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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Oct 11 | Fall #3
Nurture Spirituality · Foster Compassion · Engage in Service

Our building may be closed, but our congregation is open! Please join us virtually. Visit our website for more information.
CUUC Zoom Meeting Rooms
For links to our online meeting rooms, scroll down to "This Week at CUUC." Links are also in the Event Calendar (click on event) at our website,
On the Journey
October issue of On the Journey: "Resilience" - Click HERE
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Oct 11, 10:00am
~ Rev. LoraKim Joyner

Every day is Indigenous Peoples' Day. There have been many days when humankind has failed, but that is only a part of what Indigenous Peoples' Day is about. It is also a time to change the narrative from, as Sam describes in The Lord of the Rings, "Stories full of darkness... you didn't want to know the end, because how could they be happy?" There is no time like the present, this day, and every day, to hold onto what is good in this world, by letting go of the burdens of oppression that trap us all. By decolonizing ourselves, we forge bonds of friendship with kind and kin and become an integral part of a great story.
Sun Oct 18, 10:00am
“It's OK!”
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

It's estimated that the number of people who have ever lived is about 100 billion. Of the approximately 93 percent who are no longer on the planet, the vast majority of them faced problems much worse than yours!
To Join Our Online Worship: click HERE
or phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
Gathering Music starts at 9:50am. Welcome at 10:10am
After Worship, Join our Virtual Coffee Hour: click HERE

Additional Program & Zoom Information Listed Below
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Messages from Ministry

  • Minister's Weekly Column - HERE.
  • Practice of the Week: Take the Resilience Inventory - HERE
  • Review all past "UU Minute" segments, HERE.

Friday evening, the 8th-12th grade Youth Group meets at CUUC, 6:30-8:00pm. The group will meet outside to catch up and reconnect, wearing masks and observing safe distances. RSVP to Daniel Tillman by Thursday evening (

Sunday, only the 5th-7th grade Religious Education (RE) class meets, as they continue working on pre-election action projects. Class meets at 11:45am in Rm 8428. All K-12th grade classes meet again next week, October 18th.

Sunday at 1:30pm in Rm 7899, join Tracy and Nicole Turygin for the second of three fall conversations to support parents, grandparents, RE leaders, and any adults who are having conversations about justice and equity with children and youth. We will discuss our own learning and journeys, and share approaches for shaping conversations with young people. This Sunday, we will highlight one of our fall 2020 justice topics, Hunger/Food Insecurity & Homelessness. Contact: Tracy Breneman (

Follow what the children and youth are learning in this document, which includes links to our justice resource pages. Click HERE for the Fall 2020 overview and schedule. Sign up HERE to receive weekly RE newsletters, which include at-home resources for families.

This Sunday's musical selections represent both the enrichment of mainstream Western Art Music by indigenous resources as well as the appropriation of native art forms by colonizing forces... Read more HERE.
Congregation & Community News
Zoom Bombing Alert!

A recent CUUC meeting was the victim of a "Zoom Bombing" where an uninvited guest entered and shared explicit content on the screen. For security, meeting facilitators please sign in early to "claim host" of your meeting so you can "enable waiting room" and prevent screen sharing. To claim host: (1) Join the meeting early; (2) Click on Participants icon at bottom; (3) Click Claim Host at the bottom of the participants list; (4) Enter the Host Key number; (5) Click Claim Host. For your Host Key number, contact
Congregation Forum - Please Attend

8th Principle Forum, Sun Oct 25, 1:30pm, Room 7899
The CUUC 8th Principle Team will host a forum to begin our exploration of the 8th Principle and whether CUUC should adopt it. Learn more about our initiative HERE. We encourage everyone to attend and enter into the conversation - your voice matters! Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (
Volunteers Needed

The Hunger and Homelessness team is looking for people to make sandwiches for HOPE soup kitchen. Also, for next week, they need egg salad makers (boiling and peeling 15 dozen eggs, then adding mayo and celery). We provide supplies. Can you help? Contact: Steve Miller ( or Nicole Turygin (
Doggie Play Date Wanted

Do you have a dog that loves to play with children? Omid (9) AND his brother Tawab (7), from one of our refugee families in New Rochelle, would love to spend time with a dog, as they did in Afghanistan. If you would like to offer your dog, a volunteer would be happy to drive the children to you for an outdoor playdate of about 20-30 minutes. Or can you pick the boys up and drive them to Ward Acres Dog Park, New Rochelle, to play with your dog there? Contact Jane Dixon (, 914-370-0760)
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Inquirers Series

Inquirers Series Session #4: Pastoral Care & Governance, Sun Oct 18
Hosts Paula Meighan and Al Rocchi explain our governance structure at CUUC, and share the ways we honor and care for one another through affinity groups and celebrations that keep us connected and committed. Contact: Ginny Strand (
The 1619 Project

Save the Date: The 1619 Project - Session 4: "Mass Incarceration," Sun Oct 25, 4:00pm, Rm 7899
The 1619 Project at CUUC resumes with a new discussion based on the essay "Mass Incarceration" by Bryan Stevenson. Read the article and join us! Facilitators: Mary Lane Cobb ( and Jim Cobb (
From the 1619 Project: Did you Know...

