Here you will find resources focused on cultivating resilience, practicing self-care, and encouraging conversation, especially between young people and the adults who support them. Each week, I add one or two new resources. The growing list is available in this document.
Week 4 5 Minute Video & Family Discussion
This is our third week sharing support materials from the Child Mind Institute’s California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project. This series of free videos and print resources for parents, educators, and young people, available in English and Spanish, is designed to promote young people’s emotional health and help them thrive. The five video topics for children, middle school youth, and high school youth are understanding feelings, relaxation skills, understanding thoughts, managing intense emotions, and mindfulness.
Family discussion: We invite your family to watch and discuss one short video each week. You can use the corresponding skill sheets, which offer key takeaways and skills to practice. This week, we spotlight the third short video, understanding thoughts. The suggested activities are noticing when we are feeling stuck and changing unhelpful thoughts. Click the link below for the short understanding thoughts video and skill sheets:
Tomorrow! Saturday, Feb 12, 10:00–11:30am
Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye RSVP - Rev. LoraKim (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Meetup
We will seek to grow our ability to transform ourselves and our world by watching birds as an intentional mindfulness practice. The weather looks promising, and there will be plenty of birds and good company. Group size is limited so please RSVP to Rev. LoraKim (email@example.com) or Meetup. Dress appropriately and meet us in the Playland parking lot at the entrance to the Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary in Rye.
Lunar New Year Celebrate with the Kungs
Tomorrow! Saturday, Feb 12, 5:00pm,Zoom 7899
Come celebrate the Year of the Tiger with the Darwei and Terri Kung! The couple will share some typical Chinese New Year traditions while we make dumplings together.
Terri will show you up close and personal on Zoom how to make the filling, fold, and cook the dumplings. Click here for a detailed recipe including pictures of the ingredients. If we have enough young folks at the event, maybe we can even hear/see a Chinese New Year's tale while eating our dumplings. This event is for ages 4 through adults. RSVP Terri Kung (firstname.lastname@example.org). Terri will also be offering to go shopping with or collect some of the ingredients for folks, as well as sending a recipe for a celebratory adult beverage.
Story Time New: Night, Zoom, Book
Mondays, 7:15pm Check in & 7:30-8:00pm Story New Room,Zoom 6161| Meeting ID: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468
Monday February 14th, Barbara will read the final chapter of Five Children and It by E. Nesbit (about 4 children who get to have a wish granted every day, but it lasts only until sunset). Then they will choose the next book. Currently, 4th-6th graders are participating so they have been choosing stories for ages 10-12. With the start of a new book, it's a great time to join in!!Contact: Tracy, email@example.com.
Center Lane Gender Euphoria Series
Gender Euphoria: Neurodivergence
Tuesday, February 15, 6:00-8:00pm
Join Center Lane and their guest speakers who will share their experiences as neurodivergent people, and how their neurodivergency intersects with their LGBTQ+ identities. Pre-register to get the confidential link. FREE and open to anyone ages 13-21 in the LGBTQ+ community! REGISTER HERE
Sunday, March 13th, Early Afternoon, Online
We are working with the UUA to offer a series of interactive online workshops for youth to learn peer pastoral care skills - deep listening and sharing feelings. Pastoral care is an essential part of religious community and an essential part of caring for each other as human beings. We each can be present to each other as we go through both the hard and joyful parts of life. Compassion, witness, listening, and empathy are gifts we can give each other. Sharing those gifts with others helps us learn to receive those gifts when we need them. Registration information coming soon.
Youth Mental Health Training for Adults
March 15 & 16, 12:00-3:00pm, Online
Led by Unitarian Universalist Association Staff
Youth Mental Health First Aid is a model of support developed by the National Council for Mental Wellbeing. YMHFA is based on an action plan that 1) focuses on ensuring youth have a voice and a choice in their mental health care and recovery & 2) teaches people how to respond in a crisis or emergency situation. In this training you will learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and crises in youth and practice applying appropriate steps to help youth.
The training totals 8 hours, which includes two hours of self-paced content and two three-hour, instructor-led group learning sessions on Zoom. Upon completion of the course you will receive a Mental Health First Aider certificate and access to a community forum with other Unitarian Universalist mental health first aiders. Register here. We invite you to forward your $40 receipt to Tracy for reimbursement.
This Sunday February 13th
1st-9th Grade Classes Online
9:50am 1st-5th Grade Class Begins 10:00am 6th-7th Grade Class Begins 10:10am 8th-9th Grade Class Begins
All classes log in to Zoom 8428 then move into class breakout rooms. Zoom 8428 password embedded login: https://bit.ly/CUUC-RE
Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468
We look forward to seeing you!
9:50am1st-5th Grade Class, Love Connects Us: Laura S and Norm H are leading session 10, Peace Inside, which explores covenant. As UUs, we belong to a community with a heritage of love, truth-seeking, and peacemaking from our Unitarian and Universalist forebears. Although our theological beliefs can be diverse, our covenant with one another and the love we bring to it tie us together in a common bond.
Be sure to offer Norm your appreciation and congratulations! He is the recipient of the 2022 “Quality of Life” Volunteer Spirit Award from Volunteer New York! for his service with WestFair Rides, providing rides to medical appointments for older adults and those with vision impairments. Thank you for your service, Norm!
10:00am 6th-7th Grade Class,Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong: Christine H and Gail J are leading session 10, Right and Wrong Together, which explores the ways right and wrong can seem mixed up with each other, and the idea that determining right and wrong can depend on circumstances and perception. This is the second in a series of four sessions focusing on spirituality. Meditation is a practice that helps clear the mind of distractions so we are better able to make good decisions.
10:10am 8th-9th Grade Class, Coming of AgeHandbook: &Compass Points: Raquel B is leading this class, examining how choices made by ourselves and others shape our lives and affect the world around us. As a way into this discussion, we will begin class by watching a short episode of Marvel's "What If...? (TV-14). Class may go a few minutes longer this week.
10:00am Worship Online
“Desire and Reasons” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Is desire a reason? Desire is certainly a cause, but remember: not all causes are reasons. Tim Scanlon's magnum opus of moral philosophy, What We Owe to Each Other (1998), offers a way to temper our (culturally-shaped) desires with a reasonability that can reach across cultures.
The Time for All Ages this Sunday is very special. Jina Accardo shares her mother's story of graduating high school in a WWII internment camp. Feb 19th is the Day of Remembrance and 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which allowed the War Department to detain anyone deemed a threat to national security. 120,000 people, most of Japanese descent, were incarcerated in camps.
To join the worship livestream, clickhttps://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468
Sunday, February 13, 11:15am, Zoom 2210
Our Committee on Ministry “chat” is an opportunity for all CUUC members and friends to provide input and ask questions. We will focus on covenant (what we’ve learned) and conflict management (including policies that the Committee has been reviewing to incorporate a restorative/reconciliation approach). Click here to read the full letter from the COM.