Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week: Don't Judge Why it's so important to keep reminding ourselves not to talk about faults -- or even to try to figure out what they are. As you go about your day, with the people you encounter, pay particular attention to the qualities of comparison mind and faultfinding mind. What is the difference between simply seeing a flaw and dwelling on it or using it to prop yourself up? READ MORE
List of Spiritual Practices
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Aug 18, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"Things Get Difficult Sometimes"   
Rev. Meredith Garmon   
Life throws us some lemons that aren't suitable for lemonade.
Sun Aug 25, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"Poetry: Toni Morrison"     
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
This year's annual poetry celebration service focuses on the work of Toni Morrison, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who died on Aug 5.
Social Justice Opportunity 
Rally for Gun Sense , Sat Aug 17, 10:00am, White Plains City Hall, 255 Main St, White Plains
In August as the Senate is back home for recess, gun sense activists are rallying for action on passing a strong Red Flag law and background checks on all gun sales. Join the Westchester Moms Demand Action rally to show your support. Register HERE.  
Time to Play "What's the Connection?"
  • In the first week of August the UN issued a new report on climate change and the factors that cause it.
  • The same week, Burger King introduced "The Impossible Whopper" at all its locations.
What's the connection between these two? CUUC Community Minister Rev. LoraKim Joyner, DVM, explains: CLICK HERE
Science & Spirituality 
Science & Spirituality, Thu Aug 22, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
We meet the second and fourth Thursday and discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. We are reading The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair ( .
Notice of Congregational Meeting  
Congregational Meeting, Sun Sep 8, 11:15am, Sanctuary
The Board of Trustees is calling a congregational meeting immediately after service on Sun Sep 8 to authorize the ordination by this congregation of our former intern, Cindy Davidson, as a UU minister. 
News From Environmental Practices     
China continues to be the leader in investments in renewable energy. These cute panda shaped solar "farms," covering up to 248 acres, are part of a bigger, adorable, youth-lead, plan. Learn more HERE .

Tick-Borne Illness Alert      
USA Today reports there have been 4 cases this summer in NY and NJ of the deadly tick-borne Powassan virus, and 2 of the patients have died. While the disease is rare, there is currently no treatment. When on our beautiful property and other wooded areas, take careful measures to avoid tick bites:
  • Stay on clear well-traveled paths.
  • Wear light colored clothing to spot ticks easily.
  • Tuck your pants into socks.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET or diethyltoluamide for skin applications and Permethrin for clothing and shoes.
  • Shower as soon as possible after spending time outdoors.
  • Check everyone, including pets, frequently and at the end of each day; remove all ticks promptly and properly.
See the NYS Fact Sheet for Powassan HERE. 
Our Faith Family  

American Moor, The Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, NYC, Tue Aug 27 - Sat Oct 5 
Keith Hamilton Cobb, son of CUUC members Jim and Mary Lane Cobb, is bringing his original award-winning play to NYC . Learn more HERE. Tickets HERE. To join a CUUC group attending the Sun Sep 22, 3:00pm show, contact Betsy Walkup (
In the Community
"Breakfast" Run, Sun Aug 18, 7:00am, First Unitarian Society,  Hastings
Help support our NYC neighbors who are homeless. Donations of time and clothing gratefully received. Contact: Art Lowenstein (  
S tanding Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) monthly meeting, Mon Aug 19, 7:00-9:00pm, South Presbyterian Church, Dobbs Ferry
Through interactive exercises, we'll look at ways to support immigrant-led organizing so our impact aligns with our intentions. Accessible, family-friendly space - kids welcome! Contact:  
Refugee Fundraiser Concert, Sat Aug 31, 7: 00-9:00pm, St. John's Lutheran Church, Mamaroneck
A Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) member congregation hosts a concert to support a recent Afghan refugee. Dharma Revival, an Americana-inspired band, will perform original songs that speak to sustainability advocacy. Join us for fun, music, and yummy nibbles. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door. RSVP Rebecca Gómez ( ) .  
Complimentary Fitness Class  
Introductory ST. PYS Exercise Class, Fri Sep 13, 9:30-10:00am, Fireside
Fitness instructor and CUUC member Diane Terezakis is offering a free trial class for CUUC members and friends. Come try a half hour of ST. PYS - Strength Training, Pilates, Yoga, and Stretching - using rubber cables, circular bands, balls, foam rollers, and mats for a total body workout. Contact:
Art Class at CUUC 
The Joy of Watercolor, Tuesdays starting Sep 10, 1:00-3:30pm, Fireside
Come learn with acclaimed watercolorist and teacher Neil Waldman. All are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Contact: , 914-949-5257. 
In the Denomination
UUME Monthly News - August
The UU Ministry for Earth eNews for August is available, with information on upcoming actions and resources. Read it HERE.

Chill at Summer Services  
Stay connected and stay cool! Our summer services are in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall. Led by guest speakers, these services are more intimate, with opportunities to participate and grow closer. The nursery is staffed for the youngest, and light refreshments are available. (Or bring your own treats to share!)   
Share the Plate for August: Murray Grove 
This summer we share half our non-pledge collection with Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center, the only Unitarian Universalist conference center in the Metro area and the site traditionally considered to be where Universalism in America began.  
Caring & Sharing Circle
If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Nicky Klemens (914-967-4419, or Paula Meighan (914-834-6454, Or contact the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,
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 or Zoom online meeting, contact the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,
Fri Aug 16 - 3:00pm Rentals Committee
Sat Aug 17 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen
Sun Aug 18 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 12:00pm Board Retreat 
Mon Aug 19 - 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue Aug 20 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise
Wed Aug 21 - 8:30am  CUUC Dance Movement Group; 7:30pm Building Committee
Thu Aug 22 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Fri Aug 23 - 9:15am Rental: Exercise
Sat Aug 24 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen; 4:00pm Rental: Private Event
Sun Aug 25 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:30am Economic Social Justice 

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Sabbatical Minister: Rev. Kimberley Debus,
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman,, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra,, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner,
Music Director: Adam Kent,, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer,
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas,
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada,
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker,, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson,, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Al Rocchi,
Vice Chair: Joann Prinzivalli,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
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