Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Practice of July: Stay on Your Path and Explore New Paths   Starting in Aug we will begin highlighting Practices again. In the meantime, stay on your path! And explore new paths! There are 165 "Practices of the Week" listed and indexed HERE . Look them over and choose your own Practices to highlight this month.
From the Minister. In Jun 2016, General Assembly in Columbus, OH selected "The Corruption of Our Democracy" as the CSAI for 2016-2020. Read about it: HERE. Last month, the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, MO selected "Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy" as the CSAI for 2018-2022. 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 Jul 29, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall 
"The Good UU" 
Rev. Jef Gamblee 
A service on the theme of compassion using text excerpted from the movie The Good Catholic . Sunday's message offers a challenge, a revelation, and an exhortation to good UUs. Pastor Jef was first ordained by CUUC in January 2009 and lives in beautiful Westerville, OH, where he and his wife, Pat, serve as staff for their cat, Bell.   
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 and has now been a UU for 36 years. She is a CUUC member and author of the award-winning memoir, The Summer of Yes: An Ex-Nun's Story. She teaches writing at the Mount Vernon Public Library.
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. See flier HERE. RSVP: Robin Bezark ( by Wed Aug 1; early RSVP appreciated. New Sanctuary Coalition contact: Sara ( Sign up:  
Summer Services in Fellowship Hall

10:00am, Fellowship Hall
Keep the flame alive! Our Summer Services in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall are led by members and friends of CUUC, outside speakers, and guest ministers. 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 during service, and light refreshments and conversation are offered after. Regular services and religious education classes begin again Sun Sep 9. Join us this summer!
July 29 - Rev. Jef Gamblee, "The Good UU"
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" 
Science & Spirituality
Science & Spirituality, Thu Jul 26, 11:30am, Fireside
We will share and discuss recent articles about the intersection of spirituality and science. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (
Our Faith Family
Hope for Eli  Eli VanDette, a CUUC Friend, is an artist, a musician, and a once athletically active person and volunteer. Faced with chronic illness, Eli has been receiving out-of-network medical treatment and seen improvement in their quality of life. From 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!" Support Eli at    

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).  
Marijuana Policing and Criminal Justice in Westchester, Thu Jul 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, White Plains Library, 100 Martine Ave, White Plains  
An examination of marijuana prohibition across the county with community members calling for an end to racially biased enforcement. Free. Sponsored by WESPAC and others. Contact: Chris Alexander ( Register HERE.    
Where They Stand: Democratic Candidates Forum, Thu Jul 26, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Reid Castle at Manhattanville College, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase  
Hosted by Indivisible Westchester and others. Hear 1) Governor Andrew Cuomo (invited, not confirmed); 2) challenger Cynthia Nixon; 3) Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul; and 4) challenger Jumaane Williams. Moderated by Amy Siskind. Limited seating - please RSVP HERE.
LAST WEEK TO COMMENT: Public Comment on Proposed Health Care Gag Rule, until July 31
The proposed rule would prohibit medical professionals working at facilities receiving Title X funding (i.e., family planning funding for low income populations) from talking with patients about abortion and/or referring them for an abortion. Public comment invited until July 31.
Where They Stand: NYS Attorney General Democratic Candidate Forum
Thu Aug 2, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Ethical Culture Society, 7 Saxon Woods Road, White Plains
Hear the candidates for NYS Attorney General: Leecia Eve, Tish James, Sean Patrick Maloney, and Zephyr Teachout. Moderated by Damon K. Jones of the Westchester Black Political Conference. Hosted by Indivisible Westchester and others. Limited seating - RSVP at
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 Paula Meighan (914-834-6454, or her backup Gail McLeod (914-588-2419). 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,

Thu Jul 26 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group
Sat Jul 28 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: White Plains Lions Club
Sun Jul 29 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments 
Sat Aug 4 - Day in Place; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 4:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Aug 5 - 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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Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Your Moment of Zen: The Stick. Grandma had been living at Vinecot for as long as anyone could remember. She was white-haired and bent, and walked with a stick. She was a friend of Turkey, who had free run of her house. One day she came to see Raven who promptly flew up into the Assembly Oak. "Come down here,...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Jul 28
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