Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey, 2018 Jan: "Resilience": HERE.
Practice of the Week

Face Ecological Reality. The first big step on the spiritual journey ahead is to come face-to-face with the truth of our ecological problems. This shifts our perspective and priorities, but it can be painful. If you are not crying a few tears or losing some sleep over these issues then you haven't truly faced them. READ MORE
From the Minister

White fragility is a condition of white supremacists like Richard Spencer, David Duke, and those people who marched in Charlottesville with tiki torches to defend confederate monuments. Not us Unitarian Universalists. Right? Well, speaking just for myself, I am complicit, and sometimes I do have a defensive reaction about that. On the other hand, UUs do have a good head... READ MORE
And the seasons they go round and round/And the painted ponies go up and down/We're captive on the carousel of time/We can't return we can only look behind/From where we came/And go round and round and round/In the circle game - Joni Mitchell. Whether in our personal lives or the culture surrounding us, time does not stand still. However, we do circle back to... READ MORE & RE NEWS
In recognition of MLK Day, Sunday morning's musical selections include works by composers of African descent or connected to African American traditions. Hale Smith's "Faces of Jazz" is a collection of teaching pieces for piano students, designed to introduce... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Jan 16 find me at Barnes & Noble Cafe in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Eastchester -- 3-5pm. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • On the Journey, 2018 Jan: "Resilience." Get it HERE.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jan 14, 10:00am
Centering for Freedom 
Rev. LoraKim Joyner  
On this Martin Luther King weekend we take up what it means to listen to and accept the marginalized and the silenced within each of us, so that we can welcome all into the family of life. We will reference Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry , one of the UUA Common Read books for 2017-2018. Rev. LoraKim is our community minister and author of Conservation in Time of War . 

Sun Jan 21, 10:00am
Race Matters
Rev. Meredith Garmon
It's been almost two years since our congregation adopted the Black Lives Matter resolution. It's been one year since the current President was inaugurated. How are we doing now, and what is ours to do at this point? The service will include break-out circles for discussion.
Cooperative Coffee Hour Sun Jan 14

We invite all who will be attending to bring along a treat to help fill the table for this Sunday's Cooperative Coffee Hour table. Then please plan to pitch in to help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!
Common Read Book Sale

We will have the UUA Common Read books for 2017-2018, Centering and Daring Democracy, available for purchase during coffee hour ($15 each). Also available will be the new book by Rev. LoraKim Joyner, Conservation in Time of War ($10.00), about her struggle to protect endangered parrots in Latin America.  
Congregational Forum/Debate

Forum on the "Escalating Economic Inequity" Statement of Conscience (SOC), Sun Jan 14, after worship, Sanctuary
The SOC was adopted by the UUA to address growing income inequality in the US (read it HERE
). Should CUUC endorse the statement? Should we revise it and then adopt it? Join us after service this Sunday to engage each other's thoughts and suggestions.  
Faith Development Friday, Fri Jan 19 * 6:30pm Pizza Dinner * 7:15pm Spiritual Centering * 7:30pm Programs 
Programs include:
  • Faith Like a River - An adult RE class facilitated by Rev. Meredith that explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage; 
  • Youth Social and Movie Night - Hang out in the Youth Room for a night of fun. Gnomes welcome; 
  • Family Journey Group - Parents discuss the monthly theme (facilitated by Barbara Montrose), while children gather for related activities (facilitated by Perry Montrose, DLRE). Adults without children are welcome to participate in the parents' group.
Learn more HERE or HERE. RSVP to, so we know how much food to order.
Chili Brunch 
Sun Jan 21, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
The heat of chili and the warmth of community. Hosted by the 6th-7th grade class to support their social justice projects. Cost: $5/adult, $3/child, $15/family max.
Sunday Journey Group Update
This month our Sunday Journey Groups meet on Jan 21, the same day as our Chili Brunch. Sunday JG members may go to the front of the line so they can get their meal and head out to their meeting rooms as quickly as possible.
Calling All Hosts

Neighborhood Socials, Sun Jan 27, 4:00pm  
Hosts are needed for our upcoming Neighborhood Socials. Hosts provide their home from 4 to 6 pm, guests provide the edibles. Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
Zero Waste Forum

Racing to Zero: In Pursuit of Zero Waste, Sun Jan 28, 11:30, Fellowship Hall
Did you know that Westchester burns up to 2,250 tons of waste per day? Learn how we can make a difference! Join us for a screening of the documentary Racing to Zero followed by speakers Michelle Sterling and Ron Schulhof of the Food-Scrap Recycling Project. Light vegetarian lunch provided. Childcare available with advance reservation by Mon Jan 22. Presented by the CUUC Environmental Practices Group. Contact: Janet Bear ( ). 
In the Community 
Annual White Plains MLK Interfaith Worship Service, Sun Jan 14, 7:00pm, Temple Israel Center, 280 Old Mamaroneck Rd, White Plains
Presented by the White Plains Religious Leaders and the Ministers Fellowship Council of White Plains and Vicinity.
Bookfair to Benefit the MLK Freedom Library, Mon Jan 15, 11:00am - 4:00pm, Barnes & Noble, City Center, White Plains - OR - order online from 1/15/18 to 1/20/18 at, enter ID 12277810. See flyer HERE. 

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester, Mon Jan 15, 7:00pm, Katonah United Methodist, Katonah
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. Learn more HERE. Contact:, (914) 295-2527.
Outside Events at CUUC
Tu Bi'Shevat Seder, Sat Jan 13, 2:30pm, Fellowship Hall 
Presented by the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism. Learn more HERE.
We stchester Wholistic Wellness Danswell Expo, Sat Jan 20, 9:30am-5:00pm, Fellowship Hall & Classes
A community expo in support of health and wealth. See more HERE. $35 advance sale/$50 at door. Tickets HERE .
Share the Plate for January: PrideWork

In January, we share half the non-pledge plate collection with PrideWorks, an educational conference held each year in Westchester for LGBTQ youth and their allies. PrideWorks' mission is to inform heterosexual/cisgender people about the realities of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning; to inspire all communities to respect and support LGBTQ people; and to advocate for positive change.
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Claire Kuczinski (914-949-6619 or or her backup Johanna Bauer (914 636-1047,
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 Jan 11 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Jan 12 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson
Sat Jan 13 - 10:00am Zen; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Jan 14 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Canvass Planning; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:00am Ethical Pest Mgt; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Environmental Practices Group; 11:40am Congregation Forum/Debate on Statement of Conscience; 12:00pm Westchester Refugee Resettlement Leaders
Mon Jan 15 - OFFICE CLOSED; 7:30pm Journey Group - A. Rocchi; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue Jan 16 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Committee on Ministry; 7:30pm Choir rehearsal
Wed Jan 17 - 7:30pm Rental: WCSPP Faculty Meeting; 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu Jan 18 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri Jan 19 - Faith Development Friday: 6:30pm Adult Re "Faith Like a River"; 6:30pm Journey Group - Families; 6:30pm Youth Group Friday
Sat Jan 20 - 9:00am Rental: Health & Wealth Expo; 10:00am Zen
Sun Jan 21 - 9:00am Hunger & Homelessness; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Chili Sunday; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 11:40am Welcoming Comm

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
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

Woodpecker said, "I'm like Owl, still thinking about our visit to the Little Church in the Grotto. I wonder, what's the difference between veneration and worship?" Raven said, "One makes your tummy warm, the other doesn't." Woodpecker asked, "Which is which?" Raven said, "Not my business." READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
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