Religious Exploration: March 5, 2023

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
March 5, 2023

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

View past newsletters at bit.ly/CUUCRENews
Community Dance Party!
This Saturday at CUUC

Sat Mar 4, 5:00-8:00pm, Fellowship Hall
Children, teens, and adults -- we're calling everyone to the dance floor. Our eclectic music selections will include Pop, Rock, Country, Latin, Swing, and more. Have a favorite dance tune? Let us know and we'll add it to the playlist. $5 suggestion donation covers pizza and soda. Bring a friend -- or make a new friend at the party! Don't dance? We'll have chairs around for those who enjoy watching. 
Click here for a video from Terri showing moves for group dances! RSVP for the Dance Party. Contact Terri Kung (madterri@gmail.com), Zilpha Abu-Shaheen (zilpha@gmail.com)
Sunday, March 5

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. 

K-7th Grade Chapel

With Tracy and Jina in Room 43, green hallway
We follow an order of service similar to that used in the sanctuary and continue deepening our learning around identity and history in support of our commitment to faithfully build a world free of racism and all forms of oppression.
Last Chapel, we looked at the CUUC identity hexagons (found in the fireside area) to learn about the identities of people in our community. This Sunday, CUUC member, Jina 美春 (Miharu) Polk Accardo, shares about her identity as Japanese-American and her family's experience during implementation of Executive Order 9066, which in 1942 deemed those of Japanese ancestry a threat to national security and led to the incarceration of more than 125,000 individuals. Jina will share the video she made for CUUC on the 50th anniversary of E.O. 9066 and talk about her recent visit to the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles to see the Ireichō, or Sacred Book of Names (pictured here). Those incarcerated or their family or friends can stamp names in the book as a way to counter the erasure of identities. You can read about the Ireichō here and here.
8th-12th Grade
Youth Group Breakfast

With Daniel, Cyndi, and Stevie in Room 14, red hallway
We are hoping to re-energize 8th-12th grade Youth Group! Join us this Sunday for breakfast (french toast casserole and other yummy treats!), games, and to discuss a leadership opportunity in the congregation. We look forward to seeing you!

10:00am Worship
At CUUC & Online

"Spirituality of Change" ~ Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer

Our guest speaker, Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer, is CUUC’s primary contact on the UUA Central East Region’s Congregational Life Consultant team. Evin also serves the CER in the areas of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Intercultural Competency work. Evin will be leading the Congregation Forum after worship, where we’ll learn more about the ministerial search process.

If your young person is in the sanctuary quiet activity area, please sit in the chairs nearby to help them learn to navigate worship space.

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.

Congregation Forum
Ministerial Search Process

Sun Mar 5 after worship in Fellowship Hall & Zoom 6161 
Mon Mar 13 in
 Zoom 7899 

Rev. Evin Carvill Ziemer, our Congregational Life Consultant at the UUA Central East Region, will help lead two forums designed to explain the ministerial search process, and prepare us to nominate our Ministerial Search Committee members in April. We invite your suggestions on potential nominees - and self-nominations are welcome! Contact: Creighton Cray (creighton.cray@gmail.com)
Upcoming Schedule
Updated RE Schedule
Friday evening Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes started for 4th-5th and 6th-7th grades as well as Parents/Caregivers. We are canceling remaining 8th-9th OWL classes. Youth Group for 8th-12th grades resumes March 5th with breakfast (french toast casserole) and games. Find the updated schedule here!  Find descriptions of the classes and activities here

Sat Mar 4: Community dance party - fun for all ages!
Sun Mar 5: K-7th grade Chapel and 8th-12th Youth Group with breakfast and games; After worship: Ministerial Search Forum
Fri Mar 10: OWL Classes for 4th-5th & 6th-7th grades, and Parents/Caregivers
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: TNBGNC Parent/Caregiver group; Congregational forum on Article II 
Sun Mar 19: 1st-7th grade classes meet; 8th-12th Youth Group tbd

Call for Caring

The Friday Family Journey Group and the Caring and Sharing Circle invite the congregation to help support a CUUC family facing challenging transitions, with either financial contributions or by providing dinners for four adults starting this Mon Feb 27 through Fri Mar 31.

