Religious Education: May 15, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
May 15, 2022

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Center Lane Prom
Sponsored by PrideWorks

Tomorrow! 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

Family Conversations
Supporting Mental and Emotional Health
and Encouraging Communication at Home
Children & Parents/Caregivers
Participate Together

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

Tomorrow! Friday, May 13th, 7:00-7:30pm, Zoom 8428
Children through 5th grade and their parents/caregivers are invited to the fourth of five sessions exploring mental and emotional health, designed to encourage conversations at home. This Friday, May 13th, we will talk about managing intense emotions and share practices for the week ahead. 

In the third session last Friday (May 6th), we learned about understanding thoughts, watching and discussing this video, then learning practices to stop and think, get curious and ask other questions, and change the message in our head. Click here for the skill practice sheet

Dates & Topics: April 22, Understanding Feelings; April 29, Relaxation Skills; May 6, Understanding Thoughts; May 13, Managing Intense Emotions; May 20, Mindfulness. The series is led by Tracy Breneman and Jeanne Nametz, Religious Educators for the White Plains, NY and Ridgewood, NJ congregations. Contact: Tracy Breneman

Support Democracy

The Democracy Matters team is gearing up for the midterm elections and we have opportunities to act on our values. These are opportunities for whole families to participate together! Contact Norm Handelman at yakman42@gmail.com to be added to his contact list. (pictured, Claire S's postcard for the 2020 election)

Talking with Young People
About Reproductive Rights

Young people hear what adults discuss and they often have questions. How does an adult navigate those conversations? In OWL training, we learn that simple, factual, age-appropriate responses are helpful.
When it comes to reproductive rights and abortion, start with consent. These resources may be helpful: How to Talk About Reproductive Rights in Terms Simple Enough for a Child to Understand, Parents, October 2021; and Please Talk to Your Kids About Abortion, The Cut, October 2021.
This Sunday 
May 15

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. Childcare will be extended this Sunday for the RE information session and Racial Justice Team's program. 

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“What's Your Class?” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

It's possibly a discomfiting question. Isn't it easier to imagine we don't have any particular class? During our exploration of Borders and Boundaries (our Theme of the Month for May), we consider, as Rev. Josh Pawalek put it, that “being a spiritual person means cultivating a willingness and a desire to cross the lines that separate us from the rest of life.” Let us ask: in what ways might class boundaries be separating us from the rest of life? The service will include our first New Member Recognition since the pandemic!

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!

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

On April 24th, the RE PlaceKeepers placed leaf packs in our stream. This Sunday, they will remove the leaf packs and weights from the stream, empty the leaf packs, and sort and identify the organisms they may find to understand who is living in our stream and what that might tell us about water quality. The activity will be outside. All participants should wear masks, boots or old sneakers, and long pants. Remember to do a tick check back at home. We need seven clean large buckets with handles. If you have a bucket you can loan for the morning, please contact Cynthia Roberts (cynthiaVRoberts@gmail.com).

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

Tracy B is leading the final two classes as youth continue worship planning and working on their credo statements. Youth should bring any credo materials they have, e.g., notes and outlines, to class this Sunday. The following Sunday, May 22nd, we ask youth to bring a rough draft to share for peer support and encouragement.

Click here for the spring RE schedule and program information.

8th-12th Grade Youth Group

11:15am-12:30pm, Youth Group Room 14, Red Hallway
After RE this Sunday, the 8th-12th grade Youth Group meets to conquer the Quest Room. This will be Raquel’s last opportunity to be with the youth as her year-long internship with us comes to an end. Please let Tracy know if your youth will attend (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 
Families, Committees, Journey Groups & Friends Can Also Enjoy the Quest Room! Sign Up for an Hour Here

YOUR TASK: 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 to make sure 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. Complete this final mission and take your place 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. Questions? Contact Tracy, cuucwptracy@gmail.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
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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