Religious Education: April 24, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
April 24, 2022

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Welcome Nicole!

Join us in welcoming Nicole Carter to our childcare staff! Nicole shares this introduction:
I was born and raised in the Parkchester section of the Bronx’s. I love working with kids and I’m currently an undergraduate in Lehman college studying to be a social worker. I have three children of my own and I work for Children Village. I enjoy making people happy and traveling on my sphere time. I believe that our children are the future and it takes a village to raise them. I like to keep a clear mind and listen and learn from others. In life it’s always room for growth. 

This Sunday 
April 24th
1st-12th Grades
In Person

Wear a mask, enter through the RE lobby, and visit the RE welcome table. After worship, please pick up children 4th grade and younger before coffee hour so RE leaders can attend other activities. 

K-7th and 10th-12th Grade PlaceKeeping Sunday
Start in Fellowship Hall, then Outside

This is a PlaceKeeping Sunday in RE. Drop off (and pick up for children 4th grade and younger) is in Fellowship Hall. Cynthia R and Bice W will help the group launch a scientific experiment, placing leaf bags to discover what freshwater macroinvertebrates (animals that lack a backbone, like insects) live in our stream at various locations. This is an indication of water quality as certain organisms tolerate water pollution better than others. Dress for outdoor weather and wear shoes suitable for our trails. If you'd like to work in the stream, wear rainboots. The group will stay masked outside to ensure safety for all participants. Since we will be in our woods, be sure to do a thorough tick check after RE. The groups will collect the leaf bags Sunday, May 15th. 

8th-9th Grade Coming of Age Class
Room 11 in the Red Hallway

Tracy B is leading with Betsy W and other COA teachers. This Sunday, youth will have a worship workshop and begin planning the June 5th and 12th youth and adult Coming of Age worship services. Why do people attend worship and what do they need? Are there core elements of UU worship? How do worship leaders hold sacred space that is grounding, centering, uplifting, thought-provoking and engaging? 

Click here for the spring RE schedule and program information.

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Borders and Belonging” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Cross over borders - but maintain good boundaries while you do it.
 Quiet activity boxes are available for young people who attend worship. The Order of Service is available on our websiteTo 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. Revisit past services anytime at youtube.com/TheLiberalPulpit and subscribe!

Diane, Hans, and Nicole 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. 
Support our Graduating Seniors

We are getting ready to celebrate our youth who are graduating from high school and moving from youth into young adulthood: Miren Johnston (Gail Johnston); Jenna Thurman (Niamh & Jeff Thurman); Nadia Ryan (Diana Echevarria & Thomas Ryan)!

Please let our seniors know they have a faith community that loves and supports them. Write a note in the hymnals that will be included in their gifts from the congregation. Hymnals will be available Sunday before and after worship, or visit bit.ly/CUUCBridging2022 to submit a note. These hymnals will be an enduring reminder of beloved music, words, and community. Thank you!

Unirondack is back and filling up fast!
After closing our doors in 2020 and a limited summer in 2021, we are excited for camp to return. Unirondack is a radically-inclusive, UU-founded summer camp located in the beautiful lake-filled Adirondacks on the ancestral lands of the Haudenosaunee. We're currently enrolling for spring and summer programs, and spots are filling up!

In addition, we're hiring! Unirondack is currently hiring for summer staff, including counselors, crew member's, a medical director (EMT or nurse) and a professional head cook. We offer salaried positions, and volunteer work-exchange for parents seeking to offset their camper's tuition. For more information about unirondack, visit Unirondack.org or email us at Director@unirondack.org.
Family Conversations

Supporting Mental and Emotional Health
and Encouraging Communication 

Parents/Caregivers & Children Together: Nurturing Resilience & Communication
K-5th Grade Families

5 Fridays: April 22 - May 20, 7:00-7:30pm, Online - STARTS TONIGHT!

Five thirty-minute sessions for parents/caregivers and elementary age children together. Each begins with viewing a short video about understanding and talking about emotions, then we'll practice a skill related to the video’s topic, and inviting ongoing conversation at home. Dates & Topics: April 22, Understanding Feelings; April 29, Relaxation Skills; May 6, Understanding Thoughts; May 13, Managing Intense Emotions; May 20, Mindfulness. 

