Religious Education: November 28, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 28, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
Gratitude Journals
In Chapel last Sunday, we heard a story about building a practice of gratitude, Gratitude is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego, then decorated our gratitude journals. If you'd like to make a journal at home, click here for prompts and images. Gratitude journals would make a great stocking stuffer or Thanksgiving table gift. You can write, draw, add stickers and cut out pictures in magazines to paste in. If you are gluing images on a leatherette surface, Mod Podge works great! 
Re-Learning Thanksgiving 
The United States has over four hundred years of ongoing violence against indigenous lives and culture. Some refer to ‘Thanksgiving’ as the ‘National Day of Mourning.' Below are resources to help us center indigenous experiences and voices during this season. 
First People of the Hudson Valley
The first inhabitants of this area are the Lenape, which means "the people," and are also known as the Lenni Lenape, meaning "true people."  Colonial settlers named them the Delaware Indians, after the Delaware River that runs through their territory.  Unami is the Munsee dialect of the Lenape of this area. It is a dialect of the larger Algonquian language group that covers much of northeast North America. Algonquian tribes consist of peoples that speak Algonquian languages and historically shared cultural similarities. There are hundreds of original tribes that spoke several dialects of this language group.  Sometimes you may read about the people of this area as the Munsee Lenape.  These names reflect subsets, movement, and language of the Nation, as well as colonial naming. 
Additional Resources

Green Thanksgiving Tips

Thanksgiving can be a resource-intensive holiday as Americans collectively travel billions of miles and consume more than a billion pounds of food. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the holiday while being mindful of your carbon footprint.

Sunday Morning 

9:30-11:45am, Room 32 in the Yellow Hallway
Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children. Everyone wears a mask. No snacks are served. Drop off and pick up in room 32, yellow hallway. 
10:00am Worship
In Person & Online

“Sound Sense and Sensible Sound” 
~ Adam Kent
The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once alluded to life without music as “a mistake.” But do we really need music to exist? What does music offer us humans beyond thought and language? CUUC music director Adam Kent shares his thoughts.

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.
RE Does Not Meet

Religious Education activities and classes are on break this Sunday, November 28th. We look forward to seeing you next Sunday, December 5th!
Connecting in Community
Holiday Craft Party
for All Ages

Saturday, December 4th, 10:00am-12:00pm at CUUC
This will be a fun morning for all ages, holiday crafts you can keep or share to brighten another person's day. Come make holiday cards and decorate chalice cookies. We also have someone coming to lead us in making earrings - for every pair you make to take home, you'll make a 2nd pair to be donated to a women's shelter. We hope you will join us! We will observe safety measures like wearing masks and distancing. *If you are available Friday afternoon, December 3rd, to help make chalice cookies at CUUC that will be decorated Saturday, contact Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 
COA/Youth Group
Superhero Year

Sunday, December 12th, 10:10am-11:20pm 
Youth Group, assemble! If our everyday gifts were turned into powers what would that look like? Explore this question with the 8th-12th grade Youth Group this year by designing your own superhero and playing them in an escape room, creating a mask for them, creating a board game based on them, and more! We will be kicking superhero year off with a viewing of Marvel's What If? Stay tuned for more details, citizens! Sunday, December 12th, we'll combine COA and Youth Group to launch Superhero Year!
PlaceKeeping RE Activity

Sunday, December 12th, 10:10am-11:20pm 
Calling all EarthKeepers, AnimalKeepers, and WaterKeepers! K-7th graders will have another PlaceKeeping morning December 12th. We will be meeting in Keeper teams to discuss projects for this year. Bring your enthusiasm and any ideas you might have! We look forward to continuing the RE & PlaceKeeping collaboration. 
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.
Greet Families in the RE Lobby - Contact Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 
Join the Ushering Team - Contact Karen Leahy (karenleahy101@gmail.com). 

Lobby Greeters Wanted Sign up here to greet our visitors in person on one or more Sundays. Contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 

Online Greeters Wanted - Click here to sign up for a Sunday or two... or three!
Holiday Donations

We are collecting donations that will spread some holiday cheer. Bins and individuals collecting donations will be at CUUC over the next three weeks. Thank you for helping brighten the season for those in our local community! 
Toys for a New Family - Donate new and gently used toys for boys ages 1 and 4 who are arriving in our area with their family from Afghanistan. Contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com) with questions.  

Toys for the Ecumenical Food Pantry to Distribute - Donate new or gently used toys suitable for a small apartment. Contact Mary Cavallero (marycava4@gmail.com) with questions.

Financial Donations for the Ecumenical Food Pantry - Make checks to CUUC with the memo "Food Pantry" and mail or add to the Sunday collection. You may also pay online at cucwp.org by clicking the yellow Donate button. A small percent of online donations goes to PayPal fees; please consider increasing your donation by a few dollars to compensate. Contact: John Cavallero (jcwpny@gmail.com)

Coachman Gift Cards - Coachman Family Center is a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Donate cash or checks we will convert to gifts cards. We hope to offer $25 gift cards for each of the approximately 200 children currently residing at Coachman. Bring or mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards," or donate online at cucwp.org by clicking the yellow Donate button and selecting "Coachman Gift Cards" from the dropdown list. Contact Jacy Good (goodjacy@gmail.com).

Toiletries - We collect toiletries year-round for Samaritan House (women's shelter) and Open Arms (men's shelter). There are black & white collection boxes for in the front lobby. Contact Ray Messing (914-592-4497).
Placekeeping Practice at CUUC

Join the Conversation on Thursday, December 2, 7:30pm, Zoom 8428. Our sanctuary sits within 8+ acres of land that includes walking trails that wind through our woodland, wetlands, gardens, and streams. A group of congregants has recently started meeting to brainstorm how best to enlarge our bonds with the beautiful place we share. 

This might include relaxing in the woods without electronics, hanging out with friends at the spirit fire, better understanding our ecosystem by studying its water, plants and animals, and working together to foster stewardship of our property at CUUC. Let’s discuss how to engage all of our congregants-from children in the Religious Education Program to Youth Group to adults of all ages and interests.  Please join us for an online conversation on Thursday, December 2, at 7:30PM. Zoom 8428. Meeting ID: 817 388 428 & Passcode: 468468. Please contact Cynthia Roberts for more information, CynthiaVroberts@gmail.com.   

Raising Climate-Resilient Kids

The CUUC EPG shares this great resource with our families: "How to Raise Climate-Resistant Kids," by Tim Lydon. "Climate-related disasters are on the rise, and carbon emissions are soaring. Parents today face the unprecedented challenge of raising children somehow prepared for a planetary emergency that may last their lifetimes. Few guidebooks are on the shelves for this one, yet, but experts do have advice. And in a bit of happy news, it includes strategies already widely recognized as good for kids." Read more here...

From the Committee on Ministry

Survey on Covenantal Relationship, Now through Sun Dec 5
Given two major transitions that we are facing – the return to in-person services and the possible retirement of our minister in June 2023 – this is a good time for us to explore our covenantal relationships. The brief COM survey has 11 questions and should take less than 10 minutes, so help us hear your voice by taking a few minutes to complete it. The survey will be open until Sun Dec 5. Click here to take our survey.

Story Time
On Break this Week
Story Time Resumes Next Thursday, Dec 2nd
Barbara is currently reading, Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (grades 4-7). While their parents are away, some children unearth a sand-fairy who is forced to grant their wishes, but luckily for them the wishes come undone at sunset.  
Join us next Thursday, December 2nd, 7:15-8:00/8:15pm. Zoom 3131Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468. Contact Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com)
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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