Religious Exploration: October 9, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
October 9, 2022

2022-2023 RE Theme: Unitarian Universalist Identity
Overview of the Year & Upcoming Schedule

Youth Donations Needed
for Our State Fair 

Youth, have you thought about donating something for this years Auction? The possibilities are endless and it would be great to include you!
Do you bake? Or babysit? Can you offer tutoring in a school subject? How about 2 hours of yard work? Would you like to host a children's tea party or LEGO competition? We are actively collecting donation forms now, and would very much appreciate your support - your donations are the key to the success of the auction! Please let us know as soon as possible what you might like to contribute. We especially love unique or fun experiences, to complement the many physical items we receive. Or ask your favorite vendor to donate a gift certificate. Look for the Auction Table in the lobby for a blank form, or to drop off your completed form. Or click here to access a digital Auction Donation Form that you can Fill in, Save, and Print out. Click here our Auction donation flyer with more general information. Thank you! Contact: Janet Bear (jsbear1@gmail.com)

Tracy Will Be in Alabama Next Week
(content warning: racial violence)

I will be away October 11-16 to attend the annual conference of the Liberal Religious Educators Association.
This year, we are meeting in Birmingham, AL and our focus will be on individual and congregational anti-racism and anti-oppression work, living into the 8th Principle. I am serving as Co-lead of the Community Relations Team, which supports colleagues through conflict and calls us back into covenant when harm has been done. 

On Thursday the 13th, we will travel to Montgomery for a day at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, which includes The National Memorial for Peace and Justice. The Memorial includes 800 six-foot monuments suspended from the ceiling to symbolize thousands of racial terror lynching victims.
Sunday, October 9th


Sundays, 9:45am-11:45am, Room 32, Yellow Hallway
Diane, Hans, and Max welcome young children in childcare. We offer a safe, loving environment where our youngest build community. We wear masks and play outside when weather permits. 

Kindergarten Class
1st-12th Grade PlaceKeeping

Sunday, Oct 2, 10:00-11:15am
Go directly to activities, not the sanctuary

Kindergarten: Tracy will visit childcare and spend time with our kindergarteners each month to explore the questions they are starting to ask, modeling that asking questions is valued in Unitarian Universalism and supporting their budding spiritual journeys. This Sunday, we’ll make a list of questions they are interested in exploring and introduce the concept of religion. 

1st-12th Grades: Children, youth, and adults will participate in PlaceKeeping activities. We are putting up two trail cameras to learn about animals that visit us and we look forward to sharing those images with the congregation. We will be also mapping our grounds this year to understand and appreciate the resources and life around us as well as creating and posting displays on the hallway bulletin board so everyone can observe how our Place changes with the seasons. Helpers are needed at 9:00am Sunday to clear trails so they are safe. Many hands would make light work. Please let Joe Gonzalez know if you can help, flegon@netzero.net

Children in 3rd grade and younger must be picked up in the childcare room or Fellowship Hall after worship.

Check out the updated 8th-12th grade schedule, here. 
The schedule posted here is updated regularly. 
Read more about the morning activities here.
We look forward to seeing you!

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Getting Better” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
100 years ago, prevailing attitudes were that Columbus was a hero, and America's indigenous peoples were less-than. Today, among many of us, that script is completely flipped. In the end, colonizer and colonized alike were simply people -- doing the best they could with the conceptual repertoires available to them. We may hope to embody and bequeath to our descendants a wiser and more compassionate understanding.

Visit our website for the Sunday order of service.

Covid safety policy update: We are no longer requiring proof of vaccination. You are welcome to remove the blue dot from your name tag. We continue to require masks for those in the building.

Click here to join the live-stream of our Sunday Worship or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468. Everyone live-streaming the service is invited to stay online afterward to socialize on Zoom. Log in to bit.ly/CUUC-CoffeeHour or phone: 929-436-2866. Meeting: 336 956 2210, Passcode: 468468.


Self-Assessment Workshop Follow Up
Path to the Future Focus Groups

Eighty (80!) people attended the Self-Assessment Workshop last Saturday and shared ideas about how we see ourselves and where the future leads. You are invited to deepen the discussions at the upcoming events below:

  • At CUUC, Sunday October 16 11:45-1:00 : For those who missed our workshop
  • ZOOM, Wednesday October 19  7:00-8:00 PM: For those who missed our workshop
  • ZOOM, Wednesday October 26 7:00-8:00 PM:  Supporting and welcoming families
  • ZOOM, Wednesday November 2 7:00-8:00 PM: Increasing accessibility: physically, technically and otherwise
  • At CUUC, Sunday November 6 11:45-1:00: Nurturing our spiritualities
  • At CUUC, Sunday November 13 11:45-1:00: Expanding diverse voices in our congregation
  • At CUUC, Sunday November 20 11:45-1:00: Topic TBD

Families Supporting
HOPE's Soup Kitchen

Sat Oct 29, 10:30am-12:00pm, at CUUC
Family & Youth Activity: To-Go Bag Lunch Prep for HOPE

We will be making bag lunches and breakfasts Saturday, October 29th, 10:30am-12:00pm. Join us and feel welcome to bring friends. RSVP with Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com) to coordinate what food is needed.

Donations for HOPE's Soup Kitchen

Inviting Donations of Food Items from the Congregation
HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle is busier than ever. A dedicated team at CUUC has been preparing weekly meals for the Soup Kitchen for many years. Families are now getting involved by providing 70 to-go breakfasts and lunches. We invite the congregation to donate individual-sized food items such as shelf-stable milk, juice, water, fruit cups, and soft granola bars, as well as napkins, loaves of bread, and peanut butter. Leave them in the labeled bins located in the foyer. Frozen items such as French toast, pancakes, waffles, frozen sausages or patties (no pork) can be brought in Saturday morning, October 29th or as coordinated with Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com).


Have you heard of YUUP yet? The Young UU Project began in 2020 as a way for young UUs to keep in touch with each other and their faith during the pandemic, and is held by Lifespan Faith Engagement.

The purpose of YUUP is to be a national community care network and multi-directional communication channel that centers BIPOC, trans/non-binary and neurodivergent youth and offers a transition zone for young people moving into emerging adulthood. Anyone (youth, caregivers, religious professionals, lay leaders, everyone!) can tap into the social ministry of YUUP by following them on Instagram @yuup.uua and signing up for the YUUP newsletter. YUUP also has a community sphere just for youth, those who bridged in 2022 and support adults. These "Third Monday Meetups" are where youth swap ideas they can take home to their local communities. In August they swapped Favorite Check In Questions. In September they swapped favorite youth group games, which will soon be released on Instagram and in the newsletter. Find out more at UUA.ORG/YUUP.

Tracy Breneman, Director of Religious Exploration and Faith Development, cuucwptracy@gmail.com
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419

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