Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Borders/Boundaries (2019 June) - HERE
From the Minister: Fri May 31 - HERE
Practice of the Week: Love We need to give love to be healthy and whole. If you bottle up your love, you bottle up your whole being. Love is like water: it needs to flow; otherwise, it backs up on itself and gets stagnant and smelly. Look at the faces of some people who are very loving: they're beautiful, aren't they? Being loving heals old wounds inside and opens...READ MORE
List of all Practices of the Week - HERE
From the Music Director   Sunday's solo piano music consists of fragments, short pieces that function like the broken shards of glass to make a mosaic. Elsewhere, Kim and Christian Force provide another musical exploration of the monthly theme of Borders and Boundaries in Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory," and the CUUC Choir serves up Greg Gilpin's "Rise Above the Walls" and an arrangement of Spirituals by Sonja Poorman... READ MORE
Religious Education  Our UU covenant enables us to reach our children, other congregants, and people at large with a message of hope, a desire to live in harmony, and an abiding affirmation of the sanctity of life. In doing this, we pay homage to the ideal of Memorial Day, and all those who offered the ultimate sacrifice. RE This Sunday: All ages start in classrooms. Kids go to Fellowship Hall at 11:00am so teachers can join the annual meeting in the sanctuary... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jun 2, 10:00 AM  
"Borders, Boundaries, and Edges"
Catherine Kortlandt  
Border, Boundaries, and Edges -- what are they and why do we care so much? Note: This service will be an exercise in being present; there will be no printed order of service.  
Sun Jun 9, 10:00 AM  
"Crossing the Line"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
It's important to establish good boundaries. We are also called to reach across borders. How to tell the difference?
Annual Meeting 2019
Annual Meeting, Sun Jun 2, following Worship
The Board of Trustees will call the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, June 2, 2019, after worship. Please plan to attend this important meeting.
The Discussion Continues  
White Fragility Book Discussion - Part 2, Sun Jun 2, 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall
We continue the important talk begun May 5. Even if you haven't read the book, the Racial Justice Team invites you to join the conversation. Read about author Robin DiAngelo's ideas HERE. Or see her video HERE.
Wise Aging 
Wise Aging Group, Tue Jun 4, 3:00pm, Fireside
We explore aging as a personal and spiritual practice, and support one another in our journeys. We are following the book, The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully . Contact: Rev. Meredith Garmon (
In Memorium
Memorial Service for Roberta "Bobbi" Collins, Sat Jun 8, 2:00pm, Sanctuary  
We gather to celebrate the life of longtime member Bobbi Collins, who died on May 14. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Wildlife Conservation Society at
College Scholarship Awards
Deadline extended. CUUC offers scholarships for our graduating seniors. To apply, send a short essay on your contributions at CUUC, a brief explanation of how you will use the $250 scholarship money, and the names of two CUUC references. Send to by Mon Jun 3. 
Annual BBQ
BBQ Community Meal, Sun Jun 9, After Worship
The Annual CUUC BBQ is coming! BBQ chicken, hot dogs, burgers, vegan options, and more! Suggested donation only $5 per person; $4 for kids under 12 and senior; maximum $21 per family. Don't miss it!
Faith Development Friday
Faith Development Friday, Fri Jun 14, CUUC
Our evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner; 7:00pm Programs; 8:30pm Coffee. Programs include "Faith Like a River" Adult RE and Family Journey Group. RSVP to by Fri 12:00 noon so we know how much pizza to order.
From Environmental Practices     
Major manufacturers, many identified by Greenpeace as the biggest plastics polluters, are cooperating in an experiment in reusable packaging. Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Unilever, and others will be selling products on a site called Loop and will deliver them in attractive and sturdy reusable containers in a returnable pouch. The emptied containers will be picked up in the pouch for free, then cleaned by the manufacturer, and resold. The pilot is planned for launch this spring.   
Save the Date
Wild Walk, Sat Jul 27, 10:00am, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Visitor's Center, Far Rockaway, NY
Explore how learning about other animals teaches us to know ourselves, and helps us live more deeply, more joyfully, and more compassionately. Contact: Rev. LoraKim Joyner ( Register HERE. Future walks: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens on Sat Jul 20, Governors Island in Manhattan on Sat Aug 10.
"Our Dreams Are Inspired"  
2019 Annual Giving Campaign  
Help make "Our Dreams" come true! If you haven't yet, PLEASE return your pledge form TODAY , or pledge online at . Contact: Chris Kortlandt ( ).
From Refugee Resettlement
English Tutors Needed
Our newest Afghan refugee family is here and we need volunteers to tutor them in English. Tutors work with either the parents or the two children, ages 6 and 9.  Experience in ESL/Adult Literacy or ESL/Elementary Education preferred. Contact Terri Kung ( 
Flower Power
The inspiration for our 2019 Auction is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Please donate your gently used light-colored flat sheets so we can transform them into tie-dyed tapestries to adorn our sanctuary! Drop off in lobby. Contact: Claire Flower (  
$500 UU Camp Voucher

