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August, 2015

Planning Ahead - October, 2015


Calendar of Events - September, 2015

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for September, 2015.

Check back occasionally for Updates!

Room Location Notes:

Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)

Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges and 3rd Floor Classroom - 28 E 35th Street (Look for red door and ring buzzer.)


Hatha Yoga with Nafisa Degani - Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Rear Lounge
Please Note: No Session on Saturday, September 5

Hatha Yoga is a branch of yoga which concentrates on physical health and mental well-being. Hatha yoga uses bodily postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), and meditation (dyana) with the goal of bringing about a sound, healthy body and a clear, peaceful mind.  Please bring a yoga mat to the class.


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club – First Thursdays, September 3, 7-8:30 pm, Conference Room

Some of us will have dinner together afterwards at a nearby (inexpensive) restaurant. Please join us. Join us even if you haven't finished reading. The book club is open to all ... and free!

Sept Title: RELIGION EXPLAINED: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, September 5, 10:45 am-12 pm

We invite you to help the Sai Baba Group feed the hungry on the First Saturday of each month. We meet on Forsyth, just south of Houston at 10:45 am. Please bring vegetarian food to share with the over 100 people who come. This is an outdoor event so dress for the weather. For more information contact Valerie Lynch at vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19..

Card Making with Valerie - Sunday, September 6, 1- 2:30 pm, Front Lounge

Join us after Fellowship Hour for an early afternoon of crafting fun.  Make cards for the holidays or other special occasions.  Supplies will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well.

Memorial Service- Laurie James Sunday, September 13, 1:30 pm, Hall of Worship

We will celebrate the life of Laurie James, long-time member and leader at Community.  A reception will follow the service in the Assembly Hall.

Continuing the Journey – Third Thursdays, beginning September 17, 6 -7:15 pm

Do you wonder why your decisions are encumbered with old feelings?  We will be exploring loss, sadness, stress, frustrations and discovering forgiveness, healing, serenity and calmness.  These sessions follow the format of the meditation and conversation circles that began this summer.  A commitment to attend the sessions of a circle will be needed. Series will be led by Barbara Simpson, Hospice Chaplain.  Flyer

Activities and Committees Fair – Sunday, September 20, 12:15 pm, Assembly Hall

A special Fellowship Hour is planned for September 20. Learn about the many programs and activities that take place here at Community. There are many ways to get involved and share your gifts. Come explore!

Community Common Read - Mondays, September 21 and 28, 6:30-8 pm, (21st-Front Lounge / 28th -Gallery)

Join us for a book study/discussion with Rev. Bruce Southworth, Senior Minister.  We will be reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Studying Humanism - Last Mondays of the Month - Begins Monday, Sept 28, 6:30 pm, Conference Room

A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.

Social Tea – Will resume on Tuesday, October 27 - Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.

UU Christian Fellowship – Due to changes in Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason's schedule, the monthly session of Metro NY UUCF will not be held this year. However, watch the calendar for special events related to Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter seasons.

Governance/Committee Meetings:

Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. 9/9 )
6 pm Potluck, 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting, Gallery

Finance Committee – 3rd Wednesdays, 6 pm, Gallery

Buildings and Grounds Committee – 1st Mondays, 6, 6 pm, Conference Room

UN and Global Affairs Committee – 2nd Sundays, 1-2:15 pm, Conference Room
(Nov date will be changed)

Coming Later in the Fall:

Pathways Series – Let's Get Acquainted - Date TBA, 12:45-1:30 pm, Conference Room

Especially for Visitors, Inquirers and New Members!  This session is led by Rev. Bruce Southworth, our Senior Minister.  He will share his journey and brief history of the church. This session will give people a chance to ask questions about our church as well as what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.

Arabic Workshop - Back by Popular Demand!
Begins Saturday, October 3, Time: 10 am-12 pm (through December 12)

Learn to speak, read and write Arabic through the lens of thousand-year-old axioms that offer us a glimpse into the culture as well as the language. BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME! Each session will include a review of the alphabet, reading practice, and speaking. Advance registration is requested. For more information, please contact Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education erosado@ccny.org, or Brenda Carpenter at 347.798.5991. This class is FREE and open to all Community members and friends.

