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: Notice You're All Right Right Now. Look again at the thin slice of time that is the present. In this moment: Are you basically okay? In daily life, it's possible to access this fundamental sense of all-rightness even while getting things done. You're not ignoring real threats or issues, or pretending  READ MORE
From the Minister. Within our relationships as Unitarian Universalists, we can come to spiritual depth and wisdom. We mutually agree to strive for authenticity amidst mutual respect and care. We share not a belief, but an attitude, a faith that life is good, that justice is attainable, that caring redeems us, and that joy is one another's company. READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education. After finding the hidden afikomen (Passover matzoh) on Fri, doing an Easter egg hunt at my wife Barbara's workplace on Sat, and joining the CUUC Easter egg hunt on Sun, our daughter Nora arrived at Aunt Donna's house Sun night to find an Easter basket prepared with goodies and blurted out, "Oh no! Not again." You... READ MORE & RE NEWS
From the Music Director. Passover, which commemorates the Jewish exodus from slavery in Egypt, has engendered a wealth of traditional, liturgical, and programmatic music, examples of which are featured in this morning's musical selections. In addition, the theme of liberation has resonated with oppressed peoples ever since Old Testament times...READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Apr 10 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 8, 10:00am 
Passover  
Rev. Meredith Garmon and Perry Montrose
Learn about and celebrate Passover, the important holiday about freedom, through a service that will contain Passover Seder elements and seat us all at tables in the sanctuary. The meal will follow the service in the sanctuary.

 
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?  
In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for last Sunday's "An April Fool's Easter" sermon.

For video of a number of past sermons on our Youtube channel, CLICK HERE.
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.
Call for Passover Helpers
 
Passover Meal Preparation, Sat Apr 7, 9:00 - 2:00pm
Passover Meal Serving/Cleanup, Sun Apr 8  
If you would like to help with the Passover cooking on Sat or the serving and cleanup on Sun, please email Perry Montrose (dlre@cucwp.org).  
Hymnal Carts - New!
 
Beginning Sun Apr 8, hymnals will be available on carts instead of under chairs. Congregants are asked to pick up a gray and teal hymnal when they arrive and return the hymnals to the cart as they leave. The ushers are happy to assist anyone with questions. (Some hymnals will still be kept under chairs in the Fireside Area.)  We hope this change will make it easier for everyone!  
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 the home from 4:00 to 6:00pm, guests bring the edibles. Contact: Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). 
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 cucwp.org/giving. Contact: Barry Litcofsky (barry.litcofsky@gmail.com).  
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 (irene.cox@gmail.com) and Erin Foster (eefoster@aol.com). 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 (scottdamashek@gmail.com) for furniture. Contact: Ray Messing (raymessing@gmail.com) for sports equipment & games
Faith Development Friday 
    

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! 
Shared Earth, Shared Faith

All-County UU Worship, Sun Apr 22, 10:30am, CUUC
The five Westchester UU congregations will gather here to share a worship service on Earth Day that will include ministers and musicians from both our congregation and our UU neighbors. This service will allow us to share our beautiful space and will give us a larger sense of our community and shared faith. It also lets us get to know one another better!
  • Please note the 10:30am start time.
  • Please carpool if possible.
  • Please volunteer to help as you can. Contact Adine Usher (adinevictoriaray@gmail.com), Paula Meighan (paula.meighan74@gmail.com), or Chris Kortlandt (kortlandtbunch@gmail.com).
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team          

Meal Prep for HOPE, Sun Apr 22, 12:00pm, Kitchen
After the all-county service, we invite you to help us prepare a hot meal for 120 people at the HOPE Community Services soup kitchen. An easy way to make a difference! Contact: John Schwam (jgschwam@gmail.com).
UUA Common Read Book Discussion          

Wisdom Reading Group, Sun Apr 22, 12:00pm, 41
After the all-county worship, we will gather to discuss the UUA Common Read book Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, a collection of essays describing the experiences of religious professionals of color in Unitarian Universalism. The UUA is urging congregations to read Centering as an act of faithful engagement with religious professionals of color at a time when reflection and conversation are needed. Facilitated by Chandeerah Davis, our Youth Program Coordinator and Jeff Tomlinson of the Racial Justice Team. You may purchase a copy at coffee hour.
Bingo Party!         

Bingo Night, Fri Apr 27, 6:30pm, Fellowship Hall
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: cuucevents@gmail.com.
 
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 (paula.meighan74@gmail.com). 
In the Community
 
Local Social Action Opportunities
Click
HERE for a listing of upcoming social action events in our area. Check the final page for a listing of resources from the Sun Mar 25 "Daring Democracy" sermon.

Holocaust Remembrance Service, Sat Apr 7, 2:30 PM, CUUC
Presented by the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism. Reb Aliza Erber will speak about her and her family's life in hiding and in the Dutch resistance. All are welcome. www.wchj.org

"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 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 of all ages are invited to an afternoon of street games and activities. Free. ECSW is a participating congregation 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 (
SabineSalandy@ethicalculturesocietywestchester.org ). Flyer HERE.    
Westchester LGBTQ Online Survey

Are you LGBTQ, live in Westchester, and age 16 and older? If so, you are invited to participate in a 15-minute survey about your experiences and needs.  The LOFT: LGBT Community Center is partnering with Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) Center Lane; the LGBTQ Legal Project at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley; and the Westchester Community Foundation to collect data to improve lives of LGBTQ+ people in Westchester 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.      
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, em.laite@verizon.net). 
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, admin@cucwp.org).

Sat Apr 7 - 10:00am Zen; 10:00am Passover Meal Prep; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 2:00pm  Rental: WCHJ
Sun Apr 8 - 9:00am Environmental Practices Group; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Passover Meal; 12:30pm Racial Justice/ITSOT
Mon Apr 9 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i CANCELLED; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International
Tue Apr 10 - 3:00pm Minister's Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm  Choir Rehearsal
Wed Apr 11 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees
Thu Apr 12 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Apr 13 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson; 6:15pm Faith Development Friday - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee
Sat Apr 14 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental; 2:00pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Apr 15 - 8:15am RE Council; 9:00am Animal Advocacy SJT meeting; 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
 
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Lifespan Religious Ed. & Faith Development: Perry Montrose, dlre@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@verizon.net, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Ministerial Intern: Cindy Davidson, intern@cucwp.org, 781-710-1640
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis, cuucypc@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg, Dsilverberg@ebglaw.com, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Karen Dreher, KMDreher55@gmail.com, 914-235-7845
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
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. It had been stormy for several days, and the community did not meet. Finally, the winds calmed, the rains stopped, and the meetings resumed. Owl obviously wanted to speak, so the others deferred. "I've been told," she said, "that long ago, folks could devote themselves full-time to....READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
The e -Communitarian newsletter is e-mailed each Friday. 
Please send submissions to admin@cucwp.org by noon on Tuesday.
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