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

Sewing. "In the three years of disruptive predicaments, I made eight pieced jackets. Always as I stitched, I had an intuitive feeling that, though chaos exists, it need not define my life. Outside the sewing room, the twitching and fretting subsided. Any creative activity, practiced with intentionality and without concern for... READ MORE
From the Minister

I love democracy! When UUs engage together in deliberative process, it's about the most fun I ever have in public. I get passionate about it -- and sometimes maybe I seem a little cranky, but that's part of the rough and tumble of hashing out issues with minds that are different from mine and therefore expand mine.... READ MORE
Last Sunday, CUUCer Amy Nathan shared a story with the children about the integration of a Baltimore amusement park, which coincided with the "I Have a Dream" speech. We discussed how racism still plays out in our society today and the children created a "Freedom-go-round." This Sunday, adults are invited to add to our justice carousel in the RE foyer, so...READ MORE & RE NEWS
Music by composers of African descent in a variety of styles is featured in Sunday morning's musical selections. R. Nathaniel Dett's Cinnamon Grove consists of four movements, each of which is prefaced by an inspirational citation from a distinct literary source... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Jan 23 and 30 find me at Barnes & Noble Cafe in Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 684 White Plains Rd, Eastchester -- 3-5pm. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • See the Statement of Conscience, "Escalating Economic Inequity" HERE. (This version does not reflect the supported amendments.) Further amendments still to be considered are posted as comments to the post HERE. You can also add a comment to this post to propose an amendment.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

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.
Sun Jan 28, 10:00am
Reduce Waste
Rev. Meredith Garmon
It just might save the planet. And even if it doesn't, it's a more connected and joyous way to live in the meantime.   
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.  
Please RSVP to so we can plan our food order.
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.  
Social Justice Opportunity
2018 Women's March, Sat Jan 20, NYC
Keep resisting! March with the CUUC Women's Social Justice Team this  Saturday in  NYC on  t he one-year anniversary of the original march. All are  invited to join us. Contact Julie Gans ( or Karen Schmitt ( for details. Information on the march HERE
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.
Chili Alarm!  
More chili is needed! Support our fundraiser by bringing in a crock pot of your favorite recipe. Email Liz Suvanto ( if you are able to contribute. No peanuts or peanut oil, please. 
Sunday Journey Group Update
Our Sunday Journey Groups meet this month on 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.
Community Socials  
C UUC Community Afternoon Socials, Sun Jan 28, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Some CUUC friends are graciously opening their doors to community gatherings where we can get to know one another better. Click HERE to see the assigned host for your town, then RSVP, bring a snack to share, and have fun! Contact: Jane Dixon (, 914-949-5919).
Zero Waste Forum

Sun Jan 28, 11:30, Fellowship Hall
The Environmental Practices Group wants to educate YOU about moving toward Zero Waste! This family-friendly event includes speakers describing local initiatives that allow ALL food waste to be turned into fertilizer and what we each can do to help. We will also screen the documentary Racing to Zero about San Francisco's efforts to produce Zero Waste. Light vegetarian lunch provided. Childcare available with advance reservation by Mon Jan 22. Join us! Contact: Janet Bear (
In the Community 
Multi-Faith Service and Beloved Community Dinner, Sun Jan 28, 3:30pm, Mt. Hope AME Zion, White Plains  Topic: "Facing Racism: Bearing Witness and Bringing Hope to our Fractured Communities." Sponsored by MLK Institute Westchester. Come together to learn, worship, sing, and break bread in response to the racism that exists in our society. 
Beloved Community Dinner, Mon Jan 29, 6:00pm, Memorial UMC, 250 Bryant Ave, White Plains  Special gathering to welcome the new Coming Home program participants. Coming Home is a Restorative Communities Collaborative that seeks to decrease participants' trauma symptoms while increasing their ability to cope. We will share a meal and discuss Resiliency and Resistance in 2018. All welcome! More info HERE.  
Civil Disobedience Training, Sat Feb 3, 12:00 - 5:00 pm, White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 N Broadway, White Plains
Organized by SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Westchester. Cost: $10 (no one turned away for a lack of funds). Lunch provided. Learn more HERE. RSVP by Friday, January 26 to or 
Outside Events at CUUC

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. Congregants may use coupon code danswell100 to attend for free. Tickets and information HERE .
Share the Plate for January: PrideWorks

In January, we share half the non-pledge plate collection with PrideWorks, a local educational conference held each year 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 18 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri Jan 19 - Faith Development Friday: 6:30pm Pizza & Centering, 7:30pm Programs including Adult RE "Faith Like a River"; Journey Group - Families; 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
Tue Jan 23 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal; 7:30pm Journey Group - J. Majsak
Wed Jan 24 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP event
Thu Jan 25 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Sat Jan 27 - 8:00am Rental: Rug Hookers; 10:00am Zen
Sun Jan 28 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am UU Roots: Conversation for Visitors & Newcomers; 11:30am Environmental Practices Zero Waste Forum; 11:40am Refugee Resettlement SJT; 11:40am Caring & Sharing; 4:00pm Community Socials Sunday

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

There was a long silence. Finally Turkey, a visitor that evening, spoke up. "I've been wondering," she said, "why it is that you don't have more songbirds in your community." Raven said, "Maybe they're content just to inspire us from the trees." Turkey asked, "How can they be inspired?" Raven said, "Make sense." READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
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