Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Apr issue of On the Journey: Faith -- CLICK HERE
Practice of the Week: Ecospiritual #5: Cogs in the Machine. Too many negative headlines about the environment can cause people to disengage from the debate altogether, believing that it is entirely beyond our control and influence. However, despite the risk of disengagement on the part of some, the ... READ MORE
From the Minister. We have an extra-special Earth Day service on Apr 22. It's a joint service bringing together at CUUC all five of the Westchester UU congregations (Hastings, Croton, Mt. Kisco, Mohegan Lake, and us!) All five ministers will have roles, and a combined choir will sing. I'm very excited! READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education  What could be more appropriate during the month of faith at CUUC than attending Faith Development Friday? Last month's gathering had 40 attendees, as Rev. Meredith facilitated the third session of Faith Like a River and our Family Journey Group continued. The Unitarian Universalist concept of faith is an ongoing action of discernment and discovery, in which knowledge and questioning add to the strength of our personal...READ MORE & RE NEWS
From the Music Director  Solo piano works by female composers are featured in the morning's Centering Music and Offertory, in an attempt to give voice to the creativity of artists frequently overshadowed by their male colleagues and family members. Many of Fanny Mendelssohn's works were originally published under her brother Felix's name, and Clara Wieck... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Apr 17 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.)
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE. See especially recommended passages HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Apr 15, 10:00am 
"Faith in Hashtags"   
Cindy Davidson, Ministerial Intern 
When #MeToo and #TimesUp leads to #ChurchToo and #SilenceIsNotSpiritual, what are we to do? How do we move from hashtags to healing ourselves and our communities?

Sun Apr 22, 10:30am 
Combined Westchester UU Worship at CUUC
"Shared Earth, Shared Faith" 
All five Westchester UU congregations will gather here to share a worship service on Earth Day. Note the 10:30 am start time. More details below.
In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for the reflection from last Sunday's Passover Seder service.

For video of a number of past sermons on our Youtube channel, CLICK HERE.
All-County UU Worship at CUUC 

"Shared Earth, Shared Faith," Westchester All-County UU Worship, Sun Apr 22, 10:30am, CUUC
All five Westchester UU congregations will worship together here on Earth Day in a service that includes ministers and musicians from each congregation. We will share our beautiful space with our neighbors as we gain a sense of our larger community and shared faith. We will also get a chance to know one another better!
  • Please note the 10:30am start time
  • Please carpool if possible.
  • Bring a treat for our Cooperative Coffee Hour table
  • Please volunteer to help as you can. Contact Adine Usher (, Paula Meighan (, or Chris Kortlandt (
UUA Common Read Book Discussion          

Wisdom Reading Group, Sun Apr 22, 12:00pm, 41
After the all-county worship, we will gather for an important discussion of Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, experiences of religious professionals of color in Unitarian Universalism. We encourage you to purchase and read the book in advance, and especially the passages you will find HERE. Facilitated by Chandeerah Davis, our Youth Program Coordinator and Jeff Tomlinson of the Racial Justice Team. Copies are available at coffee hour.
Faith Development Friday 

Faith Development Friday - Fri Apr 13, 6:15pm Pizza dinner, 7:00pm Programs  Our monthly night of lifespan religious education and community building. Join us! You may join the Faith Like a River program remotely via Zoom video conferencing at 
Memorial Service for Elizabeth Landauer

Sat Apr 28, 11:00am, Sanctuary  
We will honor and celebrate the life of our much loved longtime member Betty Landauer, who died on February 15 at 100 years of age. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to donate to your favorite charity or to CUUC.
Nominating Committee Members Wanted

The Board of Trustees is seeking two members of the Congregation to serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee for a three-year term beginning this June. The role of the Committee is to select candidates, from among the members of the Congregation, for vacancies on the Board of Trustees, including the offices of Secretary and Treasurer. Nominees should have a familiarity with members of this Congregation to aid in the nomination process. The Committee also has the authority to sponsor leadership development activities for the Congregation. If you are interested or would like to recommend someone (with their approval), please contact Board Chair Dean Silverberg (, 212-351-4642).
The deadline for nominations is Sun May 6 . 
Hosts Needed!           

CUUC Community Socials, Sun Apr 29, 4:00pm
We are looking for several people to host our afternoon gatherings where nearby CUUC folks can meet simply to get to know one another better. Hosts provide their home from 4:00 to 6:00pm, guests bring the edibles. Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
Special 37th District Election Tue Apr 24     

Candidates Forum, Thu Apr 19, 3:00pm, The Osborn, Sterling Auditorium, 101 Theall Rd, Rye
A special election will be held Tue Apr 4 for the NYS 37th Senatorial District to fill the seat vacated by George Latimer. The outcome could determine whether Democrats gain control of the NYS Senate. You can meet the candidates, Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer (D) and former Rye Councilwoman Julia P. Killian (R), at a Candidates Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Westchester (and moderated by CUUC's Karen Schatzel). Not sure if you live in the 37th District? Enter your address HERE to find out. 
Bingo Party!         

Bingo Night, Fri Apr 27, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
A night of pizza and community fun! Help us out by donating a gift to our collection of prizes. All ages welcome! $5/adult; $3/child; $15/family max. RSVP:
CUUC Choral Concert

"CUUC in Song!", Sun May 6, 12:30pm, Sanctuary
Following the Pancake Brunch, join us for a concert of joyful music. Mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna sings sultry Spanish and Latin-American favorites accompanied by Adam Kent. The CUUC Choir, directed by Lisa N. Meyer and accompanied by Georgianna Pappas, performs music of Harold Arlen, featuring favorites like Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Stormy Weather, and Get Happy. Suggested Donation $20; Students/Seniors $10; Children 13 & Under $5; Max Family $45. Tickets available online at and discount tickets available at CUUC during coffee hour. Free childcare available with advance reservation.
Variety Show FUN-draiser! 
CUUC's Variety Show, Sat May 12, 5:00pm, Sanctuary
Performances (kids AND adults)! Bake Sale! And much more! Sign up in the RE lobby to participate in our fantastic FUNdraising event. Contact: Liz Suvanto (

Food Scrap Recycling Tour 

On Wed Apr 4, the CUUC Environmental Practices Group arranged a tour of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency. An intrepid group of 11 braved wet chilly weather to learn more about food scrap composting, a cause the team will be pursuing further. Thanks to Joe Majsak for organizing!  
Our Faith Family

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley, MA, has invited Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason to be their candidate for Settled Minister! Congratulations all around! Click HERE to visit Rev. Mason's website. Click HERE to read a letter of introduction from UU Wellesley's Search Committee.
In the Community
Local Social Action Opportunities
HERE for a listing of upcoming social action events in our area.

"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 has increased under the current administration 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 is co-founder of CODEPINK/Divest from the War Machine.

"Let's Play," Sun Apr 15, 1:00-3:00pm, Ethical Culture Society, White Plains
Children -- and adults -- of all ages are invited to an afternoon of classic street games and activities. Free. ECSW is a participant in the Council for New Americans, and we'd love to meet all the refugee families that have recently settled in the county. Contact: Sabine Salandy, director of education ( ). Flyer HERE.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester meeting, Mon Apr 16, 7pm, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. We meet the third Monday of the month. Learn more HERE . and on Facebook HERE . Contact: , (914) 295-2527.   
Westchester LGBTQ Online Survey

Are you LGBTQ? Do you live in Westchester and are age 16 and older? If so, participate in a 15-minute survey about your experiences and needs. The LOFT: LGBT Community Center has joined with other local social service organizations to collect data to improve lives of LGBTQ+ people in our county. Take the survey HERE . 
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.      
Our Cooperative Coffee Hour on Sun Apr 1 was made especially festive by the beautiful spring flower arrangements and Easter decorations created and provided by Claire Flower . The many willing hands -- veterans and newcomers alike -- made serving and cleanup somehow just "happen." It was a true testament to our community of helpers and artists. Many thanks!
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,

Fri Apr 13 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson; 6:15pm Faith Development Friday
Sat Apr 14 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental
Sun Apr 15 - 9:00am Animal Advocacy; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Common Read Book Discussion; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 11:40am Gun Safety Meeting
Mon Apr 16 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:30pm Journey Group - A. Rocchi; 8:00pm
Finance Committee; 8:15pm RE Council;
Tue Apr 17 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm  Choir Rehearsal
Wed Apr 18 - 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu Apr 19 - 7:00pm Caring & Sharing; 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri Apr 20 - 6:00pm Metro Dist Youth Con
Sat Apr 21 - 7:00am Metro Youth Con; 10:00am Zen
Sun Apr 22 - 8:00am Metro Youth Con ends; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am
Nursery Care; 10:00am All-County Worship; 12:00pm Meal Prep for HOPE;
12:00pm Common Read Book Discussion 

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. Porcupine came by one day looking troubled. Raven called down to her from the tall spruce. "What's up, Porcupine?" Porcupine said, "I'm hearing rumors from my old friends that Coyote Roshi is violating even ordinary morality." Raven flew down to her side and said, "She has this urge to...READ MORE
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