Religious Education: February 27, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 27, 2022

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

THIS SUNDAY Feb 27, After Worship, 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).

From the COVID Safety Team
CUUC Returns to In-Person
Worship and RE
Sunday, March 6th!

Vaccinations, masking, and distancing will still be required, but we can now sing our hymns out loud (while keeping our masks on) instead of humming. We won’t be serving refreshments yet, but we will soon have a “Coffee-Free Coffee Hour” time after worship for socializing. We will continue to offer our online livestream of the worship so people may attend remotely. Click here to see the email message from the committee.

Grateful for Your Support

Our deepest gratitude to all who have contributed to support the Caro family in the aftermath of losing their home and belongings to fire.
We continue colleting donations for the family, clothing, coats and other winter gear, school supplies, and personal items. Clothing sizes are women’s size M, men’s size M-L (34-30), and children’s size 12-14. You may also send a financial donation using the donate button on our website. On the drop down menu, choose "Support for CUUC Family" then in the note section write "New Rochelle Fire," not the family's name. Please direct questions to Caring and Sharing member, Julie Gans (julieagans@gmail.com & 914-830-0944). Thank you so much. 
Supporting Young People's Mental Health
Youth Peer Pastoral Care Training
for HS Youth & Adults

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. Youth come to this training with questions like: Am I supposed to be good at giving advice? What should I say after someone shares something hard? Should I ask questions? This training covers all of that and more! To learn more about this series please visit the Peer Pastoral Care workshop series webpage.

Presenters are Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer and young adult Max Solomon-Frye.
Registration fees is $10 per person. Contact Tracy for financial assistance. 

Register Now.  All youth also complete the UUA Online Drop-in Form

Nurturing Resilience  

Weekly resources for nurturing resilience and encouraging support between young people and their peers, and young people and trusted adults. Visit the growing resource list here.

Week 6: February 27, 2022
5-6 Minute Video: Mindfulness

We continue sharing support materials from the Child Mind Institute’s California Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Project. This series 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, during dinner or another family time. You can use the corresponding skill sheets, which offer key takeaways and skills to practice. This week, we encourage you to watch and discuss the fifth short video, mindfulness. The suggested activities are various mindfulness practices. Click the link below for the short mindfulness video and skill sheets for your child’s age group: 

Consider Serving in
Congregational Leadership 

on the
Board of Trustees & 
Nominating Committee

Nominations for the Board of Trustees
If you know someone who would be a great addition to our Board of Trustees, the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee invites you to complete and submit a nomination application form. The form is available either to print out and write in, or to type in directly, save, and attach to an email. Self-nominations are encouraged! Email the application form to Randy Marshall (rmarshra@gmail.com) or mail to CUUC by Sun Mar 13.

Nominations for the Nominating Committee
 If you'd like to serve on our Nominating and Leadership Development Committee, or want to nominate another member (with their consent), complete our nomination application form (select an application to print, fill in, and mail; or an application to type in, save, and attach to an email). Send form to board chair Joe Majsak, either by email (jmajsak@verizon.net) or USPS mail (26 Blackthorn Lane, White Plains, NY 10606). Application deadline is Sun Mar 13. Contact: Joe Majsak (jmajsak@verizon.net, 914-281-3243). See our letter here.

Drag Queen Story Hour
In Person & Livestream

Sun Mar 6, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall and Zoom bit.ly/DQSH-2022-CUUC
In celebration of our return to in person activities and as a companion program for Tony Arrien's workshop (see the box below), we will host Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) for children of all ages. DQSH is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.  Click here for a flyer to share. All are welcome! Masks required in person. 

LGBTQIA Workshop
Trends in Gender Identity, Intersectionality, and Neurodiversity

Sun Mar 6, 11:30am, Sanctuary and Zoom 2210
Childcare will be available

Tony Arrien of the LGBTQIA Social Justice Team presents a workshop and Q&A session to share important trends relevant to teachers, administrators, employers, mental health professionals, LGBTQ allies, and UUs so we can become more aware, inclusive, understanding, supportive, and welcoming of diverse peoples, gender identities, and neurotypes, and appreciate the effect of their combined minority stress. We will learn about the emerging term “Neuroqueer.” Contact: Tony Arrien (arrien@optonline.net).

Story Time

Mondays, 7:15pm Check In & 7:30-8:00pm Story
Zoom 6161 | Meeting ID: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468
Barbara just began a new book, The Phoenix and the Carpet by Edith Nesbit. Five children find a magic carpet, able to journey through time and space, and inside it a strange egg which hatches into the Phoenix, an ancient and honorable bird who helps them have adventures which never turn out exactly as planned. All are welcome!
Online Cooking Class
Great Family Activity

“Chef’s Knife Skills & 30-Minute Sauté Supper Recipe, with John Schwam,”
Online, Sun Feb 27, 5:00pm, Zoom 7899

Join this online congregation event to learn easy and fancy chef skills, and create a delicious sauté supper you’ve never had. John Schwam will share food prep techniques plus his recipe for Shrimp Creole Asiastique. Click here for the recipe and to learn more. Contact: John Schwam, jgschwam@gmail.com
This Sunday 
February 27th  
RE Classes on Break

Classes for 1st-9th graders do not meet this Sunday due to the week-long school break. We look forward to resuming gatherings in person Sunday, March 6th, 1st-9th grade classes at 10:00am and childcare at 9:45am! In preparation for our return to in person gatherings, we ask families to send updated vaccination information to Tracy. We will continue using blue dots on nametags to indicate completed vaccines, which allow people of all ages to move freely throughout the building.
10:00am Worship

“Bird Lessons” ~ Rev. LoraKim Joyner

Mary Oliver, renown nature poet, gives us these instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, and tell about it. Birds can help us do this, and with the lessons they teach us, we can in turn help them, ourselves, and the world.

Our Time for All Ages story is “What Would the Parrot Say?” written and illustrated by Gail Koelln. Enjoy this activity book from One Earth Conservation, “Parrots of the Rupununi Activity Book,” in English and Spanish.

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: Congregation Meeting and Vote, 11:15am, Zoom 2210. Details above. We will not be holding Virtual Coffee Hour so everyone can attend the meeting.

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
Tracy Breneman, Director of Faith Development and Religious Education, cuucwptracy@gmail.com
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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