Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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January issue of On the Journey: Authority - Click HERE
This week's post from the Sabbatical Minister - Click HERE 
Practice of the Week: Get Enough Sleep
It's a rare person these days who's truly getting enough sleep. The right amount of sleep varies from person to person - and from time to time: if you're stressed, ill, or working hard, you need more sleep. Whatever it is that you need, the key is consistency: getting good rest every night, not trying to catch up on weekends or holidays. READ MORE
We would love to have families greet Sunday morning before worship. What would be more welcoming to visiting children and youth than to have CUUC children and youth offer a warm welcome as they arrive!  Your family would be in place 9:45-10:15am. Contact Jane Dixon ( to sign up for a Sunday...  
The popular stereotypes suggest that the interpreter of classical music follows a sacrosanct score, faithfully conserving the musical past. In reality, the classical musician is like an actor who creates flesh and blood out of a script. Different actors revivify characters is different ways; the musical composition does not have a single, fixed identity... READ MORE 
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jan 12, 10:00am
"This Will Be On the Test"
Rev. Kimberley Debus
We know things - but how do we know? How do we know what we know? Who knows? Where does our knowing come from? How do we experience knowing? What gives the things we know authority? And how is our knowing tested?  
Sun Jan 19 
"For Such a Time as This" 
Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr.
"The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. Our guest speaker is Dr. Willard Ashley, acting dean of practical theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary. After worship, we invite you to join a special group discussion with Rev. Ashley.
Our YouTube Channel has videos of many past services. Check it out HERE!
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Cooperative Coffee Hour this Sunday 
Cooperative Coffee Hour, Sun Jan 12 & 19, 11:15am
We invite you to bring along juice, milk, or a treat to help fill our coffee hour table this Sunday and next. Then help us set up, serve, and clean up together. 
Team Meetings Sun Jan 12  
Religious Education Council, 8:45am, Rm 41
Contact: Christine Haran ( ), Laura Goodspeed ( )
Welcome Committee, 9:00am, Rm 13
Contact: Jane Dixon ( )
Music Committee, 11:30am, Rm 43
Contact: Lois Holt ( ), Janet Bear (  

