Church in the Age of
Social Distancing
This Sunday - In-Person and Live-Steamed (Go to

Join us in person if vaccinated and masked.
A Live Link for Sunday Worship will also be
on our Homepage -

Youth & Children's Activities are still on Zoom
Sunday Chapel & Learning Workshops - 9:30-11 am
Contact Jil Novenski -
See below for more information
Sunday Worship at 11

October 17
Ambitious and Necessary:
A New Vision for a New World

Rev. Peggy Clarke, Senior Minister

Stop by the Assembly Hall on Sunday
Free Books and Other CCNY "Souvenirs"
We are clearing out the bookstall and closets and cabinets! Come take a look. Take home a book or two...or favorite old sermon...or a cookie glasses... Also available - Art work by Kevin Maxwell and Virginia Asman - both long distance CCNY members and Gallery35 artists.

Gallery35 - Goodbye to the Gallery
After Fellowship time stop by the Gallery and view the "Farewell Graffiti" created by the Gallery35 artists as they said goodbye to their home gallery since 2004. Take a look at the online display too - artists-say-good-by-to-gallery35
Looking for past sermons? podcasts?
View them on our new YouTube channel:
Remember to SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel!
Now on our website too!
Do you prefer to read them? Selected sermons will be available soon

Join Us for Youth & Children's Chapel & Learning Workshops (on Zoom)
Sundays 9:30-11 am (Eastern)
Contact Jil for Zoom details.
Visit our Religious Education page for more information about Kids Connect and All-8 for teens.
Contact Jil Novenski,Director of Religious Education for Children & Youth -
New Offerings
Welcome to the 2021 – 2022 Church Year!

Art, Spirituality and Healing
with Rev. Chris Long

Although many of us had assumed by now much of the pandemic realities would be far behind us, and for some, life as normal would be in full swing. Alas, for any number of reasons, this is not yet the case. AND, in getting to know a few more of you over the last many months, art in all of its forms has and continues to be a source of great spiritual renewal and healing for any number of you.

With this in mind, for those of you who may have an hour to share in the middle of the day, let’s come together for an hour on Thursdays to check in, and share just how important art has and continues to be a source for continued healing for you!!

You are invited to join Rev Chris each Thursday from 12:00pm – 1:00pm to engage this form of spiritual practice continuing to enhance what IS possible, even now! 

Please feel free to email Rev Chris at with any questions, comments or additional ideas for programming to better meet your spiritual, religious or pastoral needs

Community Crafters
(3rd Tuesdays) Begins October 19, @ 7:00

Join Community Church's new crafts ministry!There are two initial group projects. If you knit or crochet, join us in making a hat or scarf to contribute to our collection of warm accessories for our Men's Shelter guests. We are also the new virtual home for the card-making group that Valerie Lynch started.

Community Crafters is open to all members and friends, whether you are interested in participating in one of our group projects, or just like the idea of getting together with other crafters to chat, show our latest works-in-progress, and trade tips. Contact Jody Leight for more information.
Bridge To Jordan Learning Seminar - Resuming

Thursday, October 21, 7-8 PM
Zoom -2126830009
Join our Intern Minister, Meagan Henry, for a recap session and to hear about plans for visiting Jordan in March, 2022.
Contact Meagan for more information.
Special Events
Gallery35 at Community
Our September/October Exhibit

The Last Picture Preparations are in progress for our new fall exhibit which will feature twenty-eight artists, past and current members of the collective, showing artwork as a tribute to Gallery35.
The Last Picture Show is Gallery35’s way of saying goodby to our space on 35th Street where we have been mounting exhibits since 2004! After showing our artwork online since the spring of 2020, we had planned this exhibit to be both a gallery re-opening—as well as a “last picture show” at our brownstone location. However, CCNY’s building redevelopment preparations have progressed more quickly than we thought and there was simply not enough time!
But the show(s) must go on! we invite you to “visit” The Last Picture Show at our virtual home—on our website—where our exhibits will continue to be presented. Gallery35 is adapting but not going away, as we excitedly anticipate our new future physical gallery!

Link here to view.

A Special NYC Event
NYC Public Library - 5th/42nd

From NY Post - "Hundreds of incredible treasures and curiosities — spanning over 4,000 years of history — will be open to the public at an upcoming exhibit at the New York Public Library’s iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Avenue."
Exhibit opened approximately Sept 24 -Free tickets available now - Link to article

Image by Predrag Kezic from Pixabay
Sent in by Martha and Joe Wagner

The Moral Pandemic: A Racial and Gender Equity Summit

Over three evenings, The Newark Museum of Art will bring you an exceptional group of moderators and panelists, addressing some of our country’s most critical issues.

Schedule: Each evening begins at 7pm on Zoom and concludes at 8:15pm. Tickets are free but you need to register for each evening - General info/speaker info//registration

October 26  Public Health as a Race Issue
October 27  The Urban Environment and its Impact on Black and Brown Communities
October 28  White Supremacy vs White Privilege: How do they Intersect?
Special Opportunities

The Soap Project

Polly Francini and Jody Leight invite you to join them in taking a simple action to provide a basic creature comfort to women imprisoned in New York.

