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: Exercise. A spiritual practice is any regular, intentional activity that serves to significantly deepen the quality and content of your relationship with the miracle of life. For me, running is a spiritual practice that connects me in deep, satisfying, and enriching ways with myself, other people, my world, and...READ MORE
From the Minister. The joint Earth Day service that brought all five Westchester UU Congregations together in our sanctuary was wonderful! I expected that it would be a great service. I have to admit, though, that it took more work to organize and plan than I expected. I was all, like, "What could possibly go wrong?"...READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education  The Variety Show is a unique event at CUUC. It combines social justice, entertainment, socialization, food, and music into one spectacular multi-generational gala. We raise money for an important cause (The New American Children's Cultural Enrichment Fund), while having a great time watching friends of all ages perform their special talent. There is a scrumptious bake sale and a great raffle (tickets sold the next two Sundays)...READ MORE & RE NEWS
From the Ministerial Intern  A Community of Love, Hope and Memory - During my twenties, when I was not attending a church, Sunday mornings were usually devoted to a close, hours-long read of the Sunday New York Times. Lest you think taking in "All the News That's Fit to Print" was anything but uplifting, not fitting for a sabbath, or a poor substitute for gathering with others in a place of worship, let me explain... READ MORE
From the Music Director  It's difficult to think of music in the framework of "truthful" and "untruthful", but Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana inhabits a world of illusions and deceptions. The eight pieces are subtitled "Fantasies" and rarely has music seemed more "fantastic"... The CUUC Choir is also on hand with inspirational fare, including Harold Alren's tribute to the illusory world just "over the rainbow"... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue May 1st find me at Red Mango in Larchmont
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE. See especially recommended passages HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Apr 29, 10:00am 
Rev. Meredith Garmon
The parable of the blind folk and the elephant teaches us to recognize the limitations and particularities of our perspective. But the problem may be deeper. Maybe there is no elephant. 
Sun May 6, 10:00am 
Flower Service 
Our flower celebration for all ages affirms that we are better and more beautiful together. Bring a flower to share! 
In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for the Facebook video of our Apr 22 Earth Day service, featuring words and music from all five Westchester UU congregations.

For video of a number of past sermons on our Youtube channel, CLICK HERE.
Music Committee Meeting

Music Committee meeting, Sunday, 11:30, room 41
We invite everyone who cares about our worship music, musicians, and concert series to attend. Contact: Janet Bear (  
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:
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.
Notice of Congregational Meeting          

Special Congregational Meeting and Vote this Sunday, Apr 29, after Worship, in the Sanctuary 
Will we have a special congregational meeting and vote on three motions coming from our social justice teams:
  1. From the Economic Social Justice team, a motion that CUUC take a position regarding Escalating Economic Inequity in the United States. The proposed position is HERE. Printouts (on green paper) are available now outside the Sanctuary. A summary is HERE.
  2. From the Women's Social Justice Team, a motion that CUUC take a position in support for a woman's right to contraception. See the motion HERE
  3. From our LGBTQIA Social Justice Team, a motion to approve our congregation's renewal of our Welcoming Congregation certification. Learn more HERE.
The congregational vote will be a paper vote. We urge all Members to join us for this important meeting immediately after the service.
Right to Contraception Statement
The Women's Social Justice Team invites you to join them in approving a statement of support for a woman's right to contraceptives, a right increasingly at risk in today's political climate. The team approved a version of the statement in the fall, and hope you will consider and approve their motion this coming Sunday. Read the statement HERE.

Community Socials

CUUC Community Socials, Sun Apr 29, 4:00pm
These CUUC folks are graciously opening their doors to our community so we can gather and get to know one another better. Choose a location, RSVP to the host, bring a snack to share, and have fun! Contact: Jane Dixon ( Please note these houses are not wheelchair accessible.
  • Julie Gans & Creighton Cray, 5 Talcott Rd, Rye Brook,, 914-937-7899
  • Laura & Alex Sehdeva, 57 Old Country Rd, New Rochelle,, 917-755-3502
  • Cindy Davidson, 137 Beverly Rd, White Plains,, 781-710-1640
Day in Place

Sat May 5, Sunrise to Sunset, CUUC
Join the PlaceKeepers in caring for the CUUC grounds, our spiritual home. At Sunrise the Spirit fire is lit. Potluck lunch at 12:30pm. Come any time throughout the day for a chat, a stroll through our grounds, or to work the land. Among our tasks is irrigating the Memorial Garden so we can nurture the plants and shrubs generously donated to us by Sandra Blum in memory of her husband, Donald, and sister-in-law Betty Landauer.

CUUC Choral Concert

"CUUC in Song!" Sun May 6, 12:30pm, Sanctuary
Join us for a concert of joyful vocal music. Mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna sings 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 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
Come one, come all to our 6th annual evening of fun and fundraising! Members, friends, family, and relatives - all are welcome. Enjoy performances (kids AND adults), bake sale, and much more! Sign up in the RE lobby. If you are soliciting raffle donations from local businesses, a letter explaining the show and CUUC can be found HERE .)
Raffle tickets on sale Sunday. Contact: Liz Suvanto (
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 be familiar with our members, to facilitate the nomination process. The Committee can also sponsor leadership development activities for the Congregation. If you are interested or wish to recommend someone, please contact Board Chair Dean Silverberg (, 212-351-4642).
The deadline for nominations is Sun May 6 . 
From Animal Advocacy   
"Predators in the Landscape," Thu May 24, 7:00pm, Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr, Croton
Find out how larger predators interact with changing landscapes. Join Animal Advocacy team members at CUUC to carpool, grab a quick diner dinner, and attend this free Saw Mill River Audubon presentation. Learn more HERE. Contact: Joe Majsak ( Another fun outing!
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,

Thu Apr 26 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality
Fri Apr 27 - 6:30pm CUUC Bingo Night
Sat Apr 28 - 10:00am Zen; 11:00am Memorial for Elizabeth Landauer 
Sun Apr 29 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversation; 11:30am Community Chat; 11:30am Music Committee; 11:40am Congregation Meeting and Vote; 2:00pm Rental: UNA-USA Westchester Chapter Annual Meeting; 4:00pm Community Socials
Mon Apr 30 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue May 1 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed May 2 - 7:30pm Program Council
Thu May 3 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 7:30pm Capital Campaign
Fri May 4 - 5:00pm Rental: WCSPP Scientific Meeting
Sat May 5 - Day in Place; 10:00am Zen; 10:00am Environmental Practices Group; 11:00am Choir concert dress rehearsal; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sun May 6 - 8:15am RE Council; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Animal Advocacy SJT meeting; 9:00am Hunger & Homelessness; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Pancake Brunch; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering; 12:30pm Choir Spring Concert

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. One afternoon, after the Tallspruce group hiked over to Lowridge for berries, Black Bear said to Raven, "This is my last get-together before I retire for the winter. There is something I want to ask. I dream a lot when I'm hibernating. Do Zen masters dream?" Raven said,...READ MORE...
Info on Saturday Zen practice at CUUC: HERE
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