Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Borders/Boundaries (2019 June) - HERE
From the Minister: Sat Jun 15 - HERE
Practice of the Week: Come Back to Basics Keep commitments, don't be outrageous, and be patient and fair. On the spiritual path, over and over again it is a good idea to keep coming back to a few basic principles. By doing so, you can bound your actions with discipline. You can keep your practice on track. READ MORE
List of all Practices of the Week - HERE
From the Music Director   Scenes of Childhood through the eyes of the German composer Robert Schumann and the Brazilian Octavio Pinto are featured in Sunday morning's Centering Music. Another Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos, furnishes the Offertory music, in the form of his piano suite A prole do bebe (Baby's Family). The collection is meant to depict different sorts of dolls children might play with... READ MORE
Religious Education  Last Sunday's affirmation ceremony was an opportunity for all of us to affirm  support for our young people (see the introduction HERE). This week is RE Sunday to celebrate our Religious Education year. Grades 4-7 meet in Fellowship Hall at 9:15. All others start in the sanctuary at 9:30 sharp! Teachers are in FH at 9:45 to line up for processional... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jun 16, 10:00 AM  
"Religious Education Sunday"
Perry Montrose, Michele Rinaldi, RE Council
A celebration of our teachers, our students, and all the wonderful religious education events of 2018-2019.
Sun Jun 23, 10:00 AM  
"All My Relations: You Have to Know From Whence You Came"
Petra Thombs  
Our annual Juneteenth service will examine our relationship to each other and all beings through the wisdom of global Indigenous peoples. Chief Perry of the Ramapough Lenape Nation and Kofi of Sankofa Drummers will join us.  
Thank You Party
RE Party in Honor of Michele Rinaldi & Perry Montrose, Sun Jun 16, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
After our Religious Education Sunday, join our party to thank Perry and Michele for all their hard work on our RE program this year and bid them a fond farewell. We wish them both all good things in the future!   
Journey Groups
Sunday Journey Groups, Sun Jun 16, 11:40am
Our three Sunday groups meet this week to discuss the monthly topic "Borders/Boundaries." Printed copies of the reading packet are available in the lobby. Facilitators: Tony Arrien (room 43); Gary Freiberger (room 31); Steve & Rhonda Miller (room 13). 
Building a Pipeline    
CUUC has demonstrated its commitment to local students at Westchester Community College through several plate share collections. We now want to deepen our support by "building a pipeline" through which the many strengths of our congregation can flow to a WCC community that needs them. Learn more about the volunteer opportunities for individuals and social justice teams HERE. Won't you join us? Contact: Al Rocchi (
From Environmental Practices     
Five top scientists recently published a study that predicts if climate change continues unmitigated, sea levels will rise 6.5 feet by the year 2100, threatening coastal communities and ecosystems worldwide. According to a NY Times article , climatologists determined that one passenger's jet travel on a 2,500-mile flight can melt 32 square feet of Arctic summer sea ice cover. You can help lessen your environmental impact by purchasing carbon offset certificates through programs like Cool Effect and TerraPass , which pay brokers to plant trees, capture methane from a landfill or cattle operation, help build a wind farm, etc. 
Return Your Pledge
"Our Dreams Are Inspired" 2019 Annual Giving Campaign
Our fiscal year ends June 30. If you haven't yet, please return your pledge form TODAY, or pledge online at . Contact: Chris Kortlandt (
In the Community
"Breakfast" Run, Sun Jun 30, 2019, 7:00am, First Unitarian Society, Hastings
Families welcome! Breakfast Runs are the perfect time to introduce kids to the practice of service to others. Join us as we prepare food, pack clothes, and distribute and interact with people who are homeless in NYC. Donations appreciated. Contact: Art Lowenstein (, 914-844-4189).
N YC Pride March, Sun Jun 30, New York City
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley (UUCHV), Croton, will be leading the Westchester UU contingent in NYC's Pride March. We will be meeting at 31st Street between Madison and Park Ave South by 12:30pm. Come march with us!
UU Opportunities

Unirondack: Summer Health Director Wanted 
Unirondack summer camp in the Adirondacks is looking for a Summer Health Director. See flyer HERE or visit Contact: Kris Fiore (

Live Stream the GA

UUA General Assembly, Wednesday, June 19 - Sunday, June 23, Spokane, WA
Can't make it to this year's GA? View live stream events on your device! Speakers include Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility. Visit .
Share the Plate for June: 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. 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 Lois Holt (914-329-0603,, Claire Kuczinski (914-949-6619, or Janet Giewat (914-617-2137, 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,
Sat Jun 15 - 9:00am Rental: WCSPP Open House; 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen
Sun Jun 16 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship: Religious Education Sunday; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am RE Party for Perry and Michele; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 5:00pm Journey Group - Leahy
Mon Jun 17 - 5:00pm Rental: Exercise; 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 8:00pm Finance Committee
Tue Jun 18 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise
Thu Jun 20 - 7:00pm Journey Group - Van Hoomissen; 7:30pm Committee On Ministry
Sat Jun 22 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen
Sun Jun 23 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship: "All My Relations" 

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Sabbatical Minister: Rev. Kimberley Debus,
Dir of Faith Development: Perry Montrose,, 914-946-1660 x4
Coordinator of Religious Education: Michele Rinaldi,, 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,, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Al Rocchi,
Vice Chair: Joann Prinzivalli,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
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
The Buddha comes to town, and a farmer comes to see him and starts complaining about his problems. His wife this, his children that. The ox is sick; the soil is poor; there hasn't been enough rain and, if there were, the roof would leak. The people to whom he sells his rice are cheating him.

The Buddha stops him and says, "You have 83 problems."

The farmer says, "That sounds about right. How do I fix them?"

Buddha says, "I can't help you. You'll always have 83 problems. Maybe you solve one, or it goes away on its own, but another pops up to take its place. Always 83 problems."

The farmer says: "Well, what good are you?"

Buddha says, "I can help with the 84th problem."

The farmer says: "What's the 84th problem?"

Buddha says, "You think you should have no problems."

For the person with good boundaries, problems don't bother them. Problems arise. One responds to them as well as one can. This is life. Whether you call them problems or challenges, there's always the next one to meet.

Having good boundaries doesn't keep out your 83 problems, but it does keep out the 84th problem. With good boundaries, your problems don't define you; you aren't consumed with the thought that you shouldn't be having this problem.

The 84th problem is the extra. Your problems (or challenges) are enough by themselves; you don't need to add anything extra. But we often do add extra problem to our problems. Whenever we're annoyed by the problem, when we think it's wrong that the problem exists, when we let the problem trigger our reactivity and upset our equanimity, we are adding extra problem to our problem. Good boundaries keep out the extra.

Yours in the faith we share,
Your Moment of Zen: Are You Ready?
After Raven's response to Mole, the community fell silent. Finally, Woodpecker spoke up: "A while back you said that the call of the dove defines us, and now you say that when Owl hoots, the whole forest hoots. I'm confused. Do the two sounds have different functions?" Raven said, "When Owl hoots, the...READ MORE.
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