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

Aspire to the Impossible. We'd be selling ourselves short if our aspirations weren't so lofty as to be impossible to fulfill. Just keep making effort in the direction of fulfillment of the aspiration but don't expect to complete the job. You will always have more to do. To commit to something you actually could accomplish is.... READ MORE
From the Minister

In 2018, we've had a "Faith Development Friday" once a month. We've had three so far, and the April event will be on Fri Apr 13. It's great! We gather for dinner and fellowship at 6-ish, and programming starts at 7:00. I've been having a great time leading an exploration of aspects of UU history. On Fri Mar 16, we... READ MORE

Spring is officially here! The weather may not have represented our hopes for spring, but the warmth of community on Sunday certainly will. Join us for a special musical guest and interesting classes that include social action, an earth-centered tradition, Easter reflections, welcoming, and new self-discoveries. RE NEWS 

Melody of Dragon, our musical guests at CUUC this Sunday, is a Chinese music ensemble based in New York City, founded in 1998 by four virtuoso musicians in order to introduce and promote traditional Chinese musical repertory in the United States... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue Mar 27 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 25, 10:00am 
Daring Democracy
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
A look at the second of this year's two Common Read books.



Sun Apr 1, 10:00am 
Easter: the True Fool 
Rev. Meredith Garmon
As Easter coincides with April Fool's day, we'll look at how the wisdom of the fool helps us rise again.
 
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 cucwp.org/giving. Contact: Barry Litcofsky (barry.litcofsky@gmail.com).  
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, 6:30pm Pizza, 7:00pm Discussion, Fireside
We will gather for a meal and then 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. RSVP to CUUCevents@gmail.com.
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 (scottdamashek@gmail.com) for furniture. Contact: Ray Messing (raymessing@gmail.com) for sports equipment & games
Strategic Planning Forum
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 (irene.cox@gmail.com) and Erin Foster (eefoster@aol.com). Deadline Sat Apr 7
From the Racial Justice Team  

UUA Call for Personal Testimony
The UUA's Commission on Institutional Change requests personal accounts and stories about how racism has affected individuals and groups within Unitarian Universalism at the personal, institutional, or systemic levels. It is seeking to document incidents that occurred between individual UUs, within a congregational or Associational setting, or as a result of white-centeredness embedded within the greater UU culture. More info HERE.
From the Environmental Practices Group
Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Afghan family that CUUC is sponsoring is settling into their new life here in White Plains. The children have begun signing up for activities so we will be needing additional drivers for spring and summer. To add your name to our list of volunteers, contact Paula Meighan (paula.meighan74@gmail.com). 
Greeters Needed   

Make our Sunday visitors feel welcome - come a little early to share your smile and a warm greeting. You can sign up for one or more Sundays HERE. Contact: Jane Dixon lilrhodie@gmail.com).  
Hearthkeepers Wanted

The Hearthkeepers keep our Sunday services warm in the winter by preparing for and tending the fire in our sanctuary fireplace. We are looking for new members to join us in this important work next year. Interested? Contact: John Schwam (jgschwam@gmail.com). 
Cooperative Coffee Hour 

Cooperative Coffee Hour, Sun Apr 1
Easter is a time for sharing special treats. We invite all who will be attending worship to bring along a goodie to help fill the table for next Sunday's Cooperative Coffee Hour. Then pitch in to help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!   
In the Community
 
Local Social Action Opportunities
Click
HERE for a listing of 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. March details HERE. For help registering, or to march with other UUs, contact: Mary Cavallero (marycava4@gmail.com). You can help New Yorkers Against Gun Violence send a NYC student to the DC march HERE.  
Share the Plate for March: Furniture Sharehouse  
 
We share half our non-pledge collection with Furniture Sharehouse, which provides free furniture to disadvantaged individuals and families in Westchester. These include those moving out of shelters into permanent housing; battered women and children escaping domestic violence; working families struggling to stay out of poverty; young adults aging out of foster care; and victims of fires. furnituresharehouse.org.
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 wwwingrid@webtv.net) 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, admin@cucwp.org).

Thu Mar 22 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am  Science & Spirituality
Fri Mar 23 - 7:30pm Wisdom Reading Group/Common Read
Sat Mar 24 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Mar 25 - 9:00am Nominating Committee; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversation; 11:30am Auction Comm; 11:30am Strategic Planning Forum
Mon Mar 26 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue Mar 27 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal; 7:30pm Journey Group - J. Majsak
Sat Mar 31 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: WCOB
Sun Apr 1 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering 
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Lifespan Religious Ed. & Faith Development: Perry Montrose, dlre@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@verizon.net, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Ministerial Intern: Cindy Davidson, intern@cucwp.org, 781-710-1640
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis, cuucypc@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg, Dsilverberg@ebglaw.com, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Karen Dreher, KMDreher55@gmail.com, 914-235-7845
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
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

Raven took her perch on the Assembly Oak and said, "The problem is that one thing seems to lead to another." Owl asked, "Isn't that the way things are?" Raven said, "Not really." Owl cocked her head. "You just said . . . ," she began. Raven.... READ MORE
Info on our Saturday Zen practice: HERE
The e -Communitarian newsletter is e-mailed each Thursday. 
Please send submissions to admin@cucwp.org by noon on Tuesday.
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