Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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On the Journey: Beauty (2019 May) - HERE
From the Minister: Fri May 3 - HERE
Practice of the Week: Find Beauty In keeping with our theme for May -- Beauty -- consider these thoughts for finding more beauty in your life and developing a beauty habit! "There's so much beauty all around us. But I think that for many people, there is little sense of this. That was certainly true for me before I started deliberately looking for beauty. And then we wonder why life doesn't seem very delightful!" READ MORE
List of all Practices of the Week - HERE
Religious Education The Variety Show RE fundraiser on Sat May 4 offers entertainment, music, food, and who knows... the next American Idol? Our Sunday music and flower celebration includes a Music for All Ages led by Lisa Meyer, and a Wonder Box story from Perry Montrose helped by Adam Kent. Later, our 4-7 graders will train to be "Recycle Rangers!"... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services

Sun May 5, 10:00 AM  
" Flower and Music Celebration"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Our flower celebration affirms the beauty of both nature and music with a morning featuring the favorite songs of our CUUC Choir. Choir director Lisa N. Meyer leads our Music for All Ages. Bring a flower to share!
Sun May 12, 10:00 AM  
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Is it really in the eye of the beholder? What's the connection between The Beautiful and The Good and The True? What is beauty and why do we need it?  
Immediate Housing Need
A new Afghan family needs an immediate place to live. Can you help us find a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment in White Plains for the family? (Monthly rent capped at $2000.) Contact Jane Dixon (

Day in Place

Day in Place, Sat May 4
Join the PlaceKeepers to appreciate, improve, and maintain the building and grounds of CUUC, our physical and spiritual home. Contact: Bice Wilson ( 
Variety Show FUN-draiser 
CUUC Variety Show 2019, Sat May 4, Sanctuary
Come one, come all to our 7th annual evening of fun! Enjoy performances (kids AND adults), bake sale, silent auction (see offerings HERE), and much more as we raise money for PrideWorks. Contact: Kate Breault (  
Bring a Flower  
Flower & Music Celebration, Sun May 5, 10:00am 
During worship this Sunday we will have our annual Flower Ritual, where we add our flower to the communal bouquet, and take a different flower away. Bring a flower to share! 
Book Discussion 
White Fragility Book Discussion, Sun May 5 ,
11:40am, Fellowship Hall
Even if you haven't read the book, the Racial Justice Team invites you to join this important discussion. We will get to the key question: "Where do we go from here?" Read about author Robin DiAngelo's ideas HERE. Or see her video HERE. 
College Scholarship Awards
Each year CUUC offers two scholarships in the amount of $250 for ourgraduating seniors. One scholarship is given in honor of Sylvia Schnall-Pierorazio and the other Rev. Betty Baker, both former CUUC Directors of Religious Education. Please send a short essay on your contributions and leadership at CUUC, with a brief explanation of how the scholarship will be used and the names of two CUUC references to by Fri May 31. 
Science & Spirituality
Science & Spirituality, Thu May 9, 11:30am, Fireside We meet the second and fourth Thursday and discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair ( ).

Faith Development Friday
Faith Development Friday, Fri May 10, CUUC
Our evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Dinner; 7:00pm Programs; 8:30pm Coffee. Programs include "Faith Like a River" Adult RE and Family Journey Group. RSVP to by Fri 12:00 noon so we know how much pizza to order. 
Adult Religious Exploration
"Faith Like a River" Adult RE, Fri May 10, 7:00pm, Fireside Area
Join us as we trace the history of theological and institutional Unitarianism, highlighting important people and turning points. RSVP You may also join online via Zoom videoconferencing (, by phone at 646-876-9923).
From Environmental Practices
New York became the second state (after California) to ban single-use plastic bags provided by supermarkets and other stores statewide starting March 1, 2020. (Single-use plastic bags are nonbiodegradable and have been blamed for everything from causing gruesome wildlife deaths to thwarting recycling efforts.) Individual counties in New York will have the option of charging 5 cents for paper bags, with 2 cents going to local governments and 3 cents to the state's Environmental Protection Fund.  
Music at CUUC presents
JAZZ FEST! Sat May 18, 8:00pm, Sanctuary  
Jazz legend Valerie Capers & her trio return to CUUC for an evening of jazz standards all transformed by Ms. Caper's inimitable touch and style. An evening not to be missed! Discounted tickets will be available during Sunday coffee hour, or you can order online HERE . 
Deadline for Nominating Committee Members

The Board of Trustees is seeking two members to serve on the Nominating and Leadership Development Committee for a three-year term beginning this June. The role of the Committee is to select candidates, from among the members of the Congregation, for vacancies on the Board of Trustees. If you are interested, contact Board Chair Dean Silverberg (, 212-351-4642). The deadline for nominations is Sun May 5. 
From the Auction Committee  
We Need Sheets!
Please donate your gently used sheets so the Auction decorating committee can get to work making their magic! Light colored, flat sheets, any size wanted. Drop off in lobby. Contact: Claire Flower (   
GA 2019

