Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Beauty (2019 May) - HERE
From the Minister: Fri May 24 - HERE
Practice of the Week: Thank Without Ceasing Then, as gratitude swelled in my heart, I would say "thank you" for whatever I was aware of. If I was driving somewhere I might say, "Thank you for my car, thank you for my iPhone, thank you for this beautiful music, thank you for this nicely paved road, thank you for the man that just cut me off, thank you for the anger that he stirred up in me, thank you for the opportunity to practice forgiveness." READ MORE
List of all Practices of the Week - HERE
From the Music Director  Music connected to war and peace is featured in recognition of Memorial Day. French composer Maurice Ravel dedicated each movement of his suite Le tombeau de Couperin to friends lost during the first World War... READ MORE
Religious Education  Last week, the LGBTQIA team presented " Red, A Crayon's Story" about a blue crayon with a red wrapper. After struggling and failing to draw in red, as his outer wrapping says he should, Red finds the courage to be the blue he truly is. This Sunday: no RE classes this week. The nursery is open for the youngest... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun May 26, 10:00 AM
" War, Huh! What is it Good For?"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
For most of human history having good warriors was essential to the tribe's survival. And today?   
Sun Jun 2, 10:00 AM  
"Borders, Boundaries, and Edges"
Catherine Kortlandt
Border, Boundaries, and Edges -- what are they and why do we care so much?
Wild Walk
Nurture Nature Wild Walk, Sat May 25, 9:30am, NY Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx
Want to connect to nature and self for more joy and resilience, loving all of nature? The Nurture Nature program will host four "Wild Walks." Register HERE. Contact: Rev. LoraKim Joyner ( ). Future walks: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens on Sat Jul 20, Governors Island in Manhattan on Sat Aug 10. 
Cooperative Coffee Hour
Cooperative Coffee Hour, Sun May 26, 11:15am, Fireside
This Sunday please bring in a treat to help fill our Cooperative Coffee Hour table. Then plan to pitch in as we set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!
College Scholarship Awards
Last week to apply! Each year CUUC offers two $250 scholarships for our graduating seniors. To apply, youth send a short essay on their contributions at CUUC, a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be used, and the names of two CUUC references. Send to by Fri May 31. 
Special Friends 
Special Friends Meet-Up Breakfast Sun Jun 2, 9:00am, Fellowship Hall  
Our secret Special Friends pen pals will be revealed at a breakfast celebration. We will provide masquerade costumes to help with the excitement! Thanks to all participants for helping create greater inter-generational community at CUUC! 
Thank You Party    
RE Party for Michele Rinaldi & Perry Montrose, Sun Jun 16, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
After our Religious Education Sunday service, join us at a party to thank Perry and Michele for all their hard work on our RE program this year and to bid them a fond farewell. We wish them both all good things in the future!
"Our Dreams Are Inspired"  
2019 Annual Giving Campaign  
Help make "Our Dreams" come true! If you haven't yet, PLEASE return your pledge form TODAY , or pledge online at  . Contact: Chris Kortlandt ( ).
From Refugee Resettlement
English Tutors Needed
Our newest Afghan refugee family is here! We need volunteers to tutor the family in English. Tutors work with either the parents or the two children, ages 6 and 9. Teaching experience in ESL/Adult Literacy or ESL/Elementary Education preferred. Contact Terri Kung ( 
from Hunger & Homelessness
Toiletries Wanted
Local shelters always need individually-sized toiletries, so CUUC collects them year round. Please bring travel-sized deodorant, shampoo, razors, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for our collection bins in the lobby. See flyer HERE. 
Flower Power
The inspiration for our 2019 Auction is the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. Please donate your gently used light-colored flat sheets so we can transform them into tie-dyed tapestries to adorn our sanctuary! Drop off in lobby. Contact: Claire Flower (  
Annual Meeting 2019
Annual Meeting, Sun Jun 2, following Worship
The Board of Trustees will call the Annual Meeting of the Congregation on Sunday, June 2, 2019, for the purpose of receiving annual reports; voting on the Board of Trustees slate presented by the Nominating Committee; and voting on CUUC's operating budget for July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. Please plan to attend this important meeting.
Voting on the Annual Budget for Longtime Friends
The Board shall allow nonmembers sixteen years of age or older who have been more than occasional attendants at the worship services and who have made annual recorded contributions to the financial support of the Congregation during each of the preceding 10 years, who so request it in writing, to be permitted to vote on approval of annual Congregation operating and capital budgets. If you would like to make a request, contact the congregation office (, 914-946-1660 x2). 
The Ocean Cleanup   
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization  developing technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Their "System 001" launched last September to collect the plastic of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the largest of 5 ocean patches. After 4 months of testing, developers learned the system was unable to retain the plastic, so System 001 was demobilized in March. But developers plan to redesign, repair, and relaunch it within a matter of months. Follow the progress at 
UUMAC, July 7 - 13, DeSales University, Center Valley, PA
Join Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner at the Unitarian Universalist Mid-Atlantic Community (UUMAC) Retreat where she is the theme speaker. Learn how we can love animal nature, including ourselves and human nature, and grow our compassion and advocacy in the world. Learn more HERE.
GA 2019

UUA General Assembly (GA), June 19-23, Spokane, WA
The annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association. Learn more at . If you would like to be a delegate to GA from CUUC, contact board chair Dean Silverberg (
Share the Plate for May: WCC Student Aid Programs
We donate half our non-pledge collection this month to programs that support low-income college students at Westchester Community College (WCC): the Emergency Transportation Fund offering metro/bus passes to eligible students, and the Food Pantry for students with food insecurity.
Caring & Sharing Circle
If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Carole Mehta (914-234-6294, or Lois Holt (914-329-0603, 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,
Sat May 25 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Zen

Sun May 26 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour


Tue May 28 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

Wed May 29 - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP Faculty Meeting

Sat Jun 1 - 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 4:00pm New Member/Friend Reception

Sun Jun 2 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Special Friends Breakfast; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Annual Meeting; 11:15am Annual Meeting; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 4:00pm Refugee Resettlement Leaders 

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Sabbatical Minister: Rev. Kimberley Debus,
Dir 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
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Last weekend I was yet again impressed with, and grateful to, this congregation I serve. It was exciting to behold the outpouring of energy and interest in meeting and getting to know Rev. Kimberley Debus, who will be the sabbatical minister while I'm away for six months from Oct 1 to Apr 1. CUUC is truly ready to engage with some new possibilities, and that's wonderful!

Rev. Debus will be bringing CUUC some new ideas and some different skill sets: she was herself a UU music director before going into ministry, so she brings a level of musical expertise that I lack to the collaboration with our music staff, and with her eye for aesthetics she will surely be a help to our members that are already at work on making the look and feel of our worship space more vibrant, enticing, welcoming, and conducive to spiritual experience. She has an Adult RE curriculum of five sessions that she created herself that I believe she will be offering while she's here.

There will be some changes. Perhaps some of them will instantly strike you as good ideas, and maybe you'll be rather dubious about others, but I trust you'll give every experiment a fair chance to win you over. Then when I get back, I'll be keen to know which changes you liked and that we should keep. I've encouraged Rev. Debus to be bold in deviating from "the way we've always done it." Upon my return, I look forward to having some adapting to do to "the new CUUC"!

Yours in faith,
Your Moment of Zen: Realization and Equanimity In a private meeting Woodpecker asked, "Is realization the same as equanimity?" Raven said, "Don't confuse the beaver with the dam." Woodpecker asked, "What's equanimity?" Raven said, "I'm not a very good teacher." Woodpecker said, "Oh, come . . . 
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