Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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"From the Minister," Fri Nov 2: HERE
On the Journey, 2018 Nov: "Hospitality" HERE
Under the Sea Auction
CUUC Annual Auction, Sat Nov 3, Doors Open 5:30pm, Tickets $45 (Note Correct Price) 
Our enchanted evening Under the Sea is this Saturday! The sanctuary is filling up with festive fish, sparkling shells, a sunken ship, and countless wonderful treasures that will be available for bid. Get Your Ticket - there are a few left so drop Chris Kortlandt a line ( Get Involved - drop in to lend a hand in the sanctuary or kitchen on Fri Nov 2 starting at 10:00am, and in the kitchen Sat Nov 3 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Dress Up - Come as your favorite sea creature or nautical character or come as you are. Either way, join us! We have great new items up for bid - including theater tickets, sports seats, entertainment packages, cultural memberships, and artwork. There is something for every taste, interest, and wallet! We look forward to seeing you... Under the Sea!   
Daylight Savings Time Ends

We "fall back" on Sun Nov 4 at 2:00am. Remember to reset your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night so you can enjoy your extra hour and arrive at CUUC on time Sunday morning!

Text Banking Party

"Get Out the Vote" Text Banking Party, Mon Nov 5, 6:00-8:00pm, Fellowship Hall
Help us get the millennial vote out! We're hosting a text banking party complete with wine and cheese. Bring your cell phone or tablet and join us! See flyer HERE.
T o participate, we will need: your name, preferred name on texts, email, cell phone number, if you have ever attended a "Hustle" training, and (if not) will you train before Monday? YOU MUST SEND INFO TO TERRI KUNG ( BY SUN NOV 4, 9:00 PM .
Practice of the Week: The Vending Machine God /Ecospiritual. It is not easy to let go of the paradigm of seeking contentment from material possessions. Especially since the turn of the twentieth century, advertisers have aggressively worked to convince us that we can find happiness and life satisfaction if only we purchase whatever they are selling...READ MORE.
Religious Education  The ghosts and goblins have departed the building but they and other characters were a sight to see in our Halloween Parade last Sunday! Many thanks to Chandeerah Davis, Julie Gans, and Youth Group for the Monster Mash fun! This Sunday grades K-3 start in FH, grades 4-7 meet in RE lobby for triangle garden cleanup, and grades 8-12 start in classrooms... READ MORE.
From the Music Director   Thoughts of Election Day carry musical associations from diverse peoples and disparate eras. Legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie probably best summarizes a contemporary UU take on collective participation and shared responsibility in "This Land Is Your Land", performed by Kim Force. Elsewhere, the music of a traditional Spiritual reminds us of the many peoples disenfranchised ... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Nov 4, 10:00 AM   
Rev. Meredith Garmon
We don't do it to "make a difference." We do it to be a part of something bigger than our selves.    

Sun Nov 11, 10:00 AM   
"Stranger and Stranger"
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
On being hospitable to strangers.
Day in Place  
Day in Place, Sat Nov 3, Dawn to After Lunch, CUUC Building & Grounds
Join the PlaceKeeping community. Choose a spot to create a personal or family legacy of tending.We end after lunch so attendees can prepare for the auction. Contact: Pamela Cucinell (, Bice Wilson (  
Opportunity for Giving  
Collection for Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry, Sun Nov 4, during Worship
A collection will be taken for Thanksgiving food for the Ecumenical Food Pantry in White Plains, whose all-volunteer staff serve over 1,000 people monthly. Contact: Vicky Van Wert ( 
Presentation: Legacy Museum & Memorial   
Presentation: Equal Justice Initiative Summit, Sun Nov 4, 11:30am - 1:00pm, Fellowship Hall
In April 2018, the Equal Justice Initiative Peace and Justice Summit was held in Montgomery, AL, to accompany the opening of EJI's Legacy Museum and Memorial to victims of lynching. A panel of presenters led by Adine Usher will discuss the public and personal impact of their visit. Hosted by the CUUC Racial Justice Team.
Music at CUUC
"Robert and Clara: A Domestic Drama," Sun Nov 11, 12:00 pm
Following an enhanced coffee hour, our 2018-19 concert series begins with CUUC Music Director Adam Kent presenting a solo piano recital of works by Robert Schumann that includes cameo appearances by our own Kim Force as Robert's fiancée Clara, and Craig Hunt as Friedrich Wieck, the couple's future father-in-law. Love, jealousy, and secrets abound in the piano music of Schumann. Join us for an insider's view! Free childcare available with advance reservation - Suggested Donation $20; Students/Seniors $10; Children 13 & Under $5; Maximum Family Donation $45. 
Science & Spirituality
Science & Spirituality, Thu Nov 8, 11:30am, Fireside
We meet the second and fourth Thursday and discuss recent articles we share on the intersection of spirituality and science. You can read our current discussion articles HERE. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair ( ).
Faith Development Friday  
Faith Development Friday, Fri Nov 9, CUUC
An evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner; 7:00pm Programs; 8:30pm Coffee. Programs include Adult RE, Family Journey Group, and Youth Group Gathering. Adults may also just come for a slice and social time together. Stay after the programs to share coffee and a chat. RSVP
Transgender Day of Remembrance    
Transgender Day of Remembrance Service, Sun Nov 18, 1:00am, CUUC Sanctuary
Please join us as the transgender community and allies memorialize Trans lives we've lost to violence in the past year. Presented by the LGBTQIA Social Justice Team. Snacks and light refreshments provided. Event lasts about an hour. Contact: Tony Arrien ( 
Did You Know...
Wind energy could produce 40 times as much electricity as the world uses? For this and more, view this five minute Q&A on the earth's climate with former Vice President Al Gore HERE. 
Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck  
"Giving Thanks for All Life" Thanksgiving Plant-Based Potluck, Thu Nov 22, 1:00-4:00pm, Fellowship Hall/Fireside Area
We show gratitude for all earth's beings by sharing a plant-based potluck meal followed by discussion and fireside storytelling. Spread the word! RSVP HERE.   
Room for One More This Thanksgiving? 
Make a place for an international student! Our congregation is again partnering with One to World to find host families to welcome students to their Thanksgiving dinners. A wonderful experience for both students and hosts! Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
District Happenings
Our congregation is part of the Central East Region (CER) of the Unitarian Universalist Association. For the latest district events and offerings, see the Opportunities for Connection-CERUUA Update November 2018 HERE.
Upcoming Social Justice Opportunites  
Hearts & Homes for Refugees Winter Clothing Drive, Drop-off dates: Wed Nov 7, 4pm-8pm, St. Catherine's Rectory, Pelham; Sat Nov 10, 9am-4pm, St. John's Episcopal Church, Larchmont
Help support refugees rebuilding their lives in the US. Click HERE to
sign up for NEW or LIGHTLY USED items you will contribute. See flyer HERE . Contact:
UUA's Love Resists Invites Public Comments on two Administration Proposals: Indefinite Asylum Detention (until Tue Nov 6) and Discriminatory Immigration Evaluations (until Mon Dec 10)
To add your voice against the indefinite detention of the children of asylum seekers (by Tue Nov 6), click HERE . To comment on the "public charge" proposal that would discriminate against legal immigrants based on income and class (by Mon Dec 10), click HERE . Each comment should be individual, so speak from your heart. .    
Find more local social justice opportunities HERE.
Share the Plate for November: Ecumenical Food Pantry  
The recipient of half our non-pledge collection is the Ecumenical Emergency Food Pantry of White Plains. The pantry was founded in 1979 by CUUC and four other local congregations as a temporary response to individuals with food insecurity, but found that the need never vanished - it just increased. Today the pantry is a massive effort, operating 51 weeks a year supplying nutritious food to about 400 families a month with support from several congregations across faith traditions. CUUC has continuously assisted in this effort with both funds and volunteers including members Vicky Van Wert and Lucille Ross, who worked tirelessly at the pantry for many years .
Caring & Sharing Ci rcle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Barbara Mair (914-769-7186, or Joan Traber (914-949-7441, 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 Nov 2 - Auction set up;12:00pm Auction Food Prep; 6:00pm OWL 5th/6th Grade - Meal; 7:30pm OWL 5th/6th Grade - Class

Sat Nov 3 - 6:00am Day in Place; 10:00am Auction set up;10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators;5:30pm Auction Preview; 6:00pm Auction

Sun Nov 4 - 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Presentation: Equal Justice Initiative Summit; 2:00pm Rental: ACT-SO Fundraising Dinner

Mon Nov 5 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International

Tue Nov 6 -   7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal

Wed Nov 7 - 7:30pm Program Council

Thu Nov 8 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Journey Group-Montrose, Manetta, McGahren-Clemen;
Fri Nov 9 - 11:00am Journey Group-Garmon; Faith Development Friday - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP Film Night

Sat Nov 10 - 10:00am Zen; 10:00am Caring & Sharing; 1:00pm Rental: WCBNY

Sun Nov 11 - 9:00am Environmental Practices; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Enhanced Coffee Hour; 11:40am Economic Social Justice; 12:00pm Concert; 7:30pm LGBTQIA Team - Zoom Mtng
C ontacts

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,
Youth Program Coordinator: Chandeerah Davis,  
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,, 212-351-4642
Vice Chair: Al Rocchi,, 914-777-3216
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,, 914-834-7112
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson,
Mary Cavallero,
Pamela Cucinell,
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
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Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
My theology of prayer is not that some external person-like (i.e., having beliefs and desires) hears prayers and takes them into account when deciding events. It's true that I do address my prayers to something -- I address them to the ground of being, or the source of healing and wholeness we call by many names, or the spirit of love, or the community-forming power. It's also true that I address these addressees as if they were person-like. As if. But I do this because orienting myself as if I were addressing a person signals to my ultra-social brain that I'm saying something I want to be important to me. In prayer, I express my gratitudes and my hopes, and thereby orient myself. Prayer is the way I remind myself of how I want to live.

Voting works the same way. It's like prayer. Indeed, a vote IS a prayer. I don't do it because it "makes a difference" - the chances that any candidate I vote for will win by one vote are vanishingly tiny. I vote, as I pray, as a way of expressing to myself the values I hope to live by.

Both prayer and voting also have the effect of making me feel a part of something bigger than myself - that I am held in a relationship of accountability and responsibility. These are the relations in and through which our lives have meaning.

Yours in faith,
Your Moment of Zen: Anger /When the community was discussing ethics after zazen one evening, Black Bear remarked, "I have a hard time dealing with my anger." Raven said, "Check it out afterward." Black Bear said, "What good will that do?" Raven said, "It might have been Great Bear's anger." READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Nov 3
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