Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
2020 Sep 13 | Summer #13
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
For the September issue of On the Journey: "Journeying & Wandering" - Click HERE
Upcoming Online Worship
Sun Sep 13, 10:00am
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

This year we won't be gathering in the sanctuary in person, so we will hold our annual "Ingathering" worship service online in Zoom room 2210, where we can all have a chance to see one another - virtually. If you prefer not to be seen, you can turn off your video by clicking the "Stop Video" button on the lower left side of your screen.
*NEW Login for This Sunday Only, Rm 2210*

Join Our Online Worship:
Gathering Music starts at 9:50am. Welcome at 10:10am
One-click login (passcode embedded): Rm 2210
Two-step login: + Passcode: 468468
Phone (audio only): 929-436-2866 · Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468

This Sunday, After Worship:
*Virtual CUUC Coffee Hour, Remain in Rm 2210 for Breakout Rooms
*11:30am Inquirer Series: Unitarian Universalism and CUUC, Rm 6161
*4:00pm Adult & Youth Discussion: The 1619 Project -
Session 3: "Medical Inequality," Rm 7899
Additional Program & Zoom Information Listed Below
Revisit past services anytime at our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to be alerted of new content.
Messages from Ministry

RE and Social Justice team leaders have been busy planning, as classes begin September 20th! Our theme this year is JUSTICE & EQUITY to support our young people in understanding key justice issues, finding their voice, and engaging in faith in action. We will also offer support for adults having conversations with young people about our three fall justice issues. Click HERE for the Fall 2020 RE overview and schedule.

Read the weekly RE newsletters HERE or sign up HERE to receive them in your inbox. IMPORTANT: If you already receive the RE newsletter, please click "Update Your Preferences" at the bottom of any weekly issue to confirm you have been added to the correct list(s) for 2020-2021. You are welcome to join all lists.

Water is the theme of our "Ingathering" worship service this Sunday. Adam Kent, our Music Director, has chosen solo piano selections to explore that theme that are playful, stormy, breathless and gentle. Read more HERE.
Congregation & Community News
Vacation Alert

Our administrator, Pam Parker, is off this week, returning Mon Sep 14. For calendaring and other questions, please contact Tracy Breneman ( or Rev. Meredith Garmon (
Sign Up for Journey Groups

The CUUC 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 September issue of On the Journey: "Journeying & Wandering," click HERE
Science & Spirituality

Science & Spirituality, Thu Sep 10, 11:30am, Room 7899
We meet the second and fourth Thursday and 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 (
Children's Story Time

Thursdays, 7:15pm, Room 4635
Story time continues with Barbara Mair reading part 3 of The Saturdays by Elizabeth Enright. Click HERE for a description of the story and coloring sheets. Listen to recordings of past readings online HERE. Story time is 7:15-8:00pm. Log in at 7:05pm for check in. This Zoom space is closely monitored, with participants first passing through a waiting room. Contact: Tracy Breneman (
CONFIRMED: Outdoor Fun Day for All Ages

This Saturday, Sep 12, 12:00 - 3:00pm
Location: CUUC Lower Parking Lot
We aren't reopening our building yet but we do have beautiful grounds and this Saturday's weather will be gorgeous! If you are ready for some in-person contact, join us. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community by staying outside (except to use restrooms), wearing masks, maintaining responsible physical distance and using hand sanitizer.         

BRING: lawn or camping chairs and your own picnic lunch.
ACTIVITIES: Sit and catch up, join us for guided trail walks, identifying birds, dancing with the Past Prime Time Dancers, tie-dyeing (bring anything cotton to tie-dye), rock painting, drawing with sidewalk chalk, frisbee and more.
SR YOUTH GROUP: Meet at 1pm in the Spirit Grove to kickoff 8th-12th grade Youth Group.
RSVP: Help us plan craft tables and space set up by sending your RSVP to
TICKS: If you will walk the trails, we suggest you wear long pants and closed shoes, and use bug spray. Find more guidelines HERE.
Inquirers Series

Inquirers Series starts Sun Sep 13, 11:30am, Room 6161 
Session 1: “Unitarian Universalism and CUUC” is an introduction to ministers, an opportunity to ask questions, and to learn about the elements of our worship services, Journey Groups, and the rights and responsibilities of membership. To learn more, click on the video above. Contact: Ginny Strand (
The 1619 Project at CUUC

The 1619 Project - Session 3: "Medical Inequality," Sun Sep 13, 4:00pm, Rm 7899
For our next 1619 Project at CUUC session, we encourage everyone to also read the article "'Long overdue': lawmakers declare racism a public health emergency." Then join us! Learn more HERE. Moderators: Amy Nathan ( and Audra Russell (
Call to Action: Early Voting

Westchester County* registered voters are eligible to cast an early voting ballot from Saturday, Oct. 24, until Sunday, Nov. 1 at ANY of 17 designated early voting locations. 

