Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week: Instagram as Spiritual Practice / Instagram practice involves looking carefully at everything I pass, seeing within it the light of the holy, noticing beauty even in the broken, old, and careworn, and stopping my day to celebrate as I decide upon an angle from which to snap a photo. These...READ MORE.
From the Minister / In last Sunday's sermon, "Truth, Who Needs It?" I said the question of truth is the question of trust. Tell me who you trust, and I've got a pretty good idea of what you think is true. If our era seems to be "post-truth," it's because the power of trust, which can sometimes mitigate confirmation bias...READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education   Summer is here and that means games! Childcare is provided during the Sunday service and high school youth will be there along with Diane to play games with children of all ages. There are even water balloons, so join in the summer fun on Sundays. RE NEWS
Upcoming Summer Worship Services

Sun Aug 19, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall 
"Poetry Celebration: Nikki Giovanni" 
Rev. Meredith Garmon
This year's annual poetry celebration service focuses on the work of African American woman poet, Nikki Giovanni.

Sun Aug 26, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall  
Rev. Lara Campbell, CB (Cindy) Beal
Western culture's long-standing commitment to a binary understanding of gender--that there are men and women and they are somehow opposite--limits all humans. We explore broad understandings of gender, and how we can bring healing to others and ourselves.
Welcome our New "CRE"!

The DRE Search Committee and the Board of Trustees of CUUC are happy to announce the appointment of Michele Rinaldi in the new role of Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE). Michele has previously served as an administrator in human services, a director of an animal welfare shelter, a school administrator, and a special education teacher. Michele's position as CRE is 3/4 time. She started work with us on August 14. We are also happy to announce that our former Director of Religious Education, Perry Montrose, will be assuming a new quarter-time role as Director of Faith Development (DFD). We look forward to Perry's continuing his involvement as DFD as part of our RE program transition. The DRE Search Committee will continue to review the structure of the RE program with the goal of developing a program that fits the needs of CUUC, and will begin a search for RE leaders for the 2019-2020 year.
Memorial Service for Roy P. Hartmann  
Sat Aug 25, 3:00pm, Sanctuary   
We will honor and celebrate the life of Roy Hartmann, son of longtime member Ingrid Hartmann. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of Westchester in White Plains, or to Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne would be greatly appreciated.

Ingathering Brunch
Ingathering Brunch, Sun Sep 9, after worship  
Join us in Fellowship Hall for our annual "gathering in" brunch. It's free! We invite you to bring a home-cooked side dish, salad, or sweet to share. Contact John Schwam ( to let him know what you plan to bring.
From Refugee Resettlement Social Justice Team
Welcoming Week Events, Sat Sep 15, CUUC Kitchen and Fellowship Hall:
  • Afghan Cooking Class 10:30 AM (Limited to 10 adults and children 10+ years); 
  • Afghan Lunch 12:00 PM (Limited to 25); 
  • Roundtable Discussion "Refugee Resettlement from Both Sides" 12:45 PM (Open to all)
Join us at special events to honor and celebrate our local resettled refugees and the volunteers who support them. We begin with a cooking class, followed by lunch, and then a roundtable discussion with our refugee families and volunteers. Reserve your place now! Contact: Jane Dixon (
Save the Date - Social Justice Team Fair 

Social Justice Team Fair, Sun Sep 16, after worship, Fellowship Hall
Come enjoy your coffee hour in Fellowship Hall as you learn more about our many Social Justice Teams. Talk to team members then find where you would like to share your talent and energy. Our mission calls us to "engage in service to transform ourselves and our world." Our goal at CUUC is for all members to at least have their names on the email list of one team. Our wish is that we all grow to become "social justice warriors" being a force for good and acting to make a difference! .
Summer Services

10:00am, Fellowship Hall
Our Summer Services in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall are led by guest ministers and members and friends of CUUC. The nursery is staffed for young children, and light refreshments and conversation are offered after service. Regular services return to the sanctuary and religious education classes begin again Sun Sep 9. Join us!
August 19 - Rev. Meredith Garmon,  "Poetry Celebration: Nikki Giovanni" 
August 26 - Rev. Lara Campbell & CB Beal, "Sporks" 
September 2 - Rev. Nathan Walker, "I Shower Alone" 
Our Faith Family
Hollis Huston, husband of former CUUC minister Rev. Carol Huston, died on August 2 and a memorial service is being planned for September 30 in Manhattan. Read about Hollis's life and leave notes for the family at Rev. Carol also welcomes your recollections by email at    
Hope for Eli  Eli VanDette, a CUUC Friend, has been receiving out-of-network medical treatment for chronic illness. Support Eli at Eli, "Seeing this much kindness fills me with so much hope and determination on my road to a better quality of life. I am so grateful!"      
In the Community
Film Screening & Discussion: 13th, Sun Aug 19, 6:00 - 9:00 PM, WESPAC, 77 Tarrytown Rd, 2W, White Plains
Ava DuVernay's academy-award-nominated documentary explores the intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the US. The title refers to the Thirteenth Amendment, which prohibited slavery except as punishment for a crime. Free. Sponsored by WESPAC, SURJ Westchester, and Westchester Coalition for Police Reform.  
From Riverkeeper: Protect the Hudson from Harmful Storm Surge Barriers - Public Comments Invited through Mon Aug 20  
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering construction of in-water barriers that could critically harm the Hudson River Estuary. The Corps has opened a public comment period through next Monday, to consider issues to include in its environmental review. Riverkeeper invites you to visit their Actions Page to become informed and get involved.    
Find more local social justice events HERE.
Share the Plate for July & August: Unirondack & Rowe Camps
This summer we share half our non-pledge collection with the camps at Unirondack and Rowe, both members of the Unitarian Universalist Association Alliance of Camps and Conference Centers ( ). We will support the Unirondack Campership Program and Rowe Center's Woodside Scholarship Fund, which seek to make their UU camp experiences available to every child and youth, and to promote economic diversity in their camp programs. Learn more HERE and HERE.  
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Janet Giewat (, 914-617-2137) or her backup Carole Mehta (914-234-6294, 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, contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,

Sat Aug 18 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Aug 19 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments 
Tue Aug 21 - 10:00am Rental: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA)
Thu Aug 23 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Fri Aug 24 - 6:00pm OWL Training
Sat Aug 25 - 9:00am OWL Training; 10:00am Zen; 3:00pm Memorial for Roy P. Hartmann
Sun Aug 26 - 8:00am Owl Training; 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments; 11:15 am Auction Committee Chairs

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,
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: Al Rocchi,, 914-777-3216
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Pamela Cucinell,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
The Liberal Pulpit
New this week: Index of past sermons: HERE. Index of other reflections: HERE. Videos of sermons are on the Liberal Pulpit Youtube Channel: HERE
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Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Your Moment of Zen: Too Clever by Half / Owl then spoke up. "Are you saying that her stick represents her Buddha-nature?" Raven launched herself from her perch without a word and flew out of sight. Porcupine said, "Don't you see? It's a plain old stick. It doesn't even have a rubber tip." Owl said, "Sometimes I think...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Aug 18
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