Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Jul 19 | Summer #5
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, .

Beginning Mon Jul 20, all our Zoom gatherings will use passwords (now known as passcodes). The CUUC passcode will be 468468 .
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Jul 19, 10:00am
Sankofa: A Story of Past and Present
~ Reggie Harris, Guest Worship Leader

A Story of Family Revealed and Destiny Redefined. Our service focuses on the shifting historical narratives that frame our nation's past and that are now being challenged by a new rising awareness sweeping our nation. Reggie will share how his own personal family story has provided a window for looking at a new way forward and, as celebrated symbols are now being removed, how we can all be involved as agents of change and hope.

For over 40 years, legendary singer, songwriter, and storyteller Reggie Harris has combined spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often to promote the themes of unity and social justice. Reggie is the Director of Music Education for the UU Living Legacy Project for Voting Rights, and was co-presenter at the 2020 UUA General Assembly of the workshop "Deeper than the Skin: Musical Presentation on Race." Learn more at .
Sun Jul 26, 10:00am
Widening the Circle of Concern
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
What have we tended to exclude, and how can we move toward being more inclusive?
To join us online, click Room ending 1991  
Or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991  
Gathering Music starts at 9:50am. Welcome at 10:10am
After worship, 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

  • Religious Education classes and Youth Group are on break for the summer. Stay tuned for information about an end of August Family Fun Day, conditions permitting.
  • Thursday evening story time has concluded, and may start again with a new book in August.
  • Racial justice resources for families and RE leaders are HERE.
  • To receive the weekly RE newsletter, sign up HERE.

For the past 15 years, the start of summer has meant packing my bags and heading off to Spain to play, teach, and lecture at several musical festivals. This year, though, the unthinkable has happened; all of these activities have been cancelled and, in an ironic twist, the European Union recently granted the White House its longed-for travel ban. .. Read more HERE .
Congregation & Community News

Beginning Mon Jul 20, all our Zoom gatherings will use passwords (now known as passcodes). The CUUC passcode will be 468468 .
A Little Afternoon Music

"A Tempo with Adam," Live Piano Interludes, Mondays and Fridays, 3:00-3:30pm, Room ending 5149
Our Music Director, Adam Kent, will continue his twice-weekly live piano concerts through Labor Day, as a comfort in these challenging times.
Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Jul 23, 11:30am, Room 7899
We meet the second and fourth Thursday to discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. We are reading stories from Exhalation by Ted Chiang . Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair ( ).
Saving Split Rock

At the 2020 UUA General Assembly, UUs affirmed an “Action of Immediate Witness” (AIW) where we are called to “address 400 years of white supremacist colonialism” through solidarity with “all Indigenous peoples struggling to preserve their lands, waters, peoples, sacred sites, and sovereignty” (full text HERE ). At our “Juneteenth” worship service on Sun Jul 5, Petra Thombs shared a local action aligned to this AIW: the fundraiser to preserve Split Rock, a sacred site of the Ramapough Lenape Nation. You can learn more and donate HERE .
From the 1619 Project at CUUC

Video Conversation - "The 1619 Project: Historical Roots of the Pandemic's Racial Disparities"
Black Americans have experienced a vastly disproportionate death rate during the Covid-19 pandemic, magnifying persistent inequalities that remain an undeniable force in this country. A recent cover story in The New York Times Magazine addressed these tragic disparities and showed how they are connected to a history of systemic racism in the United States. This same history was explored in the magazine’s landmark "1619 Project" last summer. To hear a video conversation, featuring 1619 Project journalists, about how this country’s past has affected its present disparate health outcomes, click HERE.
From the Refugee Resettlement Team

Opportunities Wanted. We are helping three of our local refugees find employment. Two are looking for technician positions and the third, who has a college degree, is looking for an entry-level management job. Find brief summaries of their skills and interests HERE. If you or someone you know can help, please contact Robin Rocchi ( or Jane Dixon (
Reminder: Building Closed

For now, the CUUC building is closed and only those who have permission and a key may enter. People in the building must strictly follow these guidelines:

  1. Lock the front door behind you after you enter.
  2. Wear a mask when entering and while inside the building.
  3. Wipe clean door handles and surfaces you used (e.g., kitchen counters) before you leave.
  4. Make sure the front door is locked behind you when you leave. (We have found the door unlocked several times.) Thank you!
Newsletter cut off? Check the bottom of your email for a link to "read more" and click.
Living Our Mission
The Hunger & Homelessness team continues to live our mission to "engage in service" by preparing weekly meals for HOPE Community Services . Here is Scott Damashek with megafood at Restaurant Depot; Amy Swiss and family assembling sandwiches (with egg salad from Carole and Dinsa Mehta); Montessori Garden director Maria Langone and Tracy T also on sandwich patrol; mixed veggie trays from Creighton Cray and Julie Gans; the irrepressible Liz Laite doing cleanup; our guard dog mascot sculpted by Dinsa; Johanna Bauer and family with chili tray; and Steve Miller with a counter-full of roast chicken and mashed potatoes. Bright moment: when Ms. Maria was told we didn't have the budget to keep buying her cold cuts, she handed Steve $100 and told him to keep 'em coming. Want to volunteer? Contact Nicole Turygin ( ) or Steve Miller ( ) to learn what's needed.
Living Legacy Project
"Voting Rights: the Struggle Continues" Webinar Series, Tue Jul 28, 7:30pm, Register:
The Living Legacy Project offers a Voting Rights Webinar Series on the last Tuesday of every month through the election. This month we meet four young adult voting rights activists. Moderated by Reggie Harris (who will lead our CUUC worship on Sun Jul 19). Information and link to register 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 sent a copy, please contact the office: .
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Janet Giewat ( , 914-617-2137) or Nicky Klemens ( , 914-967-4419 ). O r you may contact the CUUC office ( ). To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers ( , 914-946-2026).
Share the Plate for July & August: Meals for HOPE Community Services
Founded in 1984, HOPE (Help Our People Eat) has grown from a local soup kitchen to one of the largest emergency food pantries in the region. The CUUC Hunger & Homelessness team continues to support HOPE with weekly deliveries of meal trays and lunch items prepared by our dedicated volunteers. Our collection will help pay for ingredients and supplies. Visit , click Donate, and select Share the Plate. Or mail checks made out to CUUC with the memo "Share the Plate - HOPE." 
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.

Beginning Mon Jul 20, all our Zoom gatherings will use passwords (now known as passcodes). The CUUC passcode will be 468468 .
This Week at CUUC

Visit on our website and click on an event for login info. 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 .

Friday, July 17 - 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, July 18 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)
Sunday, July 19 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller/Walkup (Rm 8944)

Monday, July 20 - 3:00pm " A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149) : Social Justice Coordinators (Rm 7899)
Tuesday, July 21 - 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In Freiberger (Rm 7899)

Wednesday, July 22 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Check-In (Rm 7899)
Thursday, July 23 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00p m CUUC Community Pandemic Check-In : R ev. Morra (Rm 8944 ); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Majsak (Joe's Zoom); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899)
Friday, July 24 - 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, July 25 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)
Sunday, July 26 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller/Walkup (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,