Religious Exploration: December 18, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
December 18, 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
Upcoming K-12th Grade Schedule
This Sunday, December 18th, 8th-12th grade youth meet briefly after worship with Tracy and Stevie in the sanctuary for January 1st planning. December 18th -January 1st, families attend whole congregation worship together. Classes do not meet. 
We resume January 8th with K-7th grade Chapel and 8th-12th grade Youth Group. January 15th, there will be Social Justice programs for 1st-12th grades. January 22nd, K-9th grade RE classes resume and David B will lead a second OWL parent orientation. Schedules are available here: K-7th Grade (.pdf) 8th-12th Grade (.pdf).
Conversation with Families
Exploring the Future of RE at CUUC

Sun, March 19, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall and Zoom 8428
Times are changing, as are family needs and schedules. Join members of the RE Council and Tracy for a visioning discussion about the future of RE at CUUC. We will discuss feedback shared by the Self-Assessment Committee from the congregational survey, then explore what Religious Exploration and faith development might look like here in the coming years. It is exciting to think about what we can build together! Contact Tracy B, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

Spring OWL Classes
Invite Friends!

This year, we are offering the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum for 1st-9th graders and parents/caregivers. Our classes are open to the community and this curriculum is indispensable, supporting healthy decision making and self-esteem, understanding dynamics in relationships, affirming all sexual orientations and gender identities, and encouraging communication between parents and their children. We encourage you to spread the word. 
The 8th-9th grade class is already underway. Coming up, the 1st-3rd grade class starts in January during Sunday morning RE. The 4th-5th, 6th-7th grade and parent/caregiver classes will be offered at CUUC over three Friday evenings, February 10, March 10, and April 14. The parent and caregiver class will include additional online dates to complete all twelve sessions. Classes are open to all who share the values of self-worth, health, responsibility and justice.

This is a great opportunity to invite friends and community members who are new to Unitarian Universalism and CUUC. Please help us advertise by sharing two pamphlets with friends, in your online groups, and elsewhere: Spring 2023 Sunday morning 1st-3rd grade class and family resources; and Friday evening 4th-5th, 6th-7th & Parent/Caregiver classes
Sunday, December 18


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, wear masks, and play outside when weather permits. 

Upcoming Childcare
Please know that we will not have childcare for the Christmas Eve, Christmas day, and New Years day worship services. All ages are welcome in worship and the activity area in the sanctuary remains available.  
Children & Youth

Families attend the whole congregation worship service. Classes do not meet. 8th-12th grade youth meet briefly after worship with Tracy and Stevie in the sanctuary for January 1st planning. 

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Open Hearts in Bethlehem” ~ Rev. Meredith & Company
Our annual pageant is a musical play this year! Join us for a telling of the Christmas story. 

Visit our website for the Sunday order of service. We continue to wear masks for Sunday morning worship and RE 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.

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.
This Sunday ~ Holiday Giving Opportunities

Bake Sale Fundraiser
to Benefit Meals for HOPE

Fireside Area, Before and After Worship
Pick up delicious homemade (actually, *congregation-made*) baked goods perfect for sharing at holiday gatherings.

Help us fund CUUC's Meals for HOPE project so we can continue to prepare nutritious meals for the HOPE Community Services soup kitchen each week, as we have since April 2020. Additional monetary donations also gratefully accepted. Stop by our table before or after worship this Sunday. We will have homemade tea breads in three scrumptious flavors: Banana, Cherry Vanilla, and Holiday Spice. Nut free options available. $10 each or 3 for $25. If you will not be at CUUC this Sun Dec 18, you can reserve bread for pickup at CUUC on Mon Dec 19 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Email Terri Kung (madterri@gmail.com) with subject BREAD.

Cards for Coachman

Collection for Coachman Family Center Gift Cards, through Sun Dec 18

We're almost 3/4 of the way there! Help us buy a $25 holiday gift card for each of the 200 school-aged children at the Coachman Family Center, a local shelter for families experiencing homelessness. Donate at our table after worship or mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Coachman Gift Cards." You can also click here to donate online by selecting "Coachman Gift Cards." The CUUC Hunger & Homelessness team will purchase the cards and deliver them in time for the holidays. Contact Jacy Good (goodjacy@gmail.com).

Clothing Drive

The Reproductive Justice and Hunger and Homelessness Social Justice teams are collecting gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens (newborn–18) to be distributed to local families in need through 914Cares.

Please leave items in the donation boxes in the lobby through January 20. We are encouraging RE families to conduct “mini-drives” in your neighborhoods by asking friends and family members to donate clothing. There will also be opportunities for children and youth to help sort donated items—stay tuned for details! Please contact Terri Kung (madterri@gmail.com) or Carolyn Hanson (carolynhanson77@gmail.com) for more information. 

Mitten Tree

Share the gift of warmth! Decorate our mitten tree with your donations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes. Under the boughs, we'll collect new women’s and men’s socks and underwear (men’s XL especially needed). All items will be donated to three local shelters for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. If you're curious, click here to see the story that lent inspiration to the Mitten Tree tradition.


Honoring Consent

A core tenet of Our Whole Lives (OWL) is affirmative consent in all encounters. Sex Positive Families reminds us that maintaining consent and healthy boundaries during the holidays can present challenges in families.

Sex Positive Families offers the resources below for supporting young people related to affection with relatives, selective eating, and pictures, as well as supporting people of all ages in being respected as whole beings.

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. 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. 
Class & Youth Group Schedules
K-7th Grade (.pdf) |  8th-12th Grade (.pdf)
Weekly Newsletters
Stay up to date by receiving the weekly RE newsletter (sign up here; read past Issues here) and weekly CUUC e-Communitarian (sign up here; read past issues here).
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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