Community Unitarian Church at White Plains, est. 1909

Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
at White Plains

Worship, Religious Education & Childcare: Sundays at 10am
 

Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation (CUUC) is a Welcoming Congregation committed to affirming and purposefully including all regardless of age, race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, and sexual or affectional orientation.

Nurture each other in our spiritual journeys,
Foster compassion and understanding within and beyond our community, and
Engage in service to transform ourselves and our world.
 

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Do you want a place that…
  • respects differences between people and affirms every person as an individual?
  • values children, welcomes them on their own terms, and offers a place they are eager to attend?
  • cherishes freedom and encourages open dialogue on questions of faith?
  • affirms spiritual exploration and reason as ways of finding truth?
  • accepts a diversity of theology, and welcomes people who may or may not believe in a higher power?
  • acts locally and thinks globally on the great issues of our time:  world peace; women’s rights; racial justice; homelessness; LBGT rights; and protection of the environment?
  • reveres nature as a part of its principles?
  • provides comfort and support so you can carry on when difficult things happen in your life or in the world?
  • honors the differing religious beliefs of you and your loved one?
  • welcomes your non-traditional family?
If you've answered “yes” to any number of these questions, come explore Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains. Our visitors page contains helpful information.

Sermons (Sundays at 10:00am)

This Sunday

    • July 1:  Rev. LoraKim Joyner

    • “Scaling Up by Scaling Down”: In difficult times we need to engage beyond measure, beyond profit, and beyond reason. By scaling down to the minute and intimate, faith leads us in building a community of resistance, resilience, and solidarity. We can scale up to more community by scaling down to the beauty and the loss that will not let us go.

Upcoming Sundays

  • July 8:   John Bell

  • "Recovering from Empire": All empires have their story and ours is that we have no empire. Our empire is looking rather geriatric and it is likely in the not too distant future that our story will become fact. While it is important to face up to the material lessons our society will go through with this event, it is equally critical that we look at the equally critical things that we can regain that we had set aside or thrown away in our helter-skelter race for global empire. (John is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester (UUFNW), Mount Kisco.)
  • July 15:  Rev. Catherine Torpey

  • “Waste Not, Live Not”: “Waste not, want not” is a foundational principle of what came to be called our "Protestant work ethic." If we are mindless in our use of resources, then we won't have those resources available later, when we might need them more. So, of course, it is important to be responsible stewards of what we have. But somewhere along the line, being too careful can make us uncaring. Being too prudent can make us into humorless "prudes." The heart of the sermon will be an exploration of the parable of the Prodigal Son, told by Jesus and found in the New Testament book of Matthew. In the story, a "prodigal" (wasteful) son ran off and spent all his inheritance, then crawled home expecting Dad to take him back in. (Spoiler alert: Dad did.) What insight might this ancient tale give us about the value of prudence and loving-kindness in these very different times?
  • July 22:  John Schwam

  • "Practicing Kindness":
  • July 29:  Rev. Jef Gamblee

  • “The Good UU”: Pastor Jef visits CUUC with a service theme of compassion. His text is excerpted from the movie The Good Catholic, an otherwise formulaic "priest leaves the pulpit" film. Sunday's message offers a challenge, a revelation, and an exhortation to good UUs. Pastor Jef was first ordained by CUUC in January 2009 and lives in beautiful Westerville, Ohio, where he, along with his wife Pat, serve as staff for their cat, Bell.
  • August 5:  Muhammed Loutfy

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  • August 12:  Rev. Meredith Garmon

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  • August 19:  Rev. Meredith Garmon

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  • August 26:  Rev. Lara Campbell

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  • September 2:  Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Walker

  • "I Shower Alone": Each morning while showering, he found himself replaying in his mind a petty conflict he had with a colleague six months prior--the same scene, the same set of arguments and counterarguments, over and over again--until he finally yelled aloud, "I shower alone!" The curse was lifted. The rumination stopped. The mental poison dissolved. Rather than chewing on the cut of an unreconciled conflict he laughed for having yelled at himself in the shower. Drawing upon scientific studies of happiness, Rev. Walker proposes a series of mindfulness practices to free the mind--including banishing imaginary adversaries from your shower. (Having previously served as the ministerial intern at CUUC in 2005-2006, the Rev. Dr. Nathan C. Walker is currently the community minister for religion and public life at the Church of the Larger Fellowship and the executive director of 1791 Delegates.)

Past Sermons

Minister and LRE Director

“CUC has been my church community for over 10 years. It is the best place I know to nurture my soul, stimulate my mind, gather with friends and try to make a difference. Come spend a Sunday morning with us!”   ⁓Paula M.