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

Get Into Your Body. James Joyce tells us in his short story, "A Painful Case," that the story's protagonist, a Mr. James Duffy, "lived at a little distance from his body." Maybe you know the feeling. We all have bodies, but we might seek to distance ourselves from them. We might live in our heads, "at a little distance from" our bodies...READ MORE
From the Minister

The world keeps changing. New understandings of what justice and respect require continue to emerge. Being UU has never been a guarantee of being on the right side of any social issue. The most powerful tool of our heritage, though, is a commitment to the possibility of learning and adapting.... READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education

We begin December with the full activity of the season - Advent and Hanukkah lessons, Deck the Halls, Craft Fair, wreath sale, and holiday donations - but also with the intention of being a respite from holiday busyness. As you need to, just be present in the sanctuary or the RE wing. ....READ MORE & RE NEWS
Waiting by candlelight  December brings a month's worth of different holiday celebrations, with their varied activities and traditions. Hanukkah, Christmas, the Winter Solstice, and Kwanzaa are the ones most familiar to me.
Music suggestive of hope is featured in this morning's Centering Music. Colombian composer Adolfo Mejia's delicate Prelude, subtitled "Transparencias de aguas", was originallya harp solo, but works effectively in this piano transcription... READ MORE
  • Minister Coffee Chat. I'll be out of town on Tue Dec 5. 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 3
On Waiting, Hope Embodied
Cindy Davidson, Ministerial Intern
How long the wait, what pathways to follow, until embodiment of love divine, the promised land, the beloved community, enlightenment?

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?

CUUC Pest Management Task Force

Sun Dec 3, 9:00am, Room 22
Contact: Doreen Rossi (
Young Adults Gathering

Sun Dec 3, 11:45, Room 43
All young adults interested in meeting one another and engaging on issues and interests invited! Contact: Cindy Davidson (, 781-710-1640) or Perry Montrose (
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 (

Gently Used Children's Books and Toy Drive, through Sun Dec 3, RE Lobby. For clients of the Ecumenical Food Pantry. We are also collecting new or like-new stuffed animals. Contact: Mary Cavallero (

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 beginning Sun Dec 3 to purchase a $25 gift card for homeless school-age 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 Coming! Help us decorate with donated mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes.
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fundraiser

Sun Dec 3 & 10, following Worship
Unique gifts for family, friends, and teachers! Contact: Barbara Youngman (
Music at CUUC

Winter Holiday Concert, Sun Dec 17, 12:30pm
Following the Holiday Brunch, please stay 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. Maximum Family Donation is $45. Purchase online at or buy discounted tickets during coffee hour on Sun Dec 3 and 10. Free childcare is available with advance reservations.
Poinsettia Memorial Donations

This Sunday the sanctuary will be abloom with festive red, white, and pink poinsettias. You may contribute to our display 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.
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 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) up to a maximum of $10,000. Learn more at Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge. The program ends December 31, 2018. Contact: Tom Wacht ( or Chris Kortlandt ( Personal information will be kept confidential.
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 Nov 30 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Sat Dec 2 - 9:00am Strategic Planning Committee; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators 
Sun Dec 3 - 8:30am RE Council; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Pest Mgt Task Force; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Arts & Craft Fair; 11:30am Deck the Halls; 11:30am Environmental Practices Group; 11:30am Children's Choir Rehearsal; 11:40am Racial Justice / ITSOT; 11:40am Wisdom Reading & Study Group; 11:40am Women's Issues SJT; 11:45 Young Adult Gathering
Mon Dec 4 - 6:00am Rental: TV/Film Crew; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International 
Tues Dec 5 - 6:00am Rental: TV/Film Crew; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir rehearsal
Wed Dec 6 - 7:30pm Program Council; 9:00pm Rental: TV/Film Crew
Thur 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; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 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 

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

Mole came to Raven privately and said, "We haven't talked about death very much. I'm not concerned about where I will go, but watching so many family members die, I'm wondering what happens at the point of death?" Raven sat silently for a while, then said, "I give away my belongings." READ MORE
Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE
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