Religious Education: June 19, 2022

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
June 19, 2022

2021-2022 RE Theme: Community, Wholeness, Discovering Our New Normal
Connect with CUUC Young People

The RE Council is actively planning for 2022-2023 and there are many opportunities for you to support the spiritual growth and inclusion of our children and youth.

Consider learning the names of some children and youth and greeting them every Sunday, helping plan a social activity, serving as a class teacher or assistant, joining the RE Council or volunteering in other ways. Use the online form at bit.ly/CUUCREVolunteers22-23 to indicate how you would like to connect with our young people next year or e-mail Tracy at cuucwptracy@gmail.com. Thank you! 
CUUC Children's Play Group

We are starting a CUUC Children's Play Group to help families with young children stay connected and build community. Families will meet at a park, each other’s homes, CUUC or other locations as decided by the group. Activities are suggested and coordinated on a shared spreadsheet. If your family would like to join this play group, e-mail Diane (dakmv@aol.com) or Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com)  for the spreadsheet link.
Aid for Ukraine

Donation Campaign: First Aid Kits
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to bring a carload of donated supplies – from diapers to toothbrushes – to St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church in NYC for delivery to Ukrainians caught in the ongoing war.
St. George now has a campaign to purcase first aid kits for Ukrainian civilians and defense forces. The more funds they anticipate collecting, the more they will be able to negotiate kit prices and shipping costs. If you would like to participate, contact Norm Handelman (yakman42@gmail.com) with the amount you’d like to contribute so he can estimate a total, share it with St. George, and follow up with you with instructions.
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

HS Youth: An Amazing Opportunity!
The UU College of Social Justice is holding a 4-day experiential workshop to deepen justice work among young UUs. Learn about Pittsburgh's social movement landscape and explore change, resilience, and organizing through creative arts and practices. Registration costs for this immersion experience are fully funded by UUCSJ. In addition, we have funds allocated to reimburse travel expenses. Participants will be “living” at the church, where we will sleep and cook meals together. Transportation to community partner sites will be via car. Registration is limited to 20 youth and closes on July 1st. For more information, click here.  

Families: UU Central East Summer Institute 2022 
Join us at CERSI July 10-16 in person or online for a week of fellowship and fun as we build a beloved community as we Question the Unquestionable and Answer the Unanswerable with Kazim Ali. For the first time we are doing a multi-platform model Summer Institute in the Central East Region. The link to register for Online CERSI can be found at the bottom of the CERSI Registration page. Online Registration is now open and is $100. In person registration is still available.

Volunteer New York!
Volunteer New York! offers many local volunteer opportunities throughout the summer. Click here for their June 9th list of volunteer opportunities. 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.

Ages 11-21: 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 
June 19th

Diane and Hans offer childcare for young children every Sunday. 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

“Names of Beauty” 
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Whole Congregation/All Ages Worship

There's the Hebrew concept "yapha." There's the Sanscrit concept "sundara." There's the Greek "to kalon;" the Japanese "wabi-sabi;" the Navajo "hozho." Each of these terms substantially overlaps with the English word, "beauty," but each one leaves out some of the connotations that English-speakers understand "beauty" to have, and each one includes other connotations not normally part of what English-speakers mean by "beauty." By looking at other cultures, we can expand our understanding of what beauty might entail.

Activity boxes, coloring sheets, crayons and cushions to sit on the floor are available in the sanctuary. 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. Revisit past services anytime at youtube.com/TheLiberalPulpit and subscribe!
Processing Collective Trauma
with Young People
Dear Ones, the horror of gun violence continues in this country so I share again resources for navigate answering questions and sharing information in age appropriate ways. Full text for limited access resources provided here.
with my love, Tracy

Available Online:

Available Online and Full Text Provided in the Doc:

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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