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.
Spirituality   ·   Compassion   ·   Service
Sun May 10                                                                                 2020 Spr #8
May issue of On the Journey:  JOY - Click HERE
Includes: Meredith's weekly column;
links to the text and videos of recent Sunday services; Adult/Youth Religious Education Updates;
Practice of the Week: The Sensation Meditation;
Moment of Zen: Shaking the Tree.
The past seven weeks have been an evolving process of adapting from two-week physical distancing, to another two weeks, through the end of May, and now possibly extending safety measures through the summer. In the beginning, our focus was ensuring our community felt supported and connected under temporary distancing mandates. As we move into the next stage of this experience, which finds families and RE volunteers settling into new routines at home, the RE Council is exploring how to resume the classes and activities we had been offering this year.  Read more HERE.  
View this week's RE Ne wsletter online HERE
Click HERE to see a collection of online resources we have shared. 
If you would like to receive the weekly RE newsletter, sign up HERE .    
This Sunday's solo piano selections are dedicated to the moms, sisters, daughters, and friends who let us think they did so much without trying. The CUUC Choir is on hand as well with a statement of aroused hope and renewal from the Biblical Song of Songs... Read more HERE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun May 10, 10:00am Online Worship 
"There is No Try"
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
In The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Luke Skywalker, receiving instructions from Yoda, sighs, "All right, I'll give it a try." Yoda famously responds: "No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try." In The Karate Kid (1984), Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel, "Either you karate do 'yes,' or karate do 'no.'" Acknowledging that both of these Hollywood, broken-English, Asian(-ish) caricatures are problematic, those lines became well known because we recognize an important teaching here. What is the role of "trying" in your daily life? What would it be like to truly stop "trying" and simply do and not do?
Sun May 17, 10:00am Online Worship
"Coming of Age Sunday"  
~ COA Youth, Mentors and Friends 
Join us for a beloved tradition, the Coming of Age worship service. Over the past year, our 8th and 9th grade youth have been learning more about Unitarian Universalism and exploring their own beliefs. The COA year is an extraordinary journey of discovery. By sharing their reflections, they invite us to reflect on our own journeys of faith.   
To join us online, click Room ending 1991  
Or call 646-876-9923 and enter 761 321 991   
Centering Music at 9:50am ~ Welcome at 10:10am 
11:00(ish) Virtual Coffee Hour in Room ending 2210  
CUUC Zoom Meeting Rooms
For links to all our Zoom meeting rooms, scroll down to "This Week at CUUC." Links are also in the Online Programming Schedule on our website,
Revisit past services anytime on our YouTube Channel.
to be alerted of new content.
Email Phishing Scams
We've had even more scam emails lately from something posing as Rev. Garmon asking for help (a recent subject line was "MANY BLESSINGS"). Know that Meredith will never email you requesting gift cards or favors. Contact if you are ever in doubt. Learn more HERE 
Request from the Treasurer 
The Board has to present a budget at our annual meeting Sun Jun 7. Because we delayed our pledge drive due to the pandemic, please help us estimate next year's budget by letting us know your pledge intentions now. With rental income now also reduced, pledges are vital. If you are able to maintain or even increase your pledge for the full year, great. If you can only provide an estimate for a half year, that helps. If you are not in a position to pledge at this time, just let us know. Email your pledge estimate to Chris Kortlandt at Read the full letter from the treasurer HERE.
Annual Meeting - Save the Date 
CUUC Annual Meeting, Sun Jun 7, After Worship
We are planning to hold the meeting online. Details will be coming soon, including the names of this year's slate of nominees. Stay tuned! (And committee chairs, please submit your reports by Fri May 15.)
Need Mail?
We plan to distribute a digital annual report by email. If you need a printed copy of the annual report or ballot, or know another Member of the congregation who will, please let us know. Contact Pam at
Adult/Youth Religious Education - Common Read
Common Read Book Discussions, Sun May 10 (Also Sat May 9), Sun May 17, 24, 4:00pm, Room 7899
Join us for an exploration of this year's UUA Common Read : An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States. The classes are co-facilitated by Rev. Meredith Garmon ( and Jeff Tomlinson (  
You may join this week's class on either Sat May 9 or Sun May 10, so you won't have to choose between us or a Mother's Day celebration.
Did You Know That...
...enslaved African Americans built vast fortunes for white people North and South - at one time, the second-richest man in the nation was a Rhode Island "slave trader"? Learn more about American history from our upcoming workshops on the NY Time's 1619 Project, sponsored by the CUUC Racial Social Justice/In the Spirit of Truth teams beginning Sun May 31, 4:15pm, in Room ending 7899.
From Hunger & Homelessness
In February, HOPE Community Services in New Rochelle provided 18,117 meals. In March the number was 111,942! Join the CUUC Hunger & Homelessness team as we support HOPE and other organizations that help feed our Westchester neighbors. Learn more HERE. Contact Nicole Turygin ( 
From Refugee Resettlement
Virtual Concert for Refugees, to benefit Hearts & Homes Covid-19 Relief Fund, Sun May 17, 6:00pm
Hearts & Homes for Refugees presents a virtual concert featuring songwriter Diana Jones, whose newest album Song To A Refugee is scheduled to release in September. Learn more and purchase tickets HERE
Help for HOPE  
The Hunger & Homelessness and Brunch Committee now support HOPE Services with weekly hot meals, plus lunch items such as sandwiches, cookies, and snacks. If you would like to contribute a full tray of your own home-cooked dish or a bag of PBJ, egg salad, or cold cut sandwiches, FIRST contact Nicole Turygin ( ) or Steve Miller ( , 914-723-0982) to coordinate. Bring food donations to CUUC to include in our delivery. We can supply a foil tray (you supply ingredients).
From Environmental Practices Group
Experience the joy from your home of the baby birds that are nesting in the wild this spring. The Cornell Lab has partnered throughout the world to install live surveillance cameras at the homesteads of such magnificent birds as the Barred Owl , Red-tailed Hawks , Northern Royal Albatross , and Bermuda Petrals . Children will enjoy the 6-minute YouTube video of the baby Barred Owl , peeking out from under the protection of its mother owl. There is a 3-minute YouTube recording of Barred Owls hatching , but please be aware that owls (and hawks) are carnivores and don't watch if you don't want your child to see the carrion in their nests. 
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Moments of Mindfulness  
Opportunities to catch your breath, quiet your mind, and re-charge. For all ages. 
  • Mon, 3:00-3:30pm "A Tempo with Adam," Adam Kent Live Piano Performance in Adam's Zoom Room
  • Tues, 3:00-3:30pm Mandala Meditation with April Castoldi, Drawing Mandalas in Room 2210
  • Fri, 3:00-3:30pm "A Tempo with Adam," Adam Kent Live Piano Performance in Adam's Zoom Room 
  • Sat, 10:00am-12:00pm Zen Online with Rev. Meredith in Room 7899
  • Sun, 10:00am Worship Service in Room 1991
Visit the Online Programming Schedule for additional information and Zoom login links. Or scroll down to This Week in CUUC. 
2020 General Assembly Goes Online
Virtual UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, Online
The 2020 General Assembly will now be a 100% virtual event. GA is where UUs worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; credentialed member delegates may vote. Virtual GA Registration is $150 Learn more HERE. Register HERE. 
Join in the Journey  
Life is a journey and we don't have to travel alone. Join one of our Journey Groups and stay connected. Reach out to any of these facilitator's whose groups are accepting more members: Gary & Ellen Freiberger (; Karen Leahy (; Joe Majsak (; Debbie Manetta ( & Kevin McGahren-Clemens (; Steve ( & Rhonda Miller (; Rev. Deb Morra (, Alex Sehdeva (; Mary Van Hoomissen (; Rev. Meredith Garmon (  
Caring & Sharing  
If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Ingrid Hartmann (914-946-2026, ) or Claire Kuczinski (914-949-6619, Or contact the CUUC office ( ). To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers ( 914-946-2026,
E-Shrine of Vows

