Religious Exploration: November 13, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 13, 2022

2022-2023 RE Theme: Unitarian Universalist Identity
Overview of the Year & Upcoming Schedule
Please join us for Auction fun! You can buy tickets online using the yellow "Donate" button at our website cucwp.org. (Select "Auction Fundraiser" from the dropdown, type amount, and enter. On the next page, click "+ Write a note (Optional)" to write number of tickets or other instructions.) Contact: Janet Bear (jsbear1@gmail.com).
Sunday, November 13th

Pastoral Training
Pastoral Associates Program

First Meeting Sun Nov 13, 9:00am, Room 21
Our Pastoral Associates, once they complete the six training sessions, will be available to lend a caring ear and a supportive presence for those navigating life's transitions. The once-a-month trainings will be led by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Rev. Stevie Carmody. If you would like to be a pastoral associate, contact Rev. Meredith (minister@cucwp.org). 


Sundays, 9:45am-11:45am, Room 32, Yellow Hallway
Diane, Hans, and Max T 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. 

K-9th Grade Classes Meet
No Youth Group/Attend Worship

Sunday, 10:00-11:15am (OWL ends 11:45am)
Go Directly to the Classrooms

Kindergarten Class, Beginning the Journey
Room 33, Yellow Hallway 

Tracy B meets monthly with our kindergarteners to explore questions they are beginning to ask. In this class, we will talk about terms like religion, prayer, church, rituals, and beliefs. 

1st-3rd Grade Class,  Signs of Our Faith
Room 33, Yellow Hallway 

Laura S and Christine H are leading session 9, Looking for Community. In this session, children consider the importance of the communities to which they belong, especially their congregation. They discuss ways to support the congregation and other communities, and learn about the ritual for accepting new members into the congregation. Children in 3rd grade and younger must be picked up in their classrooms. Please do so right after worship so RE leaders can go to other activities. 

4th-5th Grade Class, Toolbox of Faith
Room 41, Green Hallway

Laura G is leading session 3, Integrity (Compass) with Nicholas A. The compass symbolizes integrity. This session provides opportunities for participants to reflect on the directional compass as a symbol for our inner moral compass. Guide the children to explore how we listen to our inner voices. Allow time for participants to identify times when we feel our moral compass swinging toward truth, and articulate how that feels. Emphasize that to discern what is right is often not easy.

6th-7th Grade Class, Riddle & Mystery
Room 13, Red Hallway

Gail J and Gus C are leading session 5, Out of Nothing. 
Many of us question why we exist, where life comes from, what lies beyond the first known causes? This session applies science to the question of how life began. It explores the beauty of poetic answers from myth and story, then presents science as a probable source of more accurate information. Youth respond to the Unitarian Universalist emphasis on what we do with our life over a preoccupation with life's ultimate cause. The session affirms Unitarian Universalism's position that our search for ultimate answers is unlikely to end.

8th-9th Grade Class,  Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Room 11, Red Hallway | OWL classes meet until 11:45am

Irene J and Daniel T are leading session 15, Bullying and Bystander Responsibilities and session 18, Consent Education. Youth will explore the role sexuality has in bullying, related to body size, perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, sexualization and more. Working on culture change in schools and other communities, and empowering bystanders are critical in creating safe and welcoming spaces. Then, youth will learn to recognize and express consent. The lesson is grounded in the premise that any sexual encounter that lacks mutual consent is a sexual violation. 

8th-12th Grade Youth Group
Room 14, Red Hallway

Youth Group does not meet this Sunday. We hope youth will attend worship. We’ll see you next on FRIDAY, November 18th at 6:15pm


Check out the 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

“Compassion is the Purpose of Life” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon 

I can't speak for other species -- or the certifiable narcissists or sociopaths -- but connecting with others is what most human beings are here for. If we kept that fact in mind, we'd probably be a bit more skillful at it. Maybe.

Visit our website for the Sunday order of service.

Covid safety policy update: We are no longer requiring proof of vaccination. 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 Process
Path to Our Future Focus Groups

Sun Nov 13, 11:45am at CUUC
Conversations continue about how we see ourselves and where the future leads. Your participation is important! Please join an upcoming opportunity.

