Religious Education: March 13, 2022

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

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
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 this Sunday, March 13th.

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 this Sunday, March 13th. Contact: Joe Majsak (jmajsak@verizon.net, 914-281-3243). See our letter here.

Combating Anti-Trans Legislation 101
Political Education Webinar
Tuesday, March 15, 8:00pm
Presented by UU Side with Love and The Trevor Project
Currently, there are approximately 150 anti-transgender bills moving through state legislatures across the country. From banning participation in sports, to so-called "bathroom bills," to legislation that criminalizes providing life-saving gender affirming health care, these bills are deadly for trans and nonbinary people of all ages. Join Side With Love's Rev. Michael Crumpler and Rev. Ashley Horan for a conversation with our friends at the Trevor Project about this horrifying trend, and what we can do to Side With Love on behalf of our trans and nonbinary kin everywhere. This 101 level webinar will educate and inspire so we may Side with Love and publicly declare that trans lives are sacred. Register here
JR & SR Youth Group
5th-7th & 8th-12th Graders
Friday, March 18, 6:30-8:30pm
In-Person at CUUC

Calling all 5th-12th grade Superyouth! Are you ready to explore your superpowers? Have you ever thought about how aspects of your identity, e.g., gender identity, could be part of your superpowers?

Are you excited by the thought of turning your unique gifts into a bracelet that affirms your powers and helps you fight your own inner villains? We have an event for you! Merlin Slade, a UU young adult and artist from Hastings who presents at the PrideWorks Conference, will lead our superhero trainees in making beaded power bracelets. We will have an assortment of beads, charms, and cords, and you are welcome to bring supplies from home. We will enjoy pizza together (socially distanced), hear from Merlin as a group (who will join us via Zoom), and then split into JR (5th-7th grade) and SR (8th-12th grade) youth groups to talk about affirming our superpowers and managing our inner villains to be our most authentic selves. 

Merlin Slade is a transgender cartoonist known for his comics with Everyday Feminism and for his ongoing webcomic series Adventures In Genderland. You can see some of Merlin’s work here: www.msladeillustration.com and adventuresingenderland.tumblr.com. RSVP to Raquel at youth@cucwp.org so we know how much pizza to order. 

Center Lane's Pride Academy
Pride Academy is a special program where you can make new friends, connect with LGBTQ+ adults, and learn more about yourself and this special part of your identity. At Pride Academy, you’ll earn community service hours while learning more about the history of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, how you fit into LGBTQ+ culture, the role media plays in shaping our understanding of LGBTQ+ people, and how to advocate for yourself and your community. Most importantly, we'll build a community of friends and allies who understand the unique challenges and opportunities being LGBTQ+ brings and celebrate our culture together!  APPLY HERE by March 21st. For additional information, click here for the event  flyer
Youth Art & Activism
Photo Exhibition and Movie

Wednesday, April 6th
Bedford Playhouse
6:00pm Youth Photography Show
7:00pm Movie Screening and Youth Led Panel Discussion with Monica Berra, Film Producer - A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks explores the power of images in advancing racial, economic, and social equality as seen through the lens of Gordon Parks, one of America's most trailblazing artists, and the generation of young photographers, filmmakers, and activists he inspired. View the official movie trailer here. To lean more and RSVP for the free event, visit the WYA website

Nowruz Celebration
In-Person Potluck Meal
Sunday, March 20, After Worship
On Sun Mar 20, the people of many nations will celebrate Nowruz, the ancient Zoroastrian/Persian celebration of the New Year. For our Nowruz gathering we invite you to bring a dish to feed about 6 people, a poem or song to share, and the readiness to dance (or clap along). Proof of vaccination required. RSVP to Mary Cobb (marylanecobb@gmail.com). Questions, contact Bice Wilson (bicewilson@gmail.com) or Iraj Mohebalian (irajm@optonline.net).
Grateful for Your Support

We continue colleting donations for the Caro 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." Please direct questions to Julie Gans (julieagans@gmail.com & 914-830-0944). Thank you so much. 
Supporting Our Young People
Inviting Conversations
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 8: March 13, 2022
Managing Stress: Body, Mind, Soul

From rising prices, the invasion in Ukraine and dealing with lingering emotions about the pandemic, many feel like there has been a constant stream of stress over the last two years. Board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Sue Varma offers ways to control and respond to the stresses in your life, including starting a worry journal to write out anxieties, making meditation a part of your daily routine and reaching out to your support network when you feel overwhelmed.  Watch the short Today Show segment here, which aired March 10, 2022 [5:09]. We encourage you to try the suggestions and have a conversation at home, sharing healthy ways you manage stress. 

What to Say to Kids
When the News is Scary

NPR journalists spoke with child development experts about what parents, teachers and other caregivers can do to help prepare and protect kids from scary news, whether it's fighting overseas, a school shooting, devastating wildfire or a global pandemic. Here's what they had to say, along with resources. One of the resources included is the Child Mind Institute's guide for supporting children through trauma and grief, and discussing frightening news.
This Sunday 
March 13th

Daylight Saving Time Begins
Remember to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to sleep Saturday night! 

Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children. Everyone wears a mask. No snacks are served. Drop off and pick up in room 32 in the yellow hallway. 
1st-12th Grade Classes
In Person

Wear a mask, enter through the RE lobby, and visit the RE welcome table. After worship, please pick up your children so RE leaders can go to other activities. We will continue using blue dots on nametags to indicate completed vaccines. Share updated vaccination information with Tracy.
K-7th & 10th-12th Grades: PlaceKeeping Activity
Meet in Fellowship Hall 

Leaders: Bice W, Norm H, Cyndi T, Joe G, Laura S, Evelyn K
Spring will be happening on our hillside and wetlands. The bloodroot flowers will cover the hillside around the secret path. Our wetlands will be active with insects and amphibians making another generation. RE/PlaceKeeping activities will include taking the PlaceKeeping Log Books and set out on an observation expedition, and checking the trail cameras. WaterKeepers, AnimalKeepers, and EarthKeepers will have much to see and document. We will also look for locations to place the leaf bags on April 24. All activities will be outside. Dress for outdoor weather and wear shoes or boots suitable for walking our trails.  

8th-9th Grades: Coming of Age Class
Meet in Room 11 in the Red Hallway 
Leaders: Dinsa M, Tim L
The Coming of Age class begins their chalice project, designing the chalice they will present to the congregation as part of their faith journey this year. Dinsa M and Tim L will discuss the history and meaning of the chalice as the symbol of our faith and lead the youth in designing their chalice, then Dinsa has generously invited youth to visit his studio and help make it. 

We look forward to seeing you - in person!!
10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“The Moebius Self” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

On a Moebius strip, inside continuously becomes outside; outside continuously becomes inside. The self is kinda like that.

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.
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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