Religious Exploration: November 6, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
November 6, 2022

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

Fall Back

Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Reset your clocks one hour back before you go to bed Sat night so you can enjoy your extra rest and join us in person or online at 10:00am (not 9:00am) on Sunday morning. While you're checking clocks, also check your smoke alarm batteries!

New RE Council Chair

We are delighted to welcome Imelda Cruz Avellán onto the RE Council. She will serve as Chair this year and have a central role in our Future of Faith Formation work. Thank you, Imelda!

Halloween Party

What a fun Halloween party we had last Sunday! The Youth Group did a great job decorating the red hallway and setting up activities in the rooms. Below are a few highlights from the musical chairs game, treat table, parade, and sensory room (ghouls' eyeballs, monster brain, zombie ears, and more gross stuff!). 

Sunday, November 6th
(How is it November already?!)

Plastic Salad Containers
Needed this Sunday

We have a great way for you to REuse plastic salad containers, as shown in the image and larger. Mary Cavallero needs them for a children’s activity she is leading this Sunday. If you have any to spare, please bring them in. Contact Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com. Thank you!


Sundays, 9:45am-11:45am, Room 32, Yellow Hallway
Diane, Hans, and Jessica L 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. Childcare will be extended this Sunday for the Board Open House and Path to Our Future Focus Group. 

Chapel & OWL Class & Youth Group
Sunday, 10:00-11:15am (11:45am)
Go Directly to the Classrooms

K-7th Grade Chapel
Room 43, Green Hallway

Tracy B and Mary C are leading Chapel, which is an opportunity for our young people to become more familiar with elements of worship as well as experience and participate in worship in ways that meet their developmental needs. The November Journey Group theme is Compassion. We will explore compassion in the context of holiday giving. Mary will tell the children about the parents and grandparents who are clients of the Food Pantry who don't have enough money to buy holiday gifts for their children and grandchildren. For the last several years she has collected used toys that are suitable for families who live in apartments. She will read a story about other children who have too many toys and then we will distribute a large collection of duplos into salad boxes or ziplock bags. Next, we will talk about the children who live at the Coachman Homeless Center in WP and we will decorate envelopes with Holiday Greetings and stickers. 

8th-9th Grade Class,  Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Room 11, Red Hallway & Meets until 11:45am
Kate C and Cyndi T are leading session 6, Body Image and session 11, Sexuality and Disability. In the session about body image, youth will identify factors that influence someone to have a positive or negative body image, and how body image can influence someone’s sexual health and general health behavior. The session about sexuality and disability introduces the sexual nature and rights of people with disabilities as a social justice issue and increases youth’s capacity to respect and empathize with human differences. 

Youth Group, 8th-12th Grade
Room 14, Red Hallway
Max T and Daniel T are joining the youth this Sunday to discuss a possible social justice project to work on this year. Share any ideas you have! They will also have a conversation about democracy and voting. 

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

“Making Meaning and the Art of Navigating Chaos” ~ Rev. Lane Cobb 

Humans are existential animals, on a quest for enduring meaning. In an often chaotic and unordered universe, we want to know our place in the world. We want to know that what we do matters. But in a world where meaning is subjective, how can we know that our lives make a difference?

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.

Board of Trustees
Open House

Sun Nov 6, Fellowship Hall & Zoom 3131, after worship
The Board of Trustees will host a hybrid open house to update the congregation on key steps of the ministerial transition, as well as to answer questions from congregants. The Board will also provide an update on key strategic goals for 2022-2023. Contact: Creighton Cray (creighton.cray@gmail.com)

Self-Assessment Process
Path to the Future Focus Groups

Sun Nov 6 (In Person), 11:45am, Room 11
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.
  • 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
Contact: Terri Kung (madterri@gmail.com)

RE Info Session Postponed

The RE Information Session scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed. Please attend the Board or Self-Assessment Committee events after worship. Then, join us for a RE Information Session Thu Nov 10, 7:00pm on Zoom (bit.ly/CUUC-RE) or Sun Dec 11, 11:30am at CUUC.


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 (register to receive link). 

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. 

Rebate for CUUC members until Fri Nov 11
CUUC is excited to be partnering with Paula Cole Jones to offer the acclaimed Jubilee Three Anti-Racism online training. This life-changing 2½ day workshop is open to anyone who wants to become empowered to make a stand against racism. CUUC members are eligible for a special 50% rebate on registrations made by Fri Nov 11. Click here to learn more about the rebate and the Jubilee Three workshop. Register at https://tinyurl.com/CUUC2023JubileeThree. Contact: Joe Majsak (jmajsak@verizon.net).

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).

Covenant Group for
Parents/Caregivers of MS & HS Youth

This covenant group will meet monthly on 2nd Tuesdays to provide space where we can share and support the fullness of each other’s experiences parenting youth. 
Nicole T and I will set a theme/topic for each month's discussion (suggestions welcome!) and share an optional short reading ahead of each session that can act as a springboard into discussion. Our next group is November 8th, 7:00-8:30pm on Zoom: bit.ly/CUUC-RE; meeting ID 817 388 428 and passcode 468468; phone audio 646-558-8656. Then again December 13th, January 10th, February 14 (group will discuss an alternate date), March 14th, April 11th, and May 9th.

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).


PlaceKeeping Practice

"First Saturdays" PlaceKeeping, Sat Nov 5, CUUC 
Join the PlaceKeepers each month to appreciate, improve, and maintain the building and grounds of CUUC, our spiritual home. Join us at 10:00am for our Gratitude Practice, based on the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address.

Socialize by the Spirit Fire, help tend our springs and paths, or take a walk and watch for wildlife. You are welcome to join us throughout the day. This Saturday is also a Cross Quarter Day. The Spirit Fire Circle will be there for gathering, as will our new Picnic Table now in place on the far side of the stream. A dear friend and well known Storyteller, Regina Ress, will be joining us, and may well share some of her stories by the fire. Contact: Bice Wilson (bicewilson@gmail.com). 

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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