Religious Education: October 1, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
October 1, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
This Weekend
Beginning This Sunday
Afternoon Outdoor Programming
Moves to 12:00pm

Worship & Childcare Every Sunday
1st-9th Grade RE Classes Every Other Sunday

Online Worship Continues at 10:00am Every Sunday
Read more below...
Adult COA Class

Begins This 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 October 3rd at 12:00pm, outside at CUUC.
Youth Activities
8th-12th Grade Youth Group

Youth Group will be held at a time that does not conflict with the 8th-9th grade Coming of Age Sunday schedule. We encourage our 10th-12th grade youth to attend Sunday worship with their families.  October meeting dates and activities coming soon!
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   

Youth Open Mic & Leadership Building

Sat Oct 30, South Presbyterian, Dobbs Ferry
We will be collaborating with area congregations to offer interfaith youth activities and inviting youth to our own congregations' events. The South Presbyterian congregation in Dobbs Ferry started a learning and leadership lab that is by, for, and about teens and open to all high school youth. They are hosting monthly Open Mic evenings organized by youth with youth performers. The next Open Mic is Saturday, October 30th. All performers wear a mask and the audience is limited to only other youth performers. For more information contact
learninglab@southpres.org or Tracy. 
Sunday Morning Online
Online Worship Sun Oct 3, 10:00am
“Wonder” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Why do animals — human and otherwise — experience wonder? What is it good for, and how can we have more of it in our lives?
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
(weather permitting)
Beginning This Sunday
Afternoon Programming Moves to 12:00pm

Worship & Childcare Every Sunday

1st-9th Grade Classes 

Every Other Sunday: Oct 3, 17, 31 & Nov 14

We will communicate plans for after Nov 14th in a few weeks, 
when we have a clearer sense of evolving pandemic conditions.

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. To care for the most vulnerable among us, we continue observing COVID safety practices such as wearing masks. 

11:30am-1:15pm, Outdoor Playground
Diane will offer childcare for young children on our outdoor playground. Everyone wears a mask. No snacks are served. Drop off and pick up on the playground (enter through the UPPER parking lot). 
1st-9th Grade Classes
This Sunday, October 3rd, 12:00-1:00pm
Drop off and pick up are in the UPPER parking lot. Please arrive a few minutes early so children and youth can make their way to classes that meet in separate outdoor spaces around the building.  After class, children up to 5th grade must be met by their adult; they will not be released unattended into the parking lot. 

This Sunday, we shift to our focus on community and UU faithClasses for 1st-9th grade will take place every other Sunday at 12:00pm during in person, outside worship: October 3, 17, and 21; November 14. 

October 3rd Classes and Leaders
Please arrive a few minutes early to find your class location outside


1st-5th Grades: Norm H and Laura S will begin with Love is Like a Seed from the Love Will Guide Us curriculum. In this program,  children learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist Sources, with an emphasis on love. Together we ask: questions such as, "Where did we come from?" "What is our relationship to the Earth and other creatures?" "How can we respond with love, even in bad situations?"  (We will start with a combined class. If it's a large group, we will divide into two classes - 1st-3rd & 4th-5th - on October 17th.)

6th-7th Grades: Alex Z and Laura G  will begin with Exploring Right and Wrong from the Amazing Grace curriculum. This program helps youth understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. Its purpose is to equip them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. It invites them toward an adolescence enriched by self-knowledge and a deepening ethical sense. 

8th-9th Grades: Denice T, Nicholas A, Mohammed L, and Raquel B will introduce the Coming of Age year. In this first gathering, youth will learn about this foundational class and prepare to embark on a spiritual journey. With mentors and guides, youth explore their identities, beliefs, and the connections they have--and can make--in love and justice to their faith communities, local communities, and beyond. They begin to build a faith-grounded “toolkit” for the joys, sorrows, wonders, and challenges of being human.

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. 

Drop off in the UPPER parking lot before 12:00pm.
Pick up in the UPPER parking lot after worship.


Sun Oct 3, 12:00pm, Lower Parking Lot
“Wonder” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

To better serve more of our congregation, we are adjusting our in-person start time. Bring your lawn chair and gather with us in the lower parking lot for an in-person version of the morning's online worship. Wear your mask and maintain social distance. Childcare is available beginning at 11:30am on the outdoor playground (enter through the UPPER parking lot).

Connecting in Community
Available Now: 2021 October edition of "On the Journey: Wonder"
RE/PlaceKeeping Photos
The Religious Education (RE) Council and families share our gratitude for the lovely PlaceKeeping program Bice W, Rev. LoraKim J, and Cynthia R led. And out thanks to Karen L, Jennifer S, and Isabel T for their donation of binoculars.
Over the past three Sundays, children, youth, and adults learned about our beautiful earth community at CUUC and deepened our sense of wonder, awe, and interdependence. You can view photo highlights here, including a folder with images from the field camera that captured some of the vibrant life around us. Look closely. Read Rev. LoraKim’s blog about a cardinal that prompted us to reflect on life and death, and see this sweet note by Norah, age 11.  
RE/PlaceKeeping Journals

We invite PlaceKeepers of all ages to record observations of the life around us. Journals are available in the bin outside the CUUC main entrance for AnimalKeepers, WaterKeepers, and EarthKeepers. You may also use the iNaturalist app or website.

This month's first Saturday PlaceKeeping gathering (October 2nd) would be a great time to record observations and participate in tending to our earth community. Stay on groomed paths and remember what Cynthia taught us about poison ivy: Leave of three, let it be! And furry vines are no friend of mine! RE classes will revisit measurements of the river birch and tulip poplar each of the four seasons to record changes, and we will continue deepening our connection to place. 
Halloween Party
Saturday, October 30th, Early Afternoon
Start thinking about your Halloween costumes and invite friends to our parking lot Halloween party 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 parking lot trick-or-treat circuit and help fill up our trick-or-treaters' bags with goodies. Contact Tracy to sign up. 
Donations for Refugees
Hearts & Homes for Refugees Winter Drive
Sat Oct 2, 9:00am-5:00pm
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 West Fountain Square, Larchmont
With hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan expected to resettle in our area soon, Hearts & Homes for Refugees is looking to supply more clothing than ever. Clean winter coats and waterproof boots in excellent condition ONLY. Volunteers also needed; Winter Drive volunteer sign up here. H&H also accepts gift cards from Target and Burlington; mail to Hearts & Homes for Refugees, P.O. Box 8558, Pelham NY 10803. And financial contributions can be made at heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/donate. Local temples are also collecting supplies for refugees arriving at NJ army bases, through Oct 10. Items may be ordered from the JCC of Mid-Westchester Amazon wish list here.
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 September 12th 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.

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

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