Religious Exploration: June 4, 2023

Religious Exploration & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
June 4, 2023

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Sunday, June 4

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. 

1st-12th Grade RE
Future of RE & Prep for RE Sunday 6/11

10:00am in Fellowship Hall
Children and youth meet with Tracy, Charlotte, and other RE leaders to work with feedback about adapting RE and share ideas that excite them. Our young people will help shape the future of RE at CUUC!

Preparing for RE Sunday, June 11
This Sunday, we will also practice American Sign Language for Spirit of Life (practice at home with this tutorial), which we will lead June 11th for the congregation. The 4th-5th grade class will meet with Laura G and Nicholas A to work on their June 11th presentation. There are opportunities for families to participate in RE Sunday, speaking and nonspeaking roles. If your family or young person(s) would like to participate in the June 11th worship service, speak with Tracy this Sunday or email her by Monday, June 5th to sign up, cuucwptracy@gmail.com.


“Shadow” ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
It's not just that our gifts come with shadows. The gift IS the shadow!

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.

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. 
Adapting RE
The Religious Exploration Collaboration leadership and REvision Advisory Group will meet for a visioning and planning session this Sunday. We are consulting feedback from the children and youth, self-assessment survey, family survey, and May 21st RE forum as we adapt RE to meet current family needs within the reality of available volunteers.  
Upcoming Schedule & Community
Religious Exploration

Sat Jun 3: Celebration of Rev. Meredith's Ministry
Sun Jun 4: 1st-12th Grade RE Program: Adapting RE at CUUC and preparing for June 11 RE Sunday;  After worship: RE Collaborative leadership and the REvision Advisory Group meet 
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
Sat Sep 16: Save the date for a September RE pool party at the Kortlandt's
RE Sunday, June 11
led by RE Leadership and Families

Times of change offer opportunities to experiment with ways to adapt to emerging needs. Your Religious Exploration leadership is delighted by the enthusiasm being generated around identifying some new ways forward in family ministry. Join us to celebrate the past year in RE and look ahead as we take into account feedback and embrace creativity in planning for a new year.

If your family or young person(s) would like to participate in the June 11th worship service, speak with Tracy this Sunday or email her by Monday, June 5th to sign up, cuucwptracy@gmail.com.
Parent/Caregiver Resource
Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing) by Emily Weinstein and Carrie James (2022)
This book is a suggestion from Sex Positive Families, offering a timely perspectives, drawn from the research and experiences of real teens of today, on topics like screentime, social media, sexting, and online porn. It is an opportunity to think about how you approach your young person related to screens and media, and it will strengthen your ability to empathize, connect, and better collaborate with them. 
Rainbow Squad Camp
Jun 28 & 29
Rainbow Squad Camp is an opportunity for LGBTQ+ youth entering grades 5-9 to learn about and discuss topics impacting the community and connect with other youth in a supportive environment. It's an exciting week filled with activiies, games, presentations and more!
Pride Camp
Jul 31-Aug 4
Pride Camp is a fun filled week for LGBTQ+ youth entering grades 9-12. Youth will learn about culture, history, media, community, and more! Make new friends, enjoy games, and discuss topics impacting the LGBTQ+ community, all in a safe and supportive environment.
For information about both camps visit the Center Lane website
write to centerlane@wjcs.org, or call 914-423-0610.
Preserving Our Past
Building Our Future

Sun Jun 4, 2:00pm, Mariandale Retreat Center, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY
Join the Westchester Interfaith Youth Alliance and New Era Creative Space for an afternoon with Motivational Speaker and Civil Rights Foot Soldier Joanne Bland. She marched in Selma as a young girl. Now she strives to inspire others.

 "By the time I was 11 years old, I had been arrested 13 times. I actively participated in Bloody Sunday, marching alongside 600 or more only to get brutally beaten, tear-gassed, and hit by policemen on horses with bill clubs." -Joanne Bland

Beyond the Binary Q & A
Mon Jun 5, 7:00pm-9:00pm, First Congregational Church, 210 Orchard Ridge Road Chappaqua
Join us at the First Congregational church for an informational session, Q&A, and post-event reception. Westchester Youth Alliance is hosting a panel discussion and community conversation on Transgender identity in partnership with Horace Greeley High School’s Alliance for Equality, the First Congregational Church of Chappaqua, New Castle’s LGBTQ + Committee, and New Castle United for Youth.

Click here to register for one or both events. Contact WYA Program Director, Chloe Fernandez at pd@westchesteryouthalliance.org.

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 (madterri@gmail.com)

Food Item Collection
Meal Bags for HOPE

Sat Jun 10, 1:30pm, Fellowship Hall & Kitchen
We are collecting individual serving items, such as milk and juice boxes, water, fruit cups, and soft granola bars. Our RE families and youth will use them to assemble bag lunches and breakfasts for the clients of HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle. Look for collection box in the lobby. Frozen items such as French toast, waffles, and frozen sausages (no pork), can be brought in the morning of Sat Jun 10, or as coordinated with Christine Haran (christineharan@yahoo.com).
Annual Meeting
Sun Jun 11, After Worship
Members, please mark your calendars and plan to attend! We will share more details soon, including the proposed budget and nominees. We will be distributing the annual report booklet digitally by email, and will have paper copies available in the lobby. If you prefer to be mailed a paper copy, please contact the office (admin@cucwp.org).

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

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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