Building Committee, 11:30am, Rm 13 
Contact: Creighton Cray ( ) 
2019-2020 Congregation Survey
This year the Committee on Ministry is evaluating how we support our spiritual development, and asks you to help by answering our survey. It should take 10-15 minutes and responses are confidential. Pick up a copy this Sunday, or download HERE to print at home. Return completed surveys to any COM member (Erin Foster, Carol Selinske, Janice Silverberg, Denice Tomlinson, or Tom Wacht), or drop off at the CUUC office. Or take the survey online HERE. The survey is open until Mon Feb 3. Questions? Contact: Tom Wacht ( 
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 classic bottom-up history examines the legacy of indigenous peoples' resistance, resilience, and steadfast fight against imperialism. Discount copies are available to purchase for $15 after worship. Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (
Backpack Drive   
The Hunger & Homelessness team is sponsoring a Backpack Drive to support the Brighter Futures After-School Mentoring Program. "Sponsor" a backpack and we will shop for you! $30 buys a backpack; smaller amounts buy supplies. Or you may purchase 3- or 5-subject spiral notebooks, multi-packs of pens/pencils, or looseleaf paper to donate. We collect every Sunday in January. Flyer HERE. Contact: Amy Swiss (
Faith Development Friday 
Faith Development Friday, Fri Jan 17, 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner; 7:00pm Programs  
Our evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. Programs include "Habits of the Heart" Adult RE, separate Adult and Children's Journey Groups, and Youth Group. RSVP to by noon Fri Jan 17 so we can have enough pizza for all.
Special Discussion  
"Multicultural Readiness," Sun Jan 19, 11:45am, Fellowship Hall  
Our guest preacher, Rev. Dr. Willard W. C. Ashley, Sr.,  will be with us after worship for a special group discussion on ways to assess an organization's multicultural readiness. Sponsored by the In the Spirit of Truth/ Racial Justice Team. Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (  
Environmental News 
ABC News reports that climate change supercharged the drought in Australia. The Australian wildfires have consumed 14 million acres of land so far, killing 20 people and possibly as many as 1 billion animals, according to estimates. The burning of fossil fuels is the leading cause of global warming. 
Building Committee Forum
CUUC Accessibility Upgrades Forum, Sun Feb 2, 11:45am, Fellowship Hall
The Building Committee will walk through their plans to make the building accessible to persons with disabilities. See details HERE. Questions? Contact Creighton Cray (  
From the Nominating Committee  
Board of Trustees Nominations, Deadline Sun Feb 23
Do you know someone who would make a great addition to the CUUC Board of Trustees? 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! Instructions are HERE , and application forms are available in the lobby, or download from our website HERE . Self-nominations encouraged! Application deadline is Sun Feb 23. Contact: Julie Gans ( 
A big, holiday thank you from the Hunger & Homelessness team. Because of your generosity, we provided a trunk-load of new gifts to the Hour Children Holiday Program at Bedford Correctional; we donated over 200 gift cards to Coachman Family Center children, and $1300 to Coachman from our December plate share; we brought 9 bags of warmth and toiletries from our mitten tree to men, women, and children at local shelters; and we supported the Ecumenical Food Pantry with over $1200 from our November plate share, individual donations of more than $2000, plus many deliveries of gently-used toys for the pantry "store" where clients - including grandparents - were so grateful to find the right present for the children in their lives. We are grateful for our longtime volunteers and the talented new ones for keeping us energized and organized. And we thanks everyone for participating in the true spirit of giving this holiday season. 
UUA Happenings  
UU the Vote Webinar, Sun Jan 12, 4:00pm EST
In this political moment, UUs are called to join forces with all people who want to organize our communities and our nation to #VoteLove and #DefeatHate. Join the campaign launch webinar, with special guest Varshini Prakash of the Sunrise Movement. Register HERE.  
Outside Events Happening at CUUC  
The Joy of Watercolor, Tues, 1:00-3:30pm, Fireside 
Semester starts Tue Jan 21
Come learn with acclaimed watercolorist and teacher, Neil Waldman. All are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Contact: , 914-949-5257 to sign up.
Save the Date  
Interfaith Friends for Peace, Sat Jan 25, 1:00 - 4:00pm, Rm 41
CUUC will host a multifaith discussion group for sharing and learning, designed to enhance our appreciation of the religious heritage of humankind. Contact: Deb Margoluis ( 
In the Community  
Annual Interfaith Community Concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Sun Jan 12, 4:00pm, Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains
Featuring singers and musicians from many faiths and communities. Free will offering. Refreshments. Contact: , 914-949-6555.
Bookfair to Benefit MLK Library, Mon Jan 20, 11:00-4:00pm, Barnes & Noble City Center, City Center, White Plains
Come to Barnes & Noble for a day of activities - OR - order items online from Jan 20 to Jan 24 at and enter ID #12583688 at checkout. Purchases benefit the MLK Freedom Library. 
Share the Plate for January: Interfaith Council for New Americans of Westchester    
We donate half our non-pledge collection this month to the Interfaith Council for New Americans of Westchester (ICNAW), a coalition of local congregations that provides welcome and support to refugees being resettled in our area. ICNAW has welcomed two families from Afghanistan (in November 2017 and May 2019) and anticipates receiving a third family imminently. To learn more or to join the CUUC Refugee Resettlement team, contact Robin Rocchi ( or Jane Dixon ( 
Caring & Sharing Circle
If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Joan Traber (914-617-9622, or Robin Rocchi (917-656- 6830, 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,
Saturday, January 11 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am Zen (Rm 43); 10:15am Overeaters Anonymous (Rm 21); 2:30pm Rental: Private Party (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, January 12 - 8:15am RE Council (Rm 41); 8:45am Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary); 9:00am Welcome Committee (Rm 13); 9:30am Nursery Care (Rm 32); 10:00am Worship (Sanctuary); 11:15am Coffee Hour (Fireside); 11:30am Music Committee (Rm 43); 11:30am Building Committee (Rm 13); 1:00pm WRI Refugee Leadership Meeting (Fellowship Hall)

Monday, January 13 - 5:00pm Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i (Fireside)

Tuesday, January 14 - 5:00am Rental: Film/TV Production (Lower Lot, Fellowship Hall); 10:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP (Classes); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Wednesday, January 15 - 8:30am CUUC Dance Movement Group (Fireside); 7:30pm Board of Trustees (Rm 41)

