2021 Oct 3 | Autumn #2
Upcoming Worship
Sun Oct 3 ~ “Wonder
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Why do animals — human and otherwise — experience wonder? What is it good for, and how can we have more of it in our lives?

10:00am Virtual Service - To join from your device, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 1-646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

12:00pm NEW TIME! Outdoor In-Person Service (Weather Permitting) - To better serve more of our congregation, we are adjusting our in-person start time. Bring your lawn chairs and gather with us in the lower parking lot. Wear your mask and maintain social distance. Starting at 11:30am, we offer outdoor childcare and Religious Education classes in the upper parking lot.
Sun Oct 10, 10:00am, Virtual Service ~ “Indigenous People's Day ~ George Stonefish

Guest speaker George Stonefish (Lenape/Chippewa/Ottawa) will reflect on issues facing the indigenous community.

Online Virtual Service: To join from your device, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship, or phone in (audio only): 1-646-876-9923. Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

Sun Oct 10, 12:00pm, Outdoor Service ~ “Celebrating Autumn ~ Joe Gonzalez

Guest worship leader Joe Gonzalez will lead us through some guided meditations and rituals celebrating Mabon (the autumn equinox) and Samhain (the midpoint between the equinox and the winter solstice).

Outdoor In-Person Service (Weather Permitting): Bring your lawn chairs and gather with us in the lower parking lot. Wear your mask and maintain social distance. Starting at 11:30am outdoor childcare is available in the playground, accessible from the upper lot. Outdoor Religious Education classes are off this week.
To join our virtual worship, click https://bit.ly/CUUC-Worship
or phone in (audio only): 1-646-876-9923
Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
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Outdoor RE, SUN Oct 3, 12:00-1:00pm, CUUC UPPER Parking Lot
Classes for 1st-7th grades focused on community and our UU faith, as well as 8th-9th grade Coming of Age will take place every other Sunday at 12:00pm in separate locations around our beautiful space. Drop off and pick up are in the UPPER parking lot; please arrive a few minutes early so children and youth can make their way to classes. Childcare begins at 11:30am on the outdoor playground. Read more about RE hereWe look forward to seeing you!

Compared with the music of his illustrious predecessors of the Viennese Classical movement, the music of Franz Schubert seems to wander. Where Haydn delights in springing surprises, Schubert allows himself to be surprised; where Beethoven illuminates a path through chaos, Schubert is our brother in life’s mysteries. His harmonies fill us with wonder at every turn — our feet never stay grounded very long in any one key; episodes in major modes are mirages, shielding us only fleetingly from the darkening shadows without... Click here to read Adam Kent's blog post.
Congregation & Community News
On the Journey Oct: Wonder

Our Journey Groups are a way to deepen our understanding of life and strengthen our connections to one another by exploring monthly themes together. In the Oct issue of "On the Journey” we are examining the theme of Wonder. Don't miss it, and don't miss your Journey Group meeting to get together to work with this topic. If you haven’t signed up yet, click here to select and register for a Journey Group.
New Adult RE Class - Starts Tonight

Coming of (a Little More) Age” Adult RE Class, 8 First Fridays, Oct 1May 6, 7:308:45pm, Zoom 7899. Led by Rev. Meredith - First class Fri Oct 1
For Unitarian Universalists, coming of age is not a once-and-done proposition. Arriving at a stage of greater maturity including spiritual maturity is an ongoing life project. This class parallels, for grown-ups, the Coming of Age class that our youth take. It includes exercises and reflections for articulating your UU faith. We especially encourage parents and mentors of this year’s Coming of Age youth to participate. RSVP to admin@cucwp.org
From PlaceKeepers

"First Saturdays" PlaceKeeping Practice, Sat Oct 2 
This Saturday is the first Saturday in October, so it’s a CUUC PlaceKeeping Saturday. Come by and spend some time getting to know our Places, and connecting with other PlaceKeepers. Bice will be on the grounds from 9:00am till mid-afternoon. Contact: Bice Wilson (bicewilson@gmail.com).
Women's March - This Sat
The Westchester Women's March at White Plains, Sat Oct 2, 1:00pm, 111 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, White Plains
Join the nationwide demand to protect women's reproductive rights. Click here to RSVP for the demonstration. To march as a group, join us at 12:50pm in front of the White Plains Public Library on Martine Ave. Wear your mask and your Side With Love t-shirts if you have one. Parking available at the WP Library garage or the Galleria garage. Contact: Mary Cavallero (marycava4@gmail.com)
Bring Warmth to Refugees - This Sat

Hearts & Homes for Refugees Winter Drive, Sat Oct 2, 9:00am-5:00pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4 West Fountain Square, Larchmont
With hundreds of refugees from Afghanistan expected to resettle in our area soon, Hearts & Homes for Refugees is looking to supply more clothing than ever. Clean winter coats and waterproof boots in excellent condition ONLY. Volunteers also needed; Winter Drive volunteer sign up here. H&H also accepts gift cards from Target and Burlington; mail to Hearts & Homes for Refugees, P.O. Box 8558, Pelham NY 10803. And financial contributions can be made at heartsandhomesforrefugees.org/donate. Local temples are also collecting supplies for refugees arriving at NJ army bases, through Oct 10. Items may also be ordered from the JCC of Mid-Westchester Amazon wish list here.
Outdoor Worship - New Time!

