Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Jun 21 | Spring #13
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) and Online Programming Schedule  at our website, .
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Jun 21, 10:00am
Religious Education Sunday: Community & Resilience

~ Tracy Breneman, Christine Haran, Laura Goodspeed, Janice Silverberg, David Bowen, Laura Sehdeva, Joe Gonzalez

A celebration of our resilient community, which kee ps our light shining and our hearts connected during changing times. We will also celebrate Bridging with our graduates. We invite you to have a musical instrument (or pots and pans) ready to make a joyful noise along with the Force Family Band when they play "Oh When the Kids Go Marching In" to open our worship!

To join us online, click  Room ending 1991  
Or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991
After Worship: Virtual Coffee Hour in Room ending 2210
Submit Your Notes Now!

Our Graduating Seniors Need Your Words of Encouragement. T his Sunday we honor our graduating seniors with a special gift: a hymnal filled with words of support, encouragement, and love from the congregation. Let them know you care! Click the button below to submit your note.
Sun Jun 28, 10:00am
Beyond the Water’s Edge

~ Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship

We join the largest annual gathering of UUs in worship at this year's virtual GA. These are times that call on us to work toward our collective liberation while also tending to our spiritual needs and caring for others. How do we ready ourselves for what is being asked of us? Learn more HERE.

Watch the UUA live-stream here:
At 11:00am, join our CUUC virtual Coffee Hour in Room ending 2210
Revisit past services anytime at  our YouTube Channel . Subscribe to be alerted of new content.
Messages from Ministry
From the Minister

  • Rev. Meredith's weekly column;
  • Links to the text and videos of recent Sunday services;
  • Practice of the Week: “Don’t make everything so painful”;
  • Moment of Zen #127: Impermanence.
Religious Education & Faith Development

* Religious Education classes and Youth Group do not meet this Sunday. Stay tuned for information about RE over the summer.
*Evening story time for children ends for the summer when they finish reading the current books.
*Write a note of congratulations for our Bridging youth HERE .
*Racial justice resources for families and RE leaders are HERE .
*To receive the weekly RE newsletter, sign up HERE .
From the Music Director

Mozart might have thought of it as a French folk tune, but “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” never sounded as sweet as it does in his transformation of it. Centering Music: Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, maman?” K. 265 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Adam Kent, piano
Congregation & Community News
On the Journey reading packet for June: "VISION"
From the Committee on Ministry
If you are experiencing violence at home - physical, verbal, or emotional - please reach out to one of the resources in the attached letter, a family member, friend, neighbor, or our minister. If you have concerns about a member of our congregation, contact Rev. Meredith Garmon ( ). And if you are fearful of losing control, please seek help now.
From Environmental Practices Group
Even when fruits of invasive plants are abundant, migratory songbirds seek out native berries, new research finds. "They can't be eating 'fast food' before they take off on really long migrations," says ecologist Amanda Gallinat at the Utah State University, who led the new study. "They need something with high energy." Read the National Audubon Society article HERE and click the LINK to find the best native plants that attract specific birds in your zip code.
Virtual March on Washington

Poor People's Campaign's Virtual Justice Gathering, Sat Jun 20, live-stream 10:00am & 6:00pm; Sun Jun 21 6:00pm. Register:
Join UUs in rallying with the Poor People's Campaign virtual Moral March on Washington. Gather with people of faith in demanding officials enact a platform for ALL the p eople , and learn how to organize for systemic changes in your community. Learn more in their introduction video HERE . In support, CUUC will be cross-posting the live-stream on our public Facebook page - visit .
CUUC Community Check-In

Weekly CUUC Community Pandemic Check-In, Thursdays, 7:00pm, Room ending 8944
CUUC Community Minister Rev. Deb Morra invites CUUCers who want to connect and share during the pandemic to drop in to this weekly online check-in. All are welcome, including those not already in weekly journey group check-ins, those who want to stay in touch more, and those who want to support others.
Black Lives Matter March

"Say Their Names" March, Sun Jun 21 (Father's Day), 1:00pm, 32 West Post Rd, White Plains
Gather at 1:00pm, March at 2:00pm, Rally at Court St (Main St & Martine Ave). Safe, peaceful family march and rally. Supported by the County Exec Office, Mayor's Office, local NAACP, and faith communities. Learn more HERE. Masks, gloves required.
UUA Racism Report

The UUA report on our systemic racism, "Widening the Circle of Concern," is available online for a limited time. "In spite of the promise of our movement, we still need to address the bias and oppression within our systems to build resilience in our living tradition for the times we are in and strengthen it for future generations." Please read and share. Click the button or visit through June 28 only , or order a print version HERE.
Newsletter cut off? Look at the bottom of your email for "read entire message" and click.
Why attend GA?

