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December , 2014

Planning Ahead - February, 2015.


Calendar of Events - January 2015


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

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 - 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.


First Saturday Feeding of the Hungry in the Bowery - Saturday, January 3, 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


Secular Humanist Society of New York Book Club – Thursday, January 8, 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!
Jan: Doubt: A History by Jennifer Michael Hecht (more discussion about October's book)


Anti-Racism Team – Friday, January9, 6:30pm, Gallery
The team offers films and discussions on the first Fridays of the month and occasional Sundays. (Schedule change due to holiday.) Jan 9: Leaving Cleaver -  A film about  Eldridge Cleaver narrated  by Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Discussion will follow.  Everyone is invited.


Pathways 1 – Let's Get Acquainted-Sunday, January 11, 12:45-1:30 pm, Chapel
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.


UU Christian Fellowship - Third Thursdays, January 15, 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.


Resistance Cinema – Sunday, January 18