Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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"From the Minister," Thu Oct 18 HERE
On the Journey, 2018 Oct: "The American Experiment" HERE
Practice of the Week: Trust In Yourself /There are holes in your self-perception. But even with these holes, you see more of yourself than any other person can see of you. In the final analysis, only you can evaluate and understand your own practice. It's your own sense of your life that makes your life. If you give over that responsibility, then you become a wobbly...READ MORE.
Religious Education /Last week Perry offered a delightful, original Wonder Box Story using colored crayons to illustrate diversity. Michele had the opportunity to be part of several classroom activities, and observed, "Truly, our RE students, Perry, and teachers are collectively the light of CUUC!" This Sunday grades K-5 start in Fellowship Hall for children's worship and music with...READ MORE
From the Music Director  /CUUC Choir Accompanist Georgianna Pappas offers arrangements of hit show tunes with a political "edge" for the morning's Prelude. Her Offertory selections include two of Rev. Martin Luther King's favorite Spirituals. The CUUC Choir is also on hand with statements of hope and consolation. Read on for programming details... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Oct 21, 10:00 AM   
"Holy Anger"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
Yes, anger can be a problem. It can also be a gift, providing the energy to stand up for oneself or others..  

Sun Oct 28, 10:00 AM   
"Day of the Dead"
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
We'll have our annual ribbons of remembrance observance. And our RE children's Halloween Parade - wear your costume!
CUUC Congregation Workshop 
"Becoming Interculturally Competent," Sat Oct 20, 9:00am - 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall
Intercultural competence is the skill that allows us to recognize our own "cultural lens" and then go beyond it to see through other cultural perspectives as well. Join us for an important workshop where we will walk through the stages of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), learn steps we can take to develop intercultural competence, and explore ways to apply it in our own lives and in our congregations. Light breakfast served. Event is free but space is limited. Presented by the Board of Trustees. Learn more HERE. RSVP Joe Majsak ( .  
From Refugee Resettlement Team     
National Refugee Shabbat, Fri Oct 19, 7:30 PM, Temple Israel, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd, New Rochelle
HIAS invites all to a National Refugee Shabbat with guest speaker Rabbi Leora Kaye, who recently returned from work with and for refugees at the Mexican border. See flyer HERE. You may RSVP for a 6:15 PM Shabbat Dinner with Rabbi Kaye HERE . 
Toy Drive for Bedford Correctional      
Collection of New Toys for Hour Children's Center at the Bedford Correctional Facility, Sun Oct 21
Please bring new, unwrapped gifts only (each item is checked by security). Click HERE for a list of items in highest demand. You may donate a present not listed, but note items that are not permitted. Contact: Ray Messing ( 
UN Day Celebration 
United Nations Day 2018 "Human Rights Close to Home," Sun Oct 21, 3:00pm, CUUC Sanctuary
The United Nations Association-USA, Westchester Chapter will celebrate UN Day by kicking off the "UDHR Now" program to engage students and teachers to focus on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on its 70th anniversary. UDHR Now combines creative fun, academic expression, and civic engagement, using the Rock Your World curriculum. Learn more and register HERE
Did You Know...
Special generators produced by Rock the Bike use cyclists' energy to help feed the electrical grid. To learn about how the technology is in use in a spin class in Emeryville, CA, click HERE.
Day in Place  
Day in Place, Sat Nov 3, Dawn to Noon, CUUC Building & Grounds
Join the PlaceKeeping community. Choose a spot to create a personal or family legacy of tending. Your favorite tools for weed cutting are welcome! We end after lunch so attendees can prepare for the auction. Contact: Pamela Cucinell (, Bice Wilson (  
Under the Sea - Any Questions?
CUUC Annual Auction, Sat Nov 3, Doors Open 5:30pm, T ickets $45  
Have you been wondering if your Blue Whale costume will fit through the doors of the sanctuary? Thinking about whether your submarine can legally park in the upper lot? The auction committee will be hosting coffee hour this week so stop by to chat about anything and everything related to the auction. Are you thinking about attending but not sure what to expect? Wondering if a particular donation might work for us? Are you curious what this Bid-and-Bump thing is all about? Please stop by and talk to us. We'd love to chat! We'll also be selling tickets. You can't miss us - we'll be wearing the shell necklaces! In the meantime... Click HERE for information on donations or HERE for a donation form .  
General Elections are Tue Nov 6 
Are you ready? The League of Women Voters' Vote411 provides you with all the information you need to make an educated choice: The races, the candidates and where they stand on issues, polling locations, and more. Also check the Gun Sense Candidate Lookup Tool for candidates that support common-sense gun violence prevention. Voters Guides will again be available at CUUC on Sun Oct 28 and Sun Nov 4, courtesy of the LWV Westchester.  
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 is available with advance reservation. Suggested Donation $20; Students/Seniors $10; Children 13 & Under $5; Maximum Family Donation $45. 
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 ( 
Save the Date   
"Giving Thanks for All Life" Thanksgiving Day Plant-Based Potluck, Thu Nov 22, 1:00 - 4:00pm, Fellowship Hall/Fireside Area
We share gratitude for all earth's beings by sharing a plant-based potluck meal followed by time for discussion and fireside storytelling. Please share this invitation with the community - spread the word! To learn more and RSVP, click HERE. Or contact   
Call for Vendors

