Faith Formation News – 10/15/2020

Dear SUUS Families,

I have been hearing a lot of talk about the practice of “living in the present.” Is this something you have been thinking about or working on yourselves? We have definitely been trying to achieve this home, but it is not always easy. Not dwelling in our ways of the past (socializing without masks etc.) and attempting not to focus all of our energies on the future can be draining. Last weekend we challenged ourselves and took a drive without any destination at all! At each stop sign or traffic light we took turns deciding which way to turn. Would it be left, right, straight or a U-turn? It was wildly fun and helped to simply this concept for all ages. We ended up exploring new parts of Connecticut and were truly living in the moment! It was a joyful experiment. Perhaps you and your family might give it a try? Let me know how it goes!

Continuing our mission of being present, this Sunday Maryann Bracken will lead Faith Formation in a yoga activity. Hopefully you and your family are able to join us! Details are below.

A special thank you to Laura Martino for leading the group on a hike to Watch Rock Preserve in Old, Lyme last Sunday. I received several positive reports and can’t wait to hear the details. If you were not able to join, here are a few pictures of the adventure. Thank you, Laura!

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: https://shorelineuu.breezechms.com/form/769f58

Faith Formation Survey: https://shorelineuu.breezechms.com/form/82ce41

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Love,
Amy
dff@shorelineunitarian.org

Faith Formation Happenings

WORSHIP

Sunday, October 18 at 10:30am – Online Worship Service including a Story for All
“The Fury of the Dove, Revisited”
The work is not done. Institutional racism still exists. In honor of the many lives lost to racism in this country, Rev. Jeanne will speak about her own experiences with racism, the place that anger and fear play in perpetuating racism, what we as Unitarian Universalists are called to do to combat racism, and the proposed 8th Principle for Unitarian Universalism.

CLASSES

Sunday, October 18 at 1pm – All Ages Children’s Chapel & Yoga
This Sunday Maryann Bracken will lead us in a yoga activity and if time allows, we will do a craft. Please bring a mat or blanket and a mask and kindly RSVP.

Sunday, October 25 at 1pm – Socially Distanced Halloween Party
We are so excited to continue our Halloween tradition this year despite Covid-19! Jennifer Swenson has planned a safe and fun filled event for all! There will be a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, individual craft projects, freeze dance, bingo and much more! BYOP (Bring Your Own Pumpkin!) Thank you, Jennifer! And don’t forget your masks! Boo!

YOUTH/COMING OF AGE

Walden Pond Park in Concord, MA
Currently advisors are trying to organize a day trip to Walden Pond. Parents: please check your email and respond to the proposed dates below:

  • Saturday, October 24
  • Saturday/Sunday, November 7 & 8 – OR – Saturday/Sunday, November 14 & 15

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Saturday, October 17 from 1pm – 5pm: Madison Pridefest
Location:Madison Green & First Congregational Church Lawn

Families are invited to join Madison’s first ever Pridefest this Saturday! The group is asking for pre-registration to help crowd control and keep everyone safe! For pre-registration and more information please visit: https://www.fccmadison.org/madison-diversity-inclusivity

FOOD DRIVE

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
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Granola Bars
  • Mac & Cheese
  • 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!

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