Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of the Week: Don't Throw the Second Dart. Some physical and mental pain is inevitable. You need a body that tells you it hurts and a mind that sends different signals of distress -- if you're rejected, mistreated, or threatened. But then we add insult to injury with our reactions to these darts. READ MORE.
From the Minister. A few UUs are skilled at lobbying legislators or organizing protests. What all of us know how to do -- by virtue of being UUs who gather week after to week to do it -- is make community. It turns out that the thing we have been practicing and getting good at is the very thing that the world most desperately...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 5, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"The Amazing Grace of Aging"
Karen Leahy
After 11 years as a nun and high school teacher, Karen came across the theological sky to Unitarian Universalism 36 years ago. She is a CUUC member and author of the award-winning memoir, The Summer of Yes: An Ex-Nun's Story.

Sun Aug 12, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"Truth, Who Needs It?"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
"Competing truths are no longer the primary threat to American culture; competing lies are," writes Megan Garber. The result is not just political, legal, or economic damage -- it's a spiritual issue. Pervasive cynicism and despair weigh heavily on our spirits.
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.

Immigrant Accompaniment Training 
Accompaniment Training, Mon Aug 6, 6:00pm, CUUC  
Free training on how to accompany immigrants who have already been identified for possible deportation and must appear at NYC Immigration Court or check-in with ICE. RSVP: Robin Bezark ( Sign up:  
Science & Spirituality Group

Science & Spirituality, Thu Aug 9, 11:30am, Fireside
We will share and discuss recent articles about the intersection of spirituality and science. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (
Summer Services in Fellowship Hall

10:00am, Fellowship Hall
Our Summer Services in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall are led by guest ministers and members and friends of CUUC. These services are intimate and informal so people participate more and get to know one another better. Music is provided by our talented staff, volunteers, and guests. The nursery is staffed for young children, and light refreshments and conversation are offered after service. Regular services and religious education classes begin again Sun Sep 9. Join us this summer!
August 5 - Karen Leahy, "The Amazing Grace of Aging" 
August 12 - Rev. Meredith Garmon
August 19 - Rev. Meredith Garmon
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 Thursday morning, August 12. He was in hospice care at his home. A memorial service will be planned at a later date. Carol welcomes you to share your recollections of Hollis with her by email to    
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!"     

First UU Church of San Diego "Visit San Diego" Fundraiser, Sat Sep 29 - Thu Oct 4
For one low package price, FUUC offers an unforgettable 5 days seeing San Diego's most beloved attractions in the company of fellow UU's. Group limited to 12 people. Register at . Contact: Alice Diamond (
In the Community
Neighbor in Need: Ms. Rita Cadge has a 90-year-old mother who is our neighbor on Rosedale Ave. Rita is looking for a mature woman to be a companion for her mom, who has dementia and COPD, for 4-6 hours on Saturdays and Sundays, and can offer $15/hr. Contact Rita at, 914-941-0933 (H), 914-486-1670 (C).  
Limited Run Film Showing: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Fri Aug 10 - Sun Aug 12, various showtimes, Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, 2548 Central Park Ave, Yonkers, 914-226-3082  
Different than a documentary, Miseducation is a heartfelt coming of age story that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film follows a gay teenage girl forced into conversion therapy by her conservative family. Visit to learn about the National Center for Lesbian Rights' campaign to end conversion therapy in all 50 states.  
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.   
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.  
Share the Plate Follow Up: Community Housing Innovations
From Alexander H. Roberts, Exec. Dir of CHI, our June plate share recipient: "I was surprised and delighted to open the mail and find a donation from your congregation for June 2018. It comes at a difficult time for my agency and was personally uplifting. When I spoke to the congregation last fall, I had not known that the state would turn down our application for funding for a 42-unit seniors development in Buchanan, NY, which is quite discouraging not just that it cost $400,000 to get approved after a bruising fight with the village, but that the state has changed its priorities so that it is only approving three or four seniors projects in the whole state. This, as well as changes in HUD funding for supportive housing, have caused deficits for CHI that I have faith we will address. But please tell your congregation that expressions of support such theirs mean so much." 
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 4 - 4:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Aug 5 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments
Mon Aug 6 - 6:00pm Rental: Immigrant Accompaniment Training; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network
Wed Aug 8 - 7:30pm Board of Trustees
Thu Aug 9 - 11:30pm Science & Spirituality Group
Sat Aug 11 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Aug 12 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments 

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,
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Your Moment of Zen: Can't Have That. That evening Raven took her perch and said to the assembly, "Grandma came to see me today. She held out her stick and asked me what it was. I went to take it in my talons, but she pulled it away and said, 'It's mine. You can't have it.' How would you respond if she asked you what it...READ MORE
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