Faith Formation News

Dear SUUS Families,

How is your week going? Are you noticing the leaves changing and the sun setting earlier? I hope you are getting a chance to be outdoors and enjoy the season. We are taking advantage of the fallen leaves and making all sorts of creations including a scary stuffed man for the porch! We’re not sure what Halloween will look like this year, but we continue to be adaptive and welcome new traditions.

We had an amazing gathering last Sunday to celebrate Sukkot and decorate a sukkah together. Special thanks to Benna Lehrer for leading us in this activity! Check out the photos below.

This coming Sunday, October 11 at 1pm, Laura Martino will lead our children and youth on a hike in Old Lyme, CT. Please see complete details below and kindly RSVP by Friday, October 9 to I won’t be with you this week, but I hope you have a wonderful adventure in the woods! Don’t forget to take pictures to share!

There are still a few families who have not filled out registration forms. If you are participating in any FF activities, we ask that you complete this asap. Thanks so much!

Faith Formation Registration Form:

Faith Formation Survey:

Have a wonderful weekend!


P.S. Here is a pic of Wright’s Pond from my walk the other day. It affirms our 7th Principle; Value our home Earth that we share with all living things.

Faith Formation Happenings:


Sunday, October 11 at 1030am – Online Worship Service – “It’s Not About the Asana
Please join worship leader, Maryann Bracken, who will guide us through the history and teachings of yoga. Children and youth are welcome to join the first half of the service where there will be an introduction to yoga. This is in preparation for our time together the following Sunday when Maryann will lead a Faith Formation activity. Please see more details under “classes” below.


Sunday, October 11 at 1pm – Watch Rock Preserve Hike in Old Lyme, CT
Location: Joel Road off Rte. 156 (Parking at end of Joel Rd)

*Please check weather before you go! A little rain is fine, but if it is pouring the hike is canceled.

Laura Martino will lead the children and youth on a hike at the beautiful Watch Rock Preserve in Old Lyme. The trail is easy and flat and great for all ages! Please RSVP so we can be sure not to leave anyone at the trailhead! Masks & water a must! For more information about the trail you can visit:

After the hike, you are invited to visit Hallmark Drive-In for ice cream and sherbet. Yum!
Location: 113 Shore Rd, Old Lyme, CT 06371


Thank you, Laura, for leading this wonderful exploration in nature! A perfect activity to go along with our 7th UU Principle; Care for the earth!

Sunday, October 18 at 1pm – All Ages Children’s Chapel & Yoga
Get your yoga mats and blankets ready! I am very pleased to announce that Maryann Bracken will join our gathering to share her yoga experience and practices with the group! Thank you, Maryann! We will practice our tree poses ahead of time!

Sunday, October 25 at 1pm – All Ages Children’s Chapel and Halloween Activity
Please save the date for a Halloween celebration. More details to follow!

Faith Formation is collecting food for the Semilla Collective of New Haven. There are labeled and covered plastic bins at the top of the exterior stairs at SUUS. Items needed are as follows:

  • RICE
  • DIAPERS size 3 or larger

A great way to engage children and youth in this initiative is to have them search for food items in your home and/or help to deliver food to SUUS. Please be in touch if your family is interested in making a drop-off directly to Semilla or learning more about ways to volunteer.

 A special thanks to Soule Golden for inviting us to learn more about Semilla and how SUUS can help support their efforts. I also give a big shout-out to Laura Martino who has agreed to help organize social justice activities in relation to food scarcity with our Faith Formation Families. Thank you both for your leadership!

More about Semilla…
The Semilla Collective of New Haven is a grassroots collective formed in the fall of 2019 to fight side by side with immigrant and working families, and to host cultural events in our community. We have been running a mutual aid food distribution program since March in solidarity with our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic. For more information please visit:


Birthday Parades
We will continue to do our SUUS Birthday Parades and celebrate our children and youth safely! Please stay tuned for more info from Jennifer Farmer Etzel and the Faith Formation Committee.


Thursday, October 29 at 7:45pm – Faith Formation Committee Meeting
Our next FF Committee Meeting will be on Thursday, October 29 at 7:45pm via Zoom. More details to be circulated ahead of time.

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