Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week

Put Out Fires. In your heart, right now, you know if there are any vital matters that you're not dealing with. These are real alarms, and you need to listen to them. They cast a shadow you can feel in your gut. And eventually their consequences always come home - sometimes during your last years, when you look back on your life and consider what you wish...  READ MORE
From the Minister

Coming Sun Apr 22: An All-Westchester UU Worship service! The congregations of First Unitarian Society of Westchester (Hastings), The UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester (Mt. Kisco), The UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley (Croton), Fourth Unitarian Society of Westchester (Mohegan Lake), and Community UU Congregation (that's us!). READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education

The holiday season at CUUC offers many opportunities to give. Our UU Principles call on us to care for others and work on the systemic change that will transform the patterns of injustice. However, when it comes to the call for goods, services, and money, please remember that you are supposed to choose how you would like to participate and are not... READ MORE and RE NEWS 

Since 1990, November has been recognized as Native American Heritage Month. It's a time when artifacts tucked away in museums and historical societies and cultural events related to the American Indian experience may catch our attention...  READ MORE

CUUC Choir Pianist Georgianna Pappas treats us to a selection of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas during the morning's Centering Music and Offertory. The CUUC Choir is also on hand with several Spanish-language selections, including an... READ MORE
Bice Wilson and I invite you to carpool with us to Voices of Indigenous Neighbors, Fri Nov 17, 7:00pm, in Shrub Oak. Join us by emailing me at intern@cucwp.org or signing up on the list in the lobby. - Cindy
Minister Coffee Chat. On Tuesdays, 3-5pm, I'm available at an area coffee shop. In November, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, City Center, 230 Main St, White Plains. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
On the Journey, 2017 Nov: "Mindfulness." Get it HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Nov 12
Income Inequality
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Income inequality -- the topic of a Statement of Conscience adopted at the 2017 General Assembly -- continues to threaten justice, democracy, well-being (of rich and poor alike) -- and our spirits. 


S un Nov 19
Thanksgiving
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our annual multi-generational celebration. Native American George Stonefish will join us as we honor the call to truth and reconciliation about the the origins of Thanksgiving.
How Are We Doing?
 
C ommunity Chat Sun Nov 12, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall 
Please join the Committee on Ministry discussion about our congregational life. Bring your coffee - we'll have some cookies! Contact: Emily Economou (emily.economou@gmail.com). 
Adult Religious Education 
 
Wisdom Reading & Study Group, Sun Nov 12, 11:40, Room 41
We begin with Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. Feel free to bring related texts and to attend whether or not you've done the reading. Future meetings: Sun Dec 3, Sun Jan 7. Contact Sabrina Cleary (clearytheory@gmail.com).
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team  
       
National Hunger Awareness Week, Sun Nov 12 - Nov 18 
National Hunger Awareness Week begins this Sunday.  You can find several local opportunities to make a difference HERE. Learn more at Volunteer New York!
CUUC Auction: A Night in Havana
       
2017 Goods & Services Auction, Sat Nov 18, 5:30p, Tickets $40
The Auction is our biggest social event of the year... our biggest fundraiser of the year... and you simply don't want to miss it! THE DEADLINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IS THIS SUNDAY, NOV 12. Contact: Amy Swiss ( amyswiss@aol.com). Remember also to bring your donations by Sunday and add your loose change to our collection. For a donation form, click HERE. For a merchants' solicitation letter, click HERE. For answers to FAQs, click HERE.   
Message from Refugee Resettlement  
       
We are pleased to welcome a family from  Afghanistan to White Plains on Wed Nov 15! Learn more HERE. Contact: Barbara Lowney (bjgaube@gmail.com), Paula Meighan (paula.meighan74@gmail.com).
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
 
Sun Nov 19, 1:00pm, Sanctuary          
Please join us as the transgender community and allies memorialize Trans* lives we've lost to violence in the past year. Sponsored by the LGBTQIA Social Justice Team. Contact: Tony Arrien  (arrien@optonline.net ).
Room for One More this Thanksgiving?    
       
