Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey, 2018 Mar, "Wandering": HERE
CUUC Sermons (The Liberal Pulpit) YouTube Channel: HERE
Practice of the Week

Make Monthly Budgets. If spirituality is about anything, it's about waking up and paying attention - noticing our own lives, for which the first step is noticing how often we aren't noticing our own lives. Attention includes attention to money. First, make a budget. READ MORE

Find your power! Okay, we may not be able to bring back your electricity, but we can repair and electrify your inner power in our faith community. Being together to support one another and reflect on life topics, as we worship and learn in our welcoming community, nourishes the energy we need to flourish in the week ahead... RE NEWS 
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Mar 13 find me at Starbucks, 51 Purchase St, Rye, 3:00 - 5:00pm. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • See the current version of the Statement of Conscience, "Escalating Economic Inequity" with the amendments supported so far HERE. See the original SOC HERE. (This version does not reflect the supported amendments.) You can add a comment to the post HERE to propose an amendment.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Mar 11, 10:00am
Rev Meredith Garmon
To wander is "to ramble without a definite purpose or objective." So what's the purpose of not having a purpose?

Sun Mar 18, 10:00am
CUUC Youth Group
Our high school youth explore passion and share what they are passionate about in their lives. They ask us to consider our passions as well. How do they affect who we are, what we do, and how we engage with the world around us?  
Let's Journey Together
2018 Annual Giving Campaign 
Your contributions power CUUC's activities both inside our congregation and out in the wider world. Please do all you can to continue funding our work and our aspirations. Please return your pledge forms quickly, or pledge online at Contact: Barry Litcofsky (  
From the Economic Social Justice Team
Film Screening: "Inequality for All," Sat Mar 10, 7:30pm, Fellowship Hall  
Join us to watch Richard Reich's documentary Inequality for All followed by a conversation regarding the growing inequity in income in our country. What are the causes? Why is this a spiritual issue? What can be done? Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (    
Statement of Conscience
Congregation Forum/Debate on the "Escalating Income Inequity" Statement of Conscience (SOC), Sun Mar 11, 11:40am, Fellowship Hall
The SOC was adopted by the UUA to address growing income inequality in the US. 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. You can see the current version with the amendments supported so far HERE. Childcare is available .     
Faith Development
Faith Development Friday - Fri Mar 16, 6:15pm Pizza dinner, 7:00pm Programs   Programs include: Faith Like a River   This adult RE class explores the people, ideas, and movements that have shaped our faith heritage. You may also join this program online via Zoom video conferencing at ; Youth Social Night and Service Prep  Youth gather for a night of fun and preparing for the Youth Service on Sunday; Family Journey Group   Parents discuss the monthly theme while children gather for related activities. You are also welcome to simply attend for Pizza and Conversation in Fellowship Hall. Feel free to stay after the programs to enjoy Coffee & Conversation . RSVP to .       
UUA Common Read
CUUC Wisdom Reading Group Discussion, Fri Mar 23, 7:30pm, Fireside
We will discuss Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want , one of the two books selected for this year's Common Read . This optimistic book is for Americans who are asking, in the wake of Trump's victory, What do we do now? The answer: We need to organize and fight to protect and expand our democracy. Buy a copy at coffee hour and join us! Facilitated by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Sabrina Cleary (        
In the Community
Local Social Action Opportunities List
HERE f or a listing of several upcoming social action events in the area.

PrideWorks Conference, Wed Mar 14, 8:00am - 3:00pm, Pace University, Pleasantville
The Westchester UU congregations help sponsor this annual educational conference for LGBTQ youth and allies. Learn more HERE. To volunteer, contact Tracy Breneman (

March For Our Lives, Sat Mar 24, 1:00am, Post Road Elementary School to White Plains Library (MLK Statue)

Created, inspired, and led by students, the March For Our Lives movement is calling for demonstrations against gun violence. Local March For Our Lives events are being planned by Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action. Register HERE. More information HERE. To meet and march with other UUs, contact: Mary Cavallero ( To help New Yorkers Against Gun Violence send a NYC student to the DC march, click HERE

Undoing Racism® Community Organizing Workshop, Thu Apr 19 - Sat Apr 21, Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Wood Road, White Plains
An intensive workshop by the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond that is designed to educate, challenge, and empower people to undo the racist structures that hinder effective social change. Sponsored by the Westchester Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence and the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform. Training information and Registration HERE. Cost is $350 per person.    
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team    

Appliance & Sports Equipment/Games Collection, Sun Mar 25 - Sun Apr 8
We will be collecting small home appliances for the clients of Furniture Sharehouse and sports equipment and games for the children of Coachman Family Center. Bring items in on Sundays, or bring to room 44 during the week. For furniture, contact: Scott Damashek ( For sports equipment/games, contact: Ray Messing ( 
the Environmental Practices Group   

Wind energy is pretty simple. The energy in wind turns the turbine's fan blades around a rotor that is connected to the main shaft, which itself spins a generator to create electricity. Green energy! 
Free Indian Music Concert  

The Biryani Boys, Sun Mar 18, 4:30pm, Spice Kitchen, 122 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck  
Join CUUC member Jane Dixon as her guest for this short free concert of Indian music by the Biryani Boys, who were CUUC's musical guests last fall. The restaurant Spice Kitchen invites you to stay afterward and dine from their authentic menu. RSVPs appreciated! Contact: Jane Dixon (  
Share the Plate for March: Furniture Sharehouse  
We share half our non-pledge collection this month with Furniture Sharehousewhich provides free furniture to economically disadvantaged individuals and families in Westchester. Their clients include those moving out of homeless shelters into permanent housing; battered women and children escaping domestic violence; working families struggling to stay above the poverty line; young adults aging out of foster care; and victims of fires or other natural disasters. Since it's founding in 2007, the charity has helped over 4,000 households/12,000 individuals, and distributed more than 66,00 pieces of furniture with a value of almost $4 million. Learn more at
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Ingrid Hartmann (914 946-2026 or or her backup Gail McLeod (914 235-8212).
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 Mar 8 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Mar 9 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Sat Mar 10 - 9:30am Rental: WCSPP Open House; 10:00am  Zen; 10:00am Caring & Sharing; 7:30pm Film Screening "Inequality for All"
Sun Mar 11 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Congregation Forum/Debate on Statement of Conscience; 2:00pm Rental: Hoff Barthelson
Mon Mar 12 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue Mar 13 - 3:00pm Minister's Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed Mar 14 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees
Thu Mar 15 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri Mar 16 - 6:15pm Faith Development Fri - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee
Sat Mar 17 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Mar 18 - 9:00am Environmental Practices Group; 19:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 12:00pm Rental: Hoff Barthelson

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

Badger was well liked in the community, and the folks were always glad to see him. One day he was able to come to zazen and the informal discussion afterward. Mole said, "I'm glad that you were able to come tonight. I know it's not easy for you to get away." Badger said, "Thank you, Mole. It means a lot to me...READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
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