2021-02-24

Music: Sun Feb 28

 

Music for ending the pursuit of happiness calls to mind the popular metaphor of the butterfly, which eludes capture only to settle on the shoulders on those who would respect its freedom. The music of Franz Schubert seems to invert the usual major=happy/minor=sad dichotomy of tonality. In his works---heard in this morning’s Gathering Music and Interlude—episodes in major keys seem to belong to the terrain of unbidden dreams and mirages, while sections in minor keys represent the anguish of wakeful consciousness.

In his first Canción y danza (Song and Dance), Federico Mompou calls to mind the ambiguities of chasing after love as a vehicle for happiness. The composer quotes a popular Catalan folk tune (“La filla del Carmesi”), the refrain of which cautions, “Those who lack love crave it, while those who have it spurn it.”

The works of Debussy performed in the Musical Meditation and Parting Music are both based on the pentatonic (5-note) scale, often associated with Asiatic and other indigenous musics. The scale—which can be recreated by playing the black keys of a piano---contains both major and minor triads, and seems to vacillate between both modes, resisting easy classification and requiring “acceptance” of the ambiguity.

 

What does striving in music sound like? Listen to young CUUC member and my piano student Wesley Miller in Liszt’s “Sonnetto del Petrarca 123” in this morning’s Opening Music, and consider the words of Petrarch’s poetry, read by Rev. Meredith, which inspired the work.

Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for spoken introductions.


Gathering Music: Adam Kent, piano

Sonata in Bb Major, Op. Posth.         

            I. Molto moderato

                                                Franz Schubert


Centering Music:
Canción y danza No. 1

                                    Federico Mompou

 

Opening Music: Wesley Miller, piano

Sonetto del Petrarca 123

                                                Franz Liszt

 

Musical Meditation:
Bruyères (Heather) from Préludes, Book II

                                    Claude Debussy

 

Interlude:
Moment Musical in F Minor, Op. 94, No. 3

                                    Schubert

 

Parting Music:
La fille aux cheveux de lin (The Girl with the Flaxen Hair) from Préludes, Book I

                                                Debussy

2021-02-19

Religious Education: February 19, 2021

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Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 19, 2021
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. Also, supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships. 
Sunday, February 21st
Worship 10:00am  
 
Rev. Meredith Garmon ~ “How Do You Feel?”

How do -- i.e., what is the process through which -- you feel? Where do emotions come from and what's the best thing to do with them?  

 
Click here to join our Sunday Worship Service 
Phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468


After worship, join Virtual Coffee Hour 
Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
Religious Education

*This Sunday, Diane and Hans invite families with young children to join them for a special gathering at 11:30am to catch up and connect. Room 8428 (password embedded). Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468 
K-9th grade and Adult RE for Parents/Caregivers classes do not meet this Sunday.  Classes meet again next Sunday, February 28.  Click here for the full schedule, including class dates and topics (pp. 3-4).

Adult RE Resource: We offer this resource document with materials from the Parent/Caregiver curriculum and additional resources for adults who are supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships. We update the document ahead of each class. 
Staying Connected
TONIGHT 2/19:  8th-12th Grade Youth Group, 7:00pm
Tonight, we resume once monthly Friday Youth Group, open to all 8th-12th grade youth.  Join us online for a social evening, playing games and having fun.  We have invited our Croton UU friends to join us.  Meet in Room 8428 (Mtg ID: 817 388 428 & Passcode: 468468). 
 
SUNDAY 2/21:  Families with Young Children Coffee Hour, 11:30am
Diane and Hans invite families with young children to join them for a special gathering at 11:30am to catch up and connect!  Meet in Room 8428, Mtg ID: 817 388 428 & Passcode: 468468. 
Below are headings for all announcements and resources. 
Click here for full information

Religious Education 

  • 2020-2021 Religious Education and Faith Development: Overview, Schedule & Topics, Zoom Links, RE Newsletter
  • Justice & Equity Resources 
  • Family Resources
  • Sunday Worship Activity Sheets 

Children 

  • PreK-K Family Coffee Hour, February 21 
  • Story Time Every Thursday Evening 
  • Combating Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Children’s Literature 

