Religious Exploration & Faith Development Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains May 21, 2023 View past newsletters at bit.ly/CUUCRENews
Community Forum Future of RE at CUUC
This Sun, 11:30am-1:00pm at CUUC and on Zoom
Join us Sunday for a community forum to explore the future of Religious Exploration (RE) at CUUC. Hear from RE children, youth, and adults. Help identify core aspects of emerging needs for today’s families. Explore ideas for shaping RE at CUUC in these new times.
If you will attend on Zoom, you might like to use this handout. Zoom login: https://bit.ly/CUUC-RE | Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 | Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656.
We Hope Children and Youth will Participate!
There will be an opportunity for all children and youth to share, if they like, then we'll have a small group or two just for children and youth when we do the activity. Their input is important! Children and youth will also work with the ideas generated this Sunday when we meet for June 4th RE.
Family Input Centering Your Needs
As we continue shaping Religious Exploration at CUUC, we will center the experiences and needs of our families. Your input is important as we consider ways forward! Please share your thoughts via this short survey: bit.ly/CUUCFamilies. There are questions for children, youth, and your whole family.
Celebrating Bridging Add Notes in Their Hymnals
One of the gifts we give our Bridgers is a hymnal filled with words of encouragement and special memories. Please take a few minutes to write a note in the 5 Bridging hymnals that will be available in the Fireside Area Sundays through June 11th.
Mental Health Support
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The Child Mind Institute develops resources for supporting children and youth who are struggling with a wide range of mental health, behavior, and learning issues.
Sundays, 9:45am-11:45am, Room 32, Yellow Hallway
Diane, Hans, and Willow welcome young children in childcare. We offer a safe, loving environment where our youngest build community and play outside when weather permits.
Religious Exploration, 10:00am 1st-12th Grades PlaceKeeping
Start in Fellowship Hall, then outside
The group will end on the kitchen patio
On April 30th, the RE PlaceKeepers placed leaf packs in our stream (photos above by Eileen M). This Sunday, they will remove the leaf packs and weights from the stream, empty the leaf packs, and sort and identify the organisms they may find to understand who is living in our stream and what that might tell us about water quality. The activity will be outside. All participants should wear masks, boots or old sneakers, and long pants. Remember to do a tick check back at home. Contact Cynthia R (cynthiaVRoberts@gmail.com) and Bice W (email@example.com).
“Transitions” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Life is change. We generally experience it, though, as long periods of relatively slow, small change punctuated by brief periods of faster, larger change. Times of transition can be disorienting – but they offer valuable lessons.
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.
Community Forum Future of RE at CUUC
This Sun, 11:30am-1:00pm at CUUC (enhanced coffee hour and childcare available) and on Zoom
Please join us this Sunday for a community forum to explore the future of Religious Exploration (RE) at CUUC. If you will attend on Zoom, you might like to use this handout. Zoom login: https://bit.ly/CUUC-RE| Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 | Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656.
Upcoming Schedule & Community
Sun May 21: 1st-12th grade PlaceKeeping, Collecting and Analyzing Leaf Packs; After worship:Community Forum: Future of RE at CUUC Sat May 27: Game Night for All Ages Sun May 28: Whole Congregation Worship
Jun 2-4: Young Adult Con (see below) Sat Jun 3: Celebration of Rev. Meredith's Ministry Sun Jun 4: 1st-12th Grade RE Program: Future of RE at CUUC Fri Jun 9: Community Dance Party Sat Jun 10: RE Families and Youth Making Meal Bags for HOPE Sun Jun 11: Whole Congregation Worship - RE Sunday & Bridging; After worship: CUUC Annual Meeting
Young Adult Event CONcrete Jungle
Fourth Universalist Society, NYC
The YAOC (UU Young Adult Organizing Committee), will host "CONcrete Jungle," a weekend long UU gathering for young adults to socialize and build community.
Over the past few years, YAOC has organized Garfield Con at Shelter Rock and Rom-Con at the White Plains congregation, the former of which brought about 90 young adults together in community. Read more at https://www.concretejungle.social and on Instagram @uu.youngadults.cer.
Save the Date RE Family Pool Party
Sat Sep 16, afternoon at the Kortlandt Home
Join us for a fun afternoon pool party September 16th at the home of Catherine and Chris Kortlandt. It's a great way for families to connect as we start a new year of worship and Religious Exploration!
Summer Activities for Families and Individuals of All Ages
There are wonderful opportunities to connect with UUs from all over the continent this summer. Most camps have opened registration and will fill quickly. Register as soon as possible. Some camps are also hiring! Click here for the list.
Sat May 20, 7:30-10:30pm, Sonesta Hotel, White Plains Youth & Allies 9th-12th Grade WJCS Center Lane is back for 2023 LGBTQ+ Prom. This is a special night just for LGBTQ+ youth and their allies in grades 9-12 (please bring school or other ID). Come dance the night away with good food, good music, and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate YOU! Register at tinyurl.com/CLProm23. Contact Center Lane at (914) 423-0610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat May 27, 5:00pm Early Games, 6:00pm Pizza, 7:00pm More Games
We had so much fun in April, we're doing it again in May - this time on a Saturday to make it easier for more families to join!
Grab your favorite game and join us for an evening of fun! Whether you bring Scrabble, Uno, mah jongg, Connect 4, checkers, or Hungry Hungry Hippos, come to play or just come to enjoy good company. Help us plan by clicking here to sign up for Game Night. Suggested donation for dinner: $5. Contact Audra Russell (email@example.com).
Community Dance Party
Fri Jun 9, 6:00pm swing dance lessons, 6:30-9:00pm open dance, Fellowship Hall
Terri K and Andrew A will be giving some basic swing dance lessons at 6:00, and then we'll dance the night away with a variety of music. All ages are welcome - feel free to invite a friend. Snacks and drinks are provided. Can't wait to dance with you! Contact: Terri Kung (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tracy Breneman, Director of Religious Exploration and Faith Development, email@example.com
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
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