Friday, January 17 - 6:15pm Faith Development Friday - Meal (Fellowship Hall), 7:00 RE Programs (Fireside, Rms 32, 43); 7:00pm Youth Group (Rm 14)

Saturday, January 18 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am Zen (Rm 43); 10:15am Overeaters Anonymous (Rm 21); 2:00pm Rental: WCHJ (Fellowship Hall)

Sunday, January 19 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary); 9:30am  Nursery Care (32); 10:00am Worship (Sanctuary); 11:15am Coffee Hour (Fireside); 11:30am Discussion: Multicultural Readiness (Fellowship Hall); 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups - Millers (Rm 13), Freiberger/Heller (Rm 31), Morra (Rm 43); 5:00pm Journey Group - K. Leahy (Off-Site)

Monday, January 20 - 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
Mary Cavallero,
Emily Economou,
Jeff Tomlinson,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
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Among our explorations of the topic of authority in our Journey groups and our worship services, we are considering questions of how we raise our children to claim their own agency while understanding both the role of authority in families and how authority works well - or is abused - in the larger world.

Sometimes the examples we can explain to our children and youth are hard to find, and sometimes the examples are in the news as we open our On the Journey packets. Yet as we wrestle with how to understand the use and abuse of authority on the international stage, we also wrestle with how to talk to our children and youth.

I offer you this poem, written in the last days of 2016, which feels prescient and helpful today - not only for our children, but for us too. May you find a blessing in it.

~ Rev. Kimberley Debus

"What to Tell the Children" by Rachel Kann
Rachel Kann: What to Tell The Children

Tell them that this is the great awakening.

Tell them that we humans have made some huge mistakes
And that's how we now find ourselves in this tenuous place.

Teach them that hate is the poison.
Teach them that love is the remedy,
That it is better to be readied for what comes next,
Even if the revelation is painful.

Tell them that this is the paradigm shift,
That the old is collapsing in on itself,
That this death rattle is simply a temper tantrum;
The last gasp of a dying Goliath.

Remind them of how they get wild
When they are most tired,
And then pass out,
That this is what it's about,
That this is what is happening to a decrepit and ineffective empire.

Tell them that everything is not ok,
And knowing that is ok.

Tell them that pretending
That what is unacceptable is fine
Is what got us to this sick and dysfunctional spot on the timeline.

Apologize for any prior attempts to teach them denial.
Tell them you were blinded by desire for comfortable numbness.

Express that you had the best of intentions,
That you were working within a broken system,
Where few benefited at the expense of many,
That you laid low,
Kept to the status quo,
Obediently played your role,
But those days are over, because
Now you know better.

Tell them that they have no responsibility
To follow someone blindly based solely on a title.

Teach them to practice discernment.

Tell them authority and respect
Must be earned and are not inherently deserved.

Teach them that there are good people and bad people
From every background, ethnicity and belief system,
That they must align themselves with kindness,
That there is no more time for divisiveness.

You tell
Them that just because something is legal,
That doesn't mean it's right.

You tell them
To stand up and fight.

Remind them of all the lawful atrocities
Committed in the sick and twisted history
Of this violent country,
That Rosa Parks righteously broke a law and the world took notice,
That Harriet Tubman is our modern-day Moses,
That women would not be allowed to vote,
And no one would have proposed another notion
If the blessed rebels hadn't taken a stand.

Tell them love will win this war,
But only if we remember
That love is not just one unending cuddle puddle,
But fierce as a mother bear protecting her cubs.

Tell them that although this existence is damaged beyond repair,
They must not despair,
There is possibility,
And we will willingly and willfully open ourselves
To new ways of being because
The old way is not working,
Has never worked,
And the world deserves better,
And we're worth it.

Tell them they are not free
While another suffers under enslavement.
Teach them that we are all limbs on one body
And we cannot chop off our own arm without deep suffering.

Teach them humility,
But also to re-learn to trust their intuition and
Beg their forgiveness for unintentionally misleading them previously.

Tell them their gifts are useful.
Tell them they are beautiful.
Tell them they are the truth.
Your Moment of Zen: Ego
During one of the early gatherings at Tallspruce, Badger asked Raven, "How can I get rid of my ego?" Raven said, "It's not strong enough." "But I'm greedy," Badger said insistently. "I'm self-centered and I tend to push other folks around." Raven said, "Like I said." READ MORE
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