Did you know that by the eve of the Civil War:
  • the Mississippi Valley was home to more millionaires per capita than anywhere else in the United States; 
  • cotton grown and picked by enslaved workers was the nation’s most valuable export; 
  • the combined value of enslaved people exceeded that of all the railroads and factories in the nation; and
  • New Orleans boasted a denser concentration of banking capital than New York City?

Learn more during the Sun Nov 1 worship service, when the Adine Usher and Joe Majsak from the 1619 Project will present special segments “Capitalism” and “Sugar.” Then join us after worship for a 1619 Project Q&A session at 1:30pm.
Practice of the Week Videos

A regular spiritual practice can help us deepen in wisdom, compassion, and connectedness. Explore the Practice of the Week videos that Rev. Meredith Garmon has created for our Sunday .worship, HERE.
See the list of links to over 200 spiritual practice posts HERE.
Reclaim Our Vote empowers community of color voters in 8 target states. They inform, mobilize, and help get voters safely to early voting and polling places so they can elect people who will fight for their interests. Because many of these voters live in rural areas, ROV puts up billboards and helps voters get safe rides - both proven effective strategies. Learn more HERE. Support Reclaim Our Vote HERE.
* Please RSVP by Sat Oct 17! *
Questions? Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Or contact a chairperson: Janet Bear (; Anne Majsak (; Scott Damashek (; Patricia Goettel (

Our very own CUUC ghastly ghoul has a recorded message for you. Click HERE to view it... or else!

Because of your generosity, we were able to contribute a full carload of donated winter coats and boots to the collection last Saturday to benefit local refugee families. The Refugee Resettlement team thanks you!
Share the Plate Applications

There are only 12 months in the year and no end to the number of good causes our congregation could support, so the Social Justice Coordinators have formalized the process for congregants to make a Share the Plate request. If you would like to nominate a recipient organization, please submit your application by Mon Oct. 26. Learn more HERE.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Liz Laite (, 914- 366-4211) or Catherine Kortlandt (914-834-7112, You may also contact the CUUC office ( To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers (, 914-946-2026).
Share the Plate for Oct: PrideWorks
This month we share half our non-pledge collection with PrideWorks®, which 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 along a spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities, to inspire respect and support for LGBTQ+ people, and to advocate for positive change.
Online Offering
You can pay your pledge, donate to the Share the Plate, or contribute to our Benevolent Fund or Minister's Discretionary Fund via PayPal by clicking "Donate" at our website Or click the button below.
The CUUC passcode for all our Zoom gatherings is 468468.
For one-click links to our online meeting rooms, see below.
Links are also in our online Events Calendar (click on event) at
This Week at CUUC

Visit on our website and click on an event for login information. To reserve an online meeting room, contact

Worship Space 1991 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
Room 2210 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468 
Room 7899 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting: 289 850 7899 · Passcode: 468468

Room 3131 - one-click login (embedded passcode):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468
Room 6161 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468

RE Room 4635 - One-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 602 164 635 · Passcode: 468468
Room 8428 - one-click login (passcode embedded):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 
Room 5149 "A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts - one-click (embedded passcode):;
or two-step login: + Passcode: 468468;
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 939 6077 5149 · Passcode: 468468
Please mute your microphones.

Thu Oct 8 - 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899); 7:30pm Religious Education Council (Rm 2210)

Fri Oct 9 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 6:30pm Sr Youth Group (Outdoor Event at CUUC)

Sat Oct 10 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899)

Sun Oct 11 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:45am 5th-7th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 1:30pm Adult RE class (Rm 7899)

Mon Oct 12 - OFFICE CLOSED; 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Tue Oct 13 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:00pm RE Planning K-4th Grade (Rm 8428); 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal, Soprano/Alto (Rm 3131)

Wed Oct 14 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal, Tenor/Bass (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Board of Trustees (Rm 7899)

Thu Oct 15 - 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635)

Fri Oct 16 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 11:00am Journey Group: Rev. Garmon (Rm 7899); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:30pm Journey Group: Sehdeva/Cox (Rm 7899)

Sat Oct 17 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 11:00am Pre-K Meet & Play (Outdoor Event at CUUC); 4:00pm Journey Group: Leahy (Rm 2210)

Sun Oct 18 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30am Inquirer Series (Rm 6161); 11:30am K-4th Gr (Rm 8428); 11:45am 5th-7th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 11:45am Journey Group: Freiberger (Rm 3131); 11:45am Journey Group: Miller/Walkup (Rm 6161); 12:00pm 8th-12th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 1:00pm Auction Comm (Rm 2210); 1:30pm Adult RE class (Rm 7899)
Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon,, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman,, 914-434-7539
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra,, 914-830-1509
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner,
Music Director: Adam Kent,, 212-595-7280
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer,
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas,
Children's Music Director: Lyra Harada,
Congregation & Communications Administrator: Pamela Parker,, 914-946-1660 x2
Bookkeeper: Diane Pearson,, 946-1660 x5
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Joe Majsak,
Vice Chair: Debra Manetta,
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt,
Secretary: Terri Kung,
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero,
Emily Economou,
Jeff Tomlinson,
Rev. Meredith Garmon,