Exploring World Religions - Third Sundays – Beginning October 18, 1 pm, Conference Room

This series will present a basic picture of each of nine World Religions, using video and other imaging, text, commentary, and sometimes art and music. Each session is largely independent of the others, but the experience will be much richer if you attend all sessions. This is especially true for the first three presentations on the Abrahamic faiths. The class will be led by Rev. Orlanda Brugnola.

Green Sanctuary’s 2015-2016 Book Group Series

This season we’re thrilled to have selected 2 excellent books. We hope you’ll find these books as relevant and compelling as we have.
Tuesday, November 10, Gallery
Fall Title:   The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert  
6–6:30pm - Noshing & Socializing ~ please bring something to share ~/ 6:30– 8:30pm  - Discussion

Tuesdays, January 12 and February 9, Gallery
Winter Title: Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance by Peter Linebaugh
6–6:30pm - Noshing & Socializing ~ please bring something to share ~/ 6:30– 8:30pm  - Discussion

Quarterly Congregational Meeting – Sunday, November 8, 1 pm, Assembly Hall
Everyone is welcome to attend.  Voting Members will be voting on several matters.  Lunch will be available. Agenda


Congregational Meeting Schedule

Congregational Meeting Schedule for 2015/2016

Sunday, November 8, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Sunday, January 31, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Sunday, March 27, 1 pm, Assembly Hall (Annual Meeting)

Sunday, May 15, 1 pm, Assembly Hall (Budget Hearing)

Sunday, June 5, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Volunteer Opportunities

Office Volunteers
Community Church needs you!  Do you have a few hours to spare during the week?  We are looking for several office volunteers.  This is a wonderful way to help your Congregation reach its financial goals and be a welcoming presence in the church.  If you are comfortable answering phones and doing other light office work, please call Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola, Interim Church Administrator at 212-683-4988 ext. 20 or obrugnola@ccny.org.

Helene and BJ's Place, our men's shelter, needs additional volunteers to serve as overnight hosts.  Even if you can only offer a night or two, please contact George Garland at 
gagarland@gmail.com for more information. Thank you!

Greeting and Hospitality Volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to help greet at worship services and serve after-service refreshments.  Please see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, during Fellowship Hour or call 212-983-4988, ext. 19.

First Saturdays at the Bowery
Community members and friends are invited to help at the Sai Baba’s feeding of the hungry in the Bowery on first Saturdays of each month at 10:45 am, on Forsyth just south of Houston.  Children are welcome to come help too!  Bring a vegetarian item (such as chips, veggies, juice, pasta casserole or PBJ sandwiches). Pre-packing snacks or sandwiches in small plastic bags is very helpful and makes it easier to distribute to the over 200 people who come for this meal. This is a rain or shine event so dress for the weather.  RSVP to Valerie Lynch at
vlynch@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext. 19.


Volunteer Choir Rehearsals 2015

The Volunteer Choir provides music for several of the Sunday Worship Services. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext 33, for more information.

The Messiah Choir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve

See below for schedules.


2015-2016 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

Rehearsals on Sundays  -   12:45 - 2 pm - Chapel

August. 23 and 30

September. 6, 20 and 27

October 11 and 18

November 1 and 15

January 17 and 24

February 7, 14 and 21

March 13 and 20

April 10 and 17

May 1 and 8

Sunday Service Participation on

September 13, 2015 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am

October 4 and 25

November 22 (Thanksgiving Service)

January 31

February 28 (Music Service)

March 27 (Easter)

April 24

May 15

The Messiah Choir

Optional Rehearsals
December 5 and 6 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship
December 12 and 13 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship
December 19 and 20 - 12:45-2 pm, Hall of Worship

Mandatory Rehearsal
Monday, December 21 - 6:30 pm, Hall of Worship