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Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Oct 4 | Fall #2
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 4, 10:00am
“The Hidden Wound”
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

It's been fifty years since Wendell Berry's 1970 essay on the wound of racism. It's still resonant.
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.
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
Revisit past services anytime at our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to be alerted of new content.
Messages from Ministry

  • Read the text version of last Sunday's sermon, "Make it RAIN" --HERE.
  • You can now review all past "UU Minute" segments, HERE.

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 hunger/food insecurity and how CUUC has been helping in our community;
-11:45am, the 5th-7th grade YoUUth the Vote class is choosing designs for their postcard campaign to encourage people to vote;
-12:00pm, the 8th-12th grade class is learning about how CUUC has been involved in work for racial justice and equity, and exploring action the youth would like to support.

Follow what the children and youth are learning in this document, which includes links to our issue 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.

In the world of the arts, white supremacy has existed side-by-side with a fascination with the culture of otherness. Many of the solo piano works performed this Sunday reflect the appropriation of non-white musical idioms by classical composers... Read more HERE.
Congregation & Community News
On the Journey - October

Our Journey Groups are a way to deepen our understanding of life and strengthen our connections to one another by exploring monthly themes together. Click HERE to select the group that works best for you.

For the October issue of On the Journey: "Resilience," click HERE
Doggie Play Date Wanted

Do you have a dog that loves to play? Omid Islah, a child from one of our refugee families living in New Rochelle, loves animals and would very much like to play with a dog. (His grandfather had a dog in Afghanistan and he misses the pet terribly.) If you have a dog that Omid could play with, a volunteer would be happy to drive the boy to you so the two could play outside together for 20-30 minutes. Contact Jane Dixon (, 914-370-0760)
Winter Coat Drive for Refugees - Last Days

Drop off on these dates at these locations:
  • Sat Oct 3, 9:00am-5:00pm: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 Fountain Square in Larchmont
  • Now through Fri Oct 2: CUUC - place items in sturdy trash bags and put in bins near front door
The Westchester Refugee Initiative (WRI) is collecting winter coats and boots for refugee and asylee families (good condition, coats and boots only). Gift cards to Burlington or Target are also great! See flyer HERE. Contacts: Jane Dixon ( or Robin Rocchi (
From Environmental Practices Group

Hudson River Audubon "Hawk Watch," 10:00am, Sat and Sun through Nov 15, Lenoir Nature Preserve (behind Lenoir Mansion), Yonkers
Watch as thousands of raptors pass by for their southerly migration. Audubon volunteers will be there to answer questions and assist. Bring a mask, chairs, binoculars, and snacks, then spread out. Contact: Michael Bochnik ( Read more HERE.
Inquirers Series

Inquirers Series Session #3: Faith Development for Children and Adults, Sun Oct 4, 11:30am, Rm 6161
Our Director of Religious Education and Faith Development, Tracy Breneman, joins us to talk about our UU faith development philosophy and give an overview of the offerings we have in Religious Education (RE) for children, youth, and adults. Contact: Ginny Strand (

A Second Look - If you were not able to attend our Sun Sep 20 Inquirers Series #2: Social Action & Community Service (or would like to see it again), you can find a recording of the session HERE. (Note: this is a private link; please do not post publicly.)

Save the Date - 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.
Virtual Animal Blessing Service, Sun Oct 4, 4:00pm, Rm 2210
Send pictures and/or bring your animal friends to this online event, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry. Speakers include Rev. Dr. LoraKim Joyner, CUUC Community Minister and Wildlife Veterinarian. Service features a special message recorded just for us from Dr. Jane Goodall. Learn more HERE.
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Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Oct 8, 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 ( 
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 (
  • Vote! Vote early in NY State Oct 24–Nov 1. Details on times and places HERE.

For inspiration (and fun), watch and share this VIDEO by performers from the Broadway and touring companies of Hamilton about the urgency of voting.
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!
In the District

To see this month's Opportunity for Connection newsletter for our UUA region, with articles and the calendar of Central East Region virtual events, click 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.
All our Zoom gatherings now require passcodes. The CUUC passcode 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 1 - 5:00pm RE Planning: 5th-7th Grade Class; 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 6161)

Fri Oct 2 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Sat Oct 3 - 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:30pm Journey Group Facilitators (Rm 6161)

Sun Oct 4 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30am Inquirers Series (Rm 6161); 11:30am K-4th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 11:45am 5th-7th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 12:00pm 8th-12th Gr RE (Rm 8428); 1:00pm Auction Comm (Rm 2210); 1:15pm RE Planning 8-12th (Rm 8428); 4:00pm Animal Blessing (Rm 2210)

Mon Oct 5 - 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Tue Oct 6 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:00pm RE Planning K-4th Grade (Rm 8428); 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal, Soprano/Alto (Rm 3131); 7:30pm Committee on Ministry (Rm 2210)

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

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)

Fri Oct 9 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

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)
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,