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

Unitask. In our busy lives, how often do we find ourselves doing more than one thing at a time? Many days, it seems that multi-tasking is an ingrained part of life. For ONE WEEK stop multi-tasking. Try it and see how it feels. You may find you want to do this all the time -- not just occasionally.  READ MORE
From the Minister

Mindfulness! Derived from the Buddhist concept sati, mindfulness has become all the rage. Some of this "rage" is meaningless -- yet there's something important here, too. Our "themes of the month" are generally "slow transformers." That is, regular reflection on and investigation of the meaning of death, faith, forgiveness, evil, grace, freedom, etc. READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education

Special music, a skit, a trip, classes, Stone Soup Brunch, a concert, Children's Choir, multigen worship, a toy and book drive, Day In Place, a food collection, hosting students for Thanksgiving, and a reading and study group are all happening at CUUC in Nov. As we enter the holiday season, please remember that all the offerings at CUUC are... READ MORE and RE NEWS
One of the top ten Public Service Announcements in American television dates to the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. "It's 10 o-clock... do you know where your children are?" ...  I do know that 10 o-clock on a Sunday morning, they are not attending church... READ MORE
Sure, you know plucked string instruments like guitars and banjos, but... have you ever heard the charango? Come hear the fascinating instruments connected to indigenous Latin-American music in the hands of the master musicians of Camanchaca... READ MORE
On the Journey, 2017 Nov: "Mindfulness." Get it HERE.
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
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Nov 5
Mindfulness Is a Fad
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Mindfulness seems to have become all the rage these days. Along with popularity have come critics. Some of those critics have a point.

Sun Nov 12
Income Inequality
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Income inequality -- the topic of a Statement of Conscience adopted at the 2017 General Assembly -- continues to threaten justice, democracy, well-being (of rich and poor alike) -- and our spirits. 

