Music: Sun Nov 1


In honor of CUUC’s dialogue centered on The 1619 Project, this morning’s musical selections celebrate the contributions of musicians of African descent. The Gathering Music features recorded performances by iconic Black musicians in Spirituals. Some of these seem melodies are heard in solo piano versions in the Centering Music and the 2nd Musical Interlude. Elsewhere, the repertoire focuses on compositions by female composers of African descent, including two recent visitors to CUUC, jazz great Valerie Capers, and the Cuban-American composer Tania León. Read on for programming details.

Gathering Music: Musical Icons of the Civil Rights Movement

Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Wade in the Water”


Paul Robeson: “Deep River” (2’17”)


Dorothy Maynor: “Rise Up Shepherd and Foller” (2’58”)


Marian Anderson: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (1’58”)


Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano

Wade in the Water

                                                Margaret Bonds


Opening Music:
Hoosier Rag

                                    Julia Niebergall

Musical Meditation:
From Cinnamon Grove

            II. Adagio

                                                R. Nathaniel Dett

Musical Interlude I:

From Portraits in Jazz

            “A Taste for Bass”

            “Billie’s Song”

                                                Valerie Capers


Musical Interlude II:

Deep River

                                    Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor



Music for Parting:

                                                Tania León


PreK-4th Grade Religious Education: October 22, 2020

Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
October 22, 2020
2020-2021 Religious Education (RE) theme: JUSTICE & EQUITY
Supporting our young people in understanding justice issues, articulating their values, and engaging in faith in action with CUUC Social Justice teams.
Dessert Drive

This Saturday, October 24th
The K-4th grade class has been learning about hunger and food insecurity. Families are invited to participate in the class's first action by providing small ziplock bags of cookies, bars, candies or any bagged treat for CUUC's HOPE Kitchen meals. You can drop off your treats this Saturday when you are at CUUC for the Drive-Through "Fun"-Raiser. Watch for a class leader collecting your treat donations as you drive through the lower parking lot.  Click HERE for more information.  
Halloween Parade

We are excited to see your costumes!  Our beloved annual Halloween parade will be virtual this year.  Send pictures in costume to Tracy by Thursday 10/29 to be included in the Sunday 11/1 virtual parade.  Pictures in a vertical (up and down) orientation preferred over horizontal (sideways), if possible.  Send pictures to cuucwpTracy@gmail.com.

Light or Extinguish the Worship Chalice

We would love to see your family!  We invite you to record a chalice lighting or extinguishing video for Sunday worship. We will provide the script. You'll send a video by the Thursday preceding your Sunday so it can be added to the worship slide deck. You can record using your own device or meet Tracy on Zoom and she can record you. Send Tracy dates in November and December when you are available to submit recordings by Thursday to be used in worship the following Sunday (cuucwptracy@gmail.com). 

PreK  Community

At-Home Resource

POP (Parents of Preschoolers) is a video-based, at-home curriculum grounded in Unitarian Universalism. Have you used it? Each month, 3 new videos are added.
Click HERE and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive)​.
Let Tracy know what you think of this resource, cuucwptracy@gmail.com

K - 4th Grade Community

RE Class Next Sunday, November 1st

RE class does not meet this Sunday.  The next class is Sunday, November 1st at 11:30am.  Please bookmark THIS PAGE with the schedule and Zoom links.

Anti-Racism Resources for Children

This is a good time to be having conversations with children about values and fairness. It is not enough for us to raise children that are not racist; we strive to raise children that are anti-racist. They will encounter mean and hateful messages in the media, school playgrounds, and other places.  At young ages, you can affirm values grounded in justice, diversity, and inclusion.  The links below offer video stories you can listen to and discuss at home:
Mindfulness Practice

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that helps ALL of us improve our focus and concentration, and manage stress. There are five simple mindfulness concepts you can introduce to children as young as four or five. Click HERE to read the full Left Brain Buddha blog, and HERE for a handy poster you can print and post.

Adult Community

Adult RE This Sunday

UU 8th Principle Discussion
Sunday, October 25, 1:30pm in Rm 7899
Our community will begin discussion about adopting the 8th Principle. This is an important discussion as it will shape the congregation's anti-racism, racial justice work, as well as our wider denomination.  One-click Zoom login, click HERE.  Or, https://zoom.us/j/2898507899 + Passcode: 468468; Meeting: 289 850 7899 + Passcode: 468468. 
Mass Incarceration
Sunday, October 25th at 4:00pm in Rm 7899
Mary & Jim Cobb lead a discussion about mass incarceration. This is the fourth conversation in the CUUC Racial Justice/In the Spirit of Truth series about the 1619 Project.  One-click Zoom login, click HERE.  Or, https://zoom.us/j/2898507899 + Passcode: 468468; Meeting: 289 850 7899 + Passcode: 46846.  

Our discussion will be informed by these resources - we invite you to explore them:
"Why American Prisons Owe Their Cruelty to Slavery" by Bryan Stevenson 
Freedom and Slavery, the ‘central paradox of American history” by Michael E. Ruane
The Color of Justice: Racial and Ethnic Disparity in State Prisons” by Ashley Nellis
Juvenile Life Without Parole: An Overview” by Josh Rovner
The African American Odyssey - Reconstruction and Its Aftermath” ~ Library of Congress
The school to prison pipeline, explained” by Libby Nelson & Dara Lind
American Slavery, Reinvented” by Whitney Benns

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