Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
To protect ourselves and our neighbors, CUUC is holding our Sunday services and congregation events online only - we are not meeting in person in our building. Please visit our website for more information.
Sun June 7                                                                                2020 Spr #12
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: Discern.
  • Moment of Zen #125
This Sunday, Religious Education classes and Youth Group do not meet so all RE volunteers can attend the annual meeting. 
Next Sunday, June 14th, we do meet:  
~ 10:00-10:45am, 4th-5th grade   final Bibleodeon class plus a conversation about racial justice and current events with Janice S & Ted K 
~ 11:20am-12:20pm, K-3rd grade affirmation of our UU values related to dignity, participation and fairness with Laura G & Joe G 
~ 11:30am-12:30pm, 6th-7th grade final World Religions Class plus a conversation about racial justice and current events with Gail J 
~ 11:30am-12:30pm 8th-12th grade Youth Group conversation about racial justice and current events with Tracy B, Cyndi & Daniel T
~1:30pm Parent/Grandparent/Caregiver conversation about speaking with our children and youth about racial justice and current events with Tracy B & guest
*Read Tracy's letter to families about our commitment to racial justice and initial resources  online HERE
*Click HERE for an updated May/June 2020 RE Calendar .  
*If you would like to receive the weekly RE newsletter, sign up HERE .     
Composers change and evolve over the course of a lifetime, but a core identity often pervades their work... Around the turn of the 19th century, Beethoven suffered the transformative event of his lifetime, as he realized he was losing his hearing. The music from his final creative phase seems to depict a sort of transcendence... The CUUC Choir contributes a joyous anthem as well, which celebrates the transformative power of music. Read more HERE.
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Jun 7, 10:00am Online Worship
"Vision" ~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our theme for June is Vision. As we explore the import of this concept for our spirituality, we may remember that the book of Proverbs says, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." You might, however, have forgotten the clause that immediately follows: "but happy are those that keep the law." What sort of "law" pertains to vision?
To join us online, click Room ending 1991  
Or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991   
Gathering Music at 9:50am, Live Centering Music at 9:50am, Welcome at 10:10am 
We will not host Virtual Coffee Hour or Religious Education this Sun Jun 7, so we can hold our Annual Meeting
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.
Reminder - Register for Annual Meeting  
CUUC Annual Meeting, Sun Jun 7, 11:30am
Our Annual Meeting will be held online this year. Pre-registration is required. An email was sent this week to Members and voting Friends with a link to register. If you did not receive it please contact
Did You Know That...
...when the Constitution was drafted, the framers carefully constructed a document that preserved and protected slavery without ever using the word? Learn more about "The Idea of Democracy" at this week's discussion of The New York Time's 1619 Project, sponsored by the Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team. Contact: Bice Wilson, Deb Margoluis. Adult/Youth Religious Education: The 1619 Project, Sun Jun 7, 4:00pm, Room ending 7899
*Please* Help Us Celebrate Graduating Seniors ~ Write a Note of Congratulations
One of the gifts we will give our Bridgers (graduating seniors) this year is a UU hymnal with beloved music and words of our faith. If we were meeting in the building, we would make hymnals available in the Sundays leading up to our Bridging ceremony so you could write in them. This year, given our circumstances, we invite you to submit notes online, which we will put in the youth's hymnal. We have 4 youth Bridging: Evan Cacchione, Niall Ryan, Oliver Schwartz, Aiden Breneman-Pennas. Click HERE to submit notes of congratulation and encouragement.  
Spotlight On: Hunger & Homelessness Team
Our hardworking H&H volunteers are working to increase our weekly meal donation to HOPE Community Services from feeding about 120 to feeding more like 200! Pictured are Barbra Kelly, the Swiss family, Dinsa and Carole Mehta, Jane Dixon, and Karen Leahy. Join them and the rest of the team! Contact Nicole Turygin ( or Steve Miller ( to learn how.
New Members & Friends 
New Member & Friend Virtual Reception, Sat Jun 6, 4:00pm, Room ending 2210
This year we move our annual reception from the parsonage to Zoom. If you are a new Member or Friend, and haven't received your invitation, contact: Jane Dixon (  
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.) 
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UUA General Assembly 
Virtual UUA General Assembly, June 24-28  
The 2020 UUA General Assembly is now a 100% virtual event! At GA, participants worship, witness, learn, and connect. Anyone may attend; credentialed member delegates may vote. Registration is $150. Visit  
Voting by Mail
New York Primary elections are Tue Jun 23. If you want to vote by mail but haven't received an application, click HERE to download from the Board of Elections website. Check the box labeled "temporary illness." You must mail your application by Tue Jun 16. Learn more from the League of Women Voters HERE and HERE
Email Scam Reminder
This week the scam email subject line is your name, and is supposedly from "Rev. Meredith Garmon (" Remember that Rev. Garmon will never email you requesting gift cards or favors. If you are unsure, contact Learn more HERE.  
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 and click on an event for login information. Check the Online Programming Schedule for details. To reserve a Zoom online meeting rooms, 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.

Saturday, June 6 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 2210); 4:00pm New Member/Friend Reception (Rm 2210)
Sunday, June 7 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:30am Annual Meeting (for Members, registration required); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Religious Ed: 1619 Project (Rm 7899)
Monday, June 810:00am 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 9 - 3:00pm Mandala Meditation with April (Rm 2210); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Freiberger (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Tracy Breneman (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Sop, Alto (Rm 2210); 7:30pm Committee on Ministry (Rm 8944)  
Wednesday, June 10 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Amy Nathan (Rm 4635);
7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Tenor, Bass (Rm 2210); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting (Rm 7899)  
Thursday, June 11 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899);
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)  
Friday, June 129:00am 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 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-3 RE Activity (Rm 8428); 11:30am Grade 6-7 RE Class & Sr Youth Group (Rm 8428); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944); 1:30pm Parent/Grandparent/Caregiver Discussion (Rm 8428)

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: Al Rocchi,
Vice Chair: Joann Prinzivalli,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero,
Emily Economou,
Jeff Tomlinson,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,
Quick Links

On The Journey (current and past issues)
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