UUA General Assembly (GA), June 19-23, Spokane, WA
Visit for * Programming Information * Registration and Housing * Financial Aid Information * Volunteer Opportunities * Off-site registration also available. Learn more at . If you are interested in being a delegate to GA from CUUC, contact board chair Dean Silverberg (
District Happenings - May 2019

To see this month's Opportunities for Connection newsletter for our region, with articles and the calendar of Central East Region events and webinars, click HERE

UUA Monthly Newsletter
"Wherever you are on your journey, the UUA is here with support, guidance, and connection along the way. This month's newsletter (click HERE) offers resources to support Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults." - Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President, Unitarian Universalist Association
Share the Plate for May: WCC Student Aid Programs
We donate half our non-pledge collection this month to programs that support local low-income college students. Westchester Community College (WCC) has established an Emergency Transportation Fund to offer metro/bus passes to eligible students, and a Food Pantry to support 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 4 - 6:00am Day in Place; 9:00am  Rental: Exercise; 9:30am Refugee Resettlement; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators; 4:00pm Variety Show Participant Warmup; 5:00pm Variety Show
Sun May 5 - 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:00am Environmental Practices; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am   LGBTQIA RE Planning Meeting; 11:40am Presentation: White Fragility
Mon May 6 - 5:00pm Rental: Exercise; 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network
Tue May 7 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise; 4:00pm Rental: Montessori; 7:00pm   Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Wed May 8 - 10:30am Rental: Montessori; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Board of Trustees
Thu May 9 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group - D. Manetta, K. McGahren-Clemens
Fri May 10 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 11:00am Journey Group - Rev. Garmon; 6:15pm Faith Development Friday - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee
Sat May 11 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise; 10:00am Healthy Youth Relationships Retreat; 10:00am Zen; 10:30am Auction Event - Myers-Briggs Personality Types; 1:00pm Rental: WCBNY; 2:30pm Rental: WCHJ
Sun May 12 - 8:15am RE Council; 8:45am Choir Rehearsal; 9:30am  Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour 

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
CUUC Main Web Site
Liberal Pulpit Index
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
The 2018-19 UUA Common Read is: If you haven't read it, I do hope you'll get a copy and give it a look. The more UUs learn about what UUs are doing and how they're doing it, the more engaged and meaningful we can become -- enriching our world and our own lives.

Take Chapter 12, for example.
Deborah Cruz, with Alex Kapitan, "The Journey of Partnering for Justice," pp. 131-148.

This chapter tells how Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship (BUF), a couple hours north of Seattle, Washington, partnered with indigenous groups in area of the Salish Sea (a.k.a. Puget Sound), to fight for protections of territory and fishing-rights against threatened development. Together, they won a significant victory in blocking construction on Lummi land of what would have been the largest coal export facility in North America.

The chapter outlines BUF's extensive planning, program organizing, moblizing of other UU congregations, and development of a service learning program through the UU College of Social Justice. The authors note:
"BUF members have learned that to effectively engage in intersectional justice work with frontline people directly affected by environmental injustice, we have to embrace six key practices: humility, authenticity, listening, cultivating trust, doing our homework, and being in it for the long haul" (p. 138)
The chapter then unpacks how BUF followed these six practices and how important it was that they did.

Give it a look. Let me know what ideas for CUUC come to your mind as you read about this inspiring example.

And check out this resource for developing multicultural collaboration: HERE

For my reflection/summary on previous chapters, click the title:
  1. Jennifer Nordstrom, "Intersectionality, Faith, and Environmental Justice"
  2. Paula Cole Jones, "The Formation of the Environmental Justice Movement"
  3. Sheri Prud'homme, "Ecotheology"
  4. Sofia Betancourt, "Ethical Implications of Environmental Justice"
  5. Adam Robersmith, "Cherishing Our World: Avoiding Despair in Environmental Justice Work"
  6. Peggy Clarke, Matthew McHale, "Becoming Resilient: Community Life for a New Age"
  7. Kathleen McTigue, "Drawing on the Deep Waters: Contemplative Practice in Justice-Making"
  8. Pamela Sparr, "Transforming Unitarian Universalist Culture: Stepping Out of Our Silos and Selves"
  9. Kathleen McTigue, "Learning to Change: Immersion Learning and Climate Justice"
  10. Peggy Clarke, "Eating the Earth"
  11. Mel Hoover and Rosed Edington, "Water Unites Us"
Yours in faith,
Your Moment of Zen: Doubt One evening Woodpecker asked, "The term doubt seems to be used in an unusual way in our practice. How do you understand it?" Raven said, "What's this?" Woodpecker asked, "Well, what is it?" Raven asked, "What is it?"
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