HOURS: Weekends, noon to 5pm; Mon, Wed, Fri, 8am to 4pm; Tues & Thurs, noon to 8pm.
LOCATIONS: White Plains Board of Elections, 25 Quarropas St.; other towns, mostly at town halls or libraries. Spread the word! Learn more HERE and HERE.

UNTIL THEN: Join PHONE-BANKING at Reclaim Our Vote or at UU the Vote
(Have no fear; they’ll walk you through it.)

*Early voting allowed in ALL NY State counties; details at your Bd. of Elections. Connecticut does not have early voting, but does allow absentee ballots.
From Refugee Resettlement

Neighbors for Refugees invites you to celebrate “Welcoming Week” by purchasing a meal of authentic Afghan, Turkish, and Lebanese dishes prepared by immigrants and refugees - including a family supported by CUUC - who are now our neighbors. Order by Sun Sep 13 HERE. Pick up Sep 15-17 at FEZ Turkish restaurant in Mamaroneck. Learn more HERE and HERE.
Newsletter cut off? Check the bottom of your email for a link to "read more" and click.
Disaster Relief

The UUA has created a Disaster Relief Fund for those who want to make a donation to help congregations that face losses due to tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, wildfires, and more. Learn more about the work of the UUA Fund HERE.

The UU Service Committee also has a fund created to help ensure those who are most likely to be left out of major relief responses this hurricane season get the resources they need. Learn more HERE.
Board Minutes
While our building is closed, we can't post our board minutes in the lobby for all to read, as we usually do. If you would like to be emailed a copy, please contact the office:
In the Community

Poetry Reading, Thu Sep 10, 7:00pm, Online HERE
We know Ann Chiappetta as the Vice President of Westchester Council of the Blind, which had been meeting monthly at CUUC before the pandemic. Ann is also a gifted poet, and is hosting a free online reading. CUUC members and friends are invited to attend.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to Paula Meighan (914-924-0204, or Liz Laite (, 914-366-4211). You may also contact the CUUC office ( To join our C&S Circle of helpers, contact Astrid Rogers (, 914-946-2026).
Share the Plate: WCC Student Emergency Fund
In September we share half our non-pledge collection with the Westchester Community College Foundation Student Emergency Fund. In these unprecedented times, WCC students who are low income are facing unanticipated hardships. Our donations will help meet their immediate needs, covering expenses such as food, laptops, online access, and rent so these students can continue their education during this challenging period.
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 Sep 10 - 9:00am Welcoming Committee Meeting (Rm 7899); 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 11:30am Science & Spirituality (Rm 7899); 7:00pm Religious Education Council Meeting (Rm 8428); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635); 7:30pm Auction Committee Meeting (Rm 2210); 7:30pm Journey Group: Manetta/McGahren-Clemens (Rm 7899)

Fri Sep 11 - 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)
Sat Sep 12 - 9:00am Social Justice Team Leadership (Rm 2210); 10:00am Zen Online (Rm 7899); 12:00pm CUUC Fun Day (CUUC Grounds)
Sun Sep 13 - 10:00am Sunday Worship (Rm 1991); 11:00am Coffee Hour (Rm 2210); 11:30 Inquirer Series (Rm 6161); 1:30pm Adult RE (Rm 7899); 4:00pm Adult/Youth RE: 1619 Project (Rm 7899)

Mon Sep 14 - 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149)

Tue Sep 15 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:00pm 8th Principle Project (Rm 7899); 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal, Soprano/Alto (Rm 3131)

Wed Sep 16 - 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 Sep 17 - 10:00am Music Appreciation Class (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group, VanHoomissen (Rm 2210); 7:15pm Children's Story Time (Rm 4635)

Fri Sep 18 - 9:00am Past Prime Time Dance Party (Rm 8428); 3:00pm "A Tempo with Adam" (Rm 5149); 7:00pm Journey Group, Sehdeva/Cox (Rm 7899)

Sat Sep 19 - 10:00am Zen Online (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,