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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Oct 18 | Fall #4
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
Spiritual Practice
This week we begin a series of spiritual practices in the "Might Be Your Thing" category. These are practices that aren't for everyone -- but might be just the thing for you. These will be activities that you might be doing anyway, but maybe not as a spiritual practice. First in our series of practices that might or might not be your thing: Gardening.
Upcoming Online Worship
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!
Sun Oct 25, 10:00am
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

In common usage, "hope" expresses attachment to an outcome. There is, however, something much more spiritually significant here. Rebecca Solnit put it this way: "Hope is an embrace of the unknown and unknowable, an alternative to certainty. It's the belief that what we do matters -- even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know."
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: Gardening - HERE
  • Review all past "UU Minute" segments, HERE.

New Adult RE Class

"Choosing A Spiritual Practice," Sun Oct 18, 1:30pm, Rm 7899
Thinking about taking up a spiritual practice -- or thinking about a new spiritual practice? There are so many ways to cultivate spiritual development -- which ones are right for you? And if you have a spiritual practice, please join us to share what you do. (It's a service to others -- and you might pick up a pointer or two.) Led by Rev. Meredith Garmon.

All K-12th grade Religious Education (RE) classes meet this Sunday. Log in to Rm 8428 for class breakout rooms.

-11:30am, the K-4th grade class learns about soup kitchens and food banks, and will discuss plans to contribute desserts for HOPE Kitchen meals. All CUUC members and friends are invited to participate in the Oct 24th dessert drive! Click HERE for information.

-11:45am, the 5th-7th grade YoUUth the Vote class is discussing the postcards they designed and sent out, then planning their next action to encourage people to vote. You can see the youth's wonderful postcard designs online HERE.

-12:00pm, the 8th-12th grade class is exploring the experience of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) people in the US and at CUUC, as well as upcoming conversations in WP about police reform and at CUUC about adopting the 8th Principle. See below for information about the Oct 25th 8th Principle CUUC discussion.

Tracy will be unavailable Oct 21-25 as she attends the annual LREDA (Liberal Religious Educators Association) conference, this year focused on the UUA's, Widening the Circle of Concern report that calls us to embrace collective liberation, anti-racism, and inclusion. Follow what the CUUC children and youth are learning in this document, which includes links to our justice resources. Click HERE for the Fall 2020 overview and schedule. Sign up HERE to receive weekly RE newsletters, which include at-home resources for families.

A personal association: The music of the Catalonian composer Federico Mompou has always made me feel that everything'll be ok. It might be the tenderness and intimacy of his style, or the complete rejection of all ostentation or display: his music has always epitomized the triumph of personal expression over public grandstanding... Read more HERE.
Congregation & Community News
Questions? Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.
Or contact a chairperson: Janet Bear (; Anne Majsak (; Scott Damashek (; Patricia Goettel (

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Inquirers Series

Inquirers Series Session #4: Pastoral Care & Governance, Sun Oct 18, 11:30am
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 (
Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Oct 22, 11:30am, Room 7899
We meet the second and fourth Thursday to discuss books and articles on the intersection of spirituality and science. We are reading Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist On Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales. Join us! Contact: Barbara Mair (
Congregation Forum

8th Principle Forum, Sun Oct 25, 1:30pm, Room 7899
We will 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 (
The 1619 Project: Mass Incarceration

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 Environmental Practices Group

Use Audubon's Native Plant Database to find the best plants for the birds in your area. Growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds you love while making your space beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment.
The 1619 Project: Capitalism

Save the Date: The 1619 Project Session 5: “Capitalism” & “Sugar,Sun Nov 1, 1:30pm, Rm 7899
We imagine pain being inflicted somewhat at random, doled out by the stereotypical white overseer, free but poor. But a good many overseers weren’t allowed to whip at will. Punishments were authorized by the higher-ups. It was not so much the rage of the poor white Southerner but the greed of the rich white planter that drove the lash. It was rational, capitalistic, all part of the plantation’s design. This was why the fastest cotton pickers were often whipped the most. It was why punishments rose and fell with global market fluctuations. Our Sun Nov 1 worship will feature Adine Usher and Joe Majsak from the 1619 Project. After worship, join our 1619 Project Q&A session.
EARLY VOTING: Registered voters will be able to cast their ballot at ANY of the 17 designated early voting locations listed below.* Westchester County’s Election Inspectors will now use electronic systems to facilitate early voting. Find days, times, and places *HERE, make a plan, and share this information.
  • Put it in the mail by Sun Oct 18 to make sure it arrives by Tue Nov 3.
  • Bring it to the Westchester County Board of Elections no later than Tue Nov 3.
  • Bring it to an early voting site between Sat Oct 24 and Sun Nov 1.
  • Bring it to a poll site on Tue Nov 3.
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, contribute to our Benevolent Fund or Minister's Discretionary Fund, or pay for your Halloween Fun-Raiser ticket 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;
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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 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); 7:00pm 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: Choosing a Spiritual Practice (Rm 7899)

Mon Oct 19 - 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Tue Oct 20 - 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 21 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 6:30pm Choir Rehearsal, Tenor/Bass (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Board of Trustees Book Club (Rm 7899)

Thu Oct 22 - 10:00am Journey Group: Traber; 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00pm Journey Group: Van Hoomissen (Rm 2210); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group: Majsak (Rm 6161)

Fri Oct 23 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 6:30pm Sr Youth Group (TBA)

Sat Oct 24 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 4:30pm Halloween Dri-Thru Fun-Raiser (Parking Lot); 7:00pm Online Auction (Rm 2210)

Sun Oct 25 - 9:00am Hunger & Homelessness (Rm 6161); 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 1:30pm Congregation Forum: 8th Principle (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth Religious Education: The 1619 Project (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,