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April, 2015

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Calendar of Events - May 2015

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for May, 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

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.  (Please Note: No class on Saturday, May 16)



Anti-Racism Team - Friday, May 1, 6:30pm, Gallery

The team offers films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, May 2, 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 - Details


The Man in the Man-Made Moon  – Sunday, May 3, 2 pm, Assembly Hall

Joel Mandelbaum, along with over 30 musicians from Queens College, will present his comic opera first (and last) performed in 1956,


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club - Thursday, May 7, 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!
May Title - IMAGINE THERE’S NO HEAVEN: How Atheism Helped Create the Modern World by Mitchell Stephens


Art Showcase 2015 - Gallery35 Art Show Opening Reception – Saturday, May 9, 6-8 pm, Gallery

Art Showcase 2015—the annual exhibit in which member artists of Gallery35 display their best representative work—will be on display through June 20th.  Be sure to visit the gallery for this last show of 2014/2015!  Flyer


Resistance Cinema - Sunday, May 10, 1:15 pm, Gallery

FED UP - "Childhood obesity and early onset diabetes have now reached epidemic proportions. The film FED UP explores the history behind how and why this has happened. Written and directed by Stephanie Soechtig and produced by Katie Couric, the film focuses on the over consumption of sugar by children and how the fast food industry targets them in advertising and has taken over school lunch programs. Misleading government guidelines and a tangled web of politics and business have resulted in a generation of youth who will live shorter lives than their parents." Flyer


Birthday Concert – Sunday, May 10, 1:24 pm, Hall of Worship

Our Director of Music, Jerry Brown, will be celebrating his upcoming significant birthday by giving a concert. He will be playing piano and organ music by some of his favorite composers, including Bach and Chopin. The program will begin promptly at 1:24 PM.  Flyer


Jewish Opera Lecture/Seminar Series - Wednesday, May 13, 2 pm, Assembly Hall

The Maldeb Foundation and The Prof. Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation are presenting this monthly  series.  The lecture will be given by Leonard Lehrman, DMA – Flyer
May Topic - Emma Goldman (75th anniversary of her death 5/14/40) Howard Zinn, Elaine Fine, Leonard Lehrman

Congregational Budget Hearing - Sunday, May 17, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

All Voting Members are encouraged to attend congregational meetings.  Any questions about voting eligibility see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, before the meeting.  Lunch will be available.


Social TeaCelebrate Poetry - Tuesday, May 19, 2-3:30pm – NOTE DATE CHANGE

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments. This month's speaker is poet Mara Levine.  Flyer


UU Christian Fellowship - Thursday, May 21, 7:30-9 pm, Conference Room

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 UU 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.


Anti-Racism Team - Sunday, May 24, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

The team offers films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays.


A Mother Fights Toxic Trespassers - Sunday, May 31, 1:15 pm, Assembly Hall

Community Women offer a film and discussion of Bill Moyers' interview with Sandra Steingraber. Flyer


Studying Humanism - Due to holiday-Class date changed to Monday, June 1, 6:30-8:30 pm

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


Social Tea - Tuesday, May 19, 2 -3:30 pm, Assembly Hall - Note Date Change to May 19

Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.  Flyer


Pathways – Let's Get Acquainted - Dates to be announced

We invite you to a warm, small group conversation with Rev. Bruce Southworth, our Senior Minister.  He will offer an introduction to Unitarian Universalism and history of Community Church. He will also share his own faith journey.  Bring your questions!  Visitors and New Members are welcome.

Governance/Committee Meetings:

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

Church Council Meetings – Meets Quarterly (next mtg. May 13) , 6 pm Potluck, 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting, Gallery

Finance Committee – 3rd Wednesdays, 6 pm-Potluck/6:30-9 pm-Meeting, 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:


Esperanto Society - Fridays, May 15, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom


Peoples Voice Café – Most Saturday Evenings, 8 pm, Assembly Hall - www.peoplesvoicecafe.org

    May 2: Anne Hills and Harmonic Insurgence

    May 9: Second Annual Pete Seeger Sing-Along Celebration and Benefit

    May 16: The Cost of Freedom: Kent & Jackson State 1970-2015


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.


Upcoming Congregational Meetings:

Congregational Budget Hearing - Sunday, May 17, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

Quarterly Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 7, 1 pm, Assembly Hall

All Voting Members are encouraged to attend congregational meetings.  Any questions about voting eligibility see Valerie Lynch, Membership Coordinator, before the meeting.  Lunch will be available.



Congregational Meeting Schedule

Congregational Meeting Schedule for 2014/2015

November 2, 2014 – Quarterly Meeting

January 25, 2015 – Annual Meeting

March 29, 2015 – Quarterly Meeting

May 17, 2015 – Budget Hearing

June 7, 2015 – Quarterly Meeting

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

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. 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 schedule).


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, 10 and 31

June 14 and 21

August 23 and 30, 2015

September 6, 2015

Sunday Service Participation on

September 14, 2014 (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

To join this special choir contact Jerry Browm, Director of Music, jbrown@ccny.org or call 212-683-4988, ext. 33, by December 10.

Optional Rehearsals

Sunday, December 7
12:45 pm

Saturday, December13
12:45 pm

Sunday, December14
12:45 pm

Saturday, December 20
12:45 pm

Sunday, December.21
12:45 pm


Monday, December 22
6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 24  
Call       7 PM
Service     7:30 PM