Appeal for Minister's
Discretionary Fund

The Minister’s Discretionary Fund allows Rev. Garmon to provide confidential assistance to members, congregants, and neighbors experiencing financial hardship.

Our fund balance is dipping low. Please consider a contribution to help replenish the fund and allow our minister to continue being able to help others. Make checks out to CUUC with the memo “MDF” or “Discretionary Fund” or visit our website, https://cucwp.org, and use the yellow Donate button (and consider checking to box to cover fees). Contributions are tax deductible.

Family & Youth Activity
To-Go Lunch Prep for HOPE

Sat March 11, 10:30am-12:00pm at CUUC
We will be making bag lunches and breakfasts Saturday, October 29th, 10:30am-12:00pm. Join us and feel welcome to bring friends. RSVP with Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com) to coordinate what food is needed. Following lunch prep dates are April 22, May 6, and June 10.

Inviting Donations
of Food Items 


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).

COVID Safety Update 

As the holiday surge has dwindled, we have returned to the metric levels that the CDC characterizes as “Low Community Risk.” 

While we will continue to monitor the situation, the CUUC COVID Safety Committee is recommending to the Board that we target Sun Mar 12 to transition to a policy of masking optional during service. The Board will review the recommendation in the week preceding the Sun Mar 12 service. For our Religious Exploration programs, we will consider the masking requirements on a class-by-class basis. Click here for the full letter from the Safety Committee. If you have questions or concerns, reach out to Safety Committee co-chair Christian Force (force2k1@gmail.com), or Board chair Creighton Cray (creighton.cray@gmail.com).
Celebrating and Supporting LGBTPQIA++ Youth
Wed Mar 15, 8:00am-3:00pm
PrideWorks at Pace University, Pleasantville

We are delighted that the PrideWorks Conference for LGBTQ Youth and their Allies returns in person this year! Westchester UUs are the largest collective sponsor of the conference. Thank you! UUs also volunteer, present workshops, and serve on the Planning Committee and Board. Our presence is affirming for UU youth who attend with their school GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and on their own, and it is an important youth ministry outreach that lets Westchester youth know we are a faith community that welcomes them. If you would like to help with UU activities such as greeting youth with the Side with Love banner as school buses drop off students at 7:15am, contact Jennifer S of the CUUC LGBTQ+ Team (jennifercstevens@gmail.com). Click here for a poster to post and share

We hope to see CUUC youth at the conference, with your school or on your own. Stop by our UU table for fun giveaways and identify yourself as UU for a special gift! 

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. These dates are open: April 9, 23 & 30; and May 14. To volunteer, contact Tracy, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

Resources for OWL Classes 
1st-3rd, 4th-5th and 6th-7th grades
& Parents/Caregivers

One of the core priorities of the OWL curriculum is to encourage communication between children/youth and their parent(s)/caregiver(s). The Homelink resources support that by providing material to continue discussion about class topics at home. 
1st-3rd Grade
We are using the K-1 curriculum with our 1st-3rd grade class. This class meets Sunday mornings. The next class is March 19th.
4th-5th and 6th-7th Grade
We are using the 4th-6th curriculum with our 4th-5th and 6th-7th grade classes. This class meets over four Friday evenings. The next class is March 10th.

(Note: The 4th-5th grade Toolbox of Faith class and 6th-7th grade Riddle and Mystery class continue meeting Sunday mornings.) Parents and Caregivers as Sexuality Educators
This is the corresponding small group ministry for adults, offering opportunity for adults to recall your own questions, feelings, and experiences at the age your children are now, and to be intentional about how you would like to support your child as they have questions and strive to make decisions that are healthy for them. Parents and caregivers may participate in this class even if you do not have a young person attending an OWL classes. This class meets over four Friday evenings. The next class is March 10th. 

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 (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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