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August 2014

Planning Ahead - October Coming Soon


Calendar of Events - September 2014

Here are the programs and activities scheduled for September, 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



Hatha Yoga with Nafisa Degani - Weekly
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.


Greek Language and Culture – 11 Week Class
Saturdays, 4-7 pm, September 13 - November 22, 3rd Floor Classroom

Yannis Tziligakis 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. Important Texts spanning 3,000 years of history will be used as basis for instruction.



Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club
Thursday, September 4, 7-9 pm, Gallery

THE AGE OF ATHEISTS: How We Have Sought to Live Since the Death of God (Parts 2 and 3)
by Peter Watson
Our wrap-up discussion. “Even the casual reader will find much to delight and enlighten as Watson elegantly connects the dots from Nietzsche and William James to Bob Dylan and jazz.” 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!


Anti-Racism Team
Friday, September 5, 6:30 pm, Gallery

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


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery
Saturday, September 6, 10:45 am-12 pm, 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.


UN and Global Affairs Committee
Sunday, September 7, 9:45-10:45 am, Conference Room


Buildings and Grounds Committee
Monday, September 8 (Usually 1st Mondays), 6, 6 pm, Conference Room


Green Sanctuary Forum
Convergence: Solar + Storage at the Grid Edge - Convergence: Solar + Storage at the Grid Edge
Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 5:30-9:00pm

New technologies such as smart inverters, battery storage, demand response, and new business models are converging to making solar energy increasingly attractive both to owners and to traditional utilities. New research projects such on grid-connected solar + battery storage in multifamily and commercial buildings are shedding new light on how NYC can take advantage of exciting developments to move toward a cleaner, smarter, and more resilient electric infrastructure.  Flyer


Church Council Meeting - Postponed to October
Wednesday, September 10, 6 pm Potluck, 6:30-7:30 pm Meeting, Gallery


Gallery35 Art Exhibit- Opening Reception
Saturday, September 13, 6-8 pm

Please join us for this 10th Anniversary milestone event and celebration to view and enjoy the work of present and past members of Gallery35. Flyer and Flyer with artist list


Finance Committee
Wednesday, September 17, 6 pm, Gallery


UU Christian Fellowship
Thursday, September 18, 7:30-9 pm, Front Lounge

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


Peoples Climate March/ Climate Change Weekend
Thursday, September 18 - Sunday, September 21

UUs from all over the country, including UUA President Peter Morales, are coming to NYC to participate in the Peoples Climate March. Many activities will be held throughout the city.  Community Church will host a film presentation of Groundswell Rising on Thursday, September 18 at 6 pm.  The Debriefing Conversation planned for after the march has been cancelled.  Link to learn more: http://peoplesclimate.org/march/


People Voice Café
Saturday, September 20, 8 pm, in the Assembly Hall,

PVC begins new season with The Johnson Girls and Hudson Valley Sally. Visit website for fall schedule www.peoplesvoicecafe.org.


Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, September 24, 6 pm, Gallery


People Voice Café
Saturday, September 27, 8 pm, in the Assembly Hall

Marie Mularczyk O'Connell with The Mountain Maidens & Judi Meiselman   and Lizzie Hershon & The Living Room Singers

Committee and Activities Fair
Sunday, September 28, 12:15-1 pm, Assembly Hall

A special Fellowship Hour is planned!   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!


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

Our special presenter will be Marzena Maksym who has just returned from spending eight months in a village in Nicaragua.  With three other workers, she was involved in building earthen stoves for the people in this town.  A video of the actual process will be shown in addition to the talk. Also, Marzena worked with the children of the village to photograph their lives,  and these photos will also be shown.  Feel free to invite friends. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Esther Rosado erosado@ccny.org or 212-683-4988, ext .23. Flyer


Coming in October -

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.

Arabic Language Class
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm, 3rd Floor Classroom, October 17-December 20

Back by Popular Demand!  Saturday morning Arabic sessions from 10 am to 12 noon starting October 17 through December 20.  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 required. For more information, please contact Esther Rosado, Director of lifespan Relisious Education erosado@ccny.org, or Brenda Carpenter at 347.798.5991. This class is FREE and open to all Community Church members and friends.

Chair Yoga
2nd and 4th Sundays, 1-2 pm, Chapel

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.

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. 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

Date will be announced by early November.

Optional Rehearsals

Dates will be announced by early November

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