Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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May issue of On the Journey: Truth -- CLICK HERE
Practice of the Week. Industrial Civilization and Everyone Else. While we cannot be blamed for the circumstances that led us to where we are today, we do have a responsibility to live with as much integrity and mindfulness as possible. We need to say "enough" to the unrealistic notion that our standard of living...READ MORE
From the Minister. Whether the influence of boys' testosterone is channeled into aggression and dominance or into, say, fighting for social justice, is up to us. I believe that a society that expects and rewards its boys to be strong in pro-social ways - a society that won't tolerate sexual aggression -- can get what it expects... READ MORE
From the Ministerial Intern  The Founding Mothers of Mother's Day - Mother's Day is one of the most highly commercialized holidays in the United States - greeting cards, flowers, gifts, special meals out, and long-distance phone calls make for brisk marketing and business. Are these expressions of love and appreciation obscuring the original meaning of the Day?... READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education  The Variety Show is a unique, amazing event. It is a convivial gathering that is truly intergenerational, with performers and audience members of all ages. It is rare in life today that we bring together the generations. We have a great time and raise money for an important cause. This is the most fun you can have while raising money...READ MORE & RE NEWS
From the Music Director   Maternity in its myriad forms finds voice in Sunday morning's musical selections. Tchaikovsky immortalized a child's plea in "Mamma" from his Album for the Young, Op. 39, a set of pieces for student pianists... The CUUC Choir contributes two anthems, both expressions of thankfulness on a holiday associated with feelings of gratitude and appreciation... READ MORE
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - On Tue May 15th find me at Sunshine Coffee Roasters, 1932 Palmer Ave, in Larchmont (adjacent to Red Mango)
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE. See especially recommended passages HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
S un May 13, 10:00am
"Truths Be Told"
Cindy Davidson, Ministerial Intern 
"You can't fool Mother Earth!" What can we learn by retrieving voices of the feminine divine, and lifting up the voices of today's women activists? 

Sun May 20, 10:00am
"Coming of Age Worship Service"
Coming of Age Class of 2018  
Witness the meaning of our faith when our Coming-of-Age youth share their faith statements. Through this service, we support our youth and honor the culmination of the discoveries made on their incredible journey.
In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for the May 6 Prayer and Homily from our Flower Celebration service.

For video of a number of past sermons on our Youtube channel, CLICK HERE.
Variety Show FUN-draiser! 
CUUC's Variety Show, Sat May 12, 5:00pm, Sanctuary
Come one, come all to our 6th annual evening of fun and fundraising! Members, friends, family, and relatives - all are welcome. Enjoy performances (kids AND adults), bake sale, and much more! Sign up in the RE lobby. If you are soliciting raffle donations from local businesses, a letter explaining the show and CUUC is HERE . Raffle tickets on sale Sunday. Contact: Liz Suvanto (
Lifespan Religious Education   

Faith Development Friday - Fri May 18, 6:15pm Pizza Dinner, 7:00pm Programs  

Programs include:
Faith Like a River (You may also join this program via Zoom videoconferencing at; Youth Social Night; and Family Journey Group. You are also welcome to come for Pizza and Conversation in Fellowship Hall, and stay after the programs to share Coffee & Conversation . RSVP to .
Board of Trustees Notice   

Annual Meeting, Sun June 3, following Worship
The Board of Trustees will call the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, June 3, 2018 for the purpose of:
  • receiving annual reports;
  • voting on the Board of Trustees slate presented by the Nominating Committee;
  • electing members to the Nominating Committee; and
  • voting on CUUC's operating budget for July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.
Please plan to attend this important meeting. Committee Chairs, please submit your reports to the administrator.

