Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains, NY
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"From the Minister," Thu Sep 27 HERE
On the Journey, 2018 Sep: "Letting Go" HERE
Practice of the Week: Respond, Don't React / The key point is to make it a priority to feel good, to look for everyday opportunities for peacefulness, happiness, and love, and to take all the little moments you can to marinate in well-being. Each time you rest in your brain's responsive mode, it gets easier to come home to it again. That's because "neurons that fire together,...READ MORE.
Religious Education  Classes last week really transformed into a flurry of activity via our RE curriculum! Grades 2-3 learned all about UU Principles and created beautiful Rainbow Principles key chains. On the other end of the spectrum, Youth Group conducted a "Getting To Know You" game and created a new covenant. There will be more to hear at the Sun Sep 30 Parent-Teacher Meeting at 8:45am. RSVP to READ MORE
From the Music Director  This Sunday's music features examples of American music from a variety of traditions. The nostalgic piano works of Edward MacDowell speak to the composer's assimilation of European musical traditions even while reflecting impressions of his native New England. The CUUC Choir offers inspirational statements from both American and African traditions, while Kim Force performs Paul Simon's "American Tune"... READ MORE
Upcoming Worship Services
Sun Sep 30, 10:00 AM   
"Hoodlums and Zealots"
Rev. Meredith Garmon
A look at "the American Experiment" -- The British colonies were peopled in large part by Puritans and prisoners sent here as punishment for a crime or debt. It's an odd mix to start a country from.  

Sun Oct 7, 10:00 AM   
"Promise and Peril of Discovery"
Rev. Meredith Garmon 
When a New World comes into view, advance carefully -- and be "ready to be changed by what you've started."
Faith Development Friday
Faith Development Friday, Fri Sep 28, CUUC
An evening of learning, spiritual growth, and community. 6:15pm Pizza & Salad Community Dinner; 7:00pm Programs; 8:30pm Coffee. Programs include Adult Religious Education, Family Journey Groups, and Youth Group Gathering. Adults may also come for a slice and unstructured social time together. All may stay after  programs to share coffee and a chat. RSVP to
Day in Place 
Day in Place, Sat Sep 29
Join the PlaceKeepers for the day of activities to appreciate, improve, and maintain the building and grounds at CUUC, our physical and spiritual home. Bring a potluck dish for our shared lunch. Contact: Bice Wilson (, Pamela Cucinell (
Sit and Sing with Us!
Choir Open House, Sun Sep 30, 11:40am, Sanctuary
Come sit with CUUC Choir members and sing a few rounds, anthems, and folk songs. Whether or not you are considering joining, come enjoy an hour of camaraderie! All are welcome - you do not need to be able to read music. Contact choir director Lisa Meyer (, 347-278-3187).  
To inspire you to sing with us, here's a Washington Post article about CUUC member Amy Nathan's new book Making Time for Making Music: How to Bring Music into Your Busy Life : " Music is way too fun to leave to the pros, a new book says ."
Presentation: Doctrine of Discovery 

"Doctrine of Discovery: Next Steps," with Petra Thombs, Sun Oct 7, 11:30am, Fellowship Hall
The Doctrine of Discovery has roots in the 15th century decree that Christian nations had the right - and obligation - to conquer and exploit non-Christian lands. (Learn more HERE.) The impact of the Doctrine lives on today. How do we recognize it and work to create a society of greater respect? Film screening and discussion hosted by Petra Thombs and presented by the CUUC In the Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice Team.  
Cooperative Coffee Hour  
Cooperative Coffee Hour, Sun Oct 7, after Worship
We invite all attending next week to bring along a treat to help fill the Cooperative Coffee Hour table. Then please plan to pitch in to set up, serve, and clean up together. Many hands make light work!   
Did You Know...

According to an EPA report, clothing and textile recycling has a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gases than the recycling of yard waste, glass, and plastic. Instead of tossing, bring old clothing to organizations like Goodwill and Salvation Army. Also, textile recycling companies such as County Recycling  have bins around the county where old clothing, linens, paired footwear, handbags, etc., can be dropped off for re-use or re-purposing. Find the nearest bin HERE. Read more HERE. 
District Leadership Day    
UU Fall Leadership Day, Saturday, October 13, 9:30am - 4:00pm, CUUC
Presented by the UUA Central East Region/Metro District. Our keynote speaker is Rev. Robin Tanner discussing "Social Change Through Spiritual Transformation: Engaging Our Faith." See workshops HERE. Register HERE by Mon Oct 8. 
Congregation Workshop 
"Becoming Interculturally Competent: An Introduction," Sat Oct 20, 9:00am - 12:30pm, Fellowship Hall
The congregation is encouraged to attend this special workshop, presented by Rev. Erica Baron of UUCC Kingston, which introduces the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS), a way of approaching diversity and inclusion work through the lens of intercultural competence. Intercultural competence is the range of skills that lead to effective and appropriate communication with people of other cultures. The DMIS model is based on empirical research and an understanding that we are all developing - and all capable of developing - intercultural competence. We will talk about the stages of development for both individuals and groups, and discuss steps to improve our intercultural competence.  
Auction Tickets Available!
Annual Auction Fundraiser, Sat Nov 3, Preview 5:30pm, T ickets $45  
Let's go for a swim! Tickets are now available for our enchanted evening Under the Sea. You don't want to miss this special night where your sanctuary transforms into the ocean deep and your friends transform into mer-people and ocean explorers. The cost of your ticket includes a scrumptious three-course dinner (vegan options available); a surprise cocktail themed for the event, waiting for you upon arrival; wine and other beverages served all evening; childcare, including the Children's Auction; a guaranteed good time and fun night out with old and new friends. Buy tickets at coffee hour or mail in your order form. We can't wait to go for a swim with you! Click HERE for more information. Click HERE for a donation form .
Minister's Discretionary Fund
We are asking Members and Friends to consider making a donation to replenish the minister's fund, which has been needed more than usual lately. Any contribution made by Mon Oct 15 will be matched up to $750. 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.

