Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week

Mindfulness. Mindfulness is a kind of remembering, remembering to be here, to be present to pay attention to this moment of life. When w bring awareness to this moment we know what we are doing and we know we are alive. It's not so much that our fantasies, daydreams, and desires are not a natural part of life, rather it's that we are so unaware of how   READ MORE
From the Minister

Please read! There are TWO important books for this year's UUA Common Read:
- Mitra Rahnema, Ed. Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry
- Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie

I had the pleasure of spending time with children and youth in the RE program this past Sunday as part of a special program focused on honoring our veterans and learning about strategies and programs for healing visible and invisible wounds...  READ MORE

CUUC Choir Pianist Georgianna Pappas shares excerpts from J. S. Bach's monumental Goldberg Variations during Centering Music. The cycle was written to alleviate the insomnia of the Russian ambassador to the court of Saxony... READ MORE
  • Bice Wilson and I invite you to carpool with us to Voices of Indigenous Neighbors, Fri Nov 17, 7:00pm, in Shrub Oak. Join us by emailing me at, or calling or texting me at 781-710-1640. - Cindy
  • Minister Coffee Chat. On Tuesdays, 3-5pm, I'm available at an area coffee shop. In November, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, City Center, 230 Main St, White Plains. Drop by if you can! - Meredith
  • On the Journey, 2017 Nov: "Mindfulness." Get it HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

S un Nov 19
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our annual multi-generational celebration. Native American George Stonefish will join us as we honor the call to truth and reconciliation about the the origins of Thanksgiving.

Sun Nov 26
Who Are These People?
Rev. Meredith Garmon
"These people" are we -- .we Unitarian Universalists. But what does that mean? The more we know our history, the more we know who we are. One very influential chapter in our history is the life and work of Rev. Hosea Ballou (1771-1852).

Special Collection this Sunday

Non-Perishable Food Items + Monetary Donations for the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry, Sun Nov 19, during Worship
We will have a special collection of the items needed most by the pantry at this time of year: food and check/cash donations. Make checks to Ecumenical Food Pantry (if by mail: PO Box 2037, White Plains, NY 10602). Questions? Contact: Vicky Van Wert (
CUUC Auction: A Night in Havana
2017 Goods & Services Auction, This Sat Nov 18, 5:30pm, Tickets $40
The auction is this Saturday! The sanctuary is filling up with colorful and festive décor... unique & wonderful auction items are being displayed... preparations are underway for a delicious Cuban meal... and we have a few tickets available so there is still time to join us! Email Chris Kortlandt at to let us know you want to attend. Remember, your ticket includes dinner, drinks, dessert, the Kids' Auction, a fun evening, and the opportunity to bid on a variety of items donated by friends and fellow congregants. Please join us! RSVP for Kids' Auction to .   
This mosaic sculpture is part of Fusterlandia a neighborhood outside Havana filled with intricate and beautiful tilework created by artist José Fuster. A print of this photograph by Stephen Bear will be up for bid at the auction.
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service
Sun Nov 19, 1:00pm, Sanctuary          
Please join us as the transgender community and allies memorialize Trans* lives we've lost to violence in the past year. Sponsored by the LGBTQIA Social Justice Team. Contact: Tony Arrien  ( ).
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team  
National Hunger Awareness Week, Sun Nov 12 - Nov 18 
You can find several local opportunities to make a difference HERE. Learn more at Volunteer New York!
Opportunities for Giving
Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry
Cash donations are especially needed at this time of year. Send checks to Ecumenical Food Pantry, PO Box 2037, White Plains, NY 10602. Contact: Vicky Van Wert (
Gently Used Children's Books and Toy Drive, through Sun Dec 3, RE Lobby
For client families of the Ecumenical Food Pantry. We are also col lecting stuffed animals (new or like new) for the senior clients. Contact: Mary Cavallero ( for information or to volunteer.

Personal Items for Shelter Residents
New socks, men's underwear (L & XL), and toiletries will be collected throughout December for residents of local shelters. Posters from our 4th-5th grade RE kids help spread the word. Contact: Ray Messing (

Gift Cards for Coachman Family Center
Help a family at the Coachman by signing up to purchase a $25 gift card for their school-age children. Beginning Sun Dec 3, we will have the age and gender of the children plus the type of card they prefer. Please box and wrap the gift cards, tag with the child's name and room number, and bring in by Sun Dec 17. Contact: Ray Messing (

The Mitten Tree is Coming!
Help us decorate it by donating mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes. Share the gift of warmth! We will be collecting until Sun Dec 31.
Did You Know?

