Religious Exploration: December 4, 2022

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
December 4, 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

5th-12th Grade LGBTQ+ Night

New group starting in December!
TONIGHT 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

TOMORROW 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).

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. 

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.

Coming Up: We will collect gently used clothing for infants through teens. You can begin setting clothing aside and watch for drop off information later this month. 
Sunday, December 4


Sundays, 9:45am-11:45am, Room 32, Yellow Hallway
Diane and Hans 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-7th Grade Chapel
8th-9th Grade OWL
8th-12th Grade Youth Group

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

K-7th Grade Chapel
Fellowship Hall

Tracy B and David B 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 December Journey Group theme is God. In Chapel, we will explore the notion of God, invite the children to share their thoughts about God, and explore the many names and faces of the divine. 

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

Irene J and Daniel T are leading workshop 12, Healthy Relationships, and workshop 13, Relationship Skills. These workshops invite youth to brainstorm characteristics of healthy friendships and romantic relationships. They will identify their own “deal makers” and “deal breakers” - what’s important for a healthy relationship and what would be unacceptable. They also explore the dynamic of power in relationships. Then, they focus on listening, being assertive, and refusal skills, to help them speak up for what they want and need, and respect their partners’ boundaries. These interpersonal skills are useful in all types of relationships.

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

Max T and Stevie C are meeting with youth and will discuss worship. On Sunday, January 1st, we will have a service similar to the style of worship that youth plan and lead for themselves at youth Cons (weekend gatherings). It’s a lovely opportunity for the congregation to experience a different style of worship and see our youth in leadership. 

10:00am Worship
In Person & Livestream

“Faitheist” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our theme for December is "God." We start it off asking: What does faith look like without God -- or, at least, without a traditional conception of God.

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.

During coffee hour, join us in Fellowship Hall to make decorations for the sanctuary, which we will hand next Sunday, December 11th.

December BLUU Worship
Room for Healing

4:30pm Online (sign up to receive the link)

Last we were together, we asked the question: Is it possible to heal if we do not mourn? Reckoning with the realities of our lament can be heavy, stressful and hard. And there’s reset in the balancing, retooling, and witnessing of what’s possible once we’ve made room for healing. In a season that can be as sorrowful as it can be joyful, join us on Dec. 4 for our last service in 2022 to honor the shift from a cycle of Grieving to one of Bearing Witness.

BLUU's online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety - by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diaspora - and we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us!

For all of our services, feel free to come into our BLUU Zoom Room as early as 15 minutes before the start of the service to get settled, say hello to the folks who are already gathering, and listen to the music softly playing as we all prepare for our time together.  Sign up for worship here: https://bit.ly/3wYfnjb.


CUUC Holiday Cookie Exchange
Bring Some, Take Some

NEXT SUNDAY 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.  

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. 

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.

Mitten Tree

Share the gift of warmth! Our Mitten Tree will again be a little "flatter" this year. All the more reason to fill it up with your donations of new mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes! We also collect Personal Items for Shelter Residents including new men's and women's socks, underwear, and toiletries throughout December, for residents of local shelters.

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. 

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. 

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.
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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