Religious Education: May 8, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
May 8, 2022

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Annual Giving Campaign
A Little Way to Go
Our annual Giving Campaign is coming to an end and we still have a way to go toward our $420,000 goal. Most of you have increased your annual giving amount to account for the 6-7% inflation rate, so a BIG THANK YOU! As we move into May, we are still short; currently we have $60,000 to go to reach our goal.  Everyone's help is needed. Read last week's letter from the Treasurer here.

You can return your Annual Giving form by mailing it to CUUC in your self-addressed stamped envelope, submitting your pledge online (https://www.cucwp.org/giving), or emailing the treasurer, Chris Cortlandt, with your intentions for the next CUUC year (TreasurerCUUCWP@gmail.com). Thank you for your help in making our Annual Giving Campaign a success! 

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.
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

Friday, May 6th, 7:00-7:30pm, Zoom 8428
Children through 5th grade and their parents/caregivers are invited together for the third of five sessions exploring mental and emotional health, designed to encourage conversations at home. This Friday, we will talk about understanding thoughts, explore the mind-body connection, and share practices for the week ahead. 

In the second session last Friday (April 29th), we focused on relaxation skills, watching and discussing this video, then learned the practice of paced belly breathing using the inhale/exhale flower, and shared the skill sheet with parents.

ates & 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

This Sunday 
May 8
Messages of Encouragement 
for our Graduates 

This Sunday, we will 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 them know they have a faith community that loves and supports them by writing a note in the hymnals that will be part of their Bridging gift. Hymnals will be available Sunday before worship. These hymnals will be an enduring reminder of beloved music, words, and community. Thank you!

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

“RE Sunday: Gather to Grow” ~ Tracy Breneman, Religious Education Council & RE Families
We grow together as a faith community and together we will explore the questions: What are we growing? On what do we set our intentions for the future of faith formation at CUUC? How do we support our intentions with sustainable participation? We will reflect on the past year in RE and look ahead, sharing thoughts from the RE Council's first of two visioning retreats. Voices spanning the generations will celebrate the richness of RE ministry.  

Our special musical guest this Sunday morning is Jazz legend Valerie Capers. Be sure to arrive early to hear all her music offerings, from our gathering music to our postlude!

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!
BLUU Worship

Sunday, May 8, 4:00pm, Online
Black Lives of UU (BLUU) worship is a space of healing, love, power, joy, learning, and grace. May it be yours and all of ours when we gather together.
BLUU's online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety - by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora. Feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room 15 minutes before the start of the service to get settled, say hello, and listen to the music softly playing as we all prepare for our time together. Sign up for worship here
Sunday, May 15 Brunch?
Help Us Decide

We're excited to be planning a CUUC brunch again! It's a big undertaking, so we need to find out how many of you will come. We know some people are ready, while others may not be willing or able yet to gather in person for a meal. Your responses will decide whether we proceed or cancel! RSVP to Creighton Cray (Creighton.Cray@gmail.com) by 12:00 noon on Monday, May 9th. And if you are able to help cook, set up, or clean at the brunch - great! Please add you name to the volunteer sign-up sheet.

Support Democracy

The Democracy Matters team is gearing up for the midterm elections and we have an opportunity to act on our values. 

With concerns that issues and rights related to our UU values could be in jeopardy, such as a person's full reproductive autonomy and the right to love and marry anyone we choose, democratic participation is important. If you want to join the next postcard writing campaign or make phone calls contact Norm Handelman at yakman42@gmail.com to be added to his contact list. And we are exploring ways to include children and youth in this important work. (pictured, Duncan F's postcard for the 2020 election)
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


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.
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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