Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Humility (2019 Mar) - HERE
Religious Education  For last Sunday's Westchester UU worship we created a "quiet play" area in the sanctuary where children could enjoy simple activities while experiencing the words, music, and rituals of our faith. Meanwhile local youth got to know one another at a special breakfast. We have all come away gratified and re-energized. This Sunday grades K-7 start in the sanctuary to enjoy the Jazz piano of our musical guest Valerie Capers... READ MORE
From the Music Director  This Sunday we welcome back jazz legends Valerie Capers and John Robinson, two of CUUC's most beloved guest performers! And, be sure to attend our annual Jazzfest! event on Saturday evening, May 18, with the Valerie Capers Trio. READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun Mar 24, 10:00 AM
"Gender and Spirituality"
Tony Arrien, Joan Prinzivalli
We celebrate sexual and gender diversity as a blessing that enriches us all. Special musical guests: Valerie Capers with John Robinson. 
Sun Mar 31, 10:00 AM
" Our Dreams Are Inspired..."
Rev. Meredith Garmon & Friends the sounds of money -- which signifies all that we can do together! We kick off our annual giving campaign with a special, lighthearted musical.
Neighboring Congregations

Midnight Run, Fri Mar 22, 7:00 PM, First Unitarian Society, 25 Old Jackson Ave, Hastings  
We have all the food and supplies but need more volunteers to pack and travel with us to distribute and interact with our homeless friends in NYC. Contact: Art Lowenstein (  
From Animal Advocacy

"Owning Our Actions," Sun Mar 24, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall 
Join us for an engaging conversation with Vegan environmental activist Ray Ippolito, who will educate, inspire, and empower us to own our actions individually and as a community to save animals, ourselves, our future generations, and our planet. See flyer HERE. Presented by the Animal Advocacy Social Justice Team.  
Upcoming Youth Cons

UU Metro NY District social cons (conferences) provide a safe space for UU youth from NY, CT, and NJ to meet, bond, and explore their religious identities together through worship, workshops, and fun!  (Also a great place for parents of youth to connect and support one another!) 
"CONfusion," High School Youth Con, Fri Mar 29 - Sun Mar 31, UU Congregation of Danbury, CT
CONfusion is the last high school (9th-12th grade) con of the 2018-2019 con year! Capacity is limited to 80 youth and 20 sponsors. Details and registration HERE.

6th-8th Grade Junior Youth Con, Sat Apr 6 - Sun Apr 7, CUUC
The 24-hour spring Junior Youth Con (6th-8th grade) will be hosted right here at CUUC! There is still space available. See flyer HERE. Register HERE.
Help Feed Our Visiting Junior Youth

Let's extend our legendary CUUC hospitality! Please volunteer to buy, make, and bring snacks and meals for the kids and adult advisors who will be here attending the Sat Apr 6 Junior High Youth Con. Easy menus. Expenses reimbursed. Contact  
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team 

Appliance & Sports Equipment/Games Collection, Sun Apr 7 - Sun Apr 21
We will be collecting small home appliances for the clients of Furniture Sharehouse and sports equipment and games for the children of Coachman Family Center. Bring items in on Sundays, or bring to room 44 during the week. For furniture questions, contact: Scott Damashek ( For sports equipment/games, contact: Ray Messing ( ). 
Did you know... 
The New York legislature is called to consider 3 proposals to ban single use plastic bags. Some of the bans are arguably more effective than others, and incorporate what other municipalities have learned working with the same issue. Go to for more information. Deadline is April 1 to contact your representative. There is a template letter and more information at Riverkeeper Take Action.   
From the Racial Social Justice Team

Historical Perspective for White Fragility Book Discussion, Sun Apr 14, 11:40am, Fellowship Hall
"White Affirmative Action" - the title of this week's Seeing White podcast episode - isn't about the recent college admissions scandal, but about the special options for Whites built into laws and government programs throughout the nation's history - background information that can offer insights for next month's book discussion on White Fragility. Copies are available to purchase during coffee hour. Quotes from the book are also posted on the Racial Justice bulletin board in the hall.
Do You Have a Sermon in You?

The Summer Services Task Force Wants to Know!
If you'd like to lead a summer service, or if there is someone you'd like to suggest, we have several Sundays available. Please send an email with your interest, your proposed topic, or the name of a speaker you'd recommend, to Pam Parker at by April 15. The Summer Services Task Force will get back to you in May.  
Save the Date

CUUC Spring Concert, Sun Apr 28, 12:30pm, Sanctuary
There will be something for everyone at our Spring Concert, with clarinetist Pascal Archer and pianist Adam Ken performing the music of Brahms, Poulenc, and Leo Werner, plus the CUUC Choir singing pieces by Schubert, Brahms, and Bernstein, including favorites from West Side Story , On the Town , and Candide . Discount tickets on sale this Sun Mar 17 during coffee hour. See flyer HERE. 
In the District
Central East Region Summer Institute (CERSI), Sun Jul 7 - Sat Jul 13, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
You are invited to join us for a week of multi-generational fun and inspiration. Keynote speaker is Dr. Ysaÿe Barnwell, composer, arranger, author, actress, and former member of the African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock. Details at  
UU World Transgender Article

Transgender and gender nonbinary leaders in the Unitarian Universalist movement and others have expressed alarm and shared their pain about an article in the Spring 2019 issue of UU World magazine . To learn more, please r ead the editor's apology HERE. Find a statement and further links from TRUUsT ( Transgender Religious Professional UUs Together) HERE . Read tips for cis-gender (non-trans) UUs to discuss the article HERE or see the flyer posted in the lobby. 
Social Justice Opportunities
NY Poor People's Campaign Westchester Meeting, Sunday, Mar 31, 2:00pm, Fireside Area, CUUC
Continue Martin Luther King's work confronting the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation. If this is your first meeting, come at 2:00pm for an introduction. The regular meeting starts at 2:30pm. We'll hear about the recent Poughkeepsie People's Hearing and discuss next steps. Contact:  
See more local social justice opportunities HERE
Share the Plate for March : Lifting Up Westchester
For almost four decades Lifting Up Westchester has worked to permanently change the lives of our neighbors in crisis. Our collection will support services at the Open Arms shelter, which offers temporary housing for up to 38 homeless adult men. Open Arms provides more than a bed, shower, and meal; their guests receive support and encouragement to engage in recovery programs or employment services, as each man follows his own path to a better life.  
Unirondack Camp

If you have youth between the ages of 8 and 17 who are looking to connect with other UU youth, enjoy fun in the Adirondack Mountains, eat s'mores, create art and music, and play while learning about the importance of community all shaped by Unitarian Universalist values, welcome to Unirondack. Visit    
Caring & Sharing Circle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Johanna Bauer (914-636-1047, or Carole Mehta (914-234-6294, 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,

Fri Mar 22 - 9:00am Rental: Meal Prep; 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 8:00pm Rental: WCSPP

Sat Mar 23 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ

Sun Mar 24 - 9:00am Racial Justice/ITSOT; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Religious Ed: Environmental Practices Sunday; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Animal Advocacy Presentation: "Owning Our Actions" 
Mon Mar 25 - 5:00pm Rental: Exercise; 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i;

Tue Mar 26 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

Wed Mar 27 - 7:30pm Worship Committee
Thu Mar 28 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality

Fri Mar 29 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise

Sat Mar 30 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen; 10:30am Food Prep for Community Meal

Sun Mar 31 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversation; 11:30am Canvass Community Meal; 2:00pm Rental: NY Poor People's Campaign Westchester

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Director 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
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