or use the extra chairs we'll provide. Masks will be required and social distancing recommended. If the weather is inclement or threatening and we need to cancel, we will send out an email and post a notice on the CUUC website. Afternoon services are being planned for Sep 12, 19, and 26, and possibly beyond. They will also include outdoor RE activities for children and youth from 4:00-5:30. Watch for more details in the coming weeks! Contact: Ceighton Cray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Time to Sign Up. Our Journey Groups are for exploring together, and spiritually growing and deepening, each in our own way. Journey Groups meet once a month, Sep through Jun, to examine monthly themes. You won't want to miss a single meeting! And even if you can only come occasionally, you'll find them valuable. Signing up does not commit you to attend -- it helps us plan. Many of last year's facilitators are returning. While you are welcome to rejoin a group you were in before, we encourage everyone to try a new meeting this year. Click here to sign up for a Jourey Group onlline. Click here for the September reading packet, "On the Journey: Curiosity."
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419