Faith Formation News – 4/22/21

The kitchen tongs were a huge inspiration for picking up garbage! Great job everybody!

Dear SUUS Families,

Wow! What a wonderful weekend Faith Formation had last week honoring Earth Day and our 7th UU Principle. The youth were busy on Saturday at Rettich Preserve in Madison and Faith Formation families met at SUUS on Sunday to plant garlic, onions and carrots and to pick-up garbage on the grounds. A very special thanks to Beth Skudder for organizing the Retttich Preserve clean-up for youth, and to Soule Golden for leading us in the gardening project at SUUS. Additional thanks go out to Scott Swenson for pitching in at Rettich, Chris Jobson for connecting the hoses at SUUS to water the garden and Sue Schaedler and Rev. Carolyn Patierno for leading the SUUS & All Souls New London youth on a “vertical” hike to Gillette Caste! THANK YOU to ALL who participated! I am overwhelmed with gratitude for this dedicated community as we came together to “BECOME people of the Earth.”

Sarah and Maisey hard at work at Rettich Preserve. Thank you for donating your time!

The clean-up continues this Saturday in Madison from 9-11am and ALL (families, members and friends) are welcome to join coordinators Beth Skudder and Benna Lehrer! Details are below.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday! Happy Earth Day!


p.s. I’m planning to take a walk today and pick-up garbage along my route. What have you been doing to care for the Earth this week? Let me know!

Faith Formation Happenings

Sunday, April 25 at 10:30am: “Re-Wilding Our Yards” – Earth Day Service
Those lush, green grassy yards are actually deserts that do not support insect life and therefore also do not support healthy bird populations. Join our Worship Team on April 25 as we explore how we can honor the interdependent web of all existence and regenerate healthy habitats for our fellow creatures—by letting our yards go WILD!

A Coming of Age Celebration
Gratitude for our Faith Formation Children, Families & Volunteers


Saturday, April 24 – Madison’s Green Up Clean Up
Join Benna Lehrer & Beth Skudder & “Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society Earth Helpers” (i.e. SUUS Families, Members & Friends) to help clean up Madison! Thank you, Beth, for organizing!
Meet: 9 – 11am
Cottage Road in Madison. Park in the Middlesex Health building parking lot at 1291 Boston Post Rd, Madison (next to Cohen’s Bagels. Lot faces both Boston Post Road and Cottage Road.) Cottage Road is a lightly traveled neighborhood road and will be safe for helpers of all ages. While much of the road is clean, there are some wooded areas that will need a lot of attention.
RSVP: Please email Beth Skudder directly (pls see SUUS directory for email address)
SUUS Helpers: Please bring mask & work gloves and dress for the weather, ticks, poison ivy, etc. Please leave your own water bottles in your car. Beth will get supplies for the group before our meet up time and tong will be available for the children to use. Come for as long as you can! Thank you!

More info:

Sunday, April 25 at 1pm – CoA Class w Advisors
Meet at Benna’s for a Coming of Age class before Credo Statements are due (April 30). Explore Credo writing prompts and the traditional elements of a worship service.
*Please hold Sunday May 2 at 1pm for class and bookmark May 16 for video submissions of Credo Statements

For any child or youth participating in Faith Formation activities, please complete the online registration form:

Amistad Catholic Worker House Food Drive
So far we have made TWO deliveries of food to Amistad thanks to the Skudder Jobson & Martino Families! And the food drive CONTINUES! Please consider supporting our neighbors at Amistad Catholic Worker House in East Haven, CT where Luz Catarineau and her husband Mark Colville have been feeding the homeless since 1994. Now more than ever they need our help, and even in a global pandemic they continue to provide breakfast and lunch to those in need. Please review the list below and if you are able, kindly deliver your items to the covered bins at the top outdoor stairs at SUUS. If you are unable to contribute food at this time, they are always accepting prayers. For more information about Amistad, please visit their website:

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Pancake mix (complete preferable)
Pancake Syrup

Juice mix
Pasta sauce
Canned vegetables
Beans-red, black, garbanzo beans

Essential Paper Products
Toilet tissue
Paper towels
Facial tissue

*Please note: Amistad is happy to take anything else beyond the items listed above to either use as part of a meal or to bag up for families that are served.

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Saturday, May 1 at 1pm – SUUS MOMs Group hosted by Briana Benn-Mirandi
Please save the date for the May MOMs Group Gathering! In the spirit of May and our upcoming Mother’s Day worship service on the 9th, ALL SUUS MOMs are invited to attend! Whether you have a child currently in the Faith Formation program, a grown child, are a grandparent, guardian etc., we welcome you to join! Full details will be shared next week.

Wednesday, May 12 at 7pm- Faith Formation Committee Meeting
Please save the date for the next meeting. Details to follow!

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