Plastic grocery bags, newspaper bags, and dry-cleaning bags may be dropped off at large grocery and retail stores. Americans throw away more than 100 billion plastic bags annually. Recycling reduces waste and protects wildlife from ingesting plastic litter. For full list of plastic items that can be recycled, click HERE. 
Cooperative Coffee Hour Sun Nov 26     
Staying in town over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend? Bring a snack for our Cooperative Coffee Hour next Sun Nov 26! A Cooperative Coffee Hour is where we all host each other so please bring a treat for the table to go with our beverages, and help us set up and clean up together. Thanks!.
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fundraiser    
Sun Dec 3 & 10, following Worship
Unique gifts for family, friends, and teachers! If interested in selling your crafts, please contact Barbara Youngman (
From the Animal Advocacy Social Justice Team
To all congregants who contributed in the month October to our Sunday Share-the-Plate collection, many thanks for your kind generosity! The total $2,202 collected will be sent to the International Fund for Animal Welfare and earmarked to help the animals who were affected by the recent hurricanes down south. Also a sincere thanks to our wonderful Matching Fund donors!
Share the Plate for November: Ecumenical Food Pantry 
The recipient of half our non-pledge collection this month is the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry. The all-volunteer staff works 51 weeks a year providing food to 400+ families each month. CUUC was a one of the congregations that founded the pantry and has supported it throughout its 38 years with both funds and long-time volunteers. 
In the Community
Voices of Indigenous Neighbors, Fri Nov 17, 7:00pm, John C. Hart Library, Shrub Oak
Screen the 2015 documentary American Native with a guest leader from the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Hosted by Fourth UU Congregation in Mohegan Lake, p resented by Westchester Indigenous Collaboration. See flier HERE. To join the carpool, contact: Cindy Davidson (
Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, Tue Nov 21, 7:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of White Plains, 39 North Broadway
Sponsored by the White Plains Religious Leaders and the Minister's Fellowship Council of White Plains & Vicinity. Because it is good to be together and be thankful. Please join us. Learn more HERE
Rock & Soul Revue, Saturday, Dec 2, 7:30pm, Common Ground Coffeehouse, FUSW Hastings
With a repertoire of Motown, soul, funk, and other classics sure to make you want to get on down, a Rock & Soul Revue dance party is not to be missed! More HERE.
Midnight Run,  Fri Dec 8, 7:00pm, FUSW Hastings
We never have as much clothing as we need, so please go through your closets and donate as many gently used weather-appropriate items as you can spare. We also need new (not used) underwear and socks. Ask friends and neighbors, too - whatever we collect will be gratefully received by the homeless! You may drop off donations anytime using the white box by the FUSW front door. Contact: Art Lowenstein (
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Adine Usher (914 328-2307 or or her backup Barbara Mair (914-769-7186, 
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, please contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,

Thurs Nov 16 - CUUC Auction Setup
Fri Nov 17 - CUUC Auction Setup; 6:30pm Journey Group - Families
Sat Nov 18 - 10:00am Auction Setup; 10:00am Zen; 5:30pm Auction Preview; 6:00pm Auction
Sun Nov 19 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 1:00pm Transgender Day of Remembrance
Mon Nov 20 - 7:30pm Journey Group - A. Rocchi; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tues Nov 21 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:00pm Journey Group - T. Litkosky; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Thurs Nov 23  - Office Closed; 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - J. Majsak
Sat Nov 25 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Nov 26 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am UU Roots: Conversation for Visitors & Newcomers; 11:30am Animal Advocacy 
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
Secretary: Steve Miller,, 914-723-0982
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Pamela Cucinell,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
Quick Links

Your Moment of Zen

Raven took her students to see Stag Sensei, who taught kung fu at Bentpine. Stag gave a little talk and showed them some of the exercises. Then in the Founder's Glade they bowed before a large stone in the form of Bunnydharma. Back home that evening, Porcupine asked, "Was Bunnydharma really the founder of kung fu?" Raven said, "That  READ MORE
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