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. Practice for Life is Practice for Death. Death is powerful, very immediate, and a great motivator. But if you wait till the time when death is close to begin your practice, it may well be too late. It is much better to spend time in your life working on your spiritual practice so at the time of death it will be...READ MORE
From the Minister. There are five features of congregational life that none of these other vehicles for delivering inspiration or cultivating spiritual maturation have. I think they're worth preserving, though I notice that our culture has been growing increasingly ambivalent about them -- which is why the religiously...READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education The process of coming of age from a faith development perspective is a lifelong one. We are continually coming into our own as we move through various stages of life. As Unitarian Universalists, we embrace the never-ending unfolding of our spiritual evolution in which revelation is ongoing. Each time we witness the Coming Of Age...READ MORE & RE NEWS
  • Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat - No Chat on Tue May 22. Join Rev. Meredith on Tue May 29 at Sunshine Coffee Roasters, 1932 Palmer Ave, Larchmont.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE. See especially recommended passages HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
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 th e discoveries made on their incredible journey.

Sun May 27, 10:00am
"LGBTQ Celebration"
Rev. Meredith Garmon and others
For two years, the CUUC LGBTQIA Social Justice Team has lead us through the renewal of our designation as a UUA Welcoming Congregation . This morning we celebrate their work and the congregation's journey. 
In Case You Missed It . . .

Click the pic for Cindy Davidson's May 13 sermon: "Truths Be Told."

For video of a number of past sermons on our YouTube channel, CLICK HERE.
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 and Team 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).  
Audit Volunteers Wanted
We are looking for two CUUC members to serve as our impartial volunteer auditors, performing our biennial congregational audit. Volunteers should understand financial record keeping and basic audit processes. This will be a limited time commitment. Contact: Chris Kortlandt (  
From the Auction Committee
Help us transform the sanctuary into an underwater paradise for our auction in the fall! The decorating team needs empty 2 liter soda/water bottles and PAPER egg cartons that will magically morph into beautiful sea creatures. A collection pail is 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 at this informational meeting, and at
Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge.  Contact: Tom Wacht ( or Chris Kortlandt (  
Science & Spirituality    
Science & Spirituality Group, Thu May 24, 11:30am, Fireside
We are reading Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect , by Matthew Lieberman. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (

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!
Outside Events at CUUC    
"Gene Wilder, Jewish Humanist Role Model," Sat May 19 , 2:30pm
You are invited to join the Westchester Community for Humanistic Judaism for a humanistic Shavuot service and a presentation on Gene Wilder. Light refreshments. Donations welcome. Contact: , 914-713-8828 (evenings). 
In the Community
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester, Mon May 21, 7:00pm, Katonah United Methodist, Katonah.
Everyone welcome - child-friendly meetings. We will discuss reparations and upcoming events, including summer potlucks. We meet the third Monday of the month. 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.

NAACP Freedom Fundraiser Event, Thu May 31, 6:00pm, Mt. Hope AME Zion Church, 65 Lake Street, White Plains
Sponsored by the White Plains/Greenburgh NAACP , committed to building bridges to build a better community. Join them in the fight to protect our lives, our rights, and our future. Contact .
For tickets ($60.00), contact Deb Margoluis (, 914-393-9451). Register HERE. 
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
UUA General Assembly  
UUA General Assembly 2018, Jun 20-24, Kansas City, Missouri
Every year in June, Unitarian Universalists from the US, Canada and beyond gather for General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Click HERE for information. On the agenda is a bylaw amendment to give votes to religious educators. If you are interested in representing CUUC as a delegate at GA, either in Kansas City or remotely (online from home), talk to Rev. Meredith Garmon.    
Join Pride March with UUs  
2018 Pride March, Sunday, June 24, UUs Gather 11:30am, 8th Ave. and 16th St, New York City
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley (UUCHV), Croton, has registered to march in this year's NYC Pride March , and invites CUUC to join them. Register by Sun Jun 10 to hold your spot . Contact: Tony Arrien ( or Jim Russell ( Facebook event HERE.
UU Summer Camps & Retreats 
Discover, delight, and unwind in a truly unique and beautiful setting where the stress of mainland life is left behind. All are welcome to journey out to Star Island in New Hampshire for memorable experiences during one of our summer conferences rich with community activities, educational talks, and engaging workshops for adults, youth, and families. Find more UU summer camps and conference centers HERE .  

Share the Plate for May: WCC Student Aid Programs
We donate half our non-pledge collection this month to programs that support low-income college students at Westchester Community College (WCC). To help students overcome emergency hardships or challenges that could compromise their enrollment, WCC established an Emergency Transportation Fund to provide free metro or bus passes when needed, and an Emergency Food Pantry to support students with food insecurity. In 2017-18, the funds distributed $4,500 worth of transportation passes, and supplied over 1,000 students and their families with healthy foods. 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 17 - 7:00pm Journey Group-Litkofsky
Fri May 18 - 6:15pm Faith Development Fri - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee & Conversation 
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: Coming of Age Service; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Auction Committee; 11:30am Legacy Giving Presentation; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 2:00pm Rental: Hoff Barthelson
Mon May 21 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:30pm Journey Group-Rocchi; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue May 22 - 3:00pm CANCELLED Minister's Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal; 7:30pm Journey Group-Majsak
Wed May 23 - 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu May 24 - 10:00am Journey Group-Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality
Sat May 26 - 10:00am Zen
Sun May 27 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Legacy Giving Presentation

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. Winter set in firmly, and frequent snowstorms prevented the community from meeting. One day was unseasonably warm, however, and a few members gathered for a day of zazen. In the question period, Owl said, "Many folks aren't surviving the winter, and I think all of us are...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat May 19
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