Youth 

  • 8th-12th Grade Youth Group, Friday, February 19 
  • Middle School Winter CON, February 27 
  • Regional Youth Game Night, March 20 
  • UU-UNO 2021 Spring Seminar on Climate Justice, April 9-11 
  • Center Lane’s Pride Academy 
  • Center Lane’s Rainbow Squad 

CUUC 

  • CUUC Newsletter
  • Online Sunday Worship, 10:00am 
  • On the Journey, February: Belonging 
  • Beloved Conversations & Racial Justice - CUUC is Participating! 
  • All Ages Easter Spring Fling: Saturday, April 3 

Black History Month Activities & Resources 

  • UUA Common Read & Resources for Black History Month 
  • The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, February 9-24 
  • A Vision for Racial Justice in Westchester County, February 23 
  • Books 
  • At-Home Lessons and Discussion Groups (upcoming dates)
  • Black Power & Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C. 
  • Seizing Freedom Podcasts 
  • Movements for Black Liberation 
  • Patterns of Race-Based Dispossession & Reparations 
  • 30 Days of Love Week 1: Living Our Values in the World / Week 2: Hospitality and Inclusion / Week 3: Educating for Liberation / Week 4: Restoration and Reparations 

Local Community 

  • Donations for Grace Church 
  • White Plains Food Scrap Dropoff Program 

Broader Unitarian Universalist Community 

  • UUA/Central East Region BIPOC Group 
  • UUA/Central East Region All Ages Event, March 19-21 
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419






Minister's Post, Fri Feb 19

Dear Ones, Fellow Unitarian Universalists,

Covid Watch

In the US, for the week of Feb 12-18 there were fewer new cases than in any 7-day period since Oct 21-27. Indeed, the number of new cases during Feb 12-18 was less than a third (29%) as many new cases as there were during the peak week, Jan 5-11.

Deaths are following suit: during Feb 12-18, an average of 2,075 died of Covid per day in the US. That's down from a daily average of 3,449 deaths per day during Jan 20-26.

Despite 5.5 weeks now of steeply declining numbers of new cases, a third surge is still very possible. Be careful!

Yours in the faith we share,
Meredith

Practice of the Week

Slogans work, as advertisers know – so let's put them to a positive use!

Using slogans to guide and remind you of how you want to be brings more peace and more joy into your life. Maybe you could use a little more peace and joy. This winter’s series of “Slogans That Help” has included, “Stay Close to your Resentment,” “Get Excited,” “Find Strength,” and “Smile.”mThis week’s slogan is one word: “Patience.”

In life, there’s the first arrow, then the second arrow. Delays, difficulties, and temporary discomforts happen. That’s the first arrow. There’s no avoiding the first arrow. It’s often a tiny prick. But if we get upset – irritated, angry, annoyed – with these things, then we are striking ourselves with a second arrow that goes much deeper and hurts a lot more.

Impatience interprets circumstances as you being hindered or mistreated. When you can change things, you do. Impatience arises when you can’t change them so you stew and seethe in your misery. Impatience combines all three ingredients of toxic stress: unpleasant experiences, pressure or urgency, and lack of control.

Patience senses a fundamental all-right-ness, the doorway to contentment. Impatience narrows down onto what's "wrong," while patience keeps you wide open to the big picture. Impatience can't stand unpleasant feelings; patience helps you tolerate physical and emotional discomfort. Impatience wants rewards now; patience helps you tolerate delayed gratification, which fosters increased success and sense of worth.

Please see these two posts on this blog site (cucmatters.org):

2021-02-17

Music: Sun Feb 28

 

Music as the “language of the heart” is a popular trope, although it’s useful to remember that the art form’s capacity to embody human emotion was not always viewed as its primary virtue. With the development of opera at the turn of the 17th century, the composer Claudio Monteverdi wrote about a “seconda prattica” (a second—or “new”—practice) in music, in which the dictates of harmony and voice leading would take a back seat to textual expression. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, composers developed increasingly stylized ways to signal emotional “affects”—the outward manifestations of feelings, like grief, heroism, joy, jealousy, and others. At first, music was said to have become subservient to language, but, in time, composers realized that music’s ability to convey meaning and drama enabled it to function independently of words; hence, the evolution of purely instrumental musical forms during the same time period. This morning’s musical selections date from the time period in question; each work would have been understood to embody a singular state of the soul. Read on for programming details, and stay tuned for introductory comments.


Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano
La Visionaire

                                    François Couperin (1668-1733)

 

Opening Music:
Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37

            I. Allegro

                                    Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

 

Musical Meditation:
Adagio in F Minor

                                    Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1739-1799)

 

Interlude:
Sonata in C# Minor, Hob. XVI:36

            I. Moderato

                                    Haydn

 

Parting Music:
Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:37

            III. Presto

                                    Haydn

 

2021-02-11

From the Minister, Fri Feb 12

Covid Watch

U.S. and World: The 7-day average of new cases per day has been steadily declining for a month now -- ever since Jan 11. In the U.S. the new cases per day have fallen from 255,000 to 106,000. New cases per week are back down to a level not seen since the first week of November.

Worldwide, new cases per day have fallen from 746,000 per day (7-day average for Jan 5-11) to 424,000 per day (7-day average for Feb 4-10).

Deaths appear to inching downward, albeit more slowly. Deaths in the US have fallen below 3,000 a day (7-day average) for the first time since Jan 7. But we're still losing more than 2,800 people a day.

The new variants are scary -- and they might cause these trends to turn back upward -- but for now, the trends are in a good direction.

Yours in the faith we share,
Meredith

Practice of the Week

Our spiritual practice this week is: Congregational Polity. Polity means a particular form or system of government.

Episcopal polity is a hierarchical form of church governance in which the chief local authorities are called bishops. Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Anglicans and Lutherans are governed by Episcopal polity.

Methodists are governed by what they call connectional polity. The primary decision-making bodies are conferences of representatives of various levels of church hierarchy.

In Presbyterian polity authority rests with assemblies of presbyters, or elders. It is strongly associated with French, Dutch, Swiss and Scottish Reformation movements, and the Reformed and Presbyterian churches.

But Unitarian Universalists follow a system of governance called Congregational Polity. The Quakers, the Baptists, and the United Church of Christ also have Congregational Polity – as do most Jewish synagogues, many Sikh Gurdwaras, and most Islamic mosques in the US. Each congregation is autonomous – independent, self-supporting, and governed by its members. Our congregations are joined together in an Association of Congregations – the UUA -- and our UUA does have significant influence, but its formal power is quite small.

Each congregation raises its own funds, makes its own budget, adopts its own bylaws, purchases, owns and maintains its own land and building, hires its own staff and calls its own minister. The power to ordain a minister also rests with each congregation and only with a congregation.

On Sun Feb 14, the members of Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation have the chance to exercise Congregational Polity at a congregational meeting after the service.

Why is this a spiritual practice? Because ours is a faith that isn’t about believing – it’s about doing. eeds, not creeds. And what our faith calls us to do is build beloved community – which starts by modeling and practicing democracy and the arts of self-governance among ourselves – where all members get a vote, and every voice has a chance to be respectfully and even lovingly heard. We practice and strengthen our commitment to being a community of diversity through the way we govern ourselves – where the expression of a viewpoint with which you disagree is nevertheless received with respect, with appreciation, with, indeed, a swelling gladness of heart.

See this post for more on Congregational Polity.

Religious Education: February 11, 2021

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Religious Education & Faith Development
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains
February 11, 2021
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. Also, supporting youth in developing healthy self-esteem and relationships. 
Sunday, February 14th

Worship 10:00am  
 
Click here to join our Sunday Worship and Congregational Meeting
Phone in (audio only): 646-876-9923 · Webinar: 761 321 991 · Passcode: 468468
 
After the congregational meeting, join our Virtual Coffee Hour - Meeting: 336 956 2210 · Passcode: 468468
Rev. Meredith Garmon ~ “Love, Chocolate, and a Martyred Saint”
Amidst the uncertainty and ambiguity of our times, there is a hopeful meaning to be found in Valentine's Day.  Enjoy this Sunday’s Time for All Ages activity sheet, Love & Principles
 
Congregational Meeting 11:00am
We will have a shorter worship service this week.  At 11:00am, we move into a congregational meeting for two votes: 1) Adoption of the 8th Principle; and 2) Approval of the Ordination of CUUC member Petra Thombs as a Unitarian Universalist minister.  It is important that all voting  members participate. Please join us. 
K-9th & Adult Classes This Sunday
 
All log into Zoom room 8428 then meet in separate breakout rooms. Room 8428 (password embedded). Phone (audio only): 646-558-8656 · Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468  

