Religious Exploration: February 12, 2023

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 12, 2023

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

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Friday, February 10

Our Whole Lives
for 4th-5th and 6th-7th Grades
Plus Parents & Caregivers

Classes Begin Today!

Fri 12 Feb, 6:30-9:15pm at CUUC, Start in Fellowship Hall
We ask participants to arrive at 6:15pm, if possible to receive materials and make dinner plates so classes can start at 6:30pm. Class dates are Fridays, February 10, March 10, March 24 and April 14.

In this first class, the discussion and activities will help the children and youth clarify, support, and communicate their values around sexuality. They will also explore images in popular culture to become informed about and aware of how the media portray sexuality. The 4th-5th grade class leaders are John C, Denice T, and Irene C. The 6th-7th grade class leaders are David B, Carolyn H, and Janet W.

We encourage parents and caregivers to consult the Parent Guide for Grades 4-6, found online here, which is the companion resource for our classes. In addition, after each class families will take home a Homelinks sheet to continue and expand on conversations at home. A central goal of all OWL curricula is to encourage communication between parents/caregivers and your child. The Homelinks resource supports that. Parents and caregivers will also consult the book, It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, Gender, and Sexual Health by Robie Harris.   

We have a wonderful companion curriculum and small group ministry for adults: Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators. This is an opportunity for  adults to recall your own questions, feelings, and experiences at the age your children are now, and to think about how you'd like to support your child as they have questions and strive to make decisions that are healthy for them. And there are excellent resources to be shared. In this first class, we will discuss hopes and concerns for your children's sexual health as well as how to be a trusted source for your young person. Parents and caregivers may participate in this class even if you do not have a young person attending the youth classes. Tracy is leading these sessions with support from John C.
Note: 1st-3rd and 8th-9th grade Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes
continue meeting Sunday mornings, as do the 4th-5th grade 
Toolbox of Faith classes and 6th-7th grade Riddle and Mystery classes. 
Sunday, February 12
Religious Exploration
1st-9th Grade Activities
K-7th Grade Chapel
Room 43, Green Hallway 
Leader: Tracy B with a visit from Terri K
We will explore the concept of identity and how our identities can lead us to have different experiences and perspectives. 

8th-9th Grade OWL
Room 11, Red Hallway
Leaders: Cyndi T and Alex S
Workshop 23, Sexual Decision Making, offers youth an opportunity to consider how they will make future decisions about sexual behavior. These decisions take hard thought, honest discussion with trusted adults and peers, understanding of the decision-making process, and skills practiced in realistic situations.  A key goal of this workshop is to increase youth's confidence in their ability to make healthy and wise decisions. Workshop 24, Communication with a Sexual Partner, highlights that to have healthy sexual relationships, partners must be able to communicate their wants, needs, values, and boundaries. 

8th-12th Grade Youth Group does not meet. Please see the note below and watch for an e-mail from Cyndi and Daniel. 

10:00am Worship
In Person and Online

"Know Thyself" ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Sure, we can learn a few things about ourselves. But there's a lot that will remain mysterious.

Visit our website for the Sunday order of service. We continue to wear masks for Sunday morning worship and RE in the building. Revisit past services anytime at youtube.com/TheLiberalPulpit and subscribe!

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 Forum

Self-Assessment Report, Follow-up Q&A Forum
Sun Feb 12, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
The CUUC Congregational Self-Assessment Committee has completed their report, from the thoughts, opinions, and ideas you have shared with us over the past 6 months. We encourage everyone to read the 14-page Summary Report and consider ways we can implement its recommendations. Please plan to join us at the follow-up forum on Feb 12, to discuss your ideas and share your questions.
Upcoming Schedule
Religious Exploration
Fri Feb 10: 4th-5th & 6th-7th Our Whole Lives classes begin at CUUC, as well as the parent/caregiver OWL class.
Sun Feb 12: 1st-7th grade Chapel with Tracy and 8th-9th OWL class. Youth Group does not meet. After worship: CUUC Self-Assessment Report Forum.
*Canceled: Tue Feb 14: Parents & Caregivers of MS & HS Youth Covenant Group.
Sun Feb 19: Whole Congregation Worship. RE does not meet. (School holiday)
Sun Feb 26: Whole Congregation Worship. RE does not meet. (School holiday)
Sat Mar 4: Community dance party - fun for all ages!
Sun Mar 5: K-7th grade Chapel and 8th-9th grade OWL class. Youth Group does not meet. After worship: Ministerial Search Forum
Sat Mar 11: Families make meal bags for HOPE Kitchen
Sun Mar 12: Set your clocks ahead an hour then join us for 1st-12th grade RE/PlaceKeeping. After worship: Congregational forum on Article II 
8th-12th Grade Youth Group
Schedule Temporarily Paused

Providing supportive, engaging, fun, and affirming space for youth is essential. And finding the sweet spot of youth ministry can be challenging given varied interests and competing schedules. We will pause our Youth Group schedule to invite parents and youth into conversation about where Youth Group can go from here. Please watch for an e-mail from Cyndi and Daniel with an invitation to gather and share ideas. 
Backpacks Delivered!

Last Sunday, 1st-7th graders and adults filled backpacks with supplies donated from the congregation then loaded them into cars for delivery. We sent 70 backpacks filled with school supplies to Next Generation Youth Services, Lifting Up Westchester! Our thanks to all who sponsored a backpack, and assembled and delivered them!

Young Voices in Worship

In an initial review of the report from the Self-Assessment Committee, the RE Council noted congregants' interest in having young voices in worship. We think that's a great idea and Rev. Meredith agrees! We are starting by inviting young people to read the chalice lighting and extinguishing words Sunday, February 19 and 26. These are whole congregation worship  Sundays so young people are in the sanctuary for the whole service. To volunteer, contact Tracy, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

Update on Ministerial Transition

After ten years, Rev. Meredith Garmon will be retiring from CUUC at the end of July. The ministerial search process to find our next settled minister is well underway. A lot is happening, including plans for a celebration honoring Rev. Meredith, an upcoming self-assessment report forum, a website upgrade, the creation of our new Search Formation Team, and more. Click here for an Update on Ministerial Transition letter from Board Chair Creighton Cray, detailing all that we are doing.

Congregation Forum
Ministerial Search Process

Sun Mar 5 in Fellowship Hall at 11:30am
Mon Mar 13 online in Zoom 7899

The CUUC Minister Search Formation team, which creates the search committee for our new minister, has been formed. They will update the congregation on their progress each month during the Our Congregation part of the worship service. The team will also host both an in-person and an online Congregation Forum to discuss the ministerial search process and to answer your questions. Save the date! Contact: Creighton Cray (creighton.cray@gmail.com)

A New Refugee Family is Coming

As a member congregation of the Interfaith Council for New Americans Westchester (ICNAW), CUUC is excited to once again announce that we have been asked to help resettle a new refugee family in the coming months. Click here to read a letter from the ICNAW team, with a link to donate. Contributions to ICNAW may also be made by sending a check to CUUC with "ICNAW" in the memo line. Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com) and Robin Rocchi (robinandal@verizon.net)

Community Conversation
Exploring the Future of RE at CUUC


Sun, May 21, 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.

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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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