Religious Education: March 27, 2022

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

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Did You Know...

Unitarian and Universalist youth led the way for the 1961 merger of the two faiths. View a timeline of events in the merger of Unitarians and Universalists. Read more about UU history on the UUA website and in these notes. The Coming of Age class will be learning about our history this Sunday. 

An Easy Way to
Connect with Children & Youth

Occasionally, we have a Sunday when only one member of a teaching team is available. When that happens, you have the opportunity to sit in! Having a second adult in each class helps us uphold our Safe Congregation practices.
Visiting class is a wonderful way to get to know the children and youth. It demonstrates that you value their presence in our CUUC community and support their spiritual journey. And it makes it possible for us to offer RE in a safe environment. We’d love to have you on our standby list! For more about the assistant role, click here. Contact Tracy to volunteer, cuucwptracy@gmail.com
Searching for a Child Care Provider

Do you have a babysitter you love? Do you know someone who is patient, kind, and gentle with children, and would like a little extra income? Are you in an online parent or neighborhood group where you could post our job announcement?

We are hiring another Sunday morning child care provider to ensure we are living up to our safe congregation practices. Starting as soon as possible, the hours are Sunday, 9:45am - 11:45am with additional hours occasionally for congregational events. We are initially hiring through June 2022 with the hope the position is funded for next year, so will prioritize candidates who are available into the future. Contact Diane (dakmv@aol.com) and Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com).

Chamber Concert
"2 outta 3 B's: Sonatas by Beethoven and Brahms"

Sun Apr 3, 12:30pm, Sanctuary and Livestream

Join us, in person or virtually, as Music at CUUC presents violinist Elena Peres and pianist and CUUC Music Director Adam Kent in concert. The performance features works from two of classical music's famous "Three B's": Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonata No. 8 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 3, and Brahms's Violin and Piano Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 108. Suggested donation: $20 for adults; $10 for students and seniors; children 13 and under $5, with a maximum family donation of $45. Visit our website to use the donate button or click directly: bit.ly/MusicCUUC-donate. The login for the live-stream will be bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC, or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468.
UU BIPOC Gathering

1st Mondays at 6:30pm, April 4, May 2, and June 6.
If you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), you're invited to join us for the Central East Region's BIPOC. In our gatherings we are joined by lay folks of color, lay leaders of color and/or religious professionals of color to be in community. Our conversations focus on topics like wellness and resilience and our goal is to center BIPOC experiences and create space to explore our UU experiences. Contact Sana Saeed at ssaeed@uua.org for connection information. 

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

Common Read Discussions

In Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment, the 2021-2022 Common Read, community leader and lawyer Zach Norris lays out a radical way to shift the conversation about public safety away from fear and punishment and toward growth and support systems for our families and communities.

We invite you to read Defund Fear, then join one of our four small group discussions:

  • Sun Apr 24 at 11:45m, facilitated by Adine Usher (on Zoom)
  • Tue Apr 26 at 7:30pm, facilitated by Kevin McGahren-Clemens (at CUUC)
  • Thu Apr 28 at 7:30pm, facilitated by Tracy Breneman (on Zoom)
  • Sat Apr 30 at 11:00am, facilitated by Jeff Tomlinson (at CUUC and on Zoom)

To sign up, contact Pam Parker (admin@cucwp.org) with your group choice. You can also contact Pam to purchase your copy of Defund Fear.

This Sunday 
March 27th
Tracy is away this weekend.
Joe Gonzalez will be the RE point person Sunday morning, supported
by members of the RE Council. You will find Joe and REC members
at the welcome table in the RE lobby. 

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-9th 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.

1st-5th Grade Class, Love Connects Us
Room 13 in the Red Hallway 
Norm H is leading class with Eileen M
Say not 'I have found the truth,' but rather 'I have found a truth.' — Khalil Gibran, from The Prophet. Unitarian Universalism is a living tradition. We expect that what we find to be true may change over time as new life experiences shape our search. This session guides participants to "seek the truth in love" again and again as part of their own search for meaning. 

6th-7th Grade Class, Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong
Room 41 in the Green Hallway
Christine H is leading with Gail J
The mind is a field in which every kind of seed is sown. — Thich Nhat Hanh
This session is the first of four that focuses on ethical development. This one uses the metaphor of a garden and growing plants to explore how it is that we can develop the positive qualities we want to see in ourselves.

8th-9th Grade Class, Coming of Age Handbook & Compass Points
Room 11 in the Red Hallway 
Betsy W is leading with Raquel B and mentors.
This class focuses on our dual faith heritage of Unitarianism and Universalism, which merged in 1961. Youth will learn about some individuals who were central in our Unitarian and Universalist history. 

We look forward to seeing you!!

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Biology and Spirituality” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

The natural sciences don't imply any particular spirituality, but they may, if we let them, inspire our spirits. Here we'll look for what spiritual pointers we may draw from recent findings about microbes. Fun, eh?

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. Due to a recent Zoom update, you will now need to enter your e-mail to join. 

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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