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

Dream Big Dreams. If you truly open to this question - What are the dreams that matter to me? - don't worry, you won't get caught up in silly stuff, such as wanting to get super rich and famous. Instead, you'll hear your soul speaking-your essence, your core, your deepest inner wisdom. It's worth listening to what it says. READ MORE
From the Minister

Race is a perplexing and difficult issue in our country -- but how exactly is that playing out in UU congregations? What can we learn from what our leaders of color can tell us? Let's explore this and find out together. My sermon on Sun Jan 14 will offer my reflections on the insights in this book. You can buy the book on Sunday at a...READ MORE
Each year, the Christmas Pageant is born again when you adorn it with a new spirit. That is a part of the holiday magic. We often do the same rituals, but they come alive in new ways because we have changed and live into the uniqueness of the moment. In addition to being fun, the Pageant gives us a chance to reflect on what gifts we would like to bring into the light...READ MORE & RE NEWS

Rocking the LDB Challenge!
I love the music of the Christmas season -- the carols, the oratorios and cantatas, the standards. There is one piece, though, I've been trying to avoid -- and that would be the "Little Drummer Boy" carol. If you can make it from midnight on... READ MORE
Solo piano works by the great 19th-century virtuoso Franz Liszt are featured in this morning's Centering Music. "The Christmas Tree", however, was a collection written for the composer's granddaughter, and the delicate, transparent writing bespeaks a more domestic side...  READ MORE
  • Minister Coffee Chat. On Tue Dec 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 17, 10:00am
Christmas Pageant
Rev. Meredith Garmon, Perry Montrose, et al.
Carols, the Christmas Pageant, and the Universalism of Christmas. Multigenerational worship.

Sun Dec 24, 10:00am
From Darkness, Light
Cindy Davidson, Ministerial Intern
A Lessons and Carols style service on the Winter Solstice and Christmas.

Sun Dec 24, 5:30pm
Christmas Eve Service
Rev. Meredith Garmon, Perry Montrose, Cindy Davidson
Our annual candlelight service of readings and carols.

Holiday Brunch
Holiday Brunch, Sun Dec 17, Fellowship Hall, after Worshi p
Our very brunchy Sunday brunch features streusel french toast, blintz ca serole, kale salad, fresh fruit, stone-ground grits and more! Suggested donation - Adults: $4; Seniors and Under 12: $3; Family max: $12. Contact: John Schwam (
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
Kwanzaa Celebration
15th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Wed Dec 27, 2:00pm, Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court, White Plains
Join us for this community celebration, created and supported with help from CUUC. Program includes drumming, dance, and more, followed by a Karamu Feast. Free! Contact: Petra Thombs (, Barbara Mair (
The Family from Afghanistan has Arrived!
Let's Welcome the Ghafoors! 
Fardin, Mahnaz, and their three children, Mustafa (10), Muqadas (5), and Moswer (3), are eager to make new friends and learn all about their new home of White Plains. If you and your family would like to plan an activity to share with them, please contact Jane Dixon (, 914-949-5919) of our co-hosting committee for more information and scheduling.
Making a Good First Impression
Check Out Our Updated Bulletin Boards! 
Our lobby is where newcomers first meet us, and where we get our only chance to make a good first impression. So in addition to the friendly smiles of Sunday greeters, our visitors now see a re-focused main bulletin board that shows who we are and what we offer. We will also revise the first bulletin board in the hallway so it provides news about our faith and our congregation. We're testing out different ideas, so look for updates and changes as we work toward the intentional visual CUUC message we want to show the world. We welcome your comments and invite you to participate! Contact: Mary Cavallero (, Cindy Davidson (  
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. Please box and wrap your gift cards, tag with the children's names and rooms, and bring in this Sunday, Dec 17. Contact: Ray Messing (

The Mitten Tree is Here! Help us decorate it throughout December with donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for those in need.
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 message you would like us to print in the Christmas Eve order of service. Make checks to CUUC with the memo "poinsettia." Contact: Pam Parker (, 914-946-1660, ext 2).
Cooperative Coffee Hour

Cooperative Coffee Hour 10:00am Sun Dec 24 & Sun Dec 31
We invite all who will be attending to bring along a treat for our Cooperative Coffee Hours at next week's 10:00am service, as well as the week after. Help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Thanks!
From the Hearthkeepers

Thanks, but no newspapers needed!
Hearthkeepers do the important work of preparing for and tending the sanctuary fireplace during our winter Sunday services. We currently have the supplies we need, and ask that you please do NOT donate your newspapers; you may recycle these at home. Thanks!
Share the Plate for December: Coachman Family Center

Half our non-pledge collection will go to the Coachman Family Center in downtown White Plains. CUUC has long supported the shelter, which provides 100 rooms for housing, as well as healthcare,and services to local families in need. The Coachman also offers support and activities for children, including after-school homework help, arts and crafts, music, and recreation.
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 (
Now is the Time to Donate

According to the New York Times, if you plan to give to charity you should consider donating before 2018 in order to qualify for current tax laws. Learn more HERE.
In the Community 
Westchester County Executive Transition Team Public Hearings
The transition team for County Executive-Elect George Latimer has announced public hearings this week and next for six subcommittees:
  • Criminal Justice: Wed Dec 13, 6:00pm, White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains
  • Health and Mental Health: Wed Dec 13, 7:00pm, Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Ctr, Yonkers
  • Social Services and Human Rights: Thu Dec 14, 6:00pm, White Plains Library
  • Administrative Services: Mon Dec 18, 6:00pm, Mamaroneck Library, 136 Prospect Ave, Mamaroneck
  • Economic Development: Tue Dec 19, 6:00pm, Mt. Kisco Public Library, 100 E. Main St, Mt. Kisco
  • Operational Services: Tue Dec 19, 7:00pm, White Plains Library 
Some dates have passed, but written comments may still be emailed directly to Information gathered from the hearings will help chart the team's plan moving forward. Written testimony for the Social Services hearing may be sent to A survey on County Social Services can be found HERE. 
Interfaith Community Concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Sun Jan 7, 4:00pm, Congregation Kol Ami, 252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains
Sponsored by The Interfaith Connection and Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence. Free event. To see flyer, CLICK HERE. Info:, 914-949-6555.
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester meeting, Mon Dec 18, 7pm, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. Meetings 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.
UU Service Committee Gift Store

This holiday season, make environmentally conscious, ethically minded choices about where you shop and how you impact the world we share. At The Good Buy you'll find fairly traded cards, gifts, and goods made by artisans around the globe using locally sourced materials and all-natural ingredients. Proceeds fund social justice programs administered by the UUSC
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 14 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality; 7:30pm Journey Group - Montrose
Fri Dec 15 - 6:30pm Journey Group - Families
Sat Dec 16 - 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
Mon Dec 18 - 7:30pm Internship Committee; 7:30pm Journey Group - Rocchi; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue Dec 19 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal; 
Wed Dec 20 - 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu Dec 21 - 7:00pm Journey Group - Litkofsky
Sat Dec 23 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Dec 24 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 4:00pm Choir Rehearsal; 5:30pm Xmas Eve Service

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

In a group munching grubs one afternoon, Mole remarked, "The Buddha Macaw was very special, wasn't she! I'm sure there has never been anyone like her." Raven said, "Like the madrone tree." Mole asked, "How is the madrone tree unique?" Raven said, "Every madrone leaf." Mole fell silent....READ MORE
Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE
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