Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week: Have Compassion for Yourself Self-compassion usually takes only a few seconds. Then, more centered and heartened, you can go on with doing what you can to make your life better. Studies have shown that benefits of self-compassion include: reduced self-criticism; lower stress hormones like cortisol; increased self-soothing, self-encouragement, and other aspects of resilience; help to heal any shortages of caring from others in your childhood. READ MORE
List of Spiritual Practices
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Aug 25, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"Poetic Prose: Toni Morrison"   
Rev. Meredith Garmon   
For this year's annual celebration of poetry, we focus on the poetic prose of Toni Morrison, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who passed away on Aug 5.   
Sun Sep 1, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"The Importance of Sabbath"     
Carrie McEvoy 
Labor Day is a holiday when we honor those who fought for workers' rights - among them the right to time off from work. In this service we'll explore how sometimes the best way to get work done is to stop working - to take time to rest, reflect, regroup, and recharge. Carrie McEvoy is a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport, and a student in the Master of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Our CUUC Youtube Channel has videos of many past services. Check it out HERE!
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. 
Safety First   
CUUC is developing policies and procedures to keep everyone safe in the event of an emergency. These will be discussed and implemented during the course of the fall. In the meantime, you may be interested in a lecture on emergency situations held Thu Sep 5, 6:45pm, at nearby St. Gregory Church. RSVP by Sat Aug 31. 
Climate Justice    
Climate Strike, Fri Sep 20, 12:00pm, New York City   
Three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults across the world will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. The UUA, Side With Love, and UU Ministry for Earth have joined as partners with the Global Climate Strike and are inviting you to #StrikeWithUs. Find other Climate Strike action locations HERE. Local UUs can learn more HERE.  
UUs & the Global Climate Strike - Webinar, Thu Sep 5, 4:00pm
Hosted by Side with Love. Register HERE. 
Save the Date      
We the People March, Sat Sep 21, 11:00am, Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC
"We the People are marching to be seen and heard. We are marching to demand accountability. Silence and inaction are complicity."To reserve a seat on the WESPAC bus departing North White Plains, click HERE.
We the People Solidarity March NYC, Sat Sep 21, 12:00 - 3:00pm, NYC 
News From Environmental Practices     
Two of the largest beverage companies, Coke and Pepsi, will soon start selling their brands of water, Dasani and Aquafina, in cans instead of bottles to help reduce their contributions to the world's plastics litter problem. Cans are less likely to wind up into the oceans (Bloomberg). In addition, cans are preferred to plastic bottles because all single-use plastics are made at "cracking" facilities that are highly polluting (5gyres). 
In the Community
Poor People's Campaign, Coffee Hour & Discussion, Sun Aug 25, 12:45pm, Antioch Baptist Church, 3 Church Street, Bedford Hills
Contact: Rev. Kymberly E. McNair, Social Justice Minister (914-241-0189, 
In the Denomination
UUSC Toward Justice Newsletter - Aug-Sep
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) advances human rights through grassroots collaborations. Read their Aug-Sep news HERE.  
The UUSC is calling on UUs to schedule in-district visits with their Senators through August 30 to urge movement on key human rights legislation. 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. 
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 HERE. 
Our Faith Family  

American Moor, Tue Aug 27 - Sat Oct 5, Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC 
Keith Hamilton Cobb, son of CUUC members Jim and Mary Lane Cobb, performs his original award-winning play in NYC . Learn more HERE. Tickets HERE. To join a CUUC group attending the Sun Sep 22, 3:00pm show, contact Betsy Walkup (
Complimentary Fitness   
Introductory Exercise Class, Fri Sep 13, 9:30 - 10:00am, Fireside
CUUC member Diane Terezakis will hold a free trial class for members and friends. Try a half hour of ST. PYS - Strength Training, Pilates, Yoga, and Stretching. Contact:
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,
Sat Aug 24 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am Zen (24); 4:00pm Rental: Private Event (Sanctuary)
Sun Aug 25 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care (32); 10:00am Summer Worship (Fellowship Hall); 11:30am RE Teaching Team Meeting (41); 11:30am Economic Social Justice (31)
Mon Aug 26 - 10:00am Center Lane Staff Retreat (43)
Tue Aug 27 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside)
Wed Aug 28 - 8:30am CUUC Dance Movement Group (Fellowship Hall); 1:00pm Center Lane Staff Retreat (43); 7:30pm RE Teaching Team Meeting (41); 7:30pm Worship Committee (Parsonage)
Fri Aug 30 - 10:00am Center Lane Staff Retreat (43)
Sat Aug 31 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am RE Teaching Team Meeting (41); 10:00am Zen (24)
Sun Sep 1 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care (32); 10:00am Summer Worship (Fellowship Hall); 11:30am RE Teaching Team Meeting (41)
Mon Sep 2 - Office Closed 

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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