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September 2014

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Calendar of Events - October, 2014


Here are the programs and activities scheduled for October, 2014.

Check back occasionally for Updates!  Occasionally room locations need to be changed - Check the door signs upon arrival.

Room Location Notes:
Hall of Worship, Assembly Hall, Conference Room and Chapel – 40 E 35th Street (Church Bldg)
Gallery, Front and Rear Lounges, 3rd Floor Classroom – 28 E 35th Street – Look for Red Door/ring buzzer


Weekly:
 

Hatha Yoga with Nafisa Degani - Tuesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Saturdays, 12:30-2 pm, Rear Lounge

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. There are nearly 200 hatha yoga postures, with hundreds of variations, which work to make the spine supple and to promote circulation in all the organs, glands, and tissues. Hatha yoga postures also stretch and align the body, promoting balance and flexibility with very slow controlled movements.  Please bring a yoga mat to the class.


Arabic Language Workshop – 10 Week Class
Begins Saturday, October 18, from 10:00 am to 2 pm in the Front Lounge

A fun way to learn Arabic while simultaneously learning about the culture and the region for poetry, literature, music, native guest speakers and films from the Middle East as we practice reading and writing the aleph-bet. Structured for beginners to advanced students, everyone will be expected to participate in the workshop at their own level. A basic knowledge of Arabic, either spoken or written, is required. Bring your own lunch or food to share; coffee and tea will be provided.

 

Greek Language and Civilization – 10 Week Class - October 4 - December 13
Saturdays, 4-7 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom.

Yannis Tziligakis (yanni.tzili@gmail.com) a seasoned educator, a native speaker and a friend of Community Church, facilitates this weekly course. Instruction will be personalized according to the level of each individual student. (A change: No charge for class.)

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Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club  - Thursday, October 2, 7-9 pm, Front Lounge

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!
Doubt: A History - The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson  by Jennifer Michael Hecht, historian, poet (and SHSNY Honorary Member)  Hecht champions doubt as one of the great, if unheralded, intellectual traditions that distinguish the Western mind. This is an account of the world’s greatest “intellectual virtuosos”, and of their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

 

Anti-Racism Team - Friday, October 3, 6:30 pm, Gallery and Sundays, October 26 and November 23, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

The team will again be offering films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and several Sundays..

 

First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, October 4, 10:45 am Offsite

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.
 

Young Adult Brunch – Sunday, October 5, 12:30 pm, Meet by the Elevator

Young Adults are invited to gather at 12:30 pm to enjoy a brunch and conversation together at a nearby (reasonably priced) restaurant. The topic this month is international law.


Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted-Sunday, October 5, 12:45-1:30 pm, Chapel

What does it mean to be a Unitarian Universalist?  What does it mean to be a member of Community Church? In order to help answer these questions, we offer our Pathways Classes. This session is led by Reverend 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.  New Members and Visitors are welcome to attend.


Green Sanctuary  Solar Salon - Wednesday, October 8, 5:30 pm, Assembly Hall

Energy Solutions for the 21st Century - Topics: Smart Grid, Energy Efficiency, Financing, and Emerging Markets Flyer
 

Chair Yoga - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1-2 pm, Chapel  (October 12 and 26)

You are sitting at the computer totally engrossed in whatever and suddenly notice the tension in your neck and shoulders. You don’t have to get up. You can release that tension with a few simple yoga moves and techniques. You can even do some of these techniques in public without attracting much attention. Hallelujah!

This Chair Yoga session includes releasing, stretching and strengthening postures and moves for the whole body and incorporates breathing, relaxation and moments of stillness. The desired outcome is that you leave this 45 minute (or hour) session with a relaxed body, more energy and a more peaceful mind.  Jean Boudwin is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and also holds certifications in  meditation and stress management.
 

