Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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Sun June 14                                                                                2020 Spr #13
Spirituality   ·   Compassion   ·   Service
June issue of On the Journey: VISION - Click HERE
  • Meredith's weekly column;
  • Links to the text and videos of recent Sunday services;
  • Practice of the Week: "Face, Embrace, Transcend."
  • Moment of Zen #126
This Sunday, we are holding conversations across ages about current events, affirming our UU commitment to racial justice. RE is delighted that members of CUUC's Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team will join us. 
~ 10:00-10:45am, 4th-5th grade   final Bibleodeon class plus a conversation about racial justice and current events with Janice Silverberg & Ted Kuczinski
~ 11:20am-12:20pm, K-3rd grade affirmation of our UU values related to dignity, participation and fairness with Laura Goodspeed, Jim Cobb, and Joe Gonzalez
~ 11:30am-12:30pm, 6th-7th grade final World Religions class, focused on Buddhism, plus a conversation about racial justice and current events with Rev. Meredith and Gail Johnston
~ 11:30am-12:30pm 8th-12th grade Youth Group conversation about racial justice and current events with Tracy Breneman, Jeff Tomlinson, Cyndi & Daniel Tillman
~1:30pm Parent/Grandparent/Caregiver conversation about speaking with our children and youth about racial justice and current events with Tracy Breneman
*We are collecting recently shar ed racial justice resources online HERE.
*Click HERE for the May/June 2020 RE Calendar .  
*If you would like to receive the weekly RE newsletter, sign up HERE .     
The close personal and artistic relationship between Robert and Clara Schumann is one of music history's most celebrated romances... Other composers highlighted in this Sunday's musical selections are the Unitarian Edvard Grieg, whose "Erotikon," or "Erotic Poem," is heard in the Meditation, and the Catalan composer Federico Mompou... The CUUC Choir is also on hand with a newly synthesized recording of "You've Got a Friend in Me" - an artistic marvel, and a technological feat! Read more HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jun 14, 10:00am Online Worship
"Just Love" ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Baby boomers and their elders have seen, in their lifetimes, considerable changes in sexual ethics. Some principles have faded away, others have risen in importance. Let's review.