The CUUC Self-Assessment team invites you to attend our focus groups for deeper discussions about the priorities and direction we want for our congregation in the future. At our next meeting, we invite your input on how we can help us nurture each other in our spiritual journeys.
  • Sunday November 13 11:45-1:00: Expanding diverse voices in our congregation
  • Sunday November 20 11:45-1:00: Topic TBD
Contact: Terri Kung (madterri@gmail.com)

Music from the Jewish Diaspora

Sun Nov 13 (In Person and Livestream), 2:30pm
Pianist and CUUC Music Director presents a program of works by composers of Jewish descent, including Ernst Bloch, Felix Mendelssohn, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Darius Milhaud, & Moriz Moszkowski. Donations gratefully accepted at the door, or donate online at bit.ly/Donate-CUUC. To view the simultaneous livestream, log in at bit.ly/Music-at-CUUC, or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991, Passcode: 468468.


Jubilee 3 Anti-Racism Workshop

Fri Jan 13, 6:00–9:00pm; Sat Jan 14, 9:00am–8:00pm; Sun Jan 15, 12:00–6:30pm, on Zoom 

This is important. Our congregation is in the midst of deep conversations about our future. If we are to live into our intention to build a more diverse congregation, to be more inclusive for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) members, and nurture a more diverse future for our UU faith, we need adults who continue learning so we are well equipped to do the work and include our young people. The Jubilee Three training is an opportunity to model the importance of doing this work in faith community and to support our community in developing a common language and lens to help us move forward together. I hope you will participate with us. Registration opens to all UUs in North America this weekend so register asap to guarantee your spot. Register at https://tinyurl.com/CUUC2023JubileeThree. RE teachers, advisors, and REC leadership, send your registration confirmation to Tracy for reimbursement (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). Parents interested in participating, contact Tracy to discuss financial support. 

5th-12th Grade LGBTQ+ Night
at the LOFT

New group starting in December!
The Next Meeting is Friday, December 2, 2022

LGBTQ+ Youth Night is a youth-only social & support space for LGBTQ+ and allied youth in 5th-12th grades. Provided in partnership with The LOFT LGBTQ+ Center and WJCS Center Lane. Come out to meet new friends & have fun! Free pizza and snacks provided.

When: LGBTQ+ Youth Night meets on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month from 6:30-8:30pm

Who: LGBTQ+ and allied youth in 5th-12th grades

Where: The LOFT LGBTQ+ Center, 252 Bryant Ave, White Plains, NY 10605

Register Here (encouraged, but not required). Contact The LOFT (info@loftgaycenter.org) or WJCS Center Lane (centerlane@wjcs.com).

Rethinking Thanksgiving
From Land Acknowledgement to LANDBACK

Sun Nov 20, 4:00pm Online
Tonatierra, American Indian Law Alliance, NDN Collective, Sogorea Te Land Trust and the Indigenous Solidarity Network invite you to hear from Indigenous leaders who will give updates from the frontlines of this fight. Indigenous solidarity is an essential part of the struggle for racial and environmental justice.

Join the Indigenous Solidarity Network (SURJ, Catalyst Project, Resource Generation) this season to interrogate the legacy of the ‘Thanksgiving’ holiday and hear from frontline Indigenous leaders on how to join efforts to protect land and water at this year's “Rethinking Thanksgiving: From Land Acknowledgement to LANDBACK.” Speakers include Betty Lyons, Tupac Enrique Acosta, Demetrius Johnson, Corrina Gould, and Jake Edwards. Moderated by Eve Reyes-Aguirre. Live captioning, Spanish Interpretation and ASL interpretation will be available. Register for this webinar here.

Invite an International Student
to Your Table  

Is there room at your Thanksgiving table? Make a place for an international student! Discover new topics for the family dinner conversation, expand cultural understanding, and help promote world peace one student and host at a time. A wonderful experience for children! All participating students will be fully vaccinated. To sign up, call or email Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com, 914-370-0760).

Fall Activities

There are so many fun things to during the fall in the Hudson Valley. Pick apples and pumpkins, go through a corn maze, haunted tours, take a drive to enjoy the fall colors, and get fresh apple cider doughnuts. Yum!

Here are a few ideas: Apple Cider Doughnuts  |  Mommy Poppins, Best Apple Cider Doughnuts in Westchester  |  Haunted Houses  |  Enjoy Fall Foliage  |  Farms with Fun Activities  |  Pick Apples  |  Corn Mazes  |  Pumpkin Patches  |  Fall Festivals  |  Hudson Valley Magazine, Insider's Guide to October Events (including grape stomping!)  |  Mommy Poppins, Best Fall Festivals Near Westchester for Families
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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