Religious Education: September 3, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
September 3, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Attn: Families
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
Sunday Worship
Sun Sep 5, 10:00am ~ “Curiosity”
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Our September theme of the month is a key spiritual trait. Nothing shrinks our spirits quite like judgmentalism -- and curiosity is the antidote to judgmentalism.
To join our summer worship, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-SummerWorship or phone in (audio only): 1-929-436-2866 · 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 and subscribe!
Connecting in Community
PlaceKeeping/RE Activities
“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. Click to read more about the practice. Contact: Bice Wilson (bicewilson@gmail.com).
Story Time Resumes

Thursdays Beginning Sep 9
7:15pm Check-in ~ 7:30-8:00pm Story ~ Zoom 4635 
Story time continues with Barbara M reading Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (grades 4-7). "While their parents are away, some English children unearth a sand-fairy that is forced to grant their wishes, but luckily for them the wishes come undone at sunset."  Zoom 4635.  Meeting ID: 602 164 635  · Passcode: 468468.     
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 (creighton.cray@gmail.com)
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."
Save the Date
Halloween Party!
Saturday, October 30th, Afternoon
Start thinking about your Halloween costumes!  We're planning a party outside at CUUC. Trick-or-Treating. Games. Community Fun! Stay tuned for more information...
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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