Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Curiosity (2018 Dec) - HERE
Practice of the Week: Deep Time Journeys /Ecospiritual. Our arrival on Earth was quite sudden when considered from the perspective of the Earth itself. Gaia blinked, and suddenly found all of us here! But blink again, and we will pass like smoke on the breeze. Life, and the Earth, will go on without us. READ MORE.
Religious Education   At last week's Fun Sunday, children's music director Lyra Harada used music to help the kids demonstrate different "winter" sensations such as shivering, snowflakes falling on faces, jumping up and down to keep warm, or ice skating. Well, we had quite a few terrific impressionists, from those shivering away and chattering their teeth, to graceful dancing, to jumping jack workouts! RE This Sunday: There are no RE classes. Childcare is available in the nursery... READ MORE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Dec 30, 10:00 AM
" Forgiveness"
Rev. Arlin Roy
Forgiveness, the courage to ask for it, the flexibility to respond, and the perspective to offer. (Rev. Arlin Roy is co-director of Northeast Counseling Center and past President of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health.)
 
Sun Jan 6, 10:00 AM
"Simplicity"  
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Can we live more simply? Why might we want to? Why might we not?
Cooperative Coffee Hour 
 
Cooperative Coffee Hour, this Sun Dec 30, 11:15am
When you come to service this Sunday, please bring along a treat for our "cooperative coffee hour" table. Then help us set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work! 
2018-19 UUA Common Read 
 
Our "Common Read" this year is Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment . This anthology presents a powerful and penetrating look at environmental justice by key UU thinkers and activists. Discount copies are available to purchase for $15 after worship. 
CPR at CUUC
 
The Board of Trustees wants to know which CUUC congregants are CPR/First Aid Certified (with an up-to-date certification). We may offer CPR training at CUUC in the future, so we also want to know who would be  interested in taking the class (it is 6 hours on one day). Contact Aimee Katz (katzaimee@aol.com) or Paula Meighan (paula.meighan74@gmail.com). 
Opportunities for Giving     
    
Personal Items for Shelter Residents, through Sun Dec 30  New socks, men's underwear (L & XL), women's underwear, and toiletries will be collected throughout December for residents of local shelters. Contact: Ray Messing (raymessing@gmail.com).
 
Last Call for the Mitten Tree  Help us decorate our tree with your donations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages and sizes for the men, women, and children at local shelters. Share the gift of warmth! We will collect throughout December. Contact: Ray Messing (raymessing@gmail.com). 
Social Justice Opportunities
 
Storytelling & Drumming with Irene "Strong Oak" Lefebvre, Sun Jan 6, 12:45pm, First Unitarian Society, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings
FUSW welcomes Irene "Strong Oak" Lefebvre as guest storyteller, drummer, and teacher. Learn more HERE. Strong Oak will lead our youth and adult Indigenous Solidarity Service Learning Group. Visitors welcome - you are invited to bring your own drum and participate! Contact: Tracy Breneman (dretracyb@gmail.com).  
 
Find more local social justice opportunities HERE.
Respectful Communication Training  

Restorative Practices for Faith Communities Training, Sat Jan 19, 10:00am - 4:00pm, First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings
This training - for lay leaders, youth, and religious professionals - introduces restorative practices that improve our communities' abilities to respond to tension, conflict, hurt, and disagreement. Restorative Practices are grounded in respectful, direct, honest communication. We especially encourage youth leaders, committees on ministry, and congregation boards to attend. Childcare available. Attendance capped at 40 participants. Contact Amy Kent ( akent@uua.org). Register by Mon Jan 15 HERE.  
Share the Plate for December: Coachman Family Center
 
The recipient of half our non-pledge collection this month is the Coachman Family Center. The Coachman is a 100-room shelter that provides housing, healthcare, and services to local families in need. The center is affiliated with Westhab, a nonprofit organization serving Westchester County. The Coachman offers support and activities for children, including after-school homework help, arts and crafts, music, and recreation.
Caring & Sharing Ci rcle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Anita Mann (914-819-7751, fourmanns@gmail.com) or her backup Barbara Mair (914-769-7186, barbara.k.mair@icloud.com). Or contact the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, admin@cucwp.org).
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, admin@cucwp.org).
 
Sat Dec 29 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Dec 30 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Community Coffee Hour
Tue Jan 1 - OFFICE CLOSED
Wed Jan 2 - 7:30pm Program Council
Thu Jan 3 - 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Jan 5 - 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sun Jan 6 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 10:00am Religious Ed: Children's Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 12:15pm Musicians' Use of Sanctuary   
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Director of Faith Development: Perry Montrose, RE@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Coordinator of Religious Education: Michele Rinaldi, RE@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@verizon.net, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis, cuucypc@gmail.com  
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg, dsilverberg@ebglaw.com
Vice Chair: Al Rocchi, alrocchi@verizon.net
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Pamela Cucinell, pamelajcny@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
Quick Links

On The Journey (current and past issues)
Social Justice Teams
Practice of the Week (current and all past)
The Quarterly Communitarian
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Your Moment of Zen: Trust /Porcupine then asked, "Is trust in the teacher important for the practice?" Raven said, "Indispensable." Porcupine asked, "Can't that create problems?" Raven said, "Interminable." READ MORE
Zen at CUUC, Sat Dec 29: HERE
The e -Communitarian newsletter is e-mailed each week. 
Please send submissions to admin@cucwp.org by noon on Tuesday.
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