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 24                                                                                 2020 Spr #10
May issue of On the Journey:  JOY - Click HERE
  • Meredith's weekly column;
  • Links to the text and videos of the May 10 and other recent Sunday services;
  • Adult/Youth Religious Education;
  • Practice of the Week: No Maligning. No Grudge-Holding
  • Moment of Zen #123
This Sunday is whole congregation worship, COA Sunday. Our 11:30am RE classes do not meet. The 4:00pm book discussion will meet (information below).  
RE classes and Youth Groups will meet Sunday, May 31 and June 7. We will stagger class and activity times:
~ 10:00-10:30am, 4th-5th grade RE class; 
~ 11:20-11:50am, K-3rd grade activity; 
~ 11:30am-12:30pm, 6th-7th grade RE class & SR Youth Group.
Watch the RE newsletter for information. 
*View this week's RE Ne wsl etter 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 .     
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun May 24, 10:00am Online Worship
"Coming of Age"   ~ led by the Coming of Age Youth 
Over the past year, our 8th and 9th grade youth have been learning more about Unitarian Universalism and exploring their own beliefs. The Coming of Age (COA) year is an extraordinary journey of discovery. By leading worship and sharing their reflections about what they believe at this point in their lives, they invite us all to reflect on our own journeys of faith. Join us for this special worship service.  May Zoom smile favorably upon us this Sunday!
S un May 31, 10:00am Online Worship
"Presence in the Midst of Crisis"
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our presence is a fundamental offering. A person aligned with their purpose, who has integrity and wholeness, creates a presence that ripples out through the world. It reassures and empowers others. It changes the world. 
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 
After Worship: Virtual Coffee Hour in Room ending 2210  
After Worship Sun May 24 Coming of Age Reception in  Room ending 8428   
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.
Concert - New Login   
A Tempo with Adam, Fri & Mon, 3:00-3:30pm, New Room ending 5149
Music Director Adam Kent's twice-weekly live piano concerts on Zoom have a new login so the music can again be enjoyed both online and by phone. See "This Week in CUUC" below for the link and phone number. 
Adult/Youth Religious Education - Common Read
Common Read Book Discussions, Sun May 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 ( 
On Sun May 24, we'll have our final conversation exploring this important book and important issue. You are welcome to attend this last class even if you've attended none of the previous classes and have read none of the book. We'd love to have you in the conversation!
Wise Aging 
Wise Aging Group, Wed May 27, 2:00pm, Room ending 7899 
We meet monthly to grow wiser in good company. We will be discussing On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old by Parker Palmer, to spur on conversation and reflection. Contact: Rev. LoraKim Joyner (
Annual Meeting  
CUUC Annual Meeting, Sun Jun 7, After Worship
We are planning to hold the meeting online. Login details will be coming shortly. Our proposed budget and slate of nominees have been emailed to CUUC Members and Friends. If you did not receive yours, please contact Pam at  
Need Mail?
We plan to distribute a digital annual report to Members/Friends by email. If you need a printed copy of the annual report, or know another Member/Friend who will, please let us know. Contact Pam at
2020-2021 Budget Q&A Sessions 
The proposed 2020-2021 budget has been emailed to CUUC Members and Friends. Treasurer Chris Kortlandt is offering four online Q&A sessions to review next year's budget before our annual meeting.   
  • Sun May 24, 12:30pm - Room ending 7899
  • Thu May 28, 7:00pm - Room ending 8944
  • Sun May 31, 12:30pm - Room ending 7899
To request a 1-on-1 online session to review the budget and numbers, email 
Board of Trustees Minutes
Because we are not meeting in the building, we cannot post the monthly Board meeting minutes in the lobby for folks to see, as we usually do. If you would like to be sent a digital copy, contact
Did You Know That...
...what made the cotton economy boom in the US, and not in other parts of the world with climates and soil suitable, was our nation's willingness to use violence on nonwhite people and to exert will on seemingly endless supplies of land and labor? Learn more about "Understanding the brutality of American capitalism by starting on the plantation" from the upcoming study of The New York Time's 1619 Project sponsored by the Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team. Adult/Youth Religious Education: the 1619 Project, beginning Sun May 31, 4:15pm, Room ending 7899
From the Hunger & Homelessness Team
Help us support HOPE Community Services
each week with a hot meal and lunch items such as sandwiches and snacks. Be sure to FIRST contact Nicole Turygin ( ) or Steve Miller ( , 914-723-0982) to coordinate. Learn about this and other ways we put our love into action to feed our Westchester neighbors HERE
From Environmental Practices Group
Doris Marlin is a Unitarian Universalist member of All Souls Church, DC, who believes being a Unitarian calls her to a life of climate activism. Her organization, Strengthen Local Climate Commitments brings together local activism with global organizations. SLCC catalyzes local commitments through civic engagement and a network of mutual support, cosponsored by the UUA and the UUMFE. She invites you to join today and play a part of advocacy for clean, renewable energy holding your local representatives accountable for meeting climate goals. No matter your physical location, you can go to and fill out the brief registration form to get started. 
Opening in Gmail? Be sure to click "View entire message" at the bottom.
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 (Rm 5149)
  • Tues, 3:00-3:30pm Mandala Meditation with April Castoldi, (Rm 2210) - Bring Pencil and Paper
  • Fri, 3:00-3:30pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)
  • Sat, 10:00am-12:00pm Zen Practice with Rev. Meredith (Rm 7899)
  • Sun, 10:00am Worship Service (Rm 1991)
Visit the Online Programming Schedule or website calendar (click on event) for more info and Zoom links. Or scroll down to "This Week in CUUC."
Email Scams Continue
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 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 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 your 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 refugee population in Westchester in many ways: delaying a job search or a move, reducing work hours, and interrupting education and activities for children who were beginning to acclimate to their new home. We will donate half our non-pledge collection to organizations that address refugees' 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 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.

Friday, May 22 - 9:00am 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, May 23 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly Topic: Leahy (Rm 7899) 
Sunday, May 24 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:00am COA Reception (Rm 8428); 12:00pm Journey Group Monthly Topic: Miller (Rm 8944); 12:30pm Proposed Budget Q&A Session (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Common Read Book Discussion (Rm 7899)
Monday, May 25 - Office Closed; 10:00am 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, May 26 - 9:30am PreK Story Time with Diane (RE Rm 4635); 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 (RE Rm 4635); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Sop, Alto (Rm 2210)

Wednesday, May 27 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 2:00pm Wise Aging Group (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Amy Nathan (RE Rm 4635); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Tenor, Bass (Rm 2210); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Check-In (Rm 7899)   

Thursday, May 28 - 9:30am PreK Story Time with Diane (RE Rm 4635); 9:45am Journey Group Monthly Topic: Kung (Rm 2210); 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00pm Proposed Budget Q&A Session (Rm 8944); 7:15pm Children's Story Time with Barbara Mair and Nora (RE Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group Check-In: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899); 7:30 Journey Group Monthly Topic: Majsak (Rm 2210)

Friday May 29 - 9:00am 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, May 30 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899) 

Sunday, May 31 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 10:00am 4th-5th Grade RE Class (Rm 2210); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:20am K-3rd Grade Activity (Rm 8428); 11:30am 6th-7th RE Class and SR Youth Group (Rm 8428); 12:00pm Journey Group Check-In: Miller (Rm 8944); 12:30pm 2020-2021 Budget Q&A Session (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Religious Education: 1619 Project (Rm 7899)  

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)
Social Justice Teams
Practice of the Week (current and all past)
The Communitarian Magazine
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