Sophia Fahs RE Summer Camp, Sun Aug 18 - Sat Aug 24, Camp Echo, Burlingham, NY
After 38 years on Shelter Island, the Sophia Fahs Camp has moved to Camp Echo in Burlingham, NY. Through a special grant, A LIMITED NUMBER OF $500 VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE TO NEW CAMPERS. Deadline Jul 1. To request a voucher, email
In the Community 

LGBTQ Panel Discussion, Tue Jun 11, 6:30pm, Patterson Public Library, Patterson
"Toward a Better Understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People" panel discussion including CUUC's Tony Arrien. Hosted by PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Putnam. Contact MJ Karger ( See flyer HERE. 
District Happenings - June 2019

To see this month's Opportunities for Connection newsletter for our region, with articles and the calendar of Central East Region events and webinars, click HERE.  
Share the Plate for May: 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. The ICNA recently welcomed a second family from Afghanistan. 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, or Claire Kuczinski (914 949-6619 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 1 - 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 4:00pm  New Member/Friend Reception
Sun Jun 2 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Special Friends Breakfast; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Annual Meeting; 12:15pm Coffee Hour; 12:30pm White Fragility Part 2; 4:00pm Refugee Resettlement Leaders
Mon Jun 3 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International
Tue Jun 4 - 3:00pm Wise Aging Group; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP Town Hall; 7:30pm Board of Trustees; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Thu Jun 6 - 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Jun 8 - 10:00am Food Prep for Community Meal; 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm  Rental: WCBNY; 2:00pm Memorial Service for Bobbi Collins; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun Jun 9 - 8:15am RE Council; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Community Meal: BBQ; 11:40am Music Committee 

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,
Congregational & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker,, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson,, 914-946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Dean Silverberg,
Vice Chair: Al Rocchi,
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 weekend of May 17-19, when Rev. Kimberley Debus was visiting CUUC, I was yet again impressed with, and grateful to, this congregation I serve. It was exciting to behold the outpouring of energy and interest in meeting and getting to know Rev. Debus, who will be the sabbatical minister while I'm away for six months from Oct 1 to Apr 1. CUUC is truly ready to engage with some new possibilities, and that's wonderful!

Rev. Debus will be bringing CUUC some new ideas and some different skill sets: she was herself a UU music director before going into ministry, so she brings a level of musical expertise that I lack to the collaboration with our music staff, and with her eye for aesthetics she will surely be a help to our members that are already at work on making the look and feel of our worship space more vibrant, enticing, welcoming, and conducive to spiritual experience. She has an Adult RE curriculum of five sessions that she created herself that I believe she will be offering while she's here.

There will be some changes. Perhaps some of them will instantly strike you as good ideas, and maybe you'll be rather dubious about others, but I trust you'll give every experiment a fair chance to win you over. Then when I get back, I'll be keen to know which changes you liked and that we should keep. I've encouraged Rev. Debus to be bold in deviating from "the way we've always done it." Upon my return, I look forward to having some adapting to do to "the new CUUC"!

Yours in faith,
Your Moment of Zen: The Goal Gray Wolf made one her rare visits to the circle, and after a talk by Raven she remarked, "The goal of practice seems to be just more practice." Raven bobbed her head. "Well?" Gray Wolf hesitated, and then asked, "So there's no end to it?" Raven hopped down from her perch to a little hummock beside ... READ MORE
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