2021 Sep 26 | Autumn #1
Upcoming Worship
Sun Sep 26, 10:00am ~ “Caste
~ Rev. Meredith Garmon

Isabel Wilkerson analyzes American society as being, in its own way, as caste-based as India has traditionally been. The result is some insights for us working to make a better world for everyone.

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

4:30pm Outdoor In-Person Service (Weather Permitting) - Bring your lawn chair and gather with us in the lower parking lot. Wear your mask and maintain social distance. Starting at 4:00pm, childcare is offered on the outdoor playground (enter from the UPPER parking lot) and Religious Education will begin in the LOWER parking lot. 
Sun Oct 3, 10:00am ~ “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.
ONLINE SERVICES ARE NOW IN THE WORSHIP WEBINAR ZOOM
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 Sep 26, 4:00-5:30pm, CUUC LOWER Parking Lot
We continue connecting with each other and the beautiful earth community around us. This Sunday, we begin in the LOWER parking lot to explore The Place Where A Stream Goes Through A Wall (back corner of the lower parking lot), then venture up to the River Birch Spring (behind the playground) as Rev. LoraKim helps us tune in to the birds and animals and Cynthia R helps us connect with the trees and plants. Drawing, rubbings of bark and leaves, checking the trail camera for images of the life that moves about, and exploring to share “wow” experiences will deepen our sense of awe and wonder. We will revisit the areas again in December, March, and June to understand and appreciate the cycles of life around us. Diane will offer childcare on the outside playground, 4:00-5:30pm. We look forward to seeing you!

The focus on caste systems calls to mind music inspired by India and its colonial past. Claude Debussy’s “La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune” is said to have been inspired by the festivities surrounding George V’s coronation as Emperor of India. Nazi Germany is also associated with a racially-driven caste structure, reinforced by Hitler’s heavy-handed meddling in the arts. How ironic that the Nazis would ban the music of Felix Mendelssohn — included in this Sunday’s Meditation and Parting Music — because of the composer’s Jewish background, while they championed Johann Sebastian Bach as the master Aryan musician... Click here to read Adam Kent's blog post.
Congregation & Community News
Binoculars for Young PlaceKeepers

Last Sunday, Bice W invited our young EarthKeepers, AnimalKeepers, and WaterKeepers to visit CUUC anytime to observe and record notes. The journals will be in a bin outside the front door labeled, “CUUC PlaceKeepers Journals.” We are looking for donations of binoculars. If you have one you are no longer using, we would love to make it available to our young people. You can leave it in the PlaceKeepers Journals bin or contact Tracy (cuucwptracy@gmail.com) to make arrangements.
Getting to Know UU - This Sunday
 
Inquirers Series, Sundays Sep 26, Oct 17, 24, and 31, 11:30am –12:30pm, Zoom 3131.
Session #1 "Unitarian Universalism and CUUC" with Rev. Meredith Garmon, Sun Sep 26
New to Unitarian Universalism? Or to Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation? Find out more about us by attending the Inquirers Series. The sessions will be offered virtually on four Sunday mornings to welcome visitors and friends, and inform them about CUUC. (Existing members and friends are warmly welcomed, too.) Four topics are covered, one per session. You will converse with ministers, staff, and lay leaders as you learn about CUUC’s values, culture, and ministries, along with basics about Unitarian Universalism. The series begins this Sun Sep 26 with a conversation with our minister, Rev. Meredith Garmon, and continues on Oct 17, 24 and 31. Hope to see you there!
New Adult RE Class

Coming of (a Little More) Age” Adult RE Class, 8 Sessions on 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.  
Center Lane Youth Pride

Center Lane Pride Celebration, Sat Oct 9, 2:00-6:00pm, Saxon Woods Park, 1800 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains
For LGBTQ+ youth and allies ages 8-21. Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month! Make new friends, learn about resources in Westchester, eat, make crafts, connect with LGBTQ+ mentors, and more! This is an in-person event with COVID safety protocols, and it's FREE! We hope to see you there!! Click here to sign up for Center Lane Youth Pride.
FUSW Donation Appeal - Final Week