Sun Jun 21, 10:00am Online Worship
"Religious Education Sunday"  
~ Tracy Breneman, Christine Haran, Laura Goodspeed, Janice Silverberg, David Bowen, Laura Sehdeva, Joe Gonzalez
A celebration of our resilient community that keeps our light shining and our hearts connected during changing times. We will also celebrate our graduating seniors. See below for an opportunity to send them a special note of encouragement.      
To join us online, click  Room ending 1991  
Or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991   
Gathering Music 9:50am, Live Centering Music 10:00am, Welcome 10:10am
After Worship: Virtual Coffee Hour in Room ending 2210 
Religious Education this Sun Jun 14, see our RE Newsletter
CUUC Zoom Meeting Rooms
For links to our Zoom meeting rooms, scroll down to "This Week at CUUC." Links are also in the Online Programming Schedule and in the Event Calendar  on our website,
Revisit past services anytime at  our YouTube Channel.
to be alerted of new content.
Our Graduating Seniors  Need Your Words of Encouragement ~ This Week!
This is a challenging year to finish high school and step from youth into young adulthood. Let our seniors know they have a faith community that loves and supports them. Submit a short note to be included in hymnals gifted by the congregation. These hymnals will be an enduring reminder of beloved music, words and community. We will celebrate  Bridging for 4 youth next Sunday, June 21st: Evan Cacchione, Niall Ryan, Oliver Schwartz, Aiden Breneman-Pennas. Click HERE to submit your note of congratulations and encouragement.   
Thanks to all who participated in our 1619 Project classes on Mar 31 and Jun 7. Those attending shared thoughtful, impassioned conversations centering on articles including " The Idea of Democracy." We invite everyone to read this important essay, and to join us when The 1619 Project resumes sessions this fall. Our discussions of The New York Time's 1619 Project are sponsored by the CUUC Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team.
From the Committee on Ministry
The pandemic has led to an increase in domestic violence - spousal and intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse. If you are experiencing violence at home -  physical, verbal, or emotional - please reach out to one of the resources in the attached letter, a family member, friend, neighbor, or our minister. If you have concerns about a member of our congregation, contact Rev. Meredith Garmon ( And if you are fearful of losing control, please seek help now. Read the full letter from the CUUC Committee on Ministry HERE. 
From Environmental Practices Group
After attending the climate march in Manhattan, high school seniors at New York City's High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media began asking tough questions about why they didn't see many black protesters. "Climate change is racial injustice," the students concluded. They interviewed protesters, cited research, and discussed their own observations about how global warming disproportionately affects black communities, in their NPR winning podcast. Listen to "The Flossy Podcast: Climate Change & Environmental Racism" HERE . (Seniors: Jaheim Birch Gentles, Jamar Thompson, Joshua Bovell, Brianna Johnson, Kamari Murdock, and Isaiah Dupuy, with music by Ieszan McKinney. Teacher: Mischaël Cetoute.) 
Save the Date  
Sunday Worship at UUA General Assembly, Sunday June 28, 10:00am EDT, livestream on 
For our summer service on June 28, we will tune in to the livestream of the largest annual gathering of UUs in worship: the Sunday Worship at the UUA General Assembly. This powerful, communal experience is available to the public - registration to GA is not required. Learn more HERE. You can register for the 100% virtual GA HERE. 
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From the UUA 
Register to join UUs in rallying with the Poor People's Campaign at the online June 20 Mass Poor People's Assembly and Moral March on Washington. Gather digitally with thousands of folx of faith to demand officials enact a platform for ALL people. Learn how to organize for systemic changes in your community.
Caring & Sharing  
If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Carole Mehta (, 914.522-3482) or her backup Janet Giewat (, 914 617-2137). Or you may contact the CUUC office ( ). To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers ( 914-946-2026,
Share the Plate for June: Ramapough Lenape Tribal Nation    
The Ramapough Lenape Community Center is a hub of the NJ tribe's social and educational programs. The building is in dire need of repair to protect supplies and become a safe gathering space again. Petra Thombs, Exec Dir of the Nation (and CUUC Member), thanks you for your support. Read her letter HERE. Visit, click Donate, and select Share the Plate. Or mail checks made out to CUUC with memo "Share the Plate - Ramapough." 
Online Offering 
You can pay your pledge, donate to the Share the Plate, or contribute to our Benevolent Fund or Minister's Discretionary Fund via PayPal by clicking "Donate" at our website Or click the button below.
This Week at CUUC
Visit on our website and click on an event for login info. You may also check the Online Programming Schedule on our website for details. To reserve an online meeting room, contact

Worship Space ending 1991 - or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991
Room ending 2210 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter 336 956 2210 
Room ending 7899 - or call 646-876-9923 and enter 289 850 7899
Room ending 8944 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID: 983 663 8944.
Room ending 8428 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter 817 388 428 
RE Room ending 4635 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 602 164 635 
"A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts, Room 5149 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID: 939 6077 5149. Please mute your microphones.
Friday, June 12 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 11:00am Journey Group Monthly Topic: Rev. Garmon (Rm 2210); 3:00pm " A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-in: Sehdeva (Rm 7899)
Saturday, June 13 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)
Sunday, June 14 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 10:00am Grade 4-5 RE Class (Rm 2210); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:20am Grade K-3rd RE Activity (Rm 8428); 11:30am Grade 6th-7th RE Class (Rm 8428); 11:40am Grade 8th-12th Youth Group Discussion (Rm 8428); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944); 1:30pm Parent/Grandparent/Caregiver Discussion (Rm 8428)
Monday, June 15 - 10:00am Journey Group Check-In: Kung (Terri's Zoom); 3:00pm " A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Rev. Morra (Rm 2210)
Tuesday, June 16 - 3:00pm Mandala Meditation with April (Rm 2210); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Tracy Breneman (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Choir Gathering (Rm 2210)
Wednesday, June 17 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Amy Nathan (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Check-In (Rm 7899)
Thursday, June 18 - 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Barbara Mair and Nora (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899); 7:30 Journey Group Check-In: Majsak (Joe's Zoom); 8:15pm Religious Education Council (Rm 8428)  
Friday, June 19 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-in: Sehdeva (Rm 7899)
Saturday, June 20 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly Topic: Rev. Morra (Rm 2210); 3:00pm Journey Group Monthly Topic: Leahy (Rm 7899)
Sunday, June 21- 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944)

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman,, 914-434-7539
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: Joe Majsak,
Vice Chair: Debra Manetta,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Secretary: Terri Kung
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero,
Emily Economou,
Jeff Tomlinson,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
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