Religious Education: September 16, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
September 16, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Adult COA Class

Fri Oct 1, 7:30pm, Zoom 7899
"Coming of (a little more) Age," an 8-session class led by Rev. Meredith on the first Friday of each month, Oct 1 through May 6, 7:30 - 8:45pm.

Click here to join Zoom 7899. Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting: 289 850 7899 · Passcode: 468468

For Unitarians, coming of age is not a once-and-done proposition. Arriving at a stage of greater maturity -- including spiritual maturity -- is an ongoing life project. This class parallels, for grown-ups, the Coming of Age class that our youth take. It includes exercises and reflections for articulating your UU faith.

We especially encourage parents and mentors of this year’s Coming of Age youth to participate. Class topics in the youth and adult classes will be similar to support conversations at home. The youth COA class begins in October. Families will receive information about classes soon. 
Seeking a Childcare Provider

We are adding another childcare provider to our team led by Diane. Do you have a babysitter you love or know an adult (20 and older) who’s kind and gentle? Please contact Diane (dakmv@aol.com) or Tracy (cucwptracy@gmail.com). 

Sunday Morning  Online
Online Worship Sun Sep 19, 10:00am
“What Family Is” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

The nuclear family was a historical anomaly. For about 15 years (1950-1965), it dominated American culture, but not before then, and it has been fading ever since, though it's still often upheld as the ideal. What does family mean today?
Please Note: We are returning to Zoom webinar format for worship: 

Click here to join our Sunday Worship
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
After worship, join our Virtual Coffee Hour
or phone in (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468

Orders of service are e-mailed and uploaded to our website prior to each Sunday.  Revisit past services anytime at our YouTube Channel.
Sunday Afternoon  In-Person  Outside
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.

Sun Sep 19, 4:00-5:30pm, Outdoor Playground

Diane will offer childcare for young children on our outdoor playground. Everyone will wear masks. Drop off and pick up on the playground. 

Outdoor, In-Person Religious Education
Sun Sep 19, 4:00pm, Upper Parking Lot

It was wonderful to see so many of you last Sunday and to meet new friends. We look forward to seeing you again!

We continue with our theme of community and curiosity about place, encouraging the children and youth connect with our sacred grounds and cultivate curiosity about Place in relation to ourselves, each other, and the planet. Children and youth begin in small groups for check-in, a practice of covenant, nurturing and supporting each other. They then learn about PlaceKeepers, people who integrate themselves with the patterns of life in nature, getting to know the inhabitants and speaking for them as we look to the future. Children and youth will pick a CUUC PlaceKeeper group to learn more about - WaterKeepers, AnimalKeepers, Plant/PathKeepers - and begin observations.

You are welcome to bring binoculars, books that help identify
local birds, animals, and plants, and your camera.

SAFETY NOTES: All adult leaders are vaccinated. Everyone will observe pandemic safety protocols including wearing masks. Dress for a walk in the woods and wear socks with closed-toe shoes. Bug spray will be available at the RE welcome table to self-administer. To protect plants and avoid ticks, everyone will stay on groomed paths. 

4:00pm Drop Off, *Upper* Parking Lot: Park in the lower lot then walk your child or youth to the upper parking lot. We will keep the upper lot as free of cars as possible. Start at the RE welcome table for bug spray, name tags, family registration form, and RE volunteer ethics form. 

5:30pm Pick Up, *Lower* Parking Lot Worship Area: After RE, the children, youth, and adults will walk down to the lower parking lot where outdoor worship is held and reunite with their families. Children up to 5th grade must be met by their adult; they will not be released unattended in the parking lot. 

Outdoor, In-Person Worship
Sun Sep 19, 4:30pm, Lower Parking Lot

“What Family Is” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Bring your lawn chair and gather with us in the lower parking lot for an in-person version of the morning's online worship. Please wear your mask and maintain social distance. Childcare will be available 4:00-5:30pm on the outside playground. 

Connecting in Community

If you were not able to join us last Sunday afternoon for the blessing of bags and other items we carry, tokens (pictured) are available on the table outside Pam’s office. These are a reminder that the warmth and support of this community is always with us.

BLUU Online Worship

Thursday, Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2 at 9pm 
Black Lives of UU (BLUU) online worship resumes in October. Longtime BLUU community member, E.N. Hill, will be offering reflections and co-leading worship! Please register here.

We can’t wait to be with you! BLUU's online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety—by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora— and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us! Feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room 15 minutes before the start of the service. For our non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folks in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is one powerful way of lending your support, and we deeply appreciate it!
Introducing Raquel

Hello CUUC community, I am Raquel Belkin (she/her) and will be joining you this year as part of my field education requirement at Union Theological Seminary where I am in my second year. My religious background is Jewish-Pagan. At CUUC, I will be focusing on youth ministry, supporting the Youth Group and Coming of Age class. I am excited to meet you this Sunday afternoon at outdoor religious education and worship, or in the future!
Journey Groups
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."
Halloween Party
Saturday, October 30th, Early Afternoon
Start thinking about your Halloween costumes!  We're planning a party outside at CUUC. Trick-or-Treating. Games. Fun for all ages! We invite all CUUC committees, teams, youth group, and individuals to occupy a spot along the trick-or-treat circuit and help full up our trick-or-treaters' bags with goodies. 
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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