K-4th class meets 11:40am-12:15pm
5th-7th class meets 11:40am-12:40pm
7th-9th class meets 11:50am-12:50pm
Parents & Caregivers class meets 12:00-1:00pm
10th-12th class does not meet - see information below about 2/19 8th-12th grade Youth Group

PreK Families: Using the asynchronous, online UU Parents of Preschoolers (POP) curriculum. Click HERE, click on the "Monthly Content" button, and enter password, YouGotThis2020 (case sensitive)​. Special Note: Next Sunday, February 21st, Diane and Hans invite PreK families for a coffee hour gathering after worship to catch up and connect! Meet next Sunday in RE Room 8428 (Meeting ID: 817 388 428 · Passcode: 468468).  

K-4th Grade Class: Children continue exploring ways to include the 8th Principle in the song they sing to remember all of the Principles. Lyra H and Norm H return with samples of the songs the children suggested in the last class. 

5th-7th & 7th-9th Grade Classes: Communication is a foundation of relationships. Youth will consider verbal and nonverbal communication that can either support or inhibit healthy friendship and relationships. Denice T & Alex S H are leading the 5th-7th class. David B, Seonaidh M & Monica D are leading the 7th-9th class. 7th grade youth may choose the younger or older class. 

Parents & Caregivers Class
Since the last session, participants considered ways to open communication with their youth using the Taking it Home scenarios in the session materials. This Sunday, we focus on practices that demonstrate caring, respect, and faith in your children as capable decision makers, establishing an atmosphere of open, nonjudgmental talk. Kate C & Jane P are leading discussion. Classes are open to all adults, with or without youth participating, and intended to support conversations at home. We offer this material for parents and caregivers with resources, session handouts, and questions to reflect on at home.

Read more here, including the full spring 2021 schedule
with topics for each class on pages 3-4.

Staying Connected
To shorten the newsletter while keeping us connected, we offer a list of current announcements and resources and invite you to click here for full information. Please send feedback to Tracy, cuucwptracy@gmail.com.

Religious Education 

  • 2020-2021 Religious Education and Faith Development: Overview, Schedule & Topics, Zoom Links, RE Newsletter
  • Justice & Equity Resources 
  • Family Resources
  • Sunday Worship Activity Sheets 

Children 

  • NEW! PreK Family Coffee Hour, February 21 
  • NEW! Combating Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Children’s Literature 
  • Story Time Every Thursday Evening 

Youth 

  • 8th-12th Grade Youth Group, Friday, February 19 
  • PrideWorks Drag Queen Bingo, February 18 
  • Middle School Winter CON, February 27 
  • Regional Youth Game Night, March 20 
  • NEW! UU-UNO 2021 Spring Seminar on Climate Justice, April 9-11 
  • Center Lane’s Pride Academy 
  • Center Lane’s Rainbow Squad 

CUUC 

  • CUUC Newsletter
  • Online Sunday Worship, 10:00am 
  • On the Journey, February: Belonging 
  • Congregational Vote: Sunday, February 14 
  • NEW! All Ages Easter Spring Fling: Saturday, April 3 

Black History Month Activities & Resources 

  • UUA Common Read & Resources for Black History Month 
  • People’s Campaign for Parole Justice Advocacy Day, February 16th 
  • The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity, February 9-24 
  • A Vision for Racial Justice in Westchester County, February 23 
  • NEW! Books 
  • NEW! At-Home Lessons and Discussion Groups (upcoming dates)
  • NEW! Black Power & Mapping Segregation in Washington, D.C. 
  • NEW! Seizing Freedom Podcasts 
  • Movements for Black Liberation 
  • Patterns of Race-Based Dispossession & Reparations 
  • 30 Days of Love Week 1: Living Our Values in the World / Week 2: Hospitality and Inclusion / Week 3: Educating for Liberation / Week 4: Restoration and Reparations 

Local Community 

  • Donations for Grace Church 
  • NEW! White Plains Food Scrap Dropoff Program 

Broader Unitarian Universalist Community 

  • NEW! Beloved Conversations & Racial Justice - CUUC is Participating! 
  • UUA/Central East Region BIPOC Group 
  • NEW! UUA/Central East Region All Ages Event, March 19-21 
Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation at White Plains  
468 Rosedale Ave · White Plains, NY 10605-5419