Outdoor In-Person Service, Sun Oct 3, 12:00pm (Weather Permitting), Lower Parking Lot
To better serve more of our congregation, we are adjusting our in-person start time. Bring your mask and your lawn chairs and gather with us in the lower parking lot, maintaining social distance. Beginning at 11:30am, come to the upper lot for outdoor childcare in the playground and Religious Education classes on the property.
Parking Lot Lunch

Lunch Gathering hosted by Caring & Sharing Circle, Thu Oct 14, 12:00pm Noon, CUUC Lower Parking Lot (Raindate Thu Oct 21)
To the ladies of CUUC (ladies of any gender welcome!) - Are you missing the camaraderie of the service and coffee hour? Please join the Caring and Sharing committee for an in-person outdoor gathering at lunchtime. Bring your own lunch and chair and meet us in the lower lot at noon. Questions? Contact: Julie Gans (julieagans@gmail.com). If you need a ride, we are happy to help you find one.
Help Boost Voter Turnout

Letter-Writing Party, Sat Oct 16, 10:00am-12:00pm, Fellowship Hall
Do you value democracy? Join our letter-writing party! The Democracy Matters social justice team will provide all materials for these quick, effective letters (from Vote Forward) to underserved voters in Virginia, where it’s crucial to elect leaders who protect voting rights for all. It’s a pandemic-responsible party with a purpose (be vaccinated; wear a mask). RSVP to Karen Leahy (karenleahy101@gmail.com). Then come! We have the OK from the Reopening Committee to meet in the building because we are inviting people who are vaccinated, and will wear masks and practice social distancing.
Halloween Party - Save the Date

Sat Oct 30, 1:00-3:00pm, Lower Parking Lot
Start thinking about your Halloween costumes and inviting your friends to our parking lot Halloween party at CUUC! Trick-or-Treating. Games. Fun for all ages! We invite all CUUC committees, teams, youth group, and individuals to occupy a spot along the parking lot trick-or-treat circuit and help fill up our trick-or-treaters' bags with goodies. Contact Tracy to sign up. 
RE/PlaceKeeping Journals

We invite PlaceKeepers of all ages to record observations of the life around us. Journals are available in the bin outside the CUUC main entrance for AnimalKeepers, WaterKeepers, and EarthKeepers. You may also use the iNaturalist app or website. This month's first Saturday PlaceKeeping gathering (Sat Oct 2) would be a great time to record observations and participate in tending to our earth community. Stay on groomed paths and remember what Cynthia taught us about poison ivy: Leaves of three, let it be! And furry vines are no friend of mine! RE classes will revisit measurements of the river birch and tulip poplar each of the four seasons to record changes, and we will continue deepening our connection to place. 
RE/PlaceKeeping Photos

The Religious Education (RE) Council and families share our gratitude for the lovely PlaceKeeping program Bice W, Rev. LoraKim J, and Cynthia R led. And our thanks to Karen L, Jennifer S, and Isabel T for their donations of binoculars. Over the past three Sundays, children, youth, and adults learned about our beautiful earth community at CUUC and deepened our sense of wonder, awe, and interdependence. You can view photo highlights here, including a folder with images from the field camera that captured some of the vibrant life all around us. Look closely. Read Rev. LoraKim’s blog about a cardinal that prompted us to reflect on life and death, and see this sweet note by Norah, age 11.
Getting to Know UU
Inquirers Series, Sun Oct 17, 24, and 31, 11:30am –12:30pm, Zoom 3131. Session #2 "Social Justice" with Mary Cavallero, Sun Oct 17
New to Unitarian Universalism? Or to Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation? Find out more about us by attending the next three Inquirers Series sessions, offered virtually. You will converse with staff and lay leaders as you learn about CUUC’s values, culture, and ministries, along with basics about Unitarian Universalism. Contact: Ginny Strand (vcs165@gmail.com).
Racial Justice Book Discussion
Book Discussion Groups: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
The Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team invites you to read Caste, by Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, then join us at one of three discussion groups.
  • Sat Oct 23, 3:00pm, Facilitator: Amy Nathan
  • Sun Oct 24, 11:45am, Facilitator: Jeff Tomlinson
  • Tue Oct 26, 7:00pm, Facilitator: Kevin McGaren-Clemens
Meetings will be online in Zoom 6161. Email admin@cucwp.org to sign up. Questions? Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (jefftomlinson8@gmail.com)
Board Minutes in your Inbox

While our building is closed, we can't post our board minutes in the lobby for all to read, like we used to do. If you would like to be emailed a copy, please contact the office (admin@cucwp.org) to be added to our mailing list.
Virtual Voices Invited

Singing brings joy. Rehearsing together each week makes you part of a friendly and supportive community. Participating in our choir music videos gives a sense of accomplishment. So come join us! You don't need to read music, just match pitch and have a device. We'll teach you the tech and provide practice material to make it easy. Click here to learn more. Contact Lisa Meyer (musiciansings@yahoo.com, 347-278-3187).
Join the A/V Crew

