Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week

Begin the Ecospiritual Path. We who live in the industrialized West may find it uncomfortable to face the painful reality of the damage our culture has inflicted upon other people and the Earth itself, as well as dysfunctional aspects of our culture such as consumerism. We may even feel guilty and ashamed.... READ MORE
From the Minister

Greetings from Ometepe island, in the Lake Nicaragua! Among my "extra-curricular" duties is being on the six-member board "One Earth Conservation" (OEC) -- the nonprofit organization founded by my spouse, LoraKim, and Gail Koelln, a UU of the Shelter Rock congregation. As a part of this work, LoraKim travels half-a-... READ MORE
The halls have been decked! Thank you Laura Goodspeed for leading the way and to all those who made crafts to hang. Now it's time to decorate the tree...with mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves that will be donated to local shelters. Please bring items this Sun, as we kick off the Mitten Tree during the Wonder Box Story. As you give, so shall you receive...READ MORE & RE NEWS
The popular music of Andalusia, Spain's southernmost region, reflects the cultural melting pot that distinguishes its history. In the Middle Ages, the area saw the peaceful co-existence of the three great Semitic faiths. In later centuries, Andalusia's gypsy population... READ MORE
  • Minister Coffee Chat. On Tue Dec 12 & 19, I'll be at Starbucks in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale -- 3-5pm Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • On the Journey, 2017 Dec: "Embodiment." Get it HERE.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Dec 10
Rev. Meredith Garmon
What does your body know that head doesn't? How do we learn to listen to the body's wisdom?

Sun Dec 17
Christmas Pageant
Rev. Meredith Garmon, Perry Montrose, et al.
Carols, the Christmas Pageant, and the Universalism of Christmas. Multigenerational worship.

Opportunities for Giving

Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry. Cash donations are especially needed. Send checks to Ecumenical Food Pantry, PO Box 2037, White Plains, NY 10602. Contact: Vicky Van Wert (

Personal Items for Shelter Residents. New socks, men's underwear, and toiletries for local shelters. Contact: Ray Messing (

Gift Cards for Coachman Family Center. Sign up to purchase a $25 gift card for school-age shelter children. Please box and wrap the gift cards, tag with the child's name and room, and bring in by Sun Dec 17. Contact: Ray Messing (

The Mitten Tree is Here! Help us decorate it throughout the month with donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes.
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fundraiser

Sun Dec 10, following Worship
Find unique gifts for everyone on your list! Proceeds support the Minister's Discretionary Fund. Contact: Barbara Youngman (
Music at CUUC

Winter Holiday Concert, Sun Dec 17, 12:30pm
Join us after the Holiday Brunch for the CUUC Choir's performance of Vivaldi's Gloria plus seasonal holiday favorites and an appearance by the CUUC Children's Choir. Suggested donation $20; Students and Seniors $10; Children 13 and under $5; Max Family Donation $45. Purchase online at or buy discounted tickets during coffee hour Sun Dec 10. Free childcare available with advance reservations.
Kwanzaa Celebration
15th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Wed Dec 27, 2:00pm, Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court, White Plains
Join us for this community celebration, funded with help from CUUC and organized each year by members Petra Thombs and Barbara Mair, with Heather Miller, Exec Dir of the Slater Center. Program includes drumming, dance, and more, followed by a Karamu Feast. Free - invite your friends! Contact: Petra Thombs (, Barbara Mair (  
Poinsettia Memorial Donations

You may contribute to our floral display as a way to honor, give thanks, or remember a person, event, or group. Send donations of $15 per plant to the CUUC office along with wording for your memorial. Messages will appear in the Christmas Eve order of service. Make checks to CUUC with the memo "poinsettia." Contact: Pam Parker (, 914-946-1660, ext 2).
Share the Plate for December: Coachman Family Center

The Coachman Family Center in downtown White Plains is a 100-room shelter that provides housing, healthcare, and services to local families in need. The center is affiliated with Westhab, a nonprofit organization serving Westchester County. The Coachman offers support and activities for children, including after-school homework help, arts and crafts, music, and recreation.
Ecumenical Food Pantry Update

We are pleased to report that CUUC contributed over $3000 to the Food Pantry following November's appeal. This record amount was made possible in part by some extremely generous donors. The pantry will also receive over $1,000 from the November plate share. Many thanks to all who participated!
Limited Time Opportunity - 10% Matching Grant for Planned Giving

If you name CUUC as a beneficiary in your will, your IRA, or other legacy gift, we will receive a 10% matching donation from the UUA up to a maximum of $10,000. Learn more at Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge. The program ends 2018 Dec 31. Contact: Tom Wacht ( or Chris Kortlandt ( Personal information will be kept confidential.
In the Community 
News from the City of White Plains
For info on White Plains holiday events, including a list of local organizations sponsoring toy, coat, and  food drives, check out the city's monthly e-newsletter HERE . (And click "Join Email List" at the top of the webpage if you'd like to receive future editions.) 
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester meeting, Mon Dec 18, 7pm, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. We meet the third Monday of the month. Next meeting: Katonah United Methodist, KatonahLearn more HERE. Contact:, (914) 295-2527,

A pretty ring and some reading glasses. Contact Pam Parker at the CUUC office (, 914-946-1660) with a description.
How Are We Doing?

What do you think of your e-Communitarian newsletter? Too short? Too long? Too much info? Not enough? Share your comments and suggestions so we can improve! Contact: Pam Parker (, 914-946-1660 x2).
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Barbara Mair (914-769-7186 or or her backup, Claire Kuczinski (914-949-6619 or
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 Dec 7 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 9:00pm Rental: TV/Film Crew
Fri Dec 8 - 9:00am Rental: TV/Film Crew; 11:00am Journey Group - Davidson; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Sat Dec 9 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: Hoff Barthelson
Sun Dec 10 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Economic Justice; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Craft Fair; 11:30am Children's Choir Rehearsal; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 2:00pm Rental: Westchester Citizen Therapists 
Tue Dec 12 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir rehearsal
Wed Dec 13 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees 
Thu Dec 14 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Dec 15 - 6:30pm Journey Group- Families
Sat Dec 16 - 9:00am Strategic Planning Committee; 10:00am Zen; 11:00am Choir Concert Dress Rehearsal
Sun Dec 17 - 9:00am Economic Justice; 9:30am Coachman Gift Card Wrapping; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Holiday Brunch; 12:30am Winter Choral 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
Secretary: Steve Miller,, 914-723-0982
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Pamela Cucinell,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
Quick Links

Journey Group Sign-Up
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

Reverend Crane invited Raven and her students to an ecumenical service at the Little Church in the Grotto. Afterward the Tallspruce community was abuzz about the experience. The next evening Owl asked, "Is the Holy Spirit something like Buddha-nature?" Raven said, "The two ideas are similar." Owl asked,  READ MORE
Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE
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