Voting on the Annual Budget for Longtime Friends
The Board shall allow nonmembers sixteen years of age or older who have been more than occasional attendants at the worship services and who have made annual recorded contributions to the financial support of the Congregation during each of the preceding 10 years, who so request it in writing, to be permitted to vote on approval of annual Congregation operating and capital budgets. If you would like to make a request, please contact the congregation office ( , 914-946-12660).  
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. If you haven't done so yet, please return your pledge forms or pledge online at Contact: Barry Litcofsky (  
From the Auction Committee
Help us transform the sanctuary into an underwater paradise for the Under the Sea auction in the fall! Our decorating team needs empty 2 liter soda/water bottles and PAPER egg cartons that will magically morph into beautiful sea creatures. A collection box will be located in the lobby. Contact: Claire Flower ( 
UUA Matching Gift Opportunity
Legacy Giving Presentation, Sun May 20, 11:30 am, Fellowship Hall
Did you know that if you name CUUC as a beneficiary in your will, your IRA, or other legacy gift, our congregation will receive a 10% matching donation from the UUA now, up to $10,000? Learn more about how a strong planned giving program can transform our congregation and fortify our mission for generations to come. Visit
Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge.  Contact: Tom Wacht ( or Chris Kortlandt (  
From Animal Advocacy   
"Predators in the Landscape," Thu May 24, 7:00pm, Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Dr, Croton
Learn how larger predators interact with changing landscapes. Join Animal Advocacy team members at CUUC to carpool, grab a quick bite, and attend this free Saw Mill River Audubon presentation. Learn more HERE. Contact: Joe Majsak ( Another fun outing!
In the Community
Midnight Run, Fri May 11, 7:00pm, FUSW Hastings
Help us make a difference in the lives of those in need. Volunteers needed to help prepare food, pack clothes, and distribute and interact with the homeless in NYC. Art Lowenstein ( 914-844-4189),
Annie Patton 914-588-4782, .  
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester, Mon May 21, 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.

"How Secure is Your Vote?" Panel Discussion, Tue May 22, 7:30pm, Harmon Community Center, Hastings
Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Westchester and Citizens for Voting Integrity New York.  
LOFT Pride Day, Sat Jun 2, 252 Bryant Ave, White Plains
Celebrate the LGBTQ community at Westchester's premier pride festival! Food, Music, Comedy, Drums, Pet Costumes, and so much more! Volunteer, vendor, and sponsorship opportunities available.

Find information on additional events HERE
UU Summer Camps
"Camping in the Grove" is five days of fun-filled summer adventure for rising 4th through 7th graders at Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center. Camp takes place August 5 - 9. If you love games, art, swimming, music, nature, talent shows, and bonfires, our camping experience on this historical Universalist site is for you! Our 2018 Camp Theme is "Social Activism." Find more UU summer camps and conference centers HERE .  

Share the Plate for May: WCC Student Aid Programs
We will donate half our non-pledge collection this month to programs that support local low-income college students at Westchester Community College (WCC). Because these students struggle with everyday expenses, WCC has an Emergency Transportation Fund to offer free metro or bus passes when needed, and a Food Pantry to support students with food insecurity. This year the Transportation Fund distributed $4,500 in passes, and the Food Pantry assisted over 1,000 students and their families. Gratitudes to Jim Cobb and the CUUC Racial Justice Team for researching and identifying these opportunities for us to make a difference. We plan to raise additional funds for these programs again in October.
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Liz Laite (914-366-4211, or her backup Nicky Klemens (914-967-4419, 
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 May 10 - 11:30pm Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri May 11 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson; 4:30pm Variety Show Rehearsal
Sat May 12 - 10:00am Zen; 5:00pm Variety Show
Sun May 13 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT
Mon May 14- 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue May 15 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed May 16 - 7:30pm Capital Campaign; 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu May 17 - 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkofsky
Fri May 18 - 6:15pm Faith Development Fri - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee
Sat May 19 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: WCBNY; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ; 5:00pm COA Rehearsal
Sun May 20 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 10:00am RE: Coming of Age; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversations; 11:30am Auction Committee; 11:30am UUA Legacy Giving Presentation; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 2:00pm 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
Your Moment of Zen. One evening Owl said, "I've heard that the mind is the mountains, the rivers, and the great Blue Planet." Raven said, "Right." Owl continued, "And that the mind is neither tall nor short." Raven said, "That, too." Owl asked, "Then what is the mind?" Raven said, "Beans." READ MORE

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