Religious Education: February 13, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 13, 2022

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Congregation Meeting & Vote 
Members Please Attend & Vote

Sun Feb 27, 11:15am, Zoom 2210
The Board of Trustees will conduct a Special Meeting of the Congregation to vote on reducing the number of Board members and amending some language in our Bylaws. We will not hold online coffee hour after worship so that everyone can attend the meeting. Contact: Joe Majsak (jmajsak@verizon.net).
Nurturing Resilience  

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
Understanding Thoughts

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: 

In the Coming Days
Winter Bird Walk
Birding for Life

Tomorrow! Saturday, Feb 12, 10:00–11:30am
Edith G. Read Wildlife Sanctuary, Rye
RSVP - Rev. LoraKim
(amoloros@gmail.com) 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 (amloros@gmail.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 (madterri@gmail.com). 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, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

Center Lane
Gender Euphoria Series 
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+ communityREGISTER HERE

Weekly Center Lane Programming:
centerlane@wjcs.com & 914-423-0610
~ Wed, 6:30-8:30pm - TransParentcy
   (Youth and Adults)
~ Thurs, 6:00-7:30pm - Rainbow Squad!
    (5th-8th graders, ages 8-13)
Youth Mental Health Support
Peer Pastoral Care Training
for Youth
Youth Mental Health Training
for Adults

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 hereWe invite you to forward your $40 receipt to Tracy for reimbursement. 

This Sunday 
February 13th  
1st-9th Grade Classes
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!
9:50am 1st-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 Age Handbook: & Compass PointsRaquel 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

“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, 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.

After worship, join our Virtual Coffee Hour or phone in (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
Community Chat

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.
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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