Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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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,

Thu Aug 23 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group, 7:30 Committee on Ministry
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
Tue Aug 28 - 10:00am Rental: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Sat Sep 1 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Sep 2 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care: 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments 
Practice of the Week: It Comes Down To: Don't Be Stuck on Yourself / Let go and open up. Think of others. Try to do something to make them happy. Anything! Something like, "Hello, how are you?" And mean it. This is a way to assess your practice as you go along, a question to ask yourself on a...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 26, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall  
Rev. Lara Campbell, CB (Cindy) Beal
Western culture's long-standing commitment to a binary understanding of gender limits all humans. We will explore questions of gender and how to bring healing to others and ourselves. Rev. Lara served as the DRE at CUUC from 2003-2012 and is now minister at First Parish UU Church of Kennebunk, ME. CB (Cindy) Beal served 16 years as the DRE at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, MA. 
Sun Sep 2
"I Shower Alone"
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Walker
Drawing upon scientific studies of happiness, Rev. Walker proposes a series of mindfulness practices to free the mind - including banishing imaginary adversaries from your shower. Rev. Walker was the ministerial intern at CUUC in 2005-2006, and is currently the community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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.

Fall Junior Youth Retreat
Metro New York Fall Junior Youth Retreat, Fri Sep 15 - Sat Sep 16, Camp Herrlich, Patterson, NY
Registration is open for the MNY Fall Junior Youth Retreat for 6, 7, 8, and 9th grade youth. This religious education event includes worship, small and large group discussions, and activities that lift up our UU values. Registration closes Tue Sep 4, Labor Day. Youth and Adult Chaperones register at For questions about programming contact Denice Tomlinson ( For questions about registration, contact Charlie Neiss at
Reminder: Gather Water
Ingathering Worship & Water Ceremony, Sun Sep 9
Remember to stop and collect a sample of water to bring in for our Ingathering Worship and Water Ceremony. Let the water you collect represent how your summer has been for you.
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 (Note corrected times) :
  • Afghan Cooking Class 9:30 AM (Limited to 10 adults and children 10+ years); 
  • Afghan Lunch 12:00 PM (Limited to 25); 
  • Roundtable Discussion "Refugee Resettlement from Both Sides" 1:00 PM (Open to all)
Join us at special events to honor and celebrate our local resettled refugees and the volunteers who support them. 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 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! .
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.
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 26 - Rev. Lara Campbell & CB Beal, "Sporks" 
September 2 - Rev. Nathan Walker, "I Shower Alone" 
Greeters Needed  

Make our Sunday visitors feel welcome - come a little early to share your smile and a warm greeting. You can sign up for one or more Sundays HERE . Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
Our Faith Family  

The First Unitarian Society in Hastings-on-Hudson is looking for a part-time teacher to lead children's Religious Exploration classes and children's worship, modeling our Unitarian Universalist Principles and values. Must be able to make a minimum three year commitment, September through June. The 2018-19 year responsibilities will include leading eight (8) elementary Our Whole Lives classes and six (6) children's worship services on Sunday mornings. In addition, there will be six (6) Sunday afternoon children's classes or activities. $50/class or children's worship. Training for the elementary Our Whole Lives curriculum is August 24-26 in White Plains,  and will be paid for by the congregation. Contact Tracy Breneman at with a statement of interest and a resume.
Your Voice is Your Vote 
"Your Voice is Your Vote" Two-Part Workshop to Increase Voter Turnout, Thu Sep 20 & Thu Sep 27, 7:00-9:00 PM, Theodore Young Community Center, 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains 
The nonprofit group Civic Engagement Table, in partnership with Citizen Action of NY, will facilitate a two-part voter turnout workshop designed to reach discouraged and disaffected voters and to build a sense of empowerment in order to increase voter turnout. Please plan to attend both sessions. Hosted by the Why Voting Matters Collaboration. RSVP:, 914-525-8886, 
In the Community
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, 
From the Minister / This what CUUC exsts for: to carry out its mission -- to nurture each other in our spiritual journeys; foster compassion and understanding within and beyond our community, and engage in service to transform ourselves and our world. Spirituality, compassion, and service.

These aren't three things, but just one thing. To foster compassion and understanding requires both nurturing our spirituality and serving others. To nurture each other in our spiritual journeys requires both fostering compassion and understanding and engaging together in service to the wider world. To truly serve others requires spiritual maturity, compassion, and understanding.

The work of our SJTs -- Social Justice Teams -- both flows from our spiritual depth, and flows back to strengthen and support our spiritual development. Social justice work is spiritual practice. And spiritual practice increases our interest in social justice work.

We are starting our 4th year of Social Justice Teams, and we have more of them than ever: Animal Advocacy, Economic Justice, Environmental Practices, Hunger and Homelessness, LGBTQIA Justice, Racial Justice, Refugee Resettlement, Women's Issues. Those eight are described on our webpage HERE. In addition, we have two more new ones that, as of this writing, aren't mentioned on our webpage yet: Gun control (contact Emily Economou) and Children's Issues (contact Terry Kung). That's ten SJTs!

Each SJT has:
  • one chair, or two co-chairs;
  • five core leaders (the chair plus four others, or the two co-chairs plus three others)
  • active members
  • "on-call" members (no commitment to come to any meetings, but willing to be called upon when there's a big project that needs as many people as possible)
Some of our SJTs are looking for another core leader or two. Can you step up?

All of our SJTs welcome more active members. Which issue most calls to you as how you'd like to serve?

And if you just aren't able to be an active member, I hope you'll put yourself on the "on call" list for one or two of our SJTs.

Nurture your spirit . . . by helping to heal our world.

Help heal our world . . . by nurturing your spirit.

Yours in the faith we share,
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

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Faith Development: Perry Montrose,, 914-946-1660 x4
Coordinator of Religious Education: Michele Rinaldi,, 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,
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Your Moment of Zen: Not Playing Favorites / Woodpecker flew over to Vinecot, and there was the stick leaning against the corner of the porch. She called out, "Hello! Hello!" Grandma came to the door. Woodpecker said, "Is that your stick?" Grandma said, "You can take it away with you if you like." Woodpecker said...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Aug 25
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