Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Sep 6 | Summer #12
Nurture Spirituality · Foster Compassion · Engage in Service

Our building may be closed, but our congregation is open! Please join us virtually. Visit our website for more information.
CUUC Zoom Meeting Rooms
For links to our online meeting rooms, scroll down to "This Week at CUUC." Links are also in the Event Calendar (click on event) at our website,
On the Journey
For the September issue of On the Journey: "Journeying & Wandering" - Click HERE
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Sep 6, 10:00am
Mabon: Strength Amid the Isolation
~ Joe Gonzalez, guest speaker

Mabon is a modern Pagan ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. As we slowly emerge from our isolation and begin preparing for the colder weather, we will be taking part in a ritual that will help us explore how to deal with goals unmet this year while still being able to share our core strength with those around us who need it. Joe Gonzalez and wife Tara Fleck are a Wiccan High Priest and Priestess, and former members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Stamford, where they formed the Sacred Circle Pagan Group and led quarterly pagan rituals during Sunday services. They are now Friends of CUUC, and Joe is a proud member of the Religious Education Council. Tara and Joe have taught Wiccan lessons as part of CUUC’s RE program, where their kids Norah (10) and Austin (7) are students. Ethan (17) completed his Coming of Age three years ago.
Sun Sep 13, 10:00am
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

This year we won't be gathering in the sanctuary in person, so we will hold our annual "Ingathering" worship service online in a regular Zoom meeting room, where we can all have a chance to see one another - virtually.
Join our Online Worship
One-click login (passcode embedded): Room 1991
Two-step login: · Passcode: 468468
Phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468 
Gathering Music starts at 9:50am. Welcome at 10:10am
After worship, join our virtual CUUC Coffee Hour
One-click login (passcode embedded): Room 2210
Two-step login: · Passcode: 468468
Phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
Revisit past services anytime at our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to be alerted of new content.
Messages from Ministry

Read the weekly RE newsletter(s) HERE or sign up HERE to receive them in your inbox. IMPORTANT: If you already receive the RE newsletter, please click "Update Your Preferences" at the bottom of any weekly issue to confirm you have been added to the correct list(s) for 2020-2021. You are welcome to join all lists.

RE and Social Justice team leaders have been busy planning! Click HERE for the Fall 2020 RE overview and schedule. The 2020-2021 theme for RE is JUSTICE & EQUITY to support our young people in understanding key justice issues, finding their voice, and engaging in faith in action. September-December, our children and youth are collaborating with the Hunger & Homelessness, UU The Vote, and In The Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice teams. We will offer support for adults having conversations with young people about these three justice topics during Sunday 1:30pm Adult RE; check the schedule for dates.
Children's Story Time

Thursdays, 7:15pm, Room 4635
Thursday evening story time has resumed! Barbara Mair hosts, taking turns with children who have a book they want to share. All children welcome! Barbara is currently reading The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Click HERE for a description of the story and coloring sheets. Listen to recordings of Barbara reading parts 1 and 2 online HERE. Next, one of our children will read A Dog's Porpoise by M.C. Ross. Story begins at 7:15pm. Log in after 7pm for check in. This Zoom space is closely monitored, with participants first passing through a waiting room. Contact: Tracy Breneman (
Congregation & Community News
Sign Up for Journey Groups

The CUUC Journey Groups are a way to deepen our understanding of life and strengthen our connections to one another by exploring monthly themes together. Click HERE to select the group that works best for you. For the September issue of On the Journey: "Journeying & Wandering," click HERE
Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Sep 10, 11:30am, Room 7899
We meet the second and fourth Thursday and discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. We are reading Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (
Outdoor Fun Day

Sat Sep 12, 12:00 - 3:00pm, conditions permitting
Come join us for CUUC Fun Day! We will be outside, wearing masks and spreading out for tie-dyeing, rock painting, frisbee and catch, scavenger hunt, trail walks, bird watching and more! Bring your picnic lunch and lawn chairs or a blanket. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the date. (Rain date Sun Sep 13, time TBA.) Do you have an outdoor canopy we can borrow? Contact: Tracy (
From Refugee Resettlement

Neighbors for Refugees invites you to celebrate “Welcoming Week” by purchasing a meal of authentic Afghan, Turkish, and Lebanese dishes prepared by immigrants and refugees - including a family supported by CUUC - who are now our neighbors. Order by Sun Sep 13 HERE. Pick up Sep 15-17 at FEZ Turkish restaurant in Mamaroneck. Learn more HERE and HERE.
Vacation Alert

Our administrator, Pam Parker, will be off next week, returning Mon Sep 14. For calendaring and other questions, please contact Tracy Breneman ( or Rev. Meredith Garmon (
Absentee Ballots - Don't Wait!