Make a place for an international student! A wonderful experience for both students and hosts! Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
Add a Ribbon of Remembrance     
       
The remembrance ribbons from our All Hallow's Eve service are now in the lobby along with markers and extra ribbons. We invite everyone who so wishes to write the name of someone you want to honor and add it to our display.  
Share the Plate for November: Ecumenical Food Pantry 
 
The recipient of half our non-pledge collection this month is the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry, founded in 1979 by CUUC and four other local congregations. The all-volunteer staff works 51 weeks a year providing food to 400+ families each month. CUUC has supported the pantry for its 38 years with both funds and volunteers. 
Walk a Labyrinth      
       
This month's "Mindfulness" journey packet includes the spiritual exercise of walking a labyrinth. We are planning to transform our patio soon, and until then we invite you to seek out some of the many labyrinths nearby, including at St. Thomas's Church in Mamaroneck and Wainwright House in Rye. Use the Labyrinth Locator website to learn more. 
Opportunities for Giving
 
Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry
Cash donations are especially needed at this time of year. Send checks to Ecumenical Food Pantry, PO Box 2037, White Plains, NY 10602. Contact: Vicky Van Wert ( victoriavanwert@gmail.com).
 
Gently Used Children's Books and Toy Drive, through Sun Dec 3, RE Lobby
For client families of the Ecumenical Food Pantry. We are also col lecting stuffed animals (new or like new) for the senior clients. Contact: Mary Cavallero (marycava4@gmail.com) for information or to volunteer.
In the Community
 
Breakfast Run, Sun Nov 12, 7:00am, FUSW Hastings
We need donations (new socks and underwear especially) and volunteers to aid the homeless in NYC. Contact: Annie Patton (914-588-4782), Art Lowenstein ( 914-844-4189, arthur.lowenstein@gmail.com).

Voices of Indigenous Neighbors, Fri Nov 17, 7:00pm, John C. Hart Library, Shrub Oak
Screen the 2015 documentary American Native with a guest leader from the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Hosted by Fourth UU Congregation in Mohegan Lake, p resented by Westchester Indigenous Collaboration. See flier HERE. To join the carpool, contact: Cindy Davidson (intern@cucwp.org)
Outside Events held at CUUC

Irving Berlin: An American Institution, Sat Nov 11, 2:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Presented by the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism. $10 non-members. Contact: Dmitry Turovsky 914-713-8828 (after 6pm).
Sunday Parking Reminder   
 
Please remember the upper lot is for congregants who need to be physically near our entrance in order to attend. If you are able to walk up the steps from the lower lot, please park your car in the lower lot. For more information, contact Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com).  
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Adine Usher (914 328-2307 or adinevictoriaray@gmail.com) or her backup Barbara Mair (914-769-7186, barbara.k.mair@icloud.com). 
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, please contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, admin@cucwp.org).

Thu Nov 9 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Nov 10 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson
Sat Nov 11 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Nov 12 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Environmental Practices Group; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Children's Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30 Children's Choir Rehearsal; 11:30am Auction Committee; 11:30am Community Chat; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 11:40am Wisdom Reading & Study Group
Tues Nov 14 - CUUC Auction set up; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed Nov 15 - CUUC Auction Setup; 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thurs Nov 16 - CUUC Auction Setup
Fri Nov 17 - CUUC Auction Setup; 6:30pm Journey Group - Families
Sat Nov 18 - 10:00am Auction Setup; 10:00am Zen; 5:30pm Auction Preview; 6:00pm Auction
Sun Nov 19 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 1:00pm Transgender Day of Remembrance
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, ypc@cucwp.org
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
Secretary: Steve Miller, obitsman@gmail.com, 914-723-0982
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
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Another time Woodpecker asked, "What can you say about delusion?" Raven said, "Juniper bush." Woodpecker said, "How is the juniper bush a delusion?" Raven said, "It shades me on a warm afternoon." Woodpecker thought a moment and then asked, "Then naming things is delusion?" READ MORE
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