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. Get (and Keep) Your Life in Balance. The one area of our lives that doesn't work so well is the one that affects us the most. That's the area that, until it starts going better, is most important. Thus, having a system that reminds you to work on your weak areas is essential. With the various aspects...READ MORE
From the Minister. "Love Resists" -- a joint campaign by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee -- is worth paying attention to. Particularly, let me mention the work "Love Resists" is doing to organize to end the cash bail system. Here's the word:...READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education Our Coming of Age Service last Sunday included a family COA ritual in which parents named something that they are going to let go of as their youth move from childhood into young adulthood. Their statements were reinforced by lighting flash paper in our chalice that vanished before our eyes. This action brought home the...READ MORE & RE NEWS
From the Ministerial Intern First among the things and commencement activities I did last weekend in Chicago was the graduate vespers service and dinner honoring the three recipients of honorary degrees; the highlight of the evening for me was the remarks from the honorees. Dr. Daniel O. Aleshire, recently retired executive... READ MORE
From the Music Director In recognition of the successful renewal of CUUC's Welcoming Congregation status, works by gay composers are featured in the morning's Centering and Opening Music, and CUUC's house band affirms diversity and personal authenticity in song; and our own Kim Force offers one of... READ MORE
  • Talk with your minister. One option: I'm at a coffee shop from 3-5pm (almost) every Tuesday until Father's Day. I invite you to drop by and visit with me. May 29: Sunshine Coffee Roasters, 1932 Palmer Ave, Larchmont. Jun 5 & 12: Starbucks, 2 South Greeley Ave, Chappaqua.
    Another option: Drop by the Minister's Study at CUUC. I'm in and available: Wed & Thu: 10-12 & 3-6 (through Jun 10)
    Or: The Parsonage is open for drop-in visits on Fridays, 12:30-5.
    Or: Call Pam (946-1660, x2) or me (352-682-8492) to make an appointment!.
  • Check out the two Common Reads for 2017-18 HERE. See especially recommended passages HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun May 27, 10:00am
"LGBTQ Celebration"
Rev. Meredith Garmon and others
For two years, the CUUC LGBTQIA Social Justice Team has led us through the renewal of our designation as a UUA Welcoming Congregation . We celebrate their work and the congregation's journey. Wear a rainbow this morning! 

Yency Contreras was 17-years-old and a recent arrival from Honduras in 2004 when LoraKim and I took him in. He'll be joining me for this service to talk about our personal encounters with US immigration policy.
Wear a Rainbow!

This Sunday is our LGBTQ Celebration! We invite you to come to worship wearing a rainbow or rainbow color to support CUUC's renewal as a Welcoming Congregation. (If you forget, we'll have some special ribbons on hand!) 
C ooperative Coffee Hour

Cooperative Coffee Hour This Sun, May 27
We invite all attending to bring along a treat to help fill the table for this Sunday's Cooperative Coffee Hour table. Then please pitch in to set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!
UUA Matching Gift Opportunity
Legacy Giving Presentation, Sun May 27, 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 (  
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 Needed
We are looking for two CUUC members to serve as our impartial volunteer auditors, performing our biennial congregational audit. Volunteers should understand financial recordkeeping and basic audit processes. This will be a limited time commitment. Contact: Chris Kortlandt (  
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
Outside Events at CUUC

"From Bach to Jazz" Benefit Concert, Sun Jun 10, 4:30pm, Sanctuary
Join pianist Lisa Lobo (whom you may have met at Sunday worship services) and ensemble for a concert to raise funds for the  Kripa Foundation , an addiction treatment center in her native India. Learn more HERE .
Support Students During Summer Break
Over the summer, students may lose academic skills, commonly known as the "summer slide." By fifth grade, summer slide can leave low-income students up to three years behind. Studies show that reading six books during the summer may keep a struggling reader from regressing. Westchester UU congregations have partnered with @DaymakerGiving to donate books to children in need with a simple click. Help turn the summer slide into the summer swing - visit 
UUA General Assembly  
UUA General Assembly 2018, Jun 20-24, Kansas City, Missouri
Every June, UUs from the U.S., Canada, and beyond gather for General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Click HERE for information. If you want to represent CUUC as a delegate at GA, either in Kansas City or remotely (online from home), see Rev. Meredith Garmon.    
Join UUs at NYC Pride    
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.
Did You Know...
There's a free app from the City of White Plains that  answers many recycling questions, including whether that pizza box can go in with your newspapers, or has to go in the trash. Go to your app store and search for White Plains DPW at Your Service, or go online  HERE. 
In the Community

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. For tickets, contact Deb Margoluis (, 914-393-9451). Register  HERE. 
#WearOrange Weekend for Gun Violence Awareness, June 1-3
National Gun Violence Awareness Day Ceremony, Fri Jun 1, 7:30 pm, City Hall Unity Fountain, 40 S Broadway, Yonkers
"Wear Orange" meetup at YWCA Yonkers, 87 S Broadway, 6:45 pm
sponsored and hosted by Moms Demand Action. Contact YWCA Yonkers, 914-963-0640 ext. 100, or Moms Demand Action,
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. .

Juneteenth Parade, Sat Jun 9, 11:00am, Mamaroneck Ave & Old Mamaroneck Rd, White Plains
The White Plains Juneteenth Heritage Committee is proud to announce its 14th Annual Juneteenth Parade & Festival. For info, email
UU Summer Camps & Retreats 
Rowe Summer Camp in Rowe, MA, strives to create a safe space where young people can relate and connect, while learning to interact in caring,thoughtful ways that honor the principles of social justice. As young people come to believe in themselves, they see the possibilities for changing the world. More info HERE. 
Find more UU summer camps and conference centers HERE .  
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 ( 
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 these students overcome emergency hardships 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 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
Mon May 28 - OFFICE CLOSED; 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i CANCELLED
Tue May 29 - 3:00pm Minister's Tuesday Coffee Chat; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal; 7:30pm Legacy Giving BOT Presentation
Wed May 30 - 7:30pm Capital Campaign; 7:45pm Rental: WCSPP
Thu May 31 - 7:30pm Program Council; 7:30pm Journey Group-Montrose
Sat June 2 - 10:00am Rental: Private Party; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sun June 3 - 8:15am RE Council; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Gun Safety Meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Annual Meeting; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Welcome Committee; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering

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,
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Your Moment of Zen. Porcupine came again to Raven for a special interview and said, "A week ago I found that everything was completely open and clear to the very bottom, but last night I woke up for no reason and was filled with fear and panic. What's going on?" Raven said, "A week ago you realized that everything is...READ MORE
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