UU the Vote reminds us that all registered NYS voters may apply for an absentee ballot. Don't wait! Absentee ballots can be mailed, dropped off at early voting locations Sat Oct 24 – Sun Nov 1, or brought to your poll site on Election Day. Spread the word! Learn more HERE and HERE.
Newsletter cut off? Check the bottom of your email for a link to "read more" and click.
The 1619 Project at CUUC

The 1619 Project - Session 3: "Medical Inequality," Sun Sep 13, 4:00pm, Rm 7899
For our next 1619 Project at CUUC session, we encourage everyone to also read the article "'Long overdue': lawmakers declare racism a public health emergency." Then join us! Learn more HERE. Moderators: Amy Nathan ( and Audra Russell (
Inquirers Series

Inquirers Series starts Sun Sep 13, 11:30am, Room 6161 
Session 1: “Unitarian Universalism and CUUC” is an introduction to ministers, an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn about the elements of our worship services, Journey Groups, and the rights and responsibilities of membership. To learn more, click on the video above. Contact: Ginny Strand (
Disaster Relief

The UUA has created a Disaster Relief Fund for those who want to make a donation to help congregations that face losses due to tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Learn more about the work of the UUA Fund HERE.

The UU Service Committee also has a fund created to help ensure those who are most likely to be left out of major relief responses this hurricane season get the resources they need. Learn more HERE.
Board Minutes
While our building is closed, we can't post our board minutes in the lobby for all to read, as we usually do. If you would like to be emailed a copy, please contact the office:
In the Community

Poetry Reading, Thu Sep 10, 7:00pm, Online HERE
We know Ann Chiappetta as the Vice President of Westchester Council of the Blind, which had been meeting monthly at CUUC before the pandemic. Ann is also a gifted poet, and is hosting a free online reading. CUUC members and friends are invited to attend.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Paula Meighan (914-924-0204, or Liz Laite (, 914-366-4211). You may also contact the CUUC office ( To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers (, 914-946-2026).
Share the Plate: WCC Student Emergency Fund
In September we share half our non-pledge collection with the Westchester Community College Foundation Student Emergency Fund. In these unprecedented times, WCC students who are low income are facing unanticipated hardships. Our donations will help meet their immediate needs, covering expenses such as food, laptops, online access, and rent so these students can continue their education during this challenging period.
Online Offering

You can pay your pledge, donate to the Share the Plate, or contribute to our Benevolent Fund or Minister's Discretionary Fund via PayPal by clicking "Donate" at our website Or click the button below.
All our Zoom gatherings now require passcodes. The CUUC passcode is 468468. For one-click links to our online meeting rooms, see below. Links are also in our online Events Calendar (click on event) at
This Week at CUUC

Visit on our website and click on an event for login information. To reserve an online meeting room, contact

Worship Space 1991 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
Room 2210 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468 
Room 7899 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting: 289 850 7899 · Passcode: 468468

Room 3131 - one-click login (embedded passcode):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468
Room 6161 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468

RE Room 4635 - One-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 602 164 635 · Passcode: 468468
Room 8428 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 
Room 5149 "A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts - one-click (embedded passcode):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 939 6077 5149 · Passcode: 468468
Please mute your microphones.
Fri Sep 4 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149);

Sat Sep 5 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 6161)
Sun Sep 6 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 3:00pm BOT Agenda Setting (Rm 2210)

Mon Sep 7 - Office Closed; 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)
Tue Sep 8 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Committee on Ministry (Rm 2210)

Wed Sep 9 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Board of Trustees (Rm 7899)
Thu Sep 10 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00pm Religious Education Council (Rm 8428); 7:30pm Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899)
Fri Sep 11 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)
Sat Sep 12 - 9:00am Social Justice Team Leadership (Rm 2210); 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm CUUC Fun Day (CUUC Grounds)
Sun Sep 13 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30 Inquirer Series (Rm 6161); 1:30pm Adult RE (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth RE: 1619 Project (Rm 7899)
Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman,, 914-434-7539
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra,, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner,
Music Director: Adam Kent,, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer,
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas,
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada,
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker,, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson,, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Joe Majsak,
Vice Chair: Debra Manetta,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Secretary: Terri Kung,
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero,
Emily Economou,
Jeff Tomlinson,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,