Resistance Cinema – Sunday, October 12, 1:15 pm, Gallery

Director Oliver Stone has called AMERICAN EMPIRE a "provocative" production that "makes you think." If it does nothing more than that, it is worth watching. A sprawling ambitious film, it is an indictment as well as a warning that the country that has nurtured us is now perhaps destroying us.  It pulls together all the major issues of the day from the Federal Reserve System to political and corporate malfeasance, genetically altered foods, the rampant use of insecticides, the contamination of water supplies, our doomed reliance on oil, corruption in health care, secrecy in government and the erosion of democracy among many other things and tries to give it all an underlying unified theory to explain it - The United States has become an empire that the Founding Fathers would have abhorred. Flyer.

UU Christian Fellowship - Thursday, October 16, 7:30-9 pm, Front Lounge

Theme for the year is Desert Spirituality. All are welcome. Flyer and Session Schedule/Agenda

MNY-UUCF, a local chapter of the national UU Christian Fellowship (UUCF), is led by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason, a community minister and former Vice-President of the UUCF. The chapter meets the third Thursday of every month at Community for fellowship and discussion, religious education, and spiritual deepening. All UUs in the District are invited to participate.
 

Esperanto Society – Friday, October 17, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom
 

UN & Global Affairs Forum – Sunday, October 19, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Program will be offered in celebration of the UN 69th anniversary.  - Guest Speaker: Patricia Bowden-Luccardi, LMT. Topic: Global Health Consequences of Environmental Estrogen Dominance.  Our UN briefing will include an update on sustainable health and on the UN’s response to ISIS.  Join UN members and associates for an interactive discussion. Flyer
 

Genius of the World's Religions I  - Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 Tuesdays in Conference Room
10/21,10/28.11/11,11/25,12/9 to be continued in January

This series will present a basic picture of each of nine World Religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Shamanism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. We will use 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.  The class will be led by Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola who has taught world religions for 34 years.
 

Anti-Racism Team - Sunday, October 26, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

The team will again be offering films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and several Sundays.
 

Chair Yoga - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 1-2 pm, Chapel  (October 12 and 26)

You are sitting at the computer totally engrossed in whatever and suddenly notice the tension in your neck and shoulders. You don’t have to get up. You can release that tension with a few simple yoga moves and techniques. You can even do some of these techniques in public without attracting much attention. Hallelujah!

This Chair Yoga session includes releasing, stretching and strengthening postures and moves for the whole body and incorporates breathing, relaxation and moments of stillness. The desired outcome is that you leave this 45 minute (or hour) session with a relaxed body, more energy and a more peaceful mind.  Jean Boudwin is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) and also holds certifications in  meditation and stress management.
 

Introduction to Humanism - Mondays October 27, 6:30-9 pm, Rear Lounge - NEW START DATE-NOV 24

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

 

Social Tea - Tuesday,  October 28, 2-3:30  pm, Assembly Hall

Join us for conversation and light refreshments.  This month: Once Upon a Time: France with Brenda Carpenter.
 

Genius of the World's Religions I

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 Tuesdays in Conference Room
10/21,10/28.11/11,11/25,12/9 to be continued in JanuaryThis series will present a basic picture of each of nine World Religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Shamanism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. We will use video and other imaging, text, commentary, and sometimes art and music.


Governance/Committee Meetings:

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next January  7) , 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 – 1st Sundays, 9:45-10:45 am, Conference Room

 

 Additional Opportunities:
 

Peoples Voice Café – Most Saturday Evenings, 8 pm, Assembly Hall

October 11: Filthy Rotten System and Steve Deasy

October 18: Young Political Songwriters Night - Alexandra Bradbury, Ben Grosscup  and Emma Graves 

October 25: Judy Gorman  and Arlon Bennett 

November 1: Pearls of Wisdom with Thelma Thomas

November 8: Jack Landron (a.k.a. Jackie Washington)

November 15:  Such As Us and  Rustic Riders

November 22: Peoples Voice Cafe 35th Anniversary Celebration

 

Henry George School is offering classes at Community on various evenings.  Community Church Members and Friends are welcome – no fee.  For more information contact (212) 889-8020 or email info@hgsss.org.