Holiday Arts & Crafts Fundraiser, Sun Dec 3 & 10, following Worship
If you are interested in selling your crafts at our annual fair, please contact Barbara Youngman ( ). Proceeds support the Minister's Discretionary Fund. 
In the Community
NAACP ACT-SO Fundraiser, Sun Nov 4, 4:00 pm, CUUC Sanctuary
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is an achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. CUUC has long hosted their annual fundraiser. This year's event includes a buffet dinner with soft drinks; entertainment by ACT-SO accomplished medalists; and raffle and silent auction. Tickets $60/Students age 13-18 $20.00. Deadline Sat Oct 20 . Mail checks to Westchester Region, ACT-SO Coalition Inc, PO Box 321, Tarrytown, NY 10591 or call Cecilia Davis, 917-386-3643. Westchester Region ACT-SO Coalition, Inc is a non profit organization with a 501c (3) status and your donation is tax deductible .
Find more local social justice events HERE.
Share the Plate for October: WCC Student Aid Programs 
We donate half our non-pledge collection this month to programs supporting low-income students at Westchester Community College (WCC). To help these students overcome emergency hardships that could compromise their enrollment, WCC has established an Emergency Transportation Fund to provide free metro or bus passes when needed, and an Emergency Food Pantry to support students facing food insecurity. In 2017-18, the funds distributed $4,500 in transportation passes, and supplied over 1,000 students and their families with healthy foods.
Caring & Sharing Ci rcle

If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Catherine Kortlandt (914-834-7112, or Astrid Rogers (914-949-0294, 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 Oct 19 - 6:00pm OWL 5th/6th Grade-Meal; 7:30pm OWL 5th/6th Grade-Class

Sat Oct 20 - 9:00am Intercultural Competence Workshop; 10:00am Zen; 1:00pm BOT Retreat

Sun Oct 21 - 9:00am Refugee Resettlement; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:40am Sunday Journey Groups; 11:40am Auction Committee; 11:40am Economic Social Justice; 12:00pm Meal Preparation for HOPE; 1:00pm Rental: UNA-USA United Nations Day Celebration; 5:00pm Journey Group - Leahy

Mon Oct 22 - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i

Tue Oct 23 - 6:00pm Animal Advocacy; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm  Choir Rehearsal

Thu Oct 25 - 10:00am Journey Group-Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality; 7:30pm Committee on Ministry

Sat Oct 27 - 10:00am Zen

Sun Oct 28 - 9:00am Women's Issues; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:15am Get Out the Vote Postcard Writing; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversation; 11:30am Halloween Event; 11:40am Auction Committee; 2:30pm Journey Group-Rev. Joyner
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
The Liberal Pulpit Video
Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
From the Minister /Christian writer Carroll Saussy has some wise words about anger:
"Befriend your anger. Then can you hear the deeper truth that anger is revealing. Sometimes anger tiptoes, a gentle wake-up call slipping into consciousness and building, building, building. 'I think I'm getting angry about this...'

Sometimes anger's ring is musical - a clock radio with a snooze alarm to let you slowly rise to the brightness of its day. 'Maybe I am angry. Maybe I'm just tired.' Sometimes the sound's a deafening clang - a jolt that throws you out of bed.

Befriend your anger. Only then can you decide the what and when and how of your reply.

Befriend your anger. Learn to stay with it, to play with it, to leap back to its roots. There you'll find a child in fear and pain - and return, an adult with compassion.

Befriend your anger. When you feel the sting of others' hurt, welcome the anger of hope: holy energy stirring in your soul, the work of Jesus in a hostile world - atonement.

Befriend your godlike anger, and be at peace." ( The Gift of Anger: A Call to Faithful Action)
May it be so.

Yours in faith,
The Liberal Pulpit /New this week: Index of past sermons: HERE. Index of other reflections: HERE. Videos of sermons are on the Liberal Pulpit Youtube Channel: HERE
Your Moment of Zen: Vows /Gray Wolf seemed to attend meetings against her better judgment. One evening she came by anyway and said, "In every service I renew my vow to save the many beings, but, really, how can I do that?" Raven said, "It's your precious keepsake." Mallard asked, "How can a vow be a keepsake?" Raven said, "It reminds you of a loved one." Gray...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Oct 19-25
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