Religious Education: November 7, 2021

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 7, 2021

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal.
TONIGHT: Adult RE Class
Please RSVP

“Coming of (a Little More) Age” online Adult RE Class, Fri Nov 5, 7:30–8:45pm, Zoom 7899. Led by Rev. Meredith
For Unitarian Universalists, 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. We especially encourage parents and mentors of this year’s Coming of Age youth to participate. Please email 
admin@cucwp.org to RSVP.
Sunday Morning 
8th-12th Grade Youth Group
Sunday, 10:00am-11:15am, Kitchen Patio
Our November theme is Wholeness. In Youth Group this month, youth will explore and support self-care. This week, Raquel, Daniel, and Cyndi will lead the youth in making Self-Soothing Boxes to use when they are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or just need to take a breath.
Two of the resources Raquel will share with youth, which you can view together now: 
  • Resources for Healing, a collection of materials to support self-care. this includes a playlist, crafts, videos, books, and more for children, youth and adults. Visit bit.ly/ResourcesforHealing.
  • JUUst Breathe Live is a YouTube live stream where youth ministry has a say! Hosts Shannon Harper and Eric Bliss, UUA youth and young adult staff, interview youth and adult bad asses who hold a vision of liberal religious youth ministry that is both lifesaving and spirit lifting. Episode 1 is about Youth Mental Health, which we recommend for youth and parents! Our youth will recognize Roddy Biggs, who spoke with the youth last year about why the 8th Principle is personal and important for them. See the box below and visit bit.ly/JUUstBreathe.
Magazines Needed
The youth will use magazines as they create their Self-Soothing Boxes. If you have old magazines to donate, please bring them with you this Sunday for Youth Group.  
Children's Activity
Sunday, 10:00am-11:15am, Upper Parking Lot
Children through 7th grade are invited to the game table with Tracy. Bring your favorite board games to share and your mask. Drop off and pick up are in the upper parking lot in front of the RE doors. We need another adult for this activity to support our Safe Congregation practice. Contact Tracy to volunteer, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

9:30-11:45am, Outdoor Playground
Diane and Hans 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). 
Livestream Worship in FH
NEW!  We will livestream the worship service in Fellowship Hall for parents who step out of worship to attend to your child(ren) and anyone who might like a little extra space during worship. Activity boxes will be available. 

10:00am Worship
In Person & Online

“Wholeness” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon 
Wholeness is our theme for November. It's a suggestive term – what does it really mean, and why is it important?
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 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

We will not yet be hosting in-person or virtual coffee hour after worship.

To watch the service online from your device, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 1-646-876-9923. 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.
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.

Children's Story Time
New Room: Zoom 3131
Thursday, November 11, 7:15-8:00pm
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)
MLK Institute Reading Initiative
PreK - 5th Grade
Online Groups Begin October 27th and 28th
Since 1988, through programs for all ages, the MLK Institute has taught nonviolence as a way of life, and as a path to social justice, equity and security for all. We work to further the legacy of Dr. King when he envisioned and took action to build the “Beloved Community.”

Now we present a reading initiative for children through our exceptional Martin Luther King Freedom Library, drawing on our core themes. Our Library holds over 3.000 books and some DVDs and videos about Dr. King, other great peacemakers, African American history, the Civil Rights Movement, African American biography, peace, anti-racism, nonviolent action for social change and more.

Early Childhood, K-2nd grade, and 3rd-5th grade meet in separate groups the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month starting 10/27, 4:00-4:30pm. The Middle School group has been canceled. Click on the grades above for that group’s registration link. Find additional information on the library’s website.

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
Room at Your Table?

Is there room at your table? Share your Thanksgiving with an international student. Learn and enjoy from this opportunity for cultural exchange. Promote cultural understanding and world peace. This makes a wonderful experience for children as it adds to the family table conversation. All participating students will be fully vaccinated. To sign up, call Or email Jane Dixon (Lilrhodie@gmail.com, 914-949-5919). 

Save the Date
Holiday Gift & Donation Activity

Saturday, December 4th, 10:00am-12:00pm at CUUC
This is a fun activity for all ages, making holiday gifts for friends and family, and something special to brighten another person's day. We'll be 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. Contact Raquel (youth@cucwp.org).
Helping Families Rebuild

Furniture Sharehouse is launching a Hurricane Ida Mattress Campaign to raise funds to purchase new mattresses to help affected families begin rebuilding their lives after the devastating storm. Donations will go directly towards purchasing new twin, full, and queen mattresses sets and frames. In addition, if they raise $10,000, an anonymous donor will match it with an additional $10,000! To learn more, click here.

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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