Are you a “Zoom veteran”? If you feel comfortable with screen sharing and audio controls in meetings, we need YOU to join the CUUC A/V Crew! Support our online worship services (and hopefully soon our in-person hybrid services) by being part of our rotating team of hosts who stream operations from their homes. Contact: Kim Force (kimforce@gmail.com) or Christian Force (force2k1@gmail.com).
District Happenings - Oct 2021

Click here to see this month’s Opportunities for Connection newsletter for our region, with articles and the calendar of Central East Region events and webinars.
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to our September primary caregivers: Liz Laite (914-366-4211, em.laite@verizon.net), or her backup Catherine Kortlandt (914-834-7112, catherinekortlandt@gmail.com). You may also contact the CUUC office (admin@cucwp.org).
October Share the Plate: WCC Student Emergency Fund

This month we share half our non-pledge collection with the Westchester Community College Foundation Student Emergency Fund. The Fund provides aid and support to students at risk of dropping out due to central and emergency expenses like food, transportation, rent, utilities, and medical bills, allowing them to continue in school and complete their degrees. Our contributions truly make an impact on vulnerable students, and help change our world one person at a time through the power of education. Mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Share the Plate - WCC" or click here to pay online, and select "Share the Plate" to split your CUUC donation with WCC. You may also select "Other" and specify "WCC" in the note if you'd like your full donation to benefit the group.
Online Offering
To make your offering or donate to our Share the Plate online, use our PayPal button here. Or go to our website, cucwp.org, and click "Donate." Or click on the chalice picture at right.
For links to our Zoom online meetings, see below.
Links are also in our online Event Calendar (click on event) at cucwp.org.
Weekly Calendar and Logins

Visit cucwp.org/calendar on our website and click on an event for login information. To reserve a Zoom online meeting room, contact admin@cucwp.org.

Fri Oct 1 - 3:00pm “A Tempo with Adam (A Tempo Zoom and Facebook Live); 7:00pm Coming of (A Little More) Age class (Zoom 7899)

Sat Oct 2 - 10:00am Zen Practice (Room 43 & Zoom 7899)

Sun Oct 3 - 10:00am Online Sunday Worship (Worship Zoom); 11:15am Virtual Coffee Hour (Coffee Hour Zoom); 11:30am Outdoor Religious Education and Childcare (Upper Parking Lot); 12:00pm Outdoor Worship (Lower Parking Lot)

Tue Oct 5 - 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal (Zoom 3131); 7:30pm Commitee on Ministry (Zoom 2210)

Wed Oct 6 - 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal (Zoom 3131); 7:30pm Program Council (Zoom 7899)

Fri Oct 8 - 3:00pm “A Tempo with Adam(A Tempo Zoom and Facebook Live)

Sat Oct 9 - 10:00am Zen Practice (Room 43 & Zoom 7899)

Sun Oct 10 - 10:00am Online Sunday Worship (Worship Zoom); 11:15am Virtual Coffee Hour (Coffee Hour Zoom)

or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923
Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468

Zoom 2210 / Coffee Hour Zoom - Login: zoom.us/j/3369562210?pwd=c21oYkVjczF3Vk9UcVRSWkVILzdPZz09,
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866
Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468 
or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923
Meeting: 289 850 7899 · Passcode: 468468

or phone (audio only): 646-876-9923
Meeting ID: 313 195 3131 · Passcode: 468468
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866
Meeting: 616 163 6161 · Passcode: 468468

or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656
Meeting: 602 164 635 · Passcode: 468468
or phone (audio only): 646-558-8656
Meeting: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 
Zoom 5149 / "A Tempo with Adam" Live Concerts (also on Adam Kent's Facebook)
or phone (audio only): 929-436-2866
Meeting: 939 6077 5149 · Passcode: 468468
Minister: Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org, 914-946-1660 x3
Dir of Lifespan Religious Education and Faith Development: Tracy Breneman, cuucwptracy@gmail.com, 914-434-7539
Community Minister: Rev. LoraKim Joyner, amoloros@gmail.com
Community Minister: Rev. Deb Morra, getreal714@gmail.com, 914-830-1509
Music Director: Adam Kent, music@cucwp.org
Choir Director: Lisa Meyer, choir@cucwp.org
Choir Pianist: Georgianna Pappas, georgianna.pappas@gmail.com
Administrator: Pamela Parker, admin@cucwp.org
Board of Trustees
Board Chair: Joe Majsak, jmajsak@verizon.net
Vice Chair: Creighton Cray, creighton.cray@gmail.com
Treasurer: Chris Kortlandt, treasurercuucwp@gmail.com
Secretary: Nicky Klemens, nsklemens@gmail.com
Social Justice Coordinators
Mary Cavallero, marycava4@gmail.com
Emily Economou, emily.economou@gmail.com
Jeff Tomlinson, jefftomlinson8@gmail.com
Rev. Meredith Garmon, minister@cucwp.org