The 2020 Virtual UUA General Assembly is June 24-28. Why should you attend?

  • GA is online - join from home. No travel!
  • Empowering Programs - access workshops to give you tools and information to live into our mission in our congregation and in the world.
  • Featured Speakers - including Roxanne Dunar Ortiz, author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
  • Annual Ware Lecture - the 2020 guest speaker is journalist Naomi Klein.
  • Worship & Special Events - including the multigen Synergy Bridging Worship.
  • Fun - Fri UU Fun Night includes music, movement, and a GA Drag Show.
  • Community - this year may be the largest gathering of UUs yet!

Register ($150) to have access to stream any session . Or attend the free public sessions , including select events, worship services, and all General Sessions.

Learn more at .

View the The GA Program Book   for a complete listing of all events, workshops, and meetings.

Get the free GA Mobile App  for smartphones, with program descriptions and schedules.
Interfaith Gathering

American Muslim Women’s Association - Annual Summer Interfaith Luncheon (Virtual), Wed Jun 24, 12:00-1:30pm
Join us online for “Hope in Challenging Times: Lessons from the Prophet Job - Spiritual Perspectives from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.” Speakers: Rabbi Shira Milgrom (Congregation Kol Ami); Minister Dr. Karen Blacks (Women of God in the World Online Faith Community & Antioch Baptist Church); Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan (AMWA Chairperson). Register HERE .
Living Legacy Project

"Voting Rights: the Struggle Continues" Webinar Series, Tue Jun 30, 7:30pm, Register
The Living Legacy Project (whose music director Reggie Harris will lead our worship on Sun Jul 19) offers a Voting Rights Webinar Series every Tuesday through the election. This month, we feature three generations of voting rights activists: Mrs. Ellie Dahmer, Dr. Joyce Ladner, and Ms. Arekia Bennett. More information and link to register HERE.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Carole Mehta ( , 914.522-3482) or her backup Janet Giewat ( , 914 617-2137). Or you may contact the CUUC office ( ). To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers ( 914-946-2026).
Share the Plate for June: Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation   
The Ramapough Lenape Community Center is a hub of the NJ tribe's social and educational programs. The building is in dire need of repair to protect supplies and become a safe gathering space again. Learn more in the letter from Petra Thombs, Exec Dir of the Nation (and CUUC Member), HERE . Visit , click Donate, and select Share the Plate. Or mail checks made out to CUUC with memo "Share the Plate - Ramapough." 
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.
This Week at CUUC

Visit on our website and click on an event for login info. You may also check the Online Programming Schedule on our website for details. To reserve an online meeting room, contact .

Worship Space ending 1991 - or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991
Room ending 2210 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter 336 956 2210 
Room ending 7899 - or call 646-876-9923 and enter 289 850 7899
Room ending 8944 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID: 983 663 8944.
Room ending 8428 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter 817 388 428 
RE Room ending 4635 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 602 164 635 
"A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts, Room 5149 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID: 939 6077 5149. Please mute your microphones.
Saturday, June 20 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly Topic: Rev. Morra (Rm 2210)
Sunday, June 21 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944)

Monday, June 22 - 10:00am Journey Group Check-In: Kung (Terri's Zoom); 3:00pm " A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149);
Tuesday, June 23 - 3:00pm Mandala Meditation with April (Rm 2210); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Freiberger (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Tracy Breneman (Rm 4635)
Wednesday, June 24 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Amy Nathan (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Check-In (Rm 7899)
Thursday, June 25 - 9:45am Journey Group Monthly Topic: Kung (Rm 2210); 11:30 Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00p m CUUC Community Pandemic Check-In : R ev. Morra (Rm 8944 ); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Barbara Mair and Nora (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899); 7:30 Journey Group Check-In: Majsak (Joe's Zoom)
Friday, June 26 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-in: Sehdeva (Rm 7899)
Saturday, June 27 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)
Sunday, June 28 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (visit ); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944)
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,