Check out our electronic CUUC Shrine of Vows: CLICK HERE. Eventually, these will be printed out and incorporated into a physical display. For now, draw inspiration from your fellow Community UUs by seeing what they have vowed. If you're vow isn't included, please email yours to Rev. Meredith at
Share the Plate for May: Refugee Pandemic Support   
The pandemic has impacted the lives of our vulnerable refugee population in Westchester in so many ways: delaying a job search, or a move, reducing work hours, and interrupting education and activities for children who were just beginning to acclimate to their new home. The CUUC Refugee Resettlement Social Justice Team will donate half our non-pledge collection to organizations that address refugees' short-term needs during the coming months. Donate online and select Share the Plate or make checks to CUUC with memo "Share the Plate - Refugees." 
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 8428 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter 817 388 428
Room ending 8944 - or call 929-436-2866 and enter Meeting ID: 983 663 8944.
RE Room ending 4635 - or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID: 602 164 635 
Adam Kent's Zoom - or call 646-558-8656 and enter Meeting ID 250 600 8849. Please mute your microphones.
Friday, May 8 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 11:00am Journey Group: Rev. Garmon (Rm 2210); 3:00pm "A Tempo" with Adam; 6:30 Jr Youth Group (Rm 8428); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-in: Sehdeva (Rm 7899)

Saturday, May 9 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 1:00pm Private Meeting
(Rm 2210); 2:00pm Pre-BOT Meeting (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Common Read Book Discussion (Rm 7899)

Sunday, May 10 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30am Coming of Age Class (Rm 8428); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Common Read Book Discussion (Rm 7899)

Monday, May 11 - 10:00am Journey Group Check-In: Kung (Terri's Zoom); 3:00pm "A Tempo" with Adam (Adam's Zoom); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Rev. Morra (Rm 2210)

Tuesday, May 12 - 9:30am PreK Story Time with Diane (RE Rm 4635); 3 - 3:30pm Mandala Meditation with April (Rm 2210); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Freiberger (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (RE Rm 4635); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Sop, Alto (Rm 2210); 8:15pm Parent Group (Rm 8428)

Wednesday, May 13 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Tenor, Bass (Rm 2210); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (RE Rm 4635); 7:30pm Program Council (Rm 8944); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Meeting (Rm 7899)  

Thursday, May 14 - 9:30am PreK Story Time with Diane (RE Rm 4635); 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (RE Rm 4635); 7:30 Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 2210); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899); 7:30 Journey Group Check-In: Majsak (Joe's Personal Zoom)

Friday May 15 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 11:00am Journey Group: Rev. Garmon (Rm 2210); 3:00pm "A Tempo" with Adam; 6:30 Jr Youth Group (Rm 8428); 7:00pm Journey Group Check-in: Sehdeva (Rm 7899)

Saturday, May 16 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly: Morra (Rm 2210) 

Sunday, May 17 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly: Miller (Rm 8944); 1:00pm Journey Group Monthly: Freiberger (Rm 2210); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Common Read Book Discussion (Rm 7899)  

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman,, 914-946-1660 x4 or 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

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