Religious Education & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains May 29, 2022 2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Processing Collective Trauma with Young People
Dear Ones, horror has come again with another school shooting. Young people likely know about it even if you are not having conversations at home. When you are ready, the resources below may help navigate answering questions and sharing information in age appropriate ways. Full text for limited access resources provided here.
I wrap my heart around yours as grief sinks in. Again.
with love, Tracy
Stories with Barbara Older Children & Youth - Friends Invited!
NEW Book, Day, and Zoom Room: Thursdays, Zoom 3131
7:15 Check In. 7:30-8:00/8:15pm Story
Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt, set around the late 1970s, tells the story of four siblings aged between six and thirteen, with themes of belonging, breaking societal conventions, and family as home.
Thirteen-year-old Dicey Tillerman, and her brothers James (10) and Sammy (6), and sister Maybeth (9), lived in a wooden house out in the dunes of Massachusetts. The family is poor, their father walked out just before Sammy was born, and their mother worked herself too hard to take care of her four children and make ends meet. The children find themselves on a journey that is emotional as well as literal; during their weeks on the road, their adventures and the people they meet along the way help them to find out more about who they are and what is important to them, as well as to cope with the loss of their mother and to understand society's reaction to her poverty, isolation, mental illness, and the fact that she was an unmarried mother of four. Login: https://bit.ly/CUUC-Zoom-3131 | Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923; Meeting ID: 313 195 3131, Passcode: 468468.
Leaf Pack Results RE/PlaceKeeping
RE PlaceKeepers placed leaf packs in our stream on April 24th then collected them on May 15th. The group sorted and identified the organisms found in the packs to understand who is living in our stream and what that might tell us about water quality. This activity was grounded in our 7th Principle - respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part - and offered wonderful multigenerational community building. Click here to read Cynthia's write-up of results.
Norah's PlaceKeeping Presentation
Sunday, May 8th Norah shared pictures and a summary of what the RE PlaceKeeping teams have been up to lately. Some of you may not have been able to see the slides. We invite you to watch (or watch again!) the video. Thanks to Kim Force who edited in the slides, you can watch Norah’s full presentation in the worship video. Norah begins at the 29:30 mark.
Sun Jun 5, After Worship
Members, please mark your calendars and plan to attend! We will distribute the annual report booklet shortly by email and will have paper copies available in the lobby. If you prefer to be mailed a printed copy, please contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Annual Giving Campaign
We've drafted next year's budget. If you haven't pledged yet, your commitment can still make a difference by helping us achieve our goals. Sending your pledge by mail, or online, or by emailing the treasurer at TreasurerCUUCWP@gmail.com.
June 10-12 at CUUC
The first in person gathering of UU young adults will be held at CUUC! “Rom-CON” is a weekend-long conference where UU and like-minded young adults participate in activities and discussions, and build community in a safe space.
Hosted by the UUA Central East Region Young Adult Organizing Committee. Young adults (ages 18-35) can sign up at linktr.ee/ceryaoc. If you are available to support this UU young adult community building event by cooking or serving a meal during the weekend, contact Tracy (email@example.com).
Lead a Summer Service
Would your family like to lead a summer worship service together? It would be wonderful to have young voices and we have some Sundays still available. Please send an email with your interest, your proposed topic, or the name of a speaker you'd recommend, to Pam Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Programs & Activities
If you are thinking about summer plans, you might like to attend a UU camp or conference. The Council of Unitarian Universalist Camps and Conferences offers a gateway to many locations across the country that offer activities for children, youth, adults, and whole families - click here. Next week, I will highlight activities around Metro NY. Below are two initial sites.
Volunteer New York!
Volunteer New York! offers many local volunteer opportunities throughout the summer. Visit their resource page. And this list of 2022 Summer of Service Opportunities. They also offer a Leadership Westchester program designed to sharpen effective leadership skills and provide participants with the clarity to define and achieve their goals.
YWCA Y Leaders
YWCA summer 2022 bootcamp program will take our participants through 5 days of interactive workshops that teach you how to develop strong communication skills, create daily affirmations for good emotional wellbeing, understand your values, beliefs, priorities and passions and boldly navigate spaces with confidence and ease. With our program partner One Love Foundation, you will also identify the tools and resources needed to build healthy and supportive relationships in life and leadership! Y Leaders is open to those who identify as female, womXn, non-binary and gender-nonconforming, are between the ages of 11 and 21, and Westchester residents. Ages 11-15, August 1-5. Ages 16-21, August 8-12. Space is limited! Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Camps are held in person at the YWCA (515 North Street, White Plains) and participants are required to wear masks throughout the program. You can read more about our bootcamp here. And youth womxn can apply here. Register here.
This Sunday May 29
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.
10:00am Worship In Person & Livestream
“Remembering” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
For Memorial Day weekend, we'll reflect on the people we remember, and why.
2021-2022 Religious Education classes have come to a close. Coming of Age youth (and adults!) are finishing their belief statements and planning the June 5th and 12th worship services. Please join us for these two very special Sundays when their efforts invite us all to reflect deeply on our faith.
Tracy Breneman, Director of Faith Development and Religious Education, email@example.com
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419