The CUUC Board is pleased to share that we have donated $10,000 to First Unitarian Society of Westchester in Hastings to help their recovery from flood damage after Tropical Storm Ida. CUUC is grateful to be in the position to offer this support, and we thank our Endowment Committee and long line of able treasurers for making this possible. We encourage individuals to support FUSW as well by mailing in a check made out to CUUC, with the memo "FUSW Recovery" by Sep 30. Treasurer Chris K will combine the total amounts and send a single contribution. Click here to read the full letter from the CUUC Board.
Scam Alert

You may have received a fake email from “Rev. Meredith Garmon.” The subject line was “[your name]” from “officeonline7655@gmail.com,” and the message began “Sorry to bother you, I have an assignment I need you to do for me immediately...” Our congregation's leadership will never email or text you asking for money or gift cards. Always look closely at the sender’s actual email, and do not reply to suspicious messages. Contact the CUUC office if you are ever in doubt. Click here to learn more about this common scam: https://www.uua.org/leadership/library/scammer-pandemic
Book Discussion - Additional Dates
 
Book Discussion Groups: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, Sat Oct 23 at 3:00pm; Sun Oct 24 at 11:45am; and Tue Oct 26 at 7:00pm, Zoom 6161
In Caste, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson explores the unspoken system of human ranking and reveals how our lives are still restricted by what divided us centuries ago. The Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth team invites you to read this essential work and join us at one of three discussion groups. We hope to invite neighboring congregations to join us - stay tuned! Contact: Jeff Tomlinson (jefftomlinson8@gmail.com)
From Black Live of UU

Black Lives of UU (BLUU) Online Worship, Thu Oct 7, Thu Nov 4, Thu Dec 2, 9:00pm
BLUU Online Worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folks across the diasporaand we hope that Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folks (who share our values) from far and wide will join us. For our non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folks in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is a powerful way of lending your support, and we deeply appreciate it! On Thu Oct 7, longtime BLUU community member E.N. Hill will be offering reflections and co-leading worship. Click here to register for the Oct 7 BLUU worship.
Virtual Voices Wanted

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).
Sign Up for Journey Groups

Journey Groups meet once a month, Sep through Jun, to explore monthly themes together. While you are welcome to rejoin a group you were in before, we encourage everyone to try a new meeting this year. Click here to sign up for a Journey Group onlline. Click here for the September reading packet, "On the Journey: Curiosity."
Caring & Sharing 

If we can help you or someone you know in our congregation, please reach out to our September primary caregivers: Patricia Litcofsky (914-772-2621, patricia.litcofsky@gmail.com), or backup Liz Laite (914-366-4211, em.laite@verizon.net). You may also contact the CUUC office (admin@cucwp.org).
September Share the Plate: Interfaith Council for New Americans of Westchester

This month we donate half our non-pledge collection to the Interfaith Council for New Americans of Westchester (ICNAW), a coalition of local congregations (including CUUC) that welcomes refugees resettled in our area. ICNAW has provided support to three resettled families locally over the last few years, and we expect to welcome a fourth family soon. Contact Robin Rocchi (robinandal@verizon.net) or Jane Dixon (lilrhodie@gmail.com). Mail checks to CUUC with the memo "Share the Plate - ICNAW" or click here to pay online, and select "Share the Plate" to split your CUUC donation with ICNAW. You may also select "Other" and specify "ICNAW" 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 Sep 24 - 3:00pm “A Tempo with Adam(A Tempo Zoom and Facebook Live)

Sat Sep 25 - 10:00am Zen Practice (Room 43 & Zoom 7899)

Sun Sep 26 - 10:00am Sunday Online Worship (Worship Zoom); 11:15am Coffee Hour (Coffee Hour Zoom); 11:30am Inquirers Series (Zoom 3131); 11:45am Journey Group: Miller/Walkup (Zoom 7899); 11:45am In the Spirit of Truth/Racial Justice (Zoom 6161); 4:00pm Outdoor Religious Education (Lower Parking Lot) and Childcare (Upper Parking Lot); 4:30pm Outdoor In-Person Worship (Lower Parking Lot)

Tue Sep 28 - 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal (Zoom 3131); 7:00pm Journey Group: Breneman (Zoom 7899)

Wed Sep 29 - 7:00pm Choir Rehearsal (Zoom 3131)

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

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

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

ONLINE ZOOM MEETING LOGINS
 
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
Contacts
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