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

How Much Is Enough? Our present bases of status are not only hazardous to our financial security but also to our collective ecological security. And we know it. We all know intellectually that endlessly increasing consumption is unsustainable for the Earth. What others thinks of us will always matter. We want to be valued and...READ MORE
From the Minister

I'm so impressed and proud of the work of our SJTs (Social Justice Teams)! Our Women's Issues SJT...Our Environment SJT...Our Economic Inequality SJT...Our LGBTQ SJT...Our Refugee Resettlement SJT...Our Hungry and Homeless SJT...Our Animal Advocacy SJT...Racial Justice SJT...In so many, many ways we are simply, impressively, ... READ MORE

Many of us were heartened by the high school youth who walked out of school on Wednesday to demand gun control after another shocking school shooting. We were inspired by their passion and maturity. This Sunday, our CUUC high school youth share their reflections on the topic of passion. Be sure to walk into the sanctuary this Sunday to witness the powerful, creative spirit of our youth. RE NEWS 
From the Ministerial Intern

Our monthly theme of wandering and our annual giving campaign's theme of "Let's Journey Together" has me daydreaming. My mind meanders here and there. Oh, where are the places you'll go? We'll go? In Dr. Seuss's 1990 book, "Oh, the Places You'll Go!", the protagonist is portrayed in the drawings as a young boy who wanders on life's... READ MORE
From the Youth Program Coordinator

Hello Everyone! Youth Group would like your help! On March 23, First Unitarian Society of Westchester will be hosting a Midnight Run and we'd like to support them! Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. In over 1,000 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools, and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. See the news item below for a list of the items we are collecting. We'd greatly appreciate your donations!! ~ In community, Chandeerah S. Davis
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Mar 20 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 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? 

Sun Mar 25, 10:00am 
Daring Democracy
Rev. Meredith Garmon
A look at the second of this year's two Common Read books.
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 (  
Faith Development
Faith Development Friday - Fri Mar 16, 6:15pm Pizza dinner, 7:00pm Programs   Programs include: Faith Like a River adult RE ( You may also join this program via Zoom video conferencing at ); Youth Group Social Night and Service Prep ; and Family Journey Group. You may also simply attend for Pizza and Conversation in Fellowship Hall. Everyone welcome to stay after programs for Coffee & Conversation. RSVP
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 (  
Youth Group Clothing Drive
Used Clothing Drive for Midnight Run, through Thu Mar 22
The CUUC Youth Group is supporting Midnight Run by collecting these new or gently used items: Jackets & Coats; Pants & Jeans; Hats & Gloves; Sweaters, Sweatshirts, & Hoodies; also NEW Socks & Underwear (M-XL). Look for our labeled bins in the building. Thank you for your donations!      
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 . Buy a copy at coffee hour and join us! Facilitated by Rev. Meredith Garmon and Sabrina Cleary (
Strategic Planning Forum
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team    

Appliance & Sports Equipment/Games Collection, Sun Mar 25 - Sun Apr 8
We are collecting lamps and small home appliances for Furniture Sharehouse, and sports equipment and games for Coachman Family Center. See our flyer HERE. Bring items in on Sundays, or bring to room 44 during the week. Contact: Scott Damashek ( for furniture. Contact: Ray Messing ( for sports equipment & games
CUUC Cookbook Fundraiser

Share your favorite recipe and support the recipient of our RE Variety Show fundraiser! Submit your recipe along with a little backstory and a photo, and we'll create a CUUC cookbook, which will be on sale at our May 12 Variety Show (and after). See details HERE. Send recipes to Irene Cox ( and Erin Foster ( Deadline Sat Mar 31
From the Environmental Practices Group
PrideWorks Conference 2018

Members from all five UU congregations in Westchester participated in this year's PrideWorks Conference at Pace University Pleasantville, including Tony Arrien and John Cavallero from CUUC. PrideWorks is an annual county-wide conference for about 500 LGBTQ+ youth and allies, and UUs have been an important part of the conference throughout its almost two decades of existence since the first event, when it was called "Healing the Hurt." Read more HERE.
In the Community
Local Social Action Opportunities List
HERE for a listing of several upcoming social action events in the area.
March For Our Lives, Sat Mar 24, 1:00pm, 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. Please register HERE. More information HERE. For help registering, or to march with other UUs, contact: Mary Cavallero ( You can help New Yorkers Against Gun Violence send a NYC student to the DC march HERE.

Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester meeting, Mon Mar 19, 7:00pm, Katonah United Methodist, Katonah
Everyone welcome; child-friendly meetings. We meet the third Monday of the month. Next meeting: South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry. Learn more HERE and on Facebook HERE. Contact:, (914) 295-2527.   
Share the Plate for March: Furniture Sharehouse  
We share half our non-pledge collection this month with Furniture Sharehouse, which 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.
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 15 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri Mar 16 - 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; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Seder Planning Discussion; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 2:00pm Rental: Hoff Barthelson
Mon Mar 19 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:30pm Journey Group - A. Rocchi; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue Mar 20 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed Mar 21 - 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu Mar 22 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Fri Mar 23 - 7:30pm Wisdom Reading Group/Common Read
Sat Mar 24 - 10:00am  Zen
Sun Mar 25 - 9:00am Auction Comm; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am  Newcomers' Conversation; 11:30am Strategic Planning Forum 

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

One morning Porcupine came to Raven privately and asked, "What is Raven Roshi?" Raven said, "I have this urge to prey on newborn lambs." Porcupine asked, "How do you deal with it?" Raven said, "I'd be disoriented without it."...READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
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