Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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February issue of On the Journey: God - Click HERE
This week's post from the Sabbatical Minister - Click HERE 
Practice of the Week: Befriend Your Body
It's common to push the body hard, ignore its needs until they get intense, and tune out from its signals. And then drop the body into bed at the end of another long day like -- as my father would say, having grown up on a ranch -- "a horse rid hard and put up wet." People get mad at the body, and even mean to it. Like it's the body's fault if it weighs too much or is getting old. READ MORE
We are delighted to welcome Sophie Major to our childcare staff through June! Sophie grew up in this congregation and is excited to serve in this role. She has a warm, gentle, and fun nature the children will love, and she'll be great support for Diane and Hans. Welcome, Sophie!... READ MORE 
    
Unitarian composer Edvard Grieg once wrote, "Composers like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I wanted only to build dwellings for people to feel happy and at home." Grieg's intimate, folk-derived Lyric Pieces for piano are the embodiment of nature-based, approachable theology... READ MORE 
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Feb 9, 10:00am   
"For the Earth Forever Turning
Rev. Kimberley Debus  
In this second part of a three-part series, we will continue our examination of what the hymns we sing have to say about the theologies that Unitarian Universalism embraces. This week we will look at the divine in nature.   
 
Sun Feb 16, 10:00am
"The Threads that Connect"  
Carrie McEvoy, guest speaker 
Our Seventh Principle as UUs is to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. By paying attention to who and what is around us, we strengthen our connections with the web of life, the very connections that nourish our own lives. Carrie McEvoy is a second year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School, and an Aspirant in preparation for UU ministry.  
Our YouTube Channel has videos of many past services. Check it out HERE!
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Assistants Needed in RE
 
We need an assistant this Sun Feb 9 in the 2nd-3rd grade Passport to Spirituality class, and next Sun Feb 16 in the 8th-9th grade Coming of Age class. No preparation required! Just spend an hour with our amazing children and youth while you fulfill our Safe Congregation practice of having two adults with our young people at all times. Click HERE to sign up or contact Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com).  
Eating to Help Save the Planet  
 
Presentation: "From Finance to Farming," Sun Feb 9, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
The CUUC Environmental Practices Group presents "From Finance to Farming - a Journey to Reconnect with Food and Land" with Jason Grauer, Senior Crops Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. A selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes will be available for tasting. Contact: Janet Bear (jsbear1@gmail.com) 
Congregation Survey - Last Chance! 
 
Help the Committee on Ministry evaluate how well we support our spiritual development by answering our survey. Pick up a form on Sunday, or download HERE and print. Return completed surveys to any COM member or drop off by the CUUC office. Or take the survey online HERE. The survey is open until Mon Feb 10. Contact: Tom Wacht (tjwachtesq@aol.com) 
Science & Spirituality
 
Science & Spirituality, Thu Feb 13, 11:30am, Fireside Area
We meet the second and fourth Thursday to discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair ( barbara.k.mair@icloud.com )
Are You Connected?
 
The CUUC Online Directory is a great way to stay connected with other Members and Friends. Click HERE to check how you appear in the directory now. If your info isn't visible and you want to be, contact Pam Parker (admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2). After worship Sun Feb 23, visit the Congregation Festival photo booth if you'd like help with your picture or data.
Save the Date
 
2020 Variety Show, Sat May 2, 5:00pm
This year will be our 8th Annual Variety Show (WOW!), one of the most FUN fundraisers at CUUC. Everyone, children to adults, can pitch in and create meaningful ties to a social justice cause. So work on your act, and kids get ready to vote on Sun Feb 23 for which charity we will support. Contact: Liz Suvanto (elizabethsuvanto@hotmail.com), Kate Snow Breault (ksnowbro@gmail.com).
Sign Up Now to Support PrideWorks  
 
PrideWorks Conference, Wed Mar 18, 7:30am-3:00pm, Pace University, Pleasantville  
Participate in our longest-running Westchester UU collaboration: support of the annual PrideWorks conference for LGBTQ youth and allies! Greet arriving buses with our UU welcoming banner; tend our UU info table; volunteer for one of the many tasks that make the event run. Contact: Tracy Breneman (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 
Sunday Journey Groups  
 