Parents of Teens: The Mystery of the Teenage Brain
6th-12th Grade Parents/Caregivers

Wednesday, May 18, 7:30-8:30pm, Online

One one-hour session for parents/caregivers of teens. We will watch a short video by Dr. Sanjay Gupta together, discuss it, and share suggestions and support for continuing the conversation at home. 

RSVP with Tracy, cuucwptracy@gmail.com
Both meet on Zoom: bit.ly/CUUC-RE
Two-step login: https://zoom.us/j/817388428 + Passcode: 468468.

Quest Room

Starting Sun May 1, Youth Group Room 14, Red Hallway
Fun for Your Family, Committee, Journey Group and Friends - Sign up here
Everyone at CUUC is invited to enjoy the Youth Group's Quest Room, which reflects their Superhero theme. It's open to all! Groups of 4-6 individuals are recommended. 

YOUR QUEST: Graduation is fast approaching at CUUC S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy! However, intelligence has been gathered that Hydra agents are planning a campaign in the next few weeks to make sure that the next generation can not stand in the way of Hydra’s quest for world domination! It is up to our heroes in training to find out where and when the campaign will take place. If you can complete this final mission you will be considered ready to take your places amongst the great heroes of our age!

Each group has one hour to complete the quest. Start with the first clue, solve it, and find instructions for the next clue. The room will have up to ten clues to solve. At the end of that hour, please follow the instructions to reset the room for the next group. Sign up here. ENJOY!! Questions? Contact Raquel Belkin, youth@cucpw.org

Interracial Worship Webinar

Sun May 1, 11:45am, on Zoom, Viewing in Fellowship Hall
Interactive Webinar: What's Race Got to Do With It? Creating Safe Spaces for Interracial Worship

Facilitators Rev. Lane Cobb and Rev. Eugene Holden will lead an online conversation designed to support traditionally white faith-based organizations that are committed to creating interracial worship communities. The guided webinar will help congregations learn to identify blind spots that create hidden barriers to attracting people of color, deepen their commitment to creating an open and welcoming community, and create a preliminary plan for building interracial worship relationships. Sponsored by the CUUC In the Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice Team. Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (jefftomlinson8@gmail.com). Childcare will be provided.

UU BIPOC Gathering

1st Mondays at 6:30pm, 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.

Center Lane Prom
Sponsored by PrideWorks

WJCS Center Lane Prom is a special event just for high school-aged LGBTQ+ youth and their allies! Click here for a flier.

WHO: High School-Aged Youth Only (please bring ID)
WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2022 from 7:30pm - 11:00pm
WHERE: Sonesta Hotel (formerly the Crowne Plaza) – 66 Hale Ave, White Plains, NY
HOW: Arrive solo, with a date, or a group of friends.  Come dressed in whatever way makes you feel like you! Dance the night away and be ready to pose for a prom photoshoot. Covid safety protocols will be in place. 
COST: $45 in advance, $60 at the door* Register Here (save $15, limited time)
QUESTIONS: Contact the Center Lane Team at (914) 423-0610 or centerlane@wjcs.com.

Don't forget Pride Academy – click here for the flier and the application

All Center Lane Links

Peer Pastoral Care Training Series

This is a 3 part series of interactive online workshops for youth and adults who support youth to learn peer pastoral care skills in a way immediately useful in their online lives.

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 all give each other. The three workshops are:

Part 1 - Intro to Peer Pastoral Care and Listening Skills, May 7, 2022, 4-7 pm ET - this training is required to take parts 2 or 3. 

Part 2 - Supporting Youth in Crisis, May 14, 2022, 4-7 pm ET.

Part 3 - Pastoral Care After Microaggressions, May 21, 2022, 4-7 pm ET.

 Cost is $15 per session or $30 for the full series. Registration is open. Details at the CER website.

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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