Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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June issue of On the Journey: Justice -- CLICK HERE
Practice of the Week:
Stay on Your Path and Explore New Paths    From Jun 15 through Jul 31, we won't be highlighting any particular Practices. In the meantime, stay on your path! And explore new paths! There are 165 "Practices of the Week" listed and indexed HERE. Look it over and choose your own Practices to highlight until Aug.
Lifespan Religious Education   I look forward to seeing those of you who will be attending the Juneteenth service this Sunday. There will be supervised games for children of all ages. It is a great opportunity for bonding over the summer. Children are welcome to invite a friend to join in the fun. Families can also attend the service together. RE NEWS
Upcoming Summer Worship Services
Petra Thombs 
We begin summer services with our annual celebration of the holiday Juneteenth, commemorating the end of slavery in the US. African drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor is our special musical guest. Please join us in the sanctuary!  
Sun Jul 1, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall 
"Scaling Up by Scaling Down"
Rev. LoraKim Joyner
In difficult times we need to engage beyond measure, beyond profit, and beyond reason. By scaling down to the minute and intimate, faith leads us in building a community of resistance, resilience, and solidarity. We can scale up to more community by scaling down to the beauty and the loss that will not let us go.

This Sunday is our annual celebration of the holiday Juneteenth. Also known as Freedom Day, Juneteenth started in Texas as an annual observance of June 19, 1865, the date when Union troops arrived after the Civil War and officially ended slavery there. Juneteenth has now been recognized as a ceremonial holiday about freedom by New York and forty-four other states. Please join us!
Call for Summer Musicians     
Attention CUUC singers, instrumentalists, and music lovers: share your gifts at our summer services! Most Sundays we have a pianist for hymns, and we would love to have volunteers offer our other musical sections such as centering music before the service starts, or  offertory, or to serve as our weekly hymn leader. We invite you to lend your talents to make our friendly, low-key summer worships more personal and special. Contact: Kim Force ( 
Community Potluck Picnic for Refugee Families

Sat Jun 23, 12:00-3:00pm, Willow Park, 102 Willow Avenue, Larchmont
Come meet the people we have welcomed to our community over the past year. Activities for all ages! Bring one food item to share. (If your dish has halal meat, we will add it to our separate table for halal food in respect of our Muslim neighbors.) Please invite your friends and family members. All are welcome! Hosted by Neighbors for Refugees (Rain date: Sunday, June 24th 12-3pm). Contact: Jmel Wilson (
Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Jun 28, 11:30am, Fireside
We are reading Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect, by Matthew Lieberman. We will also be enjoying our annual potluck lunch. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (
Summer Services in Fellowship Hall

Starting Sun Jul 1, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
Attend our Summer Services in air-conditioned Fellowship Hall. Services are led by Members and Friends of CUUC, outside speakers, and guest ministers. These Sundays are more intimate and informal so people participate more and get to know one another better. Music is provided by our talented musicians and special guests (centering music starts at 9:50am). The nursery is staffed for young children. Stay after worship for light refreshments and conversation. Regular services and religious education classes will begin again Sun Sep 9. Hope to see you here this summer!
July 1 - Rev. LoraKim Joyner, "Scaling Up by Scaling Down"
July 8 - John Bell, "Recovering From Empire"
July 15 - Rev. Catherine Torpey, "Waste Not, Live Not"
July 22 - John Schwam, "Practicing Kindness"
July 29 - Rev. Jef Gamblee, "The Good UU"
August 5 - Muhammed Loutfy
August 12 - Rev. Meredith Garmon
August 19 - Rev. Meredith Garmon
August 26 - Rev. Lara Campbell
September 2 - Rev. Nathan Walker, "I Shower Alone" 
Our Faith Family
Hope for Eli  Eli VanDette, a CUUC Friend who sang movingly with Kim Force during our LGBTQ Celebration worship service last month, is an artist, a musician, and a once athletically active person and volunteer. Faced with chronic illness, Eli is now seeking out-of-network medical treatment to improve their quality of life. You can learn more and support Eli at    
CUUC In the News
Thanks to Tony Arrien, our CUUC LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation renewal is now a news story on the UPLIFT blog of the UUA website! Read the article here: 
In the Community

