Religious Education: November 14, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 14, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
RE is Moving Inside
this Sunday

The weather is getting chilly so we are moving Religious Education classes and activities inside. The CUUC Building Reopening Committee updated our covid protocols and shares this summary. The original "CUUC Reopening Guidelines" are available here
Important Highlights for Families
*Tracy will make sure all children and youth have name tags so we can add a blue dot as they complete vaccination, allowing them to move freely around the building.  Please forward proof of vaccination for children and youth to Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

*The sanctuary and main lobby remain vaccinated-only spaces so those who are vaccinated and have an underlying condition feel safe to attend worship. We ask those who are not yet vaccinated to enter through the
RE lobby doors and remain in the RE wing and Fellowship Hall.

*Classes begin at 10:10am. The 8th-9th grade Coming of Age class will meet in classroom 11. The 1st-5th and 6th-7th grade classes will meet in the Fellowship Hall and classroom 41 respectively, allowing those ages 5-11 more space to spread out. All adult leaders in RE are vaccinated. 

*Classes end at 11:20am. Elementary-age children must always be picked up by their parent/guardian. They, along with all children and youth who are not yet vaccinated, will wait in Fellowship Hall to be picked up. Children in childcare will be picked up in the childcare room, #32 in the yellow hallway. We ask parents/guardians to pick up your children as soon as the worship service ends so RE leaders may be released to attend meetings or other activities. 

We appreciate your ongoing patience and support while we continue paving new paths forward as the pandemic enters new phases. If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Religious Educator, Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com), or RE Council Co-Chairs, Al Forte (aforte232@gmail.com) and Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com). 
Sunday Morning 

9:30-11:45am, Room 32 in the Yellow Hallway
Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children. Weather permitting, they will play on our outdoor playground. Everyone wears a mask. No snacks are served. Drop off and pick up in room 32, in the yellow hallway. 
1st-9th Grade Classes
Sunday, 10:10am-11:20am
We are moving Religious Education classes and activities inside. Enter through the RE lobby doors and visit our Welcome table. As your family completes vaccinations, please bring or e-mail Tracy photos of your cards or other verification so we can put blue dots on name tags of everyone who is vaccinated. 
1st-5th Grade Class, Love Will Guide Us: Class meets in Fellowship Hall. Norm H and Gus C are leading. In this session participants explore our fifth Source, which "counsels us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science." In children's language, reason means we listen to what others say, pay attention to what we ourselves see, hear, and feel, and try to figure out what is true. Participants explore reason and science as means to answer one of the ultimate religious questions, "How did we get here?" 

6th-7th Grade Class, Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong: Class meets in room 41, in the green hallway. Alex Z and Gail J are leading. The third session of Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong asks youth to consider the nature of virtuous and sinful lives. It is the third in a serious of four sessions that focus on faith as it related to right and wrong, virtue and sin. Youth will hear about several ways religions respond to good and evil. 

8th-9th Grade Class, Coming of Age: Class meets in room 11, in the red hallway. Tim L and Raquel B will invite youth to explore the gifts and talents each possesses which can help them on their spiritual journey. They will explore where these gifts come from and how to further develop them, as well as identifying personal priorities and developing ways to understand the consequences of choices we make. 

11:20am ~ Pick Up in Fellowship Hall or Childcare
All children in 5th grade and younger, along with unvaccinated youth in 6th grade and older will wait for parents/guardians to pick them up in Fellowship Hall after RE. Children in childcare will be picked up in the childcare room, 32 in the yellow hallway. Please pick up children right after worship so RE leaders may leave for meetings or other activities. Vaccinated youth 6th grade and older with blue dots on their name tags will be released to find their parents/guardians. 

All adult leaders are vaccinated. Everyone will observe pandemic safety protocols including wearing masks, and we are skipping snack time for now. 
10:00am Worship
In Person & Online

“Reconsidering Rationality” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon 
“The heart has its reasons that reason cannot know” and rationality is indistinguishable from rationalization. Still, along with working on the wholeness of heart and spirit, a little attention to thinking rationally can be helpful too.
At our in-person worship in our sanctuary, we follow Covid safety protocols, showing proof of vaccination, remaining masked, and maintaining social distance from those not in our household. Please have your mask on and proof of vaccination (or blue dot on your nametag) as you enter. We will not yet be hosting in-person or virtual coffee hour after worship.

We livestream the service on Zoom for people to join online or by phone. To watch the service online, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923, Webinar: 761 321 991, 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.
Connecting in Community
November Journey Group & Family Packets

Click here for the 2021 November edition of On the Journey
Click here for family resources for this month's theme

Adam Kent in Concert


Adam Kent in Concert: “A Schubertiade: Out of the Shadow of Beethoven,” Sun Nov 14, 2:30pm, CUUC Sanctuary and Livestream

Pianist Adam Kent recreates a “Schubertiade” house concert, featuring several of Schubert's beloved Impromptus and Moments musicaux, along with his masterful Sonata in Bb Major, Op. Posth., his final work. The program includes one of Schubert's lyric songs, sung by soprano Kim Force, and a family-friendly skit performed by the Force Family Players. Click here to purchase tickets online. Click here to log in to the livestream, or phone 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468

Don't Trash That Pumpkin!

