Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for last Sunday's "Daring Democracy" sermon.

Our YouTube channel has video of a number of past sermons: CLICK HERE.
Practice of the Week: Let Go and Have Faith. For one week try letting go of something that you normally spend energy "shoulding" about or otherwise trying to control. Just let go of worrying and meddling with it. Have faith that it will turn out OK (even if it isn't what you would have thought you'd want).  READ MORE
From the Minister
Hope is reborn every time I step into our building and see you, the members and friends of CUUC, creating, deliberating, deciding, learning, building, growing together. The democratic traditions and customs that you keep alive at our congregation, week after week, may have ebbed in our country in recent decades, but by keeping them strong at CUUC you... READ MORE
The theme of the month for April is faith and it begins this Sunday on April Fool's Day. Many UUs find faith to be foolish, when it is described as blindly following. However, the term contains so much more meaning than that, in a UU context. Paul Tillich, in his book Dynamics of Faith, defines faith as "the state of being ultimately concerned." It is an orientation toward...READ MORE & RE NEWS 
Easter Sunday music at CUUC opens with works from religious and secular traditions by J. S. Bach, who saw all artistic creativity as an expression of the divine. he CUUC Choir is also on hand with a Pete Seeger classic and a festive salute to the holiday... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Apr 3 find me at Barnes and Noble Cafe, Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Road, Scarsdale, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • See the current version of the Statement of Conscience, "Escalating Economic Inequity" with the amendments supported so far HERE. See the original SOC HERE. (This version does not reflect the supported amendments.) You can add a comment to the post HERE to propose an amendment.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Apr 1, 10:00am 
Easter: the True Fool
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
As Easter coincides with April Fool's day, we'll look at how the wisdom of the fool helps us rise again.

Sun Apr 8, 10:00am 
Rev. Meredith Garmon and Perry Montrose
A special service utilizing parts of our Hagaddah, integrated with song and reflection.
Let's Journey Together
2018 Annual Giving Campaign 
Your contributions power CUUC's activities both inside our congregation and out in the wider world. Please do all you can to continue funding our work and our aspirations. Please return your pledge forms quickly, or pledge online at Contact: Barry Litcofsky (  
Young Adult Gatherings
Young Adult Gatherings, Sun April 1, 11:45, Room 43
All young adults interested in meeting one another and engaging on issues and interests are invited to participate. Contact: Cindy Davidson (, 781-710-1640) or Perry Montrose (
Cooperative Coffee Hour 

Cooperative Coffee Hour, Sun Apr 1
Easter and Passover are times for sharing special foods. We invite you to bring along a goodie to help fill our table for this Sunday's Cooperative Coffee Hour. Then pitch in to help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!   
Transgender Day of Visibility
Transgender Day of Visibility, Sat Mar 31 
Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) is a time to show support for the trans community and celebrate the achievements of trans people. #TransThriving. Tony Arrien of the LGBTQIA Social Justice Team produced a great Public Service Announcement featuring himself, Joann Prinzivalli, and Elias VanDette. Check it out HERE!  
From the Environmental Practices Group
Call for Passover Helpers
Worship Service & Passover Meal, Sun Apr 8
We need your help cooking and preparing for our Passover meal after the worship service, and we invite you to participate in the service as well. Sign up for tasks HERE. 
CUUC Cookbook Fundraiser

Share your favorite recipe and support the recipient of our RE Variety Show fundraiser! Submit your recipe along with a little story and a photo, and we'll create a CUUC cookbook to sell at our May 12 Variety Show. See details HERE. Send recipes to Irene Cox ( and Erin Foster ( Please submit by Sat Apr 7
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team    

Appliance & Sports/Games Collection, through Sun Apr 8
We are collecting lamps and small home appliances for Furniture Sharehouse, and sports equipment and games for Coachman Family Center. See our flyer HERE. Bring items in on Sundays, or leave in room 44 during the week. Contact: Scott Damashek ( for furniture. Contact: Ray Messing ( for sports equipment & games
Faith Development Friday 

Save the Date: Faith Development Friday - Fri Apr 13, 6:15pm Pizza dinner, 7:00pm Programs  This month our night of lifespan religious education and community building will meet on the second Fri instead of the third. Mark your calendar! 
Bingo Party!         

Bingo Night, Fri Apr 27, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Save the date for a night of pizza and community fun! And help us out by donating a gift to our collection of prizes. All ages welcome! $5/adult; $3/child; $15/family max. RSVP:
From the Racial Justice Team  

UUA Call for Personal Testimony
The UUA's Commission on Institutional Change requests personal stories about how racism has affected individuals and groups within Unitarian Universalism at the personal and institutional levels. It is documenting incidents between individuals, within congregations, or as a result of white-centeredness within the greater UU culture. More info HERE.
Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Afghan family we are sponsoring is settling into their new life here and the children have begun signing up for activities. That means we will be needing more drivers for spring and summer. To join our volunteers, contact Paula Meighan ( 
March for Our Lives

Sat Mar 24 was a day full of hope for the future. Many thanks to the 35 (or more) people from CUUC, plus 7 UUs from the Hastings and Mt. Kisco congregations who marched with us. Two people from All Souls UU in NYC saw our poster and joined us, and I was stopped by a UU from Indiana who took a picture with our poster to put on her Facebook page. Thousands of people attended in White Plains and it felt good to be part of this historic event! ~ Mary Cavallero, CUUC Social Justice Coordinating team
In the Community
Local Social Action Opportunities
HERE for a listing of upcoming social action events in our area. Check the final page for the listing of resources from last week's "Daring Democracy" sermon.

Holocaust Remembrance, Sat Apr 7, 2:30 PM, CUUC
Presented by the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism. All are welcome.

"Inside Iran," talk with Medea Benjamin, Fri Apr 13, 7:00 pm, FUSW, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
The threat of war involving the U.S. and Iran, and possibly more nations, has increased with President Trump's appointment of John Bolton as National Security Advisor and Michael Pompeo as Secretary of State, according to noted human rights activist Medea Benjamin, author of the forthcoming book Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ms. Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK/Divest from the War Machine, has been awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation's Peace Prize; the Gandhi Peace Award; and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation.   
Share the Plate for April: Murray Grove
This month we share half our non-pledge collection with Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, the only Unitarian Universalist conference center in the Metro area and the site traditionally considered to be where Universalism in America began. Among the many camps, trainings, retreats, and workshops offered is the program our Coming of Age classes attend as part of their journey to creating a statement of faith.      
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Gail McLeod (914 235-8212) or her backup Liz Laite (914-366-4211, 
This Week at CUUC

The full calendar can be found HERE. Room numbers subject to change; please check the board on Sunday morning. To reserve a room, contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,

Sat Mar 31 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: WCOB
Sun Apr 1 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering;
Mon Apr 2 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 7:30pm Internship Committee
Tue Apr 3 - 3:00pm Minister's Coffee Chat; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed, Apr 4 - 7:30pm Program Council
Thu Apr 5 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Apr 7 - 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 2:00pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Apr 8 - 9:00am Environmental Practices; 9:00am  LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Passover Meal; 12:30pm Racial Justice/ITSOT   

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Lifespan Religious Ed. & Faith Development: Perry Montrose,, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra,, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner,
Ministerial Intern: Cindy Davidson,, 781-710-1640
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis,
Music Director: Adam Kent,, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer,
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker,, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson,, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg,, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Karen Dreher,, 914-235-7845
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Pamela Cucinell,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
Quick Links

On The Journey (current and past issues)
Social Justice Teams
Practice of the Week (current and all past)
The Quarterly Communitarian
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Our Black Lives Matter Resolution
Your Moment of Zen
Black Bear came to see Raven one morning and said, "I have this persistent pain under my right shoulder blade. Shall I try sitting through it?" Raven asked, "Have you tried sitting through it?" Black Bear said, "It just gets worse." Raven said, "Maybe you should elevate your seat a little. Try sitting on.... READ MORE
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