Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Confront Your Negative Inner Voice. In a voice full of alarm and panic, Bertha would yell, "You better NOT do that -- you'll look stupid!" When I heard her, I would immediately back off and lose my opportunity to make a friend. The fact that Bertha was only a voice inside my own head didn't make her any less scary... READ MORE
I'm talking about the amazing UUs of the congregation I know best: Community UU at White Plains. You rock! Seeing your faces on Sunday morning is unfailingly the highlight of my week. Some of you arrive exultant, and I am lifted by your triumph. Some of you arrive carrying a burden of worry or sadness, and I am... READ MORE
What will you embody this Christmas and into the New Year? For some, the birth of Jesus is God becoming flesh. In a metaphorical view, this could mean the spiritual or feeling self becoming embodied. Every night that a fledgling part of you grows into lived expression is a holy night. We see this happen constantly with young children as they mature. However, we all...READ MORE & RE NEWS
Now Let Us Sing... Sunday Morning!  And the survey said... "Too much singing!" "Not enough singing!" It seems one person's like is another's dislike, and vice versa.  I, for one, am of the "Never too much music!" belief and find much inspiration, comfort, and solace in singing our hymns -- so much so that I made a spiritual... READ MORE
Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos immortalizes a popular indigenous legend in his piano work As três Marias, in which universal harmony is embodied in the joyous playing of three young children... Our Christmas Eve service features trumpeter Kenneth Kraut, the CUUC Adult and Children's Choirs, and yours truly... READ MORE
  • Minister Coffee Chat. No chat on Tue Dec 26 , so find me Tue Jan 2 at the same address but a new shop: Barnes & Noble Cafe in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Eastchester -- 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 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, et al.
Our annual candlelight service of readings and carols. Gathering music begins at 5:15pm.
Sun Dec 31, 10:00am
New Year's Eve: Question Box Sermon 
Rev. Meredith Garmon
You'll have a chance to write any question on an index card -- and I'll do my best to answer -- or maybe just share the wonder of the question. 

Kwanzaa Celebration
15th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration, Wed Dec 27, 2:00pm, Slater Center, 2 Fisher Court, White Plains
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! 
They are eager to make new friends and learn more about their new home. If you would like to plan an activity to share, contact Jane Dixon (, 914-949-5919).  
Making a Good First Impression
Check Out Our Updated Bulletin Boards! 
Look for updates as we work toward the intentional visual CUUC message we want to show the world. We welcome your comments and invite your participation! Contact: Mary Cavallero (, Cindy Davidson (  
Poinsettia Memorials

There is still time to contribute to our lovely chancel display as a way to honor or remember a loved one. Send donations of $15 per plant to the CUUC office (checks made out to CUUC with the memo "poinsettia") along with the message you would like included in the Christmas Eve order of service. Contact: Pam Parker (, 914-946-1660, ext 2).
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 (

Decorate Our Mitten Tree. Throughout December, we will fill the branches with your donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for those in need.
Cooperative Coffee Hour

Cooperative Coffee Hour 10:00am Sun Dec 24 & Sun Dec 31
Please bring along a treat for our coffee hour table at this week's 10:00am service, and the week following as well. Then help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work! 
From Building & Grounds

Please remember to use blue "painter" tape or similar less sticky adhesive for posting flyers, to protect our windows, doors, and walls, and simplify cleanup. A roll is in the plastic bin on the office door, to use and return when you're done. Thanks!
Share the Plate for December: Coachman Family Center

Half our non-pledge collection this month goes to the Coachman Family Center in downtown White Plains. CUUC has long supported the shelter, which provides housing, 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.
Now is the Time to Donate

If you plan to give to charity you should donate before 2018 in order to qualify for current tax laws, says the NY Times. Learn more HERE.
In the Community 
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.  
UU Service Committee Gift Store

This holiday season, make environmentally and ethically minded choices about shopping. At The Good Buy you'll find fairly traded goods made by artisans around the globe. Proceeds fund social justice programs of 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 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 Adult Choir Rehearsal; 5:00pm Children's Choir Rehearsal; 5:15pm Gathering Music; 5:30pm Xmas Eve Service
Tue Dec 26 - 7:30pm Journey Group - J. Majsak
Fri Dec 30 - 10:00am Zen
Sat Dec 31 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour

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

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

That evening Owl said, "I'm still thinking about our experience at the Little Church in the Grotto. Can a Buddhist be a Christian?" Raven said, "Love thy neighbor." Owl asked, "Can a Christian be a Buddhist?" Raven said, "There are lots of them." Owl asked, "Aren't you bypassing a conflict in... READ MORE
Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE
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