Did you know that every year more than 1 billion pounds of Halloween pumpkins are left to rot in America's landfills, releasing methane gas as they decompose? In Westchester, they are burned in the Peekskill incinerator. This year, take a positive step toward reducing greenhouse gases and pollution by composting your pumpkin or leaving it in your yard or the woods as food for animals. Click here for our list of local municipal food scrap recycling sites.

We Are a Community of Welcome

We invite you to share in joy of greeting each other, and helping Sunday mornings go smoothly and feel welcoming to all. 

Join the Ushering Team
Come be part of the team that helps CUUC services flow smoothly — the ushers. Former ushers and new volunteers are welcome for both small and larger roles. If you are interested or want to know more, contact Karen Leahy (karenleahy101@gmail.com). It’s a good way to honor Tom Rosenbaum’s spirit of humble service.

Lobby Greeters Wanted 
Now that we are back together again on Sunday mornings, let's share the joy of community by welcoming all those who walk through our doors. If you can smile and say "Good morning," you could be a greeter. Come a little early (9:45) and you're done by 10:15. Please sign up here to greet our visitors in person on one or more Sundays. Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 

Online Greeters Wanted, Too 
Are you Zooming in to our worship each Sunday? Help us extend a warm CUUC welcome to our other virtual attendees by being an online greeter. Just type a welcome in the chat around 10:00am, then watch who answers and type a greeting to each person, as you are able. Click here to sign up for a Sunday or two... or three!

Meet the Board

Sun Nov 21, after worship, in Fellowship Hall and Livestream on Zoom 2210

Meet the members of our Board of Trustees and learn more about upcoming exciting projects at CUUC. In person and livestream event.

Westchester Interfaith Youth Alliance

November 21, 2:00-5:00pm
Thanksgiving Cooking and Interfaith Service Event at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, NY

Join a grassroots initiative to cook and prepare over 2,000 holiday meals combatting food insecurity. Help make meals for over 20 food pantries that brighten the holiday for those hit by economic pressures. Then join an Interfaith Community Service immediately after. This event is for and run by Westchester Youth Alliance youth! REGISTER HERE. All Covid Protocols follow CDC guidelines. Vaccines and masks required, social distancing and outdoor work areas. Contact Chloe Fernandez, Program Director, pd@westchesteryouthalliance.org

Story Time
New Room: Zoom 3131
Thursdays, 7:15-8:00/8:15pm
Barbara M is starting a new book for story time, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (grades 4-7). While their parents are away, some English children unearth a sand-fairy who is forced to grant their wishes, but luckily for them the wishes come undone at sunset.  
Barbara reads a chapter or two each Thursday. Put on your pjs and get comfy to hear a story. We hope your child(ren) will join us. Zoom 3131Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468. Contact: Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com)
JUUst Breathe Live
for Youth and Young Adults

JUUst Breathe Live is a YouTube live stream where youth ministry has a say! Hosts Shannon Harper and Eric Bliss interview youth and adult bad asses who hold a vision of liberal religious youth ministry that is both lifesaving and spirit lifting.

Join us for real time conversations where your ideas matter and your questions get answered. Explore faith, spirituality, and life purpose as never before. And above all, bring your authentic self and...JUUst Breathe.  JUUst Breathe YouTube Channel offers the first three recorded episodes: 

  • Mental Health First Aid (We especially encourage Youth Group to watch this one, as it related to our theme and activities this month!)
  • The Other Side of the Bridge: What Happens After Youth Group
  • Youth Spirituality (We especially encourage COA youth, teachers, mentors and parents to watch this one!)
Center Lane Programs
for Youth and Young Adults

The TransParentcy group for youth and adults continues meeting Wednesdays at 6:30pm.  Email Center Lane at centerlane@wjcs.com or call (914) 423-0610.

Join us for the
Rainbow Book Club - the first book is Alex Ever After! Sign up here: www.tinyurl.com/virtualcl.

Starting Monday 11/1: Gender Joy Project! Our Gender Joy Group is an 8-week, free, virtual group running on Monday nights from 6:30-8pm for LGBTQ+ youth 13-18!  The group will bring LGBTQ+ youth together to explore gender and sexuality identities in a way that focuses on positive feelings, and helps them learn to frame something that is so often painful in a euphoric way; to find the aspects of their genders and sexualities that make them happy. The goal of the Gender Joy Project is to access the parts of gay experience that spark joy and spread joy within ourselves and our community as a whole. Sign up here: https://tinyurl.com/GenderJoy

Starting Tuesday 11/16: Center Lane’s Pride Academy! Our Pride Academy is a 12-week, free, virtual group running on Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm for LGBTQ+ youth 13-18! This is a unique program filled with opportunities to make new friends, connect with LGBTQ+ mentors and learn more about yourself! At Pride Academy you will learn more about the history of the LGBTQ+ community, aspects of LGBTQ+ culture, the role the media plays in shaping the social understanding of LGBTQ+ people, the history of the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement, how to advocate for the community in different ways, and how you understand your place in the world. Mostly importantly, you’ll have fun!  Sign up here: www.tinyurl.com/PrideAcademy.

For up-to-date information, schedules, and Zoom links, visit the RE overview and schedule. You may also consult our CUUC website calendarFamilies participating in childcare through 12th grade RE, please submit 2021 registration (click here for the form). Read All CUUC Announcements in the Weekly e-Communitarian Newsletter
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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