We accidentally published too early - here is all the news for the week!
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
Spirituality   ·   Compassion   ·   Service
September issue of On the Journey: Covenant -- Click HERE
Practice of the Week: Transformation  Life flows onward, creating and expanding anew -- and so does death. Death flows onward, cleansing, clearing, recycling, providing the raw materials for life processes. Death cannot exist without life, nor life without death. They are so intimately intertwined that they are really best considered as one process. This one life-and-death process is one of continual transformation. READ MORE
List of Spiritual Practices
Upcoming Worship Services
 
Sun Sep 1, 10:00am, Fellowship Hall
"The Importance of Sabbath"    
Carrie McEvoy     
Labor Day is a holiday when we honor those who fought for workers' rights - among them the right to time off from work. In this service we'll explore how sometimes the best way to get work done is to stop working - to take time to rest, reflect, regroup, and recharge. Carrie McEvoy is a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport, and a student in the Master of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard Theological School.     
 
Water Drop
Sun Sep 8, 10:00am, Sanctuary
"Water Celebration: Ingathering" 
Rev. Meredith Garmon  
We return to the sanctuary for our annual ingathering and water celebration service. Bring a sample of water from your summer. Whole Congregation Worship.

Our CUUC YouTube Channel has videos of many past services. Check it out HERE!
Fall Cleaning
 
Kitchen Cleanup Party, Sat Aug 31, 10:00am-12:00 noon, CUUC Kitchen
Come clean with us! Scott Damashek and Steve Miller are leading a gala fall cleanup party. Then we'll make a little lunch utilizing our inimitable cooking skills. We know many will be away or busy, but for the rest of us, there's KP at CUUC! Contact Steve Miller (obitsman@gmail.com).
News From Environmental Practices     
 
Fall Composter and Rain Barrel Sale
Westchester County, the Greenburgh Nature Center, and Teatown Lake Reservation are offering backyard compost bins and rain barrels at deep discounts for a limited time. Order by Wed Sept 4 for pickup Sat Sept 7, or Wed Oct 2 for pickup Sat Oct 7. A composting expert will be at pickup locations to demonstrate and answer questions. Learn more HERE and see the price list HERE. 
Sing With the CUUC Choir
 
We welcome all voice parts and we don't require you to read music, just match pitch. We rehearse on Tuesdays from 7:30 - 9:15pm (first rehearsal is Fri Sep 6) and we sing in two services per month. We work hard while having fun! Come to any rehearsal to sing or observe, or attend our Choir Open House on Sun Oct 13 following service. Contact Lisa Meyer (lisa.meyer@liu.edu, 347-278-3187).  
Gather Water
 
Ingathering Worship & Water Ceremony, Sun Sep 8
Remember this week to stop and collect a sample of water to bring in for our Ingathering Worship and Water Celebration next Sunday. Let the water you collect represent how your summer has been for you.
Enter Together 
 
NEW! To help connect the RE and sanctuary sides of our building, and promote safety by having a single point of entry, please come in through the main doors near the sanctuary starting Sun Sep 8. A Religious Education team member will be by the Welcome Table to help greet families and visitors. Also, for the month of September, we will start every Sunday together in the sanctuary. On weeks when we have RE, children, youth, and volunteers will leave during the first hymn for a full hour for class. Let's try something new! 
Community Meal: Ingathering

Community Ingathering Meal, Sun Sep 8, after Worship, Fellowship Hall
Our annual "gathering in" meal will be an enhanced coffee hour, with tasty salads and sides. Come join or rejoin our community after the long summer! To help in the kitchen, contact Steve Miller ( obitsman@gmail.com).
Bag Blessing 
 
Blessing of the Backpacks, Sun Sep 8, during the Ingathering Service
Bring in your backpack, briefcase, satchel, baby bag, tackle box, or whatever else you may use for school, work, or hobby. We will offer a ceremonial blessing with a reminder to help carry our faith into our daily lives. 
Calling All Nerds  
 
The Flaming Chalice AV Club NEEDS YOU!  Please sign up for occasional slots to get the weekly news, hymn lyrics, and spoken word projections set up and running for each service. Interested in helping? It's easy and we will provide simple training and instructions. Contact: Kim & Christian Force ( kimforce@gmail.com). 
Save the Date: Social Justice Team Fair 
 
Social Justice Team Fair, Sun Sep 15, after worship, Fellowship Hall
Enjoy coffee hour in Fellowship Hall as you meet our social justice team members, then choose where you would like to share your talent and energy. Help us live our congregation's mission to engage in service to transform ourselves and our world. 
Religious Exploration
 
Parent-Teacher/Advisor Meetings, Sun Sep 15, 11:30-11:50am, Classrooms 
Parents, come meet your children's teaching and youth group teams; discover our vision of Religious Exploration and the specifics of each class; and receive a fall schedule. Older children and youth will be invited to participate in "Social Justice Bingo" during coffee hour. (Childcare hours will be extended.) 
Minister's Discretionary Fund 
 
Rev. Garmon maintains a special fund to assist people in financial distress, and that account is running low. We ask Members and Friends to please consider making a donation to help replenish the fund. Make checks out to CUUC with the memo "Discretionary Fund." We look forward to again giving Rev. Meredith the ability to help those in need. 
Notice of Congregational Meeting  
 
Congregational Meeting, Sun Sep 8, 11:15am, Sanctuary
The Board of Trustees is calling a congregational meeting immediately after service on Sun Sep 8 to authorize the ordination by this congregation of our former intern, Cindy Davidson, as a UU minister. 
In the Community      
 
National Day of Action to Defund Hate, Fri Sep 13, 11:00am, Office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey, 222 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
Congress must pass another government spending bill by Sep 30. On Fri Sep 13, Indivisible invites people across the country to demand this new bill cut funds to ICE and CBP. Learn more HERE 
Climate Justice    
 
Climate Strike, Fri Sep 20, 12:00pm, New York City   
Three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults across the world will strike to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Find other Climate Strike action locations HERE. Local UUs can learn more HERE.  
 
UUs & the Global Climate Strike - Webinar, Thu Sep 5, 4:00pm
Hosted by Side with Love. Register HERE. 
Social Witness       
 
We the People March, Sat Sep 21, 11:00am, Freedom Plaza, Washington, DC
"We the People are marching to be seen and heard. Silence and inaction are complicity." To reserve a seat on the WESPAC bus departing North White Plains, click HERE.
 
We the People Solidarity March NYC, Sat Sep 21, 12:00 - 3:00pm, NYC 
Complimentary Fitness   
 
Introductory Exercise Class, Fri Sep 13, 9:30 - 10:00am, Fireside
CUUC member Diane Terezakis will hold a free trial class for members and friends. Try a half hour of ST. PYS - Strength Training, Pilates, Yoga, and Stretching. Contact: Diterezakis@optonline.net.
District Happenings - September 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


Share the Plate for September: PrideWorks  
PrideWorks® was first organized to produce an annual conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth, their allies, and the adults in their lives. PrideWorks' mission is to inform communities about the realities of growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender, and to inspire them to respect and support LGBTQ people, and to advocate for positive change. prideworks.com . 
Caring & Sharing Circle
 
If anyone knows of another among us who is in need of a caregiver, please contact Paula Meighan (914-834-6454, paula.meighan74@gmail.com), or Liz Laite (914-366-4211, em.laite@verizon.net). Or contact the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, admin@cucwp.org).
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, admin@cucwp.org).
 
Sat Aug 31 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am Kitchen Cleanup; 10:00am Zen (24)
Sun Sep 1 - 10:00am Nursery Care (32); 10:00am Summer Worship (Fellowship Hall); 11:30am RE Teaching Team Meeting (41)
Mon Sep 2 - Office Closed
Tue Sep 3 - 10:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP Orientation (Fellowship Hall)
Wed Sep 4 - 8:30am CUUC Dance Movement Group (Fellowship Hall); 11:00am Rental: Film Production (Lot & Fellowship Hall); 7:30pm Program Council (41)
Thu Sep 5 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters (41)
Fri Sep 6 - 7:00pm RE Teaching Team Meeting (41); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary)
Sat Sep 7 - 9:00am Rental: Exercise (Fireside); 10:00am RE Teaching Team Meeting (41); 10:00am Food Prep for Community Meal (Kitchen); 10:00am Zen (24); 3:00pm Rental: WCHJ (Fellowship Hall)
Sun Sep 8 - 8:15am RE Council (41); 8:45am Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary); 9:30am Nursery (32); 10:00am Worship (Sanctuary); 11:15am Community Meal (Fellowship Hall); 4:00pm Rental: WCSPP Welcome Party (Fellowship Hall, Patio) 
Contacts

Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Sabbatical Minister: Rev. Kimberley Debus, sabbaticalmin@cucwp.org
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman, cuucwptracy@gmail.com, 914-946-1660 x4
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@gmail.com, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas, georgianna.pappas@gmail.com
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada, musicalyra13@gmail.com
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson, cuucwpbookkeeper@gmail.com, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Al Rocchi, alrocchi@verizon.net
Vice Chair: Joann Prinzivalli, joannmp@outlook.com
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, kortlandtbunch@gmail.com
Social Justice Coordinators
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org
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
Your Moment of Zen: What is the Way? (I) The folks were sitting around one moonlit night, enjoying one another's company, when Woodpecker asked, "What is the Way?" Raven said, "The Ancestors got up and stretched. Woodpecker said, "Well, we do, too." Raven nodded. Woodpecker asked, "Then the Way is nothing special?" Raven said,...READ MORE
Zen Practice at CUUC
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