Religious Education: September 24, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
September 24, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Sunday Morning  Online
Online Worship Sun Sep 26, 10:00am
“Caste” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Isabel Wilkerson analyzes American society as being, in its own way, as caste-based as India has traditionally been. The result is some insights for us working to make a better world for everyone.
Online Services are Back in the Worship Webinar Zoom

Click here to join our virtual worshiphttps://bit.ly/CUUC-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 26, 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 (enter through the UPPER parking lot). 

Outdoor, In-Person Religious Education
Sun Sep 26, 4:00pm, LOWER Parking Lot
Leaves of three, let it be. 
Furry vines are no friend of mine.

Cynthia R helped us identify
poison ivy - very important!

We continue connecting with each other and the beautiful earth community around us. This Sunday, we begin in the LOWER parking lot to explore The Place Where A Stream Goes Through A Wall (back corner of the lower parking lot) then venture up to the River Birch Spring (behind the playground) as Rev. LoraKim helps us tune in to the birds and animals and Cynthia R helps us connect with the trees and plants. Drawing, rubbings of bark and leaves, checking the trail camera for images of the life that moves about, and exploring to share “wow” experiences will deepen our sense of awe and wonder. We will revisit the areas in December, March, and June to understand and appreciate the cycles of life around us. We look forward to seeing you!

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 to self-administer. To protect plants and avoid ticks, everyone will stay on groomed paths. 

4:00pm Drop Off & 5:30pm Pick Up are in the LOWER Parking Lot. 
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 26, 4:30pm, Lower Parking Lot

“Caste” ~ 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 (access through the upper parking lot). 

Finding Our New Normal
Dear Ones, the Religious Education Council continues working to identify activities and schedules that meet families' needs and availability. As with most things during the pandemic, there are no easy answers. We do now know that 4:00pm Sunday does not work for many so beginning October 3rd, we are shifting to 12:00pm, hoping noon fits better in your schedules. We look forward to the day when we can all be safely back in the building for RE and worship, and are grateful for your patience and understanding as we navigate our way through.  warmly, Tracy

-Tracy Breneman, Director of Religious Education & Faith Formation
New Time
Beginning Oct 3rd: 12:00pm

Outdoor In-Person Worship and RE Classes (Weather Permitting)
WORSHIP: Bring your lawn chair and gather with us in the lower parking lot. Wear your mask and maintain social distance. Starting at 11:30am, childcare is offered on the outdoor playground (enter from the UPPER parking lot).

lasses for 1st-3rd, 4th-5th, 6th-7th and 8th-9th grades will take place at 12:00pm during in person, outside worship, in separate locations around our beautiful space.  1st-7th grade classes will focus on community and our UU faith, utilizing UUA Tapestry of Faith curriculaThe 8th-9th grade class will begin their Coming of Age (COA) year.  As COA is one of our foundational experiences for youth, Tracy will check in with COA families and leaders to confirm availability for Sunday at 12:00pm. 

In all activities, we will uphold COVID protocols including meeting outside and wearing masks at all times.  Contact: RE Co-chairs Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com) and Al Forte (aforte232@gmail.com), or Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com).
8th-12th Grade Youth Group
Youth Group for 8th-12th grade youth will be held at a time that does not conflict with the 8th-9th grade Coming of Age schedule. We will be in touch with leaders and families to determine a schedule.  We encourage our 10th-12th grade youth to attend Sunday worship with their families.  We are also connecting with local interfaith youth networks to participate in joint programming. More information coming soon!
Connecting in Community
Binoculars for Young PlaceKeepers

Last Sunday, Bice W invited our young EarthKeepers, AnimalKeepers, and WaterKeepers to visit CUUC anytime to observe and record notes. The journals will be in a bin outside the front door labeled, “CUUC PlaceKeepers Journals.” We are looking for donations of binoculars. If you have one you are no longer using, we would love to make it available to our young people. You can leave it in the PlaceKeepers Journals bin or contact Tracy to make  arrangements, cuucwptracy@gmail.com
Center Lane Youth Pride

Sat Oct 9, 2:00-6:00pm, Saxon Woods Park
For LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 8-21. Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month! Make new friends, learn about resources in Westchester, eat, make crafts, connect with LGBTQ+ mentors, and more! This is an in person event with COVID safety protocols at Saxon Woods Park (1800 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 10605), and it's free! We hope to see you there!! Sign Up Here   

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. 
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.
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!

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.

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

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