Daylight Savings Time Ends
We "fall back" on Sun Nov 5 at 2:00am. Remember to reset your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night so you can arrive at CUUC on time Sunday morning! 
Days In Place     
Sat Nov 4, CUUC Building & Grounds
Join the community that appreciates, improves, and maintains the grounds at CUUC. Contact: Bice Wilson (, Pamela Cucinell (
Stone Soup Brunch 
Sun Nov 5, after Worship, Fellowship Hall 
Sustenance created by the 8th-9th gr. class from the diverse contributions offered from our community. Sign up to bring an ingredient. The class will donate all proceeds to Puerto Rico hurricane relief. $5/adult; $3/child; $15 max  
Young Adults  
Young Adult Gathering, Sun Nov 5: Brunch, Conversation, and Concert
Young adult members, friends, and visitors, come share a meal and conversation with others in their 20s, 30s, and early 40s at the Stone Soup Brunch ($5) after worship, then stay for the concert at 12:30pm (suggested donation $20 / $10 students). Contact: Cindy Davidson ( , 781-710-1640) or Perry Montrose (
Music at CUUC Presents 
Adam Kent plays All Mozart, Sun Nov 5, 12:30pm, Sanctuary
CUUC Music Director Adam Kent performs an all-Mozart program, opening with a Music for All Ages that imagines Mozart "on the couch" with Freud! Suggested Donation $20, Students/Seniors $10, Children 13 & Under $5, Max Family Donation $45. Order online HERE. Contact: Janet Bear ( 
From the "Get Out the Vote" Team    
You can apply for an absentee ballot until Mon Nov 6 in person at the Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas St, White Plains. The office is open until 8:00pm and is open Sat Nov 4 until 2:00pm. Also, if you missed the registration deadline due to a move, etc., you may be able to vote by affidavit. Call the Board (914-995-5700) to confirm the ID and proof of address you need, then go to your polling place with the correct paperwork on Election Day to vote. 
Did You Know?    
Westchester County has a drop-off facility for items your local sanitation dept cannot accept. T he Household Material Recovery Facility (H-MRF) in Valhalla accepts herbicides and pesticides, fluorescent bulbs, unused/expired medicines, refrigerant-containing appliances (e.g., air conditioners), and more. Make appointments at 914-813-5425 or online HERE.  
Sunday Parking Reminder   
Please remember the upper lot is for congregants who need to be physically near our entrance in order to attend. If you are able to walk up the steps from the lower lot, please park your car in the lower lot. We know parking in the upper lot is limited, and are working on ways to assist when the lot is full. For more information, contact Jane Dixon (  
Room for One More this Thanksgiving?    
Make a place for an international student! Our congregation is again partnering with One to World to find host families to welcome students to their Thanksgiving dinners. A wonderful experience for both students and hosts! Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
Science & Spirituality  
Science & Spirituality, Thu Nov 9, 11:30am, Fireside Area
We will discuss Chapter 1 of How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker. Grab a copy and join us! (Note: we meet the second and fourth Thursday, but due to Thanksgiving, our next meeting will be Thu Nov 30). Contact: Yvonne Lynn (
CUUC Auction: A Night in Havana
2017 Goods & Services Auction, Sat Nov 18, 5:30p, Tickets $40
How much money will you spend at the auction to win fun & fabulous prizes? As much or as little as you want! $3? Buy a single Grab Bag ticket! * $10? Buy a spin on our Wheel of Chance! * $20? Enter our 50/50 raffle! * $25 and up? Bid on items in our silent auction! * $30 and up? Start bidding on a seat at our Bid & Bump Dinners! * $40? Buy a sheet of 25 Grab Bag tickets!  Contact: Amy Swiss ( Remember, we are still seeking donations, selling tickets, and collecting your loose change. For a donation form, click HERE. For a merchants' solicitation letter, click HERE.   
Adult Religious Education 
Wisdom Reading & Study Group, Sun Nov 12, 11:40, Room 41
An opportunity for spiritual growth, with text and topic provided. We begin with Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. Feel free to bring related texts and to attend whether or not you've done the reading. Future meetings: Sun Dec 3, Sun Jan 7. Contact Sabrina Cleary (
Share the Plate for November: Ecumenical Food Pantry 
The recipient of half our non-pledge collection during the month of November is the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry of White Plains. The pantry was founded in 1979 by CUUC and four other local congregations as a temporary response to individuals with food insecurity, but found that the need never vanished - it just increased. Today the pantry is a massive effort, operating 51 weeks a year supplying nutritious food to about 400 families a month with support from several congregations across faith traditions. CUUC has continuously assisted in this effort with both funds and volunteers including members Vicky Van Wert and Lucille Ross, who worked tirelessly at the pantry for many years. 
Holiday Giving Opportunity
Gently Used Children's Books and Toy Drive for the Ecumenical Food Pantry, Sun Nov 5 - Sun Dec 3, RE Lobby
Imagine the joy you can bring parents who could not otherwise afford a gift for their child during the holidays. We will  also col lect stuffed animals (must be new or like new); Last year senior clients at the pantry were thrilled to choose one for themselves! Contact: Mary Cavallero ( for information or to volunteer.
In the Community
"Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust," Mon Nov 6, 7:30pm, UU Congregation Shelter Rock, Manhasset
Speaker Richard V. Reeves, Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution, discusses growing classism in America and his solutions. Contact: Sharyn Esposito (516-472-2960,  
Voices of Indigenous Neighbors, Fri Nov 17, 7:00pm, John C. Hart Library, Shrub Oak
See the 2015 documentary American Native and talk with guest leader Two Clouds of the Ramapough Lenape Nation. Presented by Westchester Indigenous Collaboration, hosted by Fourth Unitarian Universalist
Congregation in Mohegan Lake. See flier HERE
Lost & Found

Our collection of abandoned water bottles and travel mugs is growing! Check the turquoise plastic bucket in the coat hallway. Lost items that don't find their way home will be donated. 
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,

Thu Nov 2 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators 
Fri Nov 3 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Sat Nov 4 - 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 1:00pm Caring & Sharing
Sun Nov 5 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Stone Soup Brunch; 11:30am Auction Committee; 11:45am Young Adult Gathering; 12:30pm Concert: Adam Kent plays Mozart
Mon Nov 6 - 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International 
Tue Nov 7 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir rehersal
Wed Nov 8 - 7:30pm Board of Trustess
Thu Nov 9 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - P. Montrose
Fri Nov 10 - 11:00am Journey Group - C. Davidson
Sat Nov 11 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Nov 12 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Environmental Practices Group; 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Auction Committee; 11:30am Community Chat; 11:40am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 11:40am Wisdom Reading & Study Group
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

The next evening Woodpecker spoke up and said, "I'd like to follow up on Buddhist terms. Let's start with the basic one. What is Buddha?" Raven said, "I won't say." "Oh, come on!" Woodpecker exclaimed. Raven let out a croak and flew into the Assembly Oak. READ MORE. Saturday Zen Practice at CUUC: HERE
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