Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey, 2017 Jan: "Resilience": HERE.
Practice of the Week

Take the Resilience Inventory. Do you constantly learn from experience? Have good relationships? Express feelings honestly? Sit in silence? Practice acceptance? Have self-esteem? Practice forgiveness? Etc. Assessing yourself in these areas in these areas will show you where to focus in building your resilience. READ MORE
From the Minister

Last June, Unitarian Universalists adopted a Statement of Conscience on Income Inequality. (Read it HERE). Should our congregation endorse this statement? Should we revise it, and then adopt it? I suspect that we aren't all in perfect agreement about every provision. I'd love for us to have meaty, meaningful....READ MORE
Happy New Year! I am looking forward to the time we will have together in 2018. What covenant will you make as a family in the New Year? Individual resolutions have a low success rate, but what if you create an intention as a family and remind each other of the commitment? I'm curious to hear what you try. May your family resolutions bring added joy and fulfillment... READ MORE & RE NEWS
Spiritual resilience is embodied in a variety of ways in this Sunday's musical selections at CUUC. Following an incomparable career as a barn-storming virtuoso pianist showman, Franz Liszt focused increasingly on spirituality as he matured, eventually taking... READ MORE
  • Minister Coffee Chat. On Tue Jan 9 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, 2017 Jan: "Resilience." Get it HERE.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jan 7, 10:00am
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Tough, not impervious. Sensitive, not fragile. Able to change, grow, and adapt while retaining integrity. Having the endurance for the long haul, yet flexible and knowing when to take breaks. Focused, not obsessive. Grit. What are the limits of your resilience, and can they be extended?
Sun Jan 14, 10:00am
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 . 
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. Contact: Carole Sperdini (  
Poinsettia Update

The twelve days of Christmas have passed, and our lovely poinsettia display will be removed after Sun Jan 7. We invite you to take a plant home with you. Next week we will compost the remaining plants and return any leftover foil pot covers and plastic trays to Mario Pardillo and Earthborn Indoor Gardeners for re-use.
Wisdom Reading Group

Wisdom Reading & Study Group, Sun Jan 7, 11:40am, Room 41
Join us for this opportunity for spiritual growth. We are discussing Becoming Wise, by Krista Tippett, and related topics. Contact: Sabrina Cleary (
Young Adult Gatherings

Young Adult Gathering, Sun Jan 7, 11:45, Room 43
All young adults interested are invited to participate. Meet Nicole after coffee hour. Contact: Cindy Davidson (, 781-710-1640). 
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team
Meal Prep for HOPE, Sun Jan 7, 11:30am, Kitchen
After the service this Sunday, please join us in the kitchen to help prepare a hot meal for 120 people at the HOPE Community Services soup kitchen. The work is simple, taking only about 2 hours. An easy way to make a difference!
Neighboring Faiths Experience

Are you interested in learning more about different religions? Join the Neighboring Faiths teaching team to explore your own faith development as you support our 6th-7th graders. Contact: Perry Montrose ( 
Faith Development Friday
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.
Contact: Perry Montrose (
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 ( ). 
Greeters Needed

Make our Sunday visitors feel welcome - come a little early to share your smile and a warm greeting. To sign up for one or more Sundays, click HERE. Contact: Jane Dixon ( 

A big, heartfelt thank you from the Opportunities for Giving team. Because of your generosity this holiday season, we provided a carload of new gifts to the Hour Children Annual Holiday Program at the Bedford Correctional Center; we gave over 200 gift cards to children at the Coachman Family Center and over $1600 to the Center from our December plate share collection; we brought 10 bags worth of warmth and toiletries to local shelter residents from our overflowing mitten tree; and we supported the Ecumenical Food Pantry with over $4,000 in monetary donations and several deliveries of gently used books, toys, and stuffed animals for their client families to use as gifts. We are so grateful for our longtime volunteers as well as our talented new ones who kept us effective and organized. Thank you to everyone for helping CUUC make a difference in the lives of those in need.

Outside Events at CUUC
"Jewish Perspectives on Jesus," Sat Jan 6, 2:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Presentation by author Bennett Muraskin. Sponsored by Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism,
In the Community 
Interfaith Community Concert in Honor of MLK, 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 will offering. See flyer HERE.
Annual MLK Commemoration, Sun Jan 7, 3:00pm, Hommocks Middle School, Larchmont
"How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life and Legacy Can Help Us Navigate Our Country's Present Crisis" with speaker Charles M. Blow, NY Times columnist and CNN commentator. Sponsored by the Larchmont Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee. Free. See flyer HERE.  
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, 11am - 4pm, Barnes & Noble, 230 Main Street, 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, 7pm, Katonah United Methodist, Katonah
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. Learn more HERE.Contact:, (914) 295-2527, 
Share the Plate for January: PrideWorks

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. Westchester UU congregations have been a supportive presence at the PrideWorks conference, greeting the arriving youth outside as a way to counterbalance the anti-gay protesters who picket there. Our continued support, both physical and financial, is critical to PrideWorks and the youth they serve.
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 4 - 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Jan 6 - 9:00am Strategic Planning Committee; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm  Journey Group Facilitators; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Jan 7 - 8:30am RE Council; 9:00am Oxfam Hunger Banquet Planning; 9:30am Nursery; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am  Coffee Hour; 11:30am Meal Preparation for HOPE; 11:30am Variety Show Planning; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 11:40am Wisdom Reading & Study Group; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering
Mon Jan 8 - 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International
Tue Jan 9 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir rehearsal
Wed Jan 10 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees
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 LGBTQIA meeting; 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

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

Wolverine came by unannounced one evening in early autumn. "Hello," said Raven, "I'm Raven." Wolverine said, "The Roshi is meeting this one for the first time." Raven said, "Is that so? What happened to the first person singular?" Wolverine said, "No-self has appeared." Raven said, "Could've fooled me." READ MORE
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