 

Coming in November

Gallery35 Art Exhibits

Art for 10
    Closing Reception, Saturday, November 1, 6-8 pm, Gallery

We invite you to view and enjoy the work of present and past members of Gallery35. Flyer

Ellen Mandelbaum: Retrospective

    Opening Reception – Saturday, November 15, 6-8 pm, Gallery

    Social Tea – Tuesday, November  25, 2-3:30 pm

    Artist Talk – Sunday, December 7, 1-3 pm, Gallery

    Closing Reception – Saturday, December 20, 6-8 pm

A variety of works will be shown including "In Monet's Garden, Talking to God". Other water colors, oil paintings and artwork in other mediums along with several stained glass pieces will be exhibited and a projected slide show of forty years of Ellen's stained glass - major commissions and smaller works - will be presented.

 

Community Women

Annual UUWA Weekend Retreat – November 7-9

Spirits Rising  - How Would you like to find the Artist Within this November?

Location: St Josaphat’s Retreat House, 1 East Beach Drive, Glen Cove, NY

Flyer available at Welcome Table or www.ccny.org .  Speak with Reena Kondo for more information.


Ordination of Daniel Gregoire – Sunday, November 9, 4 pm, Hall of Worship

All Community Members and Friends are invited to attend the joyous celebration of the ordination of Daniel Gregoire.  Daniel served at Community in several roles over the years, Sunday School Teacher, Student Minister and Summer Minister.  He is now serving the Unitarian Society Of Germantown in Philadelphia as Director of Spiritual Development.  The service will be followed with a reception in the Assembly Hall.

Card Making with Valerie – Sunday, November 9, 1-2:30 pm, Front Lounge

Join the REFM familiies 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.


Genius of the World's Religions I

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 Tuesdays in Conference Room
10/14,10/28.11/11,11/25,12/9 to be continued in January
This series will present a basic picture of each of nine World Religions Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Shamanism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam. We will use 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.  The class will be led by Rev. Dr. Orlanda Brugnola who has taught world religions for 34 years.


Pathways 2 – Our Community and the Meaning of Membership – Thursday, November 6, 6:30-8 pm, Front Lounge

This session is led by Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, Esther Rosado, Director of Lifespan Religious Education and several members of Community church. 

This session is devoted to sharing our spiritual and journey and exploring what Community Church offers. Our church provides an opportunity for people to grow their souls and to help their community in many practical ways.  At this session, we will explore the various activities, committees and groups in our congregation.  This session will explain what it means to be a member of our church. The session will last for approximately two hours. Refreshments will be served.  

Any questions?  Contact Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, 212-683-4988, ext. 19 or vlynch@ccny.org

 

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 Bob Martin, Business Administrator at 212-683-4988 ext. 20 or rmartin@ccny.org
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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


The Volunteer Choir provides music for several of the Sunday Worship Services. The Messiah Choir performs the Christmas Portion of Handel's Messiah on Christmas Eve. New people are always welcome. Contact Jerry Brown, Director of Music - jbrown@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, for more information.



2014-2015 Volunteer Choir Dates

Sunday Worship

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

August. 24 and 31

September. 7, 21 and 28
          
October. 5, 19 and 26

November 16

January 11 and 18

February 1, 8, and 15

March  15 and 22

April 12 and 19

May  3 and 10

Sunday Service Participation on

September 14 (Homecoming) - Rehearsal 9:30 am

October 5 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

November 2 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am


November 23 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

January 25 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

February 22 (Music Service) - Rehearsal at 9:30 am


April 5 (Easter) - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

April 26 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

May 17 - Rehearsal at 9:30 am

Date TBA - Mid-Summer Messiah - Rehearsals TBA

Date TBA - Music at Community Sunday - Rehearsals TBA

 

 

Christmas Eve Messiah Rehearsal Schedule

MANDATORY REHEARSAL
 
Date will be announced by early November.

Optional Rehearsals

Dates will be announced by early November
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SERVICE
Wednesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM