Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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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, contact Pam at the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2,

Sat Sep 1 - 10:00am Zen
Sun Sep 2 - 10:00am Summer Nursery Care; 10:00am Summer Worship; 11:15am Refreshments 
Tue Sep 4 - 10:00am Rental: Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous; 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP Orientation; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network
Thu Sep 6 - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Fri Sep 7 - 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Sat Sep 8 - 8:45am Social Justice Team Leaders; 10:00am Food Prep for Community Meal; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sun Sep 9 - 9:00am LGBTQIA meeting; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:30am Community Meal: Ingathering; 11:40am Economic Social Justice; 12:00pm Teacher Orientation; 12:00pm Children's Music Meeting; 12:30pm Auction Committee; 5:00pm Rental: WCHJ
Practice of the Week: Relax Anxiety about Imperfection / Instead of dealing with conditions as they are and just handling them, we get caught up in worrying about what them. The alternative: let the broken cup be a broken cup without adding judgment, resistance, blaming, or worry to it. READ MORE
Lifespan Religious Education   Summer is here and that means games! Childcare is provided during the Sunday service and high school youth will be there along with Diane to play games with children of all ages. There are even water balloons, so join in the summer fun on Sundays. RE NEWS
From the Music Director  What I Did On My Summer Vacation. Fast on the heels of our final service last June, I recorded the complete piano works of Tania León at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in NYC. Some of you may recall that Tania was a guest at a Music at CUUC event in 2016, when she was interviewed and I performed several of her piano works... SEE VIDEOS & READ MORE 
Upcoming Summer Worship Services
Sun Sep 2, 10:00 AM, Fellowship Hall 
"I Shower Alone"
Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Walker
Drawing upon scientific studies of happiness, Rev. Walker proposes a series of mindfulness practices to free the mind - including banishing imaginary adversaries from your shower. Rev. Walker was the ministerial intern at CUUC in 2005-2006, and is currently the community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
Water Drop
Sun Sep 9, 10:00 AM, 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. Multi-generational.  
Our Faith Family
The daughters of CUUC member Barbara Lowney report that her leukemia has returned and her doctors say she has a short time left. They ask for your continued prayers and positive thoughts as Barb moves into this final phase of life. From Christine and Liz: "Thank you for all of your support, love, and prayers during this intense and difficult time. We appreciate everything, and though mom has not always had the strength to respond to every card, text, phone call, and email, she has told us how much it all means to her, and we know she feels all of your love. She loves you too."  
Fall Junior Youth Retreat
Metro New York Fall Junior Youth Retreat, Fri Sep 15 - Sat Sep 16, Camp Herrlich, Patterson, NY
The MNY Fall Junior Youth Retreat for 6, 7, 8, and 9th grade youth includes worship, small and large group discussions, and activities that lift up our UU values. Registration closes Tue Sep 4. Youth and Adult Chaperones register at Contact Denice Tomlinson (, Charlie Neiss (
Reminder: Gather Water
Ingathering Worship & Water Ceremony, Sun Sep 9
Remember to stop and collect a sample of water to bring in for our Ingathering Worship and Water Ceremony. Let the water you collect represent how your summer has been for you.
Community Meal: Ingathering 
Community Ingathering Meal, Sun Sep 9, after worship,Fellowship Hall   
Our annual "gathering in" meal is free! Bring a side dish, salad, or sweet to share. Contact John Schwam ( 
From Refugee Resettlement Social Justice Team
Welcoming Week Events, Sat Sep 15, CUUC Kitchen and Fellowship Hall :
  • Afghan Cooking Class - 9:30 AM (Limited to 10 adults and children 10+ years); 
  • Afghan Lunch - 12:00 PM (Limited to 25); 
  • Roundtable Discussion "Refugee Resettlement from Both Sides" - 1:00 PM (Open to all)
Join us at special events to honor and celebrate our local resettled refugees and the volunteers who support them. Reserve your place now! Contact: Jane Dixon (
Save the Date - Social Justice Team Fair 

Social Justice Team Fair, Sun Sep 16, after worship, Fellowship Hall
Enjoy your coffee hour in Fellowship Hall as you talk to our social justice team members, then find where you would like to share your talent and energy. Our goal is for all members to at least have their names on the email list of one team. Our wish is that we all grow to become "social justice warriors," being a force for good and acting to make a difference! .
Welcome our New "CRE"!

The DRE Search Committee and the Board of Trustees of CUUC are happy to announce the appointment of Michele Rinaldi in the new role of Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE). Michele has previously served as an administrator in human services, a director of an animal welfare shelter, a school administrator, and a special education teacher. Michele's position as CRE is 3/4 time. We are also happy to announce that our previous Director of Religious Education, Perry Montrose, will be assuming a new 1/4-time role as Director of Faith Development (DFD). We look forward to Perry's continuing his involvement as part of our RE program transition. The DRE Search Committee will continue to review the structure of the RE program with the goal of developing a program that fits the needs of CUUC, and will be searching for RE leaders for the 2019-2020 year.
Greeters Needed  

Make our Sunday visitors feel welcome - come a little early to share your smile and a warm greeting. You can sign up for one or more Sundays HERE . Contact: Jane Dixon ( 
Neighboring Congregations   

From UUFNW/Mt. Kisco: Looking for two responsible and reliable persons to help drive each of my children to their after-school activity. I have two kids going to two different after-school activities at the same time and I am in need of transportation logistics assistance. This is for weekdays, Monday to Fridays, including school holidays except for federal holidays. Family lives in Pleasantville. If interested, please call Julie at 206-234-6404. 
From FUSW/Hastings: The First Unitarian Society in Hastings-on-Hudson is looking for a part-time teacher to lead children's Religious Exploration classes and children's worship, modeling our Unitarian Universalist Principles and values. Must be able to make a minimum three-year commitment, September through June. The 2018-19 year responsibilities will include leading eight (8) elementary Our Whole Lives classes and six (6) children's worship services on Sunday mornings. In addition, there will be six (6) Sunday afternoon children's classes or activities. Offering $50 per class/children's worship. Contact Tracy Breneman ( with a statement of interest and a resume.  
Your Voice is Your Vote 
"Your Voice is Your Vote" Two-Part Workshop to Increase Voter Turnout, Thu Sep 20 & Thu Sep 27, 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Theodore Young Community Center, 32 Manhattan Avenue, White Plains 
The nonprofit group Civic Engagement Table, in partnership with Citizen Action of NY, will facilitate a two-part voter turnout workshop designed to reach discouraged and disaffected voters and to build a sense of empowerment in order to increase voter turnout. Please plan to attend both sessions. RSVP:, 914-525-8886, 
In the Community
Find more local social justice events HERE.
Share the Plate for July & August: Unirondack & Rowe Camps
This summer we shared half our non-pledge collection with the camps at Unirondack and Rowe . We supported the Unirondack Campership Program and Rowe Center's Woodside Scholarship Fund, which seek to make their UU camp experiences available to every child and youth, and to promote economic diversity in their camp programs. Learn more HERE and HERE.  
Process for a Share-the-Plate Request   

There is no shortage of worthy causes, and as much as we wish we could honor all requests, there are only twelve months in the year. Please make your Share the Plate requests to the Social Justice Coordinating Committee (see Contacts below). We give priority to organizations that have a longtime relationship with CUUC and our Social Justice Teams... Read more HERE. 
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 her backup Catherine Kortlandt (914 834-7112, Or contact the CUUC office (914-946-1660 x2, 
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

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,
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Boundless Way Zen of Westchester
Your Moment of Zen: The Fun Way / Next evening, Porcupine said, "I think I speak for everyone in suggesting that we invite Grandma to our meetings. She's quite wise, it seems." Raven saw many heads nodding. The next day she flew over to Vinecot and found Grandma weeding her garden. "We'd like to invite you to come to...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Sep 1
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