Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey, 2018 Feb: "Love": HERE.
Practice of the Week

Turn Away from Mindless Living. Even if we personally do not have the means to live lavishly, we are still affected by the cultural mindset that encourages maximum consumption. We have been addicted to petroleum, to junk food, to quick fixes, to big cars, to bigger houses, to easy credit, to throw-away products, and to...READ MORE
From the Minister

It's the covenant - our commitment to be bound together in love - that is the necessary driving engine. Increasingly, as we internalize the Unitarian Universalist way of being, our seven principles are among the reasons present in every case our lives encounter. Other factors may have greater salience in some cases, but the....READ MORE

The Variety Show Planning Team received many amazing recipient proposals from the CUUC Social Justice Teams. The planning team then chose three of those organizations for the children and youth's vote last Sunday. Although the Variety Show only raises money for one organization, we plan to bring the other causes into RE in other ways. The vote is in... READ MORE & RE NEWS 
At this Sunday's service -- and at the 12:30 concert after our brunch -- "Jazz Lady to the Rescue" Antoinette Montague returns to CUUC with her ensemble. Raised in the great city of Newark, NJ, Ms. Montague is an entertainer's entertainer who is dedicated to putting music and arts education back in the lives of disenfranchised children... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Feb 13 find me at Black Cat Cafe, 45 W. Main St., Irvington, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • See the Statement of Conscience, "Escalating Economic Inequity" HERE. (This version does not reflect the supported amendments.) Further amendments still to be considered are posted as comments HERE. You can also add a comment to this post to propose an amendment.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
 
Sun Feb 11, 10:00am
Lo ve and Desire
Rev. Meredith Garmon
In what ways -- if any -- do we distinguish between what we love and what we desire? When is desire -- or love -- unhealthy?



Sun Feb 18, 10:00am
The Spiritual Bypass
Rev. Meredith Garmon
I'm an advocate of spiritual practice, and I'm serious about my own. At the same time, spiritual development won't improve your skills in math, music, or athletics. More to the point, it won't clear up painful feelings, unresolved wounds, or meet developmental needs..   
Mardi Gras Brunch

Winter Brunch, Sun Feb 11, 11:30, Fellowship Hall
Our theme is Mardi Gras, so come enjoy traditional New Orleans' fare and laissez les bon temps rouler ! Suggested donation: $4 Adults; $3 Seniors/Students; $15 Max/Family.
Jazz Concert

Valentine Concert with Antoinette Montague, Sun Feb 11, 12:30 pm, Sanctuary
Jazz and Blues vocalist Antoinette Montague returns with a captivating show that embraces the power of Jazz history with the excitement of today. Suggested Donation: $20 Adults; $10 Seniors/Students; $5 Kids 13 and under; $45 Family Max. Purchase tickets at the door or online at cucwp.org/concert-series.
Last Call for Nominations
 
Board of Trustees Nominations, Deadline Sun Feb 11
The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee invites you to help identify nominees for election to our Board. Instructions are HERE, and application forms are in the lobby or HERE. Self-nominations encouraged! Contact: Janet Bear (jsbear1@gmail.com).
Faith Development Friday

Fri Feb 16, 6:15pm Pizza Dinner, 7:00pm Programs, 8:30pm Coffee & Chat
Programs include: Faith Like a River - This adult Religious Education class explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our UU faith heritage; Youth Game Night - Hang out in the Youth Room for a night of fun - gnomes welcome; Family Journey Group - Parents discuss the monthly theme while children gather for related activities (adults without children are welcome in the parents' group); Social Gathering - Simply enjoy unstructured time with your fellow CUUCers. RSVP to cuucEvents@gmail.com.
From the Animal Advocacy team
 
Send Us Your Animal Pics by Fri Feb 16!
We want digital photos of your pets or favorite animals to display at the Sun Feb 25 worship service on animal advocacy. (Learn more HERE.) Email or text your image to John Schwam (JGSchwam@gmail, 914-774-4204) by Fri Feb 16. Contact: Joe Majsak (jmajsak@verizon.net).
Do You Have a Sermon in You?
 
The Summer Services Task Force Wants to Know!
If you would like to lead a summer service, or have a speaker to recommend, contact Pam Parker at admin@cucwp.org by Wed Feb 28. The Summer Services Task Force will get back to you in March.  
Share the Plate for February: MLK Institute for Nonviolence
 
We share half our non-pledge collection this month with the Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence, which has promoted nonviolent activism for social justice since 1987. Their mission is to advance racial equity for all our communities by: educating and empowering youth and adults; supporting inclusiveness, courage, and peace; and collaborating to advocate for justice, equity, and shared power for all. Learn more at mlkwestchester.org.
Caring & Sharing Circle


If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Johanna Bauer (914 636-1047, johbauer@msn.com) or her backup Ingrid Hartmann (914 946-2026 or wwwingrid@webtv.net).
This Week at CUUC

The full calendar can be found HERE. Room numbers subject to change; please check the board on Sunday morning. To reserve a room, contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, admin@cucwp.org).

Thu Feb 8 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Feb 9 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson; 8:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Sat Feb 10 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Feb 11 - 9:00am Environmental Practices Group; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Winter Brunch; 12:30pm Valentine Concert w Antoinette Montague 
Mon Feb 12 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue Feb 13 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed Feb 14 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees
Thu Feb 15 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky 
Fri Feb 16 - Spring Communitarian Deadline; 6:30pm Adult RE "Faith Like a River"; 6:30pm Journey Group - Families; 6:30pm Youth Group Friday
Sat Feb 17 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Feb 18 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Nominating Committee; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Lifespan Religious Ed. & Faith Development: Perry Montrose, dlre@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@verizon.net, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Ministerial Intern: Cindy Davidson, intern@cucwp.org, 781-710-1640
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis, cuucypc@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg, Dsilverberg@ebglaw.com, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Karen Dreher, KMDreher55@gmail.com, 914-235-7845
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
Quick Links

On The Journey (current and past issues)
Social Justice Teams
Practice of the Week (current and all past)
The Quarterly Communitarian
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Our Black Lives Matter Resolution
Your Moment of Zen

Grouse was looking rather moody one evening, and as the group was breaking up at the end of the meeting, Raven called to her, "Hey, Grouse! How's it going?" "Oh," said Grouse, "I don't know. Sometimes I feel discouraged. Why is it that I'm taking so long to understand anything?" Raven said,...READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
The e -Communitarian newsletter is e-mailed each Thursday. 
Please send submissions to admin@cucwp.org by noon on Tuesday.
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