Sunday Journey Groups, Sun Feb 16, 11:45am 
Next week is our monthly meeting for the Sunday groups. Printed reading packets are available in the lobby or online HERE . Facilitators: Rhonda & Steve Miller - Rm 13; Gary Freiberger/Cynthia Heller - Rm 31; Rev. Deb Morra - Rm 43  
Faith Development Friday  
 
Faith Development Friday, Fri Feb 21, Fellowship Hall, 14, 32, 43, Fireside
Our monthly evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Dinner; 7:00pm Programs, including "Habits of the Heart" Adult RE, separate Adult and Children's Journey Groups, and Youth Group. RSVP to CUUCevents@gmail.com by Fri Feb 21, 12:00 noon, so we'll have enough food and materials for all.
Minister's Discretionary Fund
 
The Minister's Discretionary Fund allows our minister to provide confidential assistance to those facing financial emergencies. The account balance has become low, so we are asking Members and Friends to consider making a donation to replenish the fund and once again give our ministers the ability to help others. Make checks out to CUUC with the memo "Discretionary Fund." 
From the Nominating Committee   
 
Board of Trustees Nominations, Applications Accepted until Sun Feb 23
The Nominating and Leadership Development Committee is charged with identifying nominees for election to our Board of Trustees at the Annual Meeting in June. We invite you to participate in the process. Click HERE for instructions, then pick up a form in the lobby or download it from our website HERE. Self-nominations encouraged! Application deadline is Sun Feb 23. Contact: Julie Gans ( julieagans@gmail.com).
Gratitudes

I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation for the 200+ gifts that Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation of White Plains provided for the youth at the Coachman Family Center. It's great to know that we have members of the community, like you, and your fellow congregants, who donate their time and resources to those who are less fortunate. For the 13 years I have been associated with the Coachman, your church has provided gifts for the holidays, recreational, and hygiene supplies to our clients. The youth really benefit from this commitment from your church. As we are all well aware, the holiday season is very stressful to many, and gifts help relieve some of the burden for our parents. On behalf of Westhab, I thank you. ~ Ivan Smith, Coordinator of Youth Services, Coachman Family Center 
In the Community 
 
Program: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, Wed Feb 26, 6:30pm, Thomas H. Slater Center, 2 Fisher Ct, White Plains
A free interactive program for all ages, co-sponsored by the MLK Freedom  Library, Greenburgh African-American Historical Alliance, and the 400 Year Project . See flyer HERE. Contact: Barbara Mair ( barbara.k.mair@icloud.com ) 
2019-20 UUA Common Read 
 
Our UUA "Common Read" this year is An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States and An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People . Spanning more than 400 years, this history examines the legacy of indigenous peoples' steadfast fight against imperialism. Available at coffee hour. Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (jefftomlinson8@gmail.com)
General Assembly 2020 
 
UUA General Assembly, Jun 24-28, Providence, Rhode Island
Registration is open for General Assembly 2020 in Providence, RI. Rates are lower now and there is a payment plan. Join us for 5 days of learning, community, worship, and doing the work of the association. Rooted, Inspired, & Ready!   uua.org/ga/registration 
Share the Plate for February: MLK Institute for Nonviolence 
 
We share half our non-pledge collection this month with the Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, which has promoted nonviolent activism for social justice since 1987. Their mission is to advance racial equity for all our communities by: educating and empowering youth and adults; supporting inclusiveness, courage, and peace; and collaborating to advocate for justice, equity, and shared power for all. Learn more at mlkwestchester.org. 
Caring & Sharing Circle
 
If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Robin Rocchi (917-656-6830, robinandal@verizon.net), or Johanna Bauer (johbauer@msn.com, 914-636-1047). 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).
 
Friday, February 7 - 7:00pm Youth Group (Rm 14)

Saturday, February 8 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am Zen (Rm 43); 10:15am Overeaters Anonymous (Rm 21); 1:00pm Rental: WCBNY (Rm 41); 2:00pm Rental: WCHJ (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, February 9 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary); 9:30am Nursery Care (Rm 32); 10:00am Religious Exploration Classes & Youth Group (Start in Sanctuary); 10:00am Worship (Sanctuary); 11:15am Coffee Hour (Fireside); 11:40am Presentation: "From Finance to Farming" (Fellowship Hall)  

Monday, February 10 - 5:00pm Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i (Fireside)

Tuesday, February 11 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 1:00pm  Rental: Watercolor Class (Fireside); 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP (Classes); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, February 12 - 8:30am Dance Movement Group (Fireside); 7:30pm Board of Trustees (Rm 41)