Rivertowns Community Conversation: Families Belong Together, Fri Jun 22, 4:30pm, South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway  
 Most of us only recently learned that two of our local institutions are housing young immigrant children. These institutions are well known and well regarded, yet these separations are causing trauma. How can we engage? South Presbyterian: 914-693-0473.
Deep Canvassing Against Racism Training in Local Communities: Katonah, Sat Jun 23, 11:00am-4:00pm, Katonah United Methodist Church (Community Room), 5 Bedford Road, Katonah   
Hosted by Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Westchester. The training is geared toward white folks, to prepare people to go door knocking in majority white neighborhoods to talk about racism. Immediately following, we will go out canvassing. Bring lunch or $5 for pizza. RSVP:
"Breakfast" Run, Sun Jun 24, 7:00am, FUSW Hastings
Come help us prepare food, pack clothes, and distribute and interact with the homeless in NYC. You can also support us with donations of clothing and food (learn more HERE). Contact: Art Lowenstein (, Annie Patton (  

2018 Pride March, Sunday, June 24, UUs Gather 11:30am, 8th Ave. and 16th St, New York City
March with the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley (UUCHV) and other local UUs. Limited number of admission wrist bands available. Contact: Tony Arrien ( or Jim Russell (  
Find more social justice events in the community  HERE.
There's Still Time to Give the Gift of Reading
Research shows that six books is all it takes for a child to maintain their reading level in the new school year. While the summer might feel long, this chance to donate is ending on Friday, June 29. Help us give at-risk kids in our neighborhoods the boost they need to be ready when school starts again - visit
GA 2018 Online 

UUA General Assembly 2018, Jun 20-24, Kansas City, Missouri
Can't get to Kansas City? Watch live stream video of GA worships and other events at And follow events by downloading the free mobile app HERE. 
UU Summer Camps & Retreats
Come to the UU Mid-Atlantic Community to recharge and relax with UUs from New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and beyond. You'll spend a week on a beautiful university campus in southeast Pennsylvania Sun Jul 8 - Sat Jul 14. To learn more about our small-scale friendly community and get a newcomer discount, register at , or call Doug Belling for details at (202) 420-1969.

Find more UU summer camps and conference centers HERE .
Share the Plate for June: Community Housing Innovations
Half our non-pledge collection will go to Community Housing Innovations (CHI), a provider of emergency, transitional, and permanent housing. CHI finds emergency shelter for 1,000 adults and children each night. Exec Dir Alexander Roberts has spoken at CUUC about Westchester's affordable housing crisis, and did not request or receive an honorarium. We can show appreciation for his outreach by donating generously.  
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Nicky Klemens (914-967-4419, or her backup Janet Giewat (914 617-2137,
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,

Sat Jun 23 - 10:00am Zen; 12:00pm Rental: Westchester Holistic Network; 5:00pm Rental: Private Party
Sun Jun 24 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15 Refreshments
Mon Jun 25 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i
Tue June 26 - 7:30pm Journey Group - J. Majsak
Thu June 28 - 10:00am Journey Group - Lung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Committee on Ministry
Sat June 30 - 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm Rental: WCBNY
Sun July 1 - 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,
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 Liberal Pulpit. New this week:
Index of past sermons: HERE. Index of other reflections: HERE. Videos of sermons are on the Liberal Pulpit Youtube Channel: HERE.
Your Moment of Zen  Gray Wolf attended meetings sporadically, and when she came she usually sat silent during the question period. However, she came to hear Brown Bear and spoke up, saying, "We dedicate our sutras to the enlightenment of bushes and grasses. This doesn't seem so likely somehow." Brown Bear... READ MORE
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