With family contact restricted because of the pandemic, the women incarcerated at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility have no alternative to the caustic lye soap provided by the prison. The Interfaith Prison Project has a program that distributes gentler soaps to inmates, and it's easy to help. Just mail bars of soap to:

The Church House
Katonah Presbyterian Church
31 Bedford Road
Katonah, NY 10536

Soaps must be in their original individual wrappers, and cannot contain any alcohol. Brands that are accepted for donation include Ivory, Dove, Cetaphil, Lever, Olay, Irish Spring, and DIal. You can also order soap from Target or Amazon. Both will take soap orders, box, and ship directly to the address above.
Image by B_A from Pixabay ________________________
Share the Warmth

We're continuing our annual tradition of collecting new socks, gloves, and hats for our guests at our men's shelter, Helen and BJ's Place, and others in need. Watch the weekly announcements for dates and times to drop off donations or contact David Floyd to make arrangements.
Join Our Intern Ministers - 2nd Season Starting Soon
We're pleased to offer Rev'ing Up, a media ministry from Community Church of New York. This show is a container to explore the intersectionalities of life, ministry, and professional clergy formation from the perspective of Unitarian-Universalist intern ministers. We are in community with you, our listeners. We invite you to view our first season. Contact us at

Listen to the YouTube conversations with our intern ministers Carrie and Meagan - Click here and remember to subscribe!

Calendar for this Week (and Upcoming)

Please join us for our offerings! Everyone is invited!
Meeting ID 2126834988
Passcode 10016
(unless otherwise noted)
Call in by phone, call: 1-929-436-2866
Use the same Meeting ID and Password


Worship - In-Person and Live-Streamed @ 11 am
Go to website for Live-Stream -
Fellowship Hour follows the service.
For on-line Fellowship time after worship - Zoom - 2126834988 / Passcode 10016

Youth & Children's Chapel Learning Workshops - 9:30-11:00 am
Register here - Contact Jil Novenski for more information.

Young Adult Group
Whether a member, friend or just visiting - you are invited to check out the group!
Next Sunday Gathering - TBA
Contact Erol Delos Santos for information & Meeting ID for sessions.


Poetry Circle @3:15- 2nd Mondays
Nest session- Nov 8
Bring poems to share, everyone is welcome.

All 8 - Online Teen Photography Workshop @ 6-7:30 pm
10 week program - Registration required

Elder Matters Chat @7:00
This is a supportive space to be with members and friends discussing age related concerns. Hosted by Esther Rosado

Young Adult Group
Whether a member, friend or just visiting - you are invited to check out the group!
Next Monday Gathering TBA
Contact Erol Delos Santos for information & Meeting ID for sessions.


Breathing Exercises and Guided Meditation with Nafisa @ 6:00
We will begin with a short 10-minute check-in and then proceed with exercises that focus your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. Join us as we set aside this designated time to reduce stress and increase calm in our day. We will end with a short-guided meditation. Total time is 30 minutes.

Community Crafters - (3rd Tuesdays) begins October 19, @ 7:00
Contact Jody Leight for more information.


Watch for upcoming offerings


Art, Spirituality and Healing with Rev. Chris Long @12 noon

Art with Ellen @ 2:00
Next sessions - Oct 21
For non-artists and artist alike. See things in different ways. Have paper and pencil, markers, crayons, watercolors or charcoal handy. Have fun and be inspired!

La Hora del Café-Spanish Language Appreciation @ 7:00

Kids Connect (grades K-8) @ 7:00-8:00 - 3rd Thursdays
Register here


Evening Centering with Janice Marie @ 8:00


Anti-Racism Action Group: Building a Just Community
Saturdays @ 12:00
Contact Valerie Lynch if more information is needed.


Questions? Suggestions? Contact Valerie Lynch, Community Coordinator, at 212-683-4988, ext 126 or
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Making Donations to Community Church

Electronic Contributions:
* Set up a payment with your bank for one-time gift or automatic payments
* Text Giving - Text ccuugive to 73256. Follow the prompts.
* On-Line Giving from website- Link here - Everyone is welcome to use this feature. Questions? Contact Valerie Lynch, Community Coordinator, at 212-683-4988 or

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Send checks to:
The Community Church of NY UU
40 E 35th St,
New York, NY 10016
If you are making a donation to a specific fund, please note it on the memo line.

Donate to Community Church while Shopping:
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Special COVID-19 Message - Do You Need Help?
The New Leaf Fund is closed. We collected nearly $10,000 to help our members during this dramatic economic downturn. If you need help, please contact Rev. Peggy or Rev. Chris to access this fund. And, thank you to everyone who helped generate such a large net for our community to fall back on.
Thank you!

Thank you for being a part of The Community Church of New York UU. Please call or email us for additional information about any of our Worship Services or activities.

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Yours in Community,

Valerie Lynch
Community Coordinator
The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist
40 East 35th Street
New York, NY 10016