The Refugee Resettlement Social Justice Team thanks the congregation for  writing almost 100 postcards last Sunday to protest the reduced number of refugee admissions. To answer those who asked: SIV stands for Special Immigrant Visa, the program that offers refugee status to Afghans and Iraqis whose lives are in danger because they helped the US forces (which includes the refugee family that CUUC is supporting).

The Animal Advocacy Social Justice Team thanks everyone for their generous donations totaling of $286, plus the anonymous donor for their gift of $1,000, to help animals affected by Hurricane Florence. We will be sending a check to the International Fund for Animal Welfare to support their animal rescue efforts.
Virtual Meeting Room

CUUC has a Zoom video-conferencing site available to all committees and teams so members can attend meetings remotely. The site can accommodate one meeting at a time. Be sure to book the Zoom site just as you would a meeting room by contacting Pam in the office ( The Zoom meeting will appear on the CUUC calendar so we can be sure the site is reserved and available when you need it!  
In the Community
Undoing Racism Workshop, Tue Oct 23 - Thu Oct 25, Shaarei Tikvah Synagogue, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
This unique 2-1/2-day workshop is offered by The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression. Rev. Peggy Clarke of FUSW calls this "hands down, the best training I've ever attended." Register HERE.
Find more local social justice events HERE. 
UU Happenings
CUUC is part of the Central East Region (CER) of the Unitarian Universalist Association. To learn more about current happenings in our region, click HERE .

Share the Plate for September: PrideWorks
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. 
Our Faith Family
Memorial for Hollis Huston, Sun Sep 30, 3:00pm, Unitarian Church of All Souls, 1157 Lexington Avenue, NYC   
Memorial Service for the partner of Rev. Carol Huston, our former minister. 
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 her backup 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,
Thu Sep 27 - 10:00am Journey Group - Kung; 11:30am Science & Spirituality Group; 7:30pm Zoom Mtng: OWL Planning
Fri Sep 28 - 6:15pm Faith Development Friday - 6:15 Pizza, 7:00 Programs, 8:30 Coffee; 7:00pm Zoom Mtng: Faith Like A River Class
Sat Sep 29 - Day in Place; 9:00am Building Committee; 10:00am Zen
Sun Sep 30 - 8:45am Parent-Teacher Meeting; 9:00am Welcome Committee; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:20am Newcomers' Conversation;  11:30am Choir Open House; 11:40am Economic Social Justice; 4:00pm Rental: WCSPP
Mon Oct 1  - 6:30pm T'ai-ch'i; 7:00pm Rental: Straight Spouse Network; 8:00pm Rental: Amnesty International
Tue Oct 2  - 7:00pm Rental: WCSPP; 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal
Thu Oct 4  - 9:30am Rental: League of Women Voters; 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sat Oct 6  - 7:00am Rental: Centennial Worship Service; 10:00am Zen; 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators
Sun Oct 7 - 9:00am Hunger & Homelessness; 9:30am Nursery Care; 10:00am Worship; 11:15am Coffee Hour; 11:30am Presentation: "Doctrine of Discovery: Next Steps"; 11:40am Auction Committee
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 / As I write this on Thursday afternoon, it's been a day of Senate testimony for Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. The experience raises my anxiety -- about the future of the Senate, the Supreme Court, my country. Wendell Berry has helpful words for such times when "despair for the world grows in" us.
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
Whatever happens in politics, our job is the same: to love; to do what we can for justice and let go of the rest. It might help us do that to take an occasional break to be with ducks and herons -- or perhaps just stroll among some trees.

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: Mosquito / One night after a meeting, the Tallspruce community lingered in the dark under the stars, and Raven reminisced about her time with Brown Bear. "I remember," she said, "one day when I wasn't feeling well, and Brown Bear Roshi had me rest in her cave. Somehow it was a special gather...READ MORE
Zen at CUUC: Sat Sep 29
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