FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER
The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, October 11
Living Into Our Promise
Rev. Kristina Church, Minister
10:30am

or call 646-558-8656, Meeting ID 600 398 863
Passcode: 230809
Find the order of service HERE

You are welcome to log in early to greet one another. Gathering Music begins 10:25am.
To protect ourselves and our neighbors, we are holding gatherings and Sunday services online. Check our website at fusw.org and our Facebook page to find information and updates during this time.
Upcoming Events



  • Wednesday, October 14, 12:00pm, Weekly Virtual Lunch with Rev. Kristina Church ~ To join, click HERE.

Upcoming Worship

  • Sunday, October 18, 10:30am “Creative Coping: How the Dark Highlights the Light ~ Roy Program Group

  • Sunday, October 25, 10:30am “A Ground as Broad as Space: The Heresy of Abner Kneeland ~ Rev. Kristina Church, Minister
Let's honor the 250th anniversary of Universalism in the United States by remembering one of its most colorful characters! Abner Kneeland's unusual ideas and bold writings landed him in hot water more than once. Just how far did a minister have to go to be too radical for Universalism? How do his shocking theological and political notions fit into our religious movement today?
Message from the Minister

Hi everyone, and welcome to our first full week of October. I hope you are all continuing to stay well and safe, and to take good care of yourselves right now. Please recognize that all of us are under a good deal of stress and, if you can, I hope you'll find ways to ground and nurture yourself. Take a walk, call a friend, turn off the 24/7 news cycle if possible. Please know that all of you are in my heart.

This weekend, your Board and I will be meeting (by Zoom, of course) with Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer, our Congregational Life Representative from the Unitarian Universalist Association, for a Ministerial Startup workshop. The purpose of this workshop is for ministers and congregations who are new to one another to learn more about each other's needs, gifts, and expectations. This process assists us in continuing to embark well on this voyage of shared ministry that we've already begun!

This Sunday's service, "Living into Our Promise," will encompass some of the themes that we touch on during the Startup workshop, and I'll be excited to share some of those insights with the whole congregation. I hope you can join us at 10:30am this Sunday!

See you soon,
Rev. Kristina
2020-2021 Program Groups

Our updated program group lists are now posted on the Members page of our website. We have made some changes since last year, so please check carefully for your name. Program Group leaders will be reaching out to you soon. If you have questions, contact Betsy Kates (bkates42@verizon.net). If you need the password to the members page, contact Rina Schunk (admin@fusw.org).
A Second Look

At the service on Sunday October 4, Michael Carman read a poem she wrote for her daughter’s longtime boyfriend, who survived COVID after a terrible 4-month ordeal. If you missed it, or would like to read it again, click HERE.
Share the Plate Re-imagined

The Board needs your help in renewing our commitment to our Social Justice actions and our Share the Plate support. We will be highlighting one organization or justice initiative each month in the coming year, and invite you to submit nominations to the Board. The organization must be one that you support with your passion, time, and talent, as well as your dollars. It must have an impact locally, even if it is a national organization, and it must be a registered 501(c)(3). We see this as a way to encourage others to join us in something we think is worthwhile, a way to support each other’s interests, and a way to increase our visibility in the wider community. We anticipate having you or a representative from the organization speak briefly during a service in the month when that organization is highlighted. Contact Susan Greenberg (fuswtreasurer@gmail.com) with your suggestions.
Whatcha Doing?

Take a look at the many ways our faith community is supporting social justice initiatives. Reach out to our contacts to lend your hand!

Black Lives Matter - Vigil at 6:00pm every Monday, corner of Odell and Warburton, Yonkers. Join Pedro Maymi, Michael Carman, George McAnanama, and Sue McAnanama (masks and social distancing required). Contact Sue McAnanama (suemcanama@gmail.com).

Bread for the People - Deliver day old bread from Stop & Shop in Dobbs Ferry to the Yonkers YWCA. Contact George McAnanama (gmcvet4p@gmail.com).

Midnight Run - Volunteers distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to our neighbors in NYC who are homeless. Contact Art Lowenstein (arthur.lowenstein@gmail.com).

UU the Vote - See the latest call to action from the UUA, and join the work to encourage turnout and fight voter suppression: uuthevote.org.
Race Conversations

Race Talk with Lane & Eugene, Wednesdays, 12:00pm
Rev. Lane Cobb, who was our guest worship leader on Sun Oct 4, invites all to join the weekly online series she co-hosts for respectful, courageous, loving conversations on healing race relations. Your voice matters! Register HERE
Outdoor Opportunities

Although our building remains closed, FUSW committees and small groups may meet outdoors on our grounds with prior approval from the Board. For a list of the guidelines and for Board approval, contact Denise Woodin (dcw2@optonline.net) at least 3 days before your scheduled meeting.
FUSW Contacts & Information

Questions or Concerns about FUSW?
Feel free to reach out to any member of our Board of Trustees for information. Find current Board members at fusw.org/board-of-trustees (place cursor over picture, then right-mouse click to copy email).

Scheduling Online Meetings
To schedule a Zoom online meeting for your committee or program group, contact Rina Schunk (admin@fusw.org) with the purpose, date, and time you need, as well as any information you want included in the Scoop. Rina will check availability, schedule the calendar, and send you the invitation link.
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