Religious Exploration: November 27, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 27, 2022

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

Full K-7th Grade Schedule (.pdf) & Full 8th-12th Grade Schedule (.pdf)
View past newsletters at bit.ly/CUUCRENews
Indigenous People of the
Lower Hudson Valley

Before colonizers arrived, the inhabitants of this area were the Lenape, which means "the people," and are also known as the Lenni Lenape, meaning "true people." 
European colonizers named the Lenape, Delaware Indians after the colonizer-named Delaware River that runs through their territory and was formerly called the Lenape Wihittuck. Unami is the Munsee dialect of the Lenape of this area. It is a dialect of the larger Algonquian language group that covers much of northeast North America. Algonquian tribes consist of peoples that speak Algonquian languages and historically shared cultural similarities. There are hundreds of original tribes that spoke several dialects of this language group. You may read about the people of this area as the Munsee Lenape. These names reflect subsets, movement, and language of the Nation, as well as colonial naming. 

Riverkeeper has a lovely slideshow about the Lenape who first lived here, “The First People of the River.” Tracy talked about their culture and history in her November 22, 2020 Time for All Ages [begins at 16:00]. 

Navigating and Re-Learning Thanksgiving

The United States has over four hundred years of ongoing violence against indigenous lives and culture. Some refer to ‘Thanksgiving’ as the ‘National Day of Mourning.’ Understanding and acknowledgement of this may vary among those you spend time with this week. 

Unitarian Universalism is a living faith, calling us to live into our values, to shape the world in an image of love and justice, to undo systems and a culture of racial oppression and violence, and calling us into right relations and accountability. This week especially, we deepen our faith and our commitment to racial justice through indigenous solidarity by listening to and centering the voices of Indigenous Peoples. You can hear more about this in Tracy's November22, 2020 Time for All Ages [begins at 16:00] where she explored UU values and responsibilities, and the indigenous people of this area. 

Below are resources to help us center indigenous experiences and voices during this season and as we re-learn history: 

Holiday Donations

There are several opportunities to spread cheer during the holidays. Look for collection boxes and individuals staffing tables. Additional information in the boxes below. 

Volunteer New York!
Local Holiday Volunteering

Volunteer New York! offers a list of meaningful ways for individuals and families to volunteer and support local needs. The opportunities listed here are updated regularly throughout November and December with donation drives, DIY projects, and seasonal nonprofit support. 

Through December 11th, bring in canned goods and shelf stable items for the Ecumenical Food Pantry. Contact John C, jcwpny@gmail.com. And donate new and gently used/like new toys and stuffed animals suitable for a small apartment as well as items for teenagers.  Look for collection boxes in our lobbies. Contact Mary C, marycava4@gmail.com.

Through December 18th, purchase gift cards for families at the Coachman shelter. Look for the table in the Fireside Area. Contact Jacy G, goodjacy@gmail.com.
Sunday, November 27th
For Your Calendars
2022-2023 Class & Youth Group Schedules
K-7th Grade 
(.pdf) |  8th-12th Grade (.pdf)


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. 

1st-12th Grade RE Does Not Meet

Join us for
Whole Congregation Worship

2022-2023 Class & Youth Group Schedules
K-7th Grade (.pdf) |  8th-12th Grade (.pdf)

Quiet Activity Area in the Sanctuary

We offer an activity area in the sanctuary for anyone who would like a quiet activity during worship. 

We know that even when their hands are busy, our young people are connecting with the rituals, words, and music of our faith. Doing a quiet activity or sitting on the floor can help them manage the time more comfortably. We ask parents/caregivers to sit near your children so you can help minimize distractions as our young UUs learn to navigate the worship space, then encourage them to tidy up the area after worship.

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Pooh Lessons” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
I'll share some of A.A. Milne's stories and reflect on what they have meant to me through the years.

Visit our website for the Sunday order of service. 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.


Weekly Story Time
Resumes Dec 1

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30pm, Zoom 3131
Barbara M is reading Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt, which she expects to finish by the end of December. Synopsis: The Tillerman children, Dicey, James, Maybeth, and Sammy, have always presented a unified front to the world in spite of the problems they have to deal with.  Their mother is mentally ill and can no longer care for them. They are very resourceful and set out to do something very difficult during the course of the book: find relatives and find a home.

The next book will likely be the 2nd in this series. Barbara notes that it would be easy to bring new participants up to date so don't hesitate to join in! The group curently has upper elementary and middle school participants. Contact: Barbara  M, barbara.k.mair@icloud.com. Resuming Dec 1st, meet in Zoom: https://bit.ly/CUUC-Zoom-3131 | Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 | Meeting ID: 313 195 3131, Passcode: 468468.

5th-12th Grade LGBTQ+ Night

New group starting in December!
Friday, December 2
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).

Support HOPE Soup Kitchen

Inviting Donations of Food Items from the Congregation

Saturday, December 3rd, CUUC
RE families are preparing 70 to-go breakfasts and lunches each month for HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle. 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, December 3rd or as coordinated with Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com).

UU BIPOC Gatherings

December 5, 6:30pm
If you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), you're invited to join the monthly Central East Region's BIPOC gathering.

In our gatherings we are joined by lay folks of color, lay leaders of color and/or religious professionals of color to be in community. Our conversations focus on topics like wellness and resilience and our goal is to center BIPOC experiences and create space to explore our UU experiences. We meet monthly on Mondays at 6:30pm ET. Remaining dates: 11/7, 12/5, 01/09, 02/06, 03/06, 04/03, 05/08, 06/05. Please email Sana Saeed (ssaeed@uua.org) or Paula Cole Jones (pcolejones@gmail.com) for zoom information. 

CUUC Holiday Cookie Exchange
Bring Some, Take Some

December 11, During Coffee Hour
Bake your favorite holiday treats, put them on small wrapped plates or in small bags for the exchange, and please add a tag listing the ingredients.  

Racial Justice/ITSOT Team
Article Discussion

December 12, 7:30pm, Zoom 7899
The Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team invites the congregation to read the article, "How a Still Segregated Country Holds Us All Back" by New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie. and join us for an online discussion. Login: https://bit.ly/CUUC-Zoom-7899 | Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 | Meeting: 289 850 7899, Passcode: 468468. Contact Jeff T, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com.

Canned Goods Collection
for the Ecumenical Food Pantry

Sundays through December 11
Donate supplies to the food Pantry for distribution to our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity.

Here's a change to help in a concrete way, and to encourage our younger memebers toward compassion and the joy of helping. Especially welcome are canned yams and jelly, but any shelf-stable items will be most appreciated. Contact John Cavallero, jcwpny@gmail.com

Gift Cards
for Coachman Family Center

Sundays through December 18

Make sure to visit the Coachman Gift Cards table in the Fireside Area this holiday season! Sign up and donate what you can so we meet our goal of presenting a $25 gift card to each school-aged child at the Coachman Family Center, a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. You can bring cash or check, and the Hunger and Homelessness committee will purchase the gift cards to be delivered to the approximately 200 children currently living at Coachman. You can also mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards." Or you can donate online at cucwp.org by clicking the yellow Donate button and selecting "Coachman Gift Cards" from the dropdown list. Thank you in advance for helping us improve the season for those in our local community! Contact Jacy Good (goodjacy@gmail.com).

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. 
For Your Calendars
2022-2023 Class & Youth Group Schedules
K-7th Grade 
(.pdf) |  8th-12th Grade (.pdf)
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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