Thursday, February 13 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Fireside); 7:30pm
Journey Group - D. Manetta, K. McGahren-Clemens (Parsonage)

Friday, February 14 - 11:00am Journey Group -Rev. Debus (Parsonage)

Saturday, February 15 - 10:00am Zen (Rm 43); 10:15am Overeaters Anonymous (Rm 21)

Sunday, February 16 - 9:30am Nursery Care (Rm 32); 10:00am  Religious Exploration Classes & Youth Group (Start in Sanctuary); 10:00am Worship (Sanctuary); 11:15am Coffee Hour (Fireside); 11:45am Sunday Journey Groups (Miller-Rm 13; Heller/Freiberger-Rm 32; Morra-Rm 43); 5:00pm  Journey Group - K. Leahy (Off-Site)
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Sabbatical Minister: Rev. Kimberley Debus, sabbaticalmin@cucwp.org
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman, cuucwptracy@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@gmail.com, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas, georgianna.pappas@gmail.com
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada, musicalyra13@gmail.com
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Al Rocchi, alrocchi@verizon.net
Vice Chair: Joann Prinzivalli, joannmp@outlook.com
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Emily Economou, emily.economou@gmail.com
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@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 Communitarian Magazine
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester

Many Paths

There's a story often told about four travelers who each take the path they think will lead them to God - one follows the tree-lined path, one follows the rocky path, a third follows the flowery path, and a fourth follows a paved path. They all leave, sure theirs is the right one, all singing a different song. When they arrive, finding the God they seek, they also find one another. And they find that their individual songs were just harmonies, and together they make beautiful music.

That's really what it's about. Coming together. In this story, people were looking for answers, and following different paths, and found that they were looking for - well, maybe not the same thing exactly, but something that connected them to one another. And just as the travelers sang different parts of a song but found harmony, we don't lose our individuality by coming together. Instead, we find harmony and connection, and often we find new answers to our questions.

This is why we have religious communities, like this one. We carve out one hour out of 168 each week because we want to deepen our faith and our compassion and our connection to not only ourselves but to Mystery, to learn how to be together, and to find new ways to think about reality and our place in the world. We may not know that's what we're looking for, but that's what gathering together like we are doing this morning is all about.

Worshiping together helps us make sense of the world and allow for spiritual experience. There are so many things - chanting and singing, meditation and sitting still, dancing and reading - that all contribute to both our collective and individual sense of the sacred. These things aren't random and help us bring the ideas and the feelings and the questions we have into a big conversation with the ideas and the feelings and the questions of many others.

And then, when we all come together - welcomed in peace, honoring our differences, we begin to see that we might be able to do something together.

You see, we can be individuals, with all our unique voices and ideas. But when we say "we can join our voices together not just as different parts of a song but in one song" - we become strong.

This is the power of the resistance movement. The power of the Climate Change Strike. The power of the immigration justice protests. The power of the women's march. The power of #metoo. The power of the Poor People's Campaign. The power of the civil rights movement.

Whether we are individuals in a small congregation speaking with one voice against hate, discrimination, and violence - or we become part of a larger group in our community, in our state, or in our country, speaking with one voice, we can make a difference. We don't lose ourselves - we are still individuals. But we use our strength, our ability, our passion, and yes, even our questions, to make a difference.

As Unitarian Universalist theologian Rebecca Parker writes,

The choice to bless the world can take you into solitude to search for the sources of power and grace; native wisdom, healing and liberation.

More, the choice will draw you into community, the endeavor shared, the heritage passed on, the companionship of struggle, the importance of keeping faith, the life of ritual and praise, the comfort of human friendship, the company of earth, its chorus of life welcoming you.

None of us alone can save the world. Together - that is another possibility, waiting.

Together.

No matter how old or young we are - the only hope we have is by being together, working together, knowing that whatever our individual paths, we must travel together if we have any hope of saving the world.

~ Rev. Kimberley Debus
Your Moment of Zen: Essential Nature
Early one morning Woodpecker flew in for a special meeting with Raven and asked, "I've heard about essential nature, but I'm not sure what it is. Is it something that can be destroyed?" Raven said, "That's really a presumptuous question." Woodpecker ruffled her feathers a little and asked, "You mean I shouldn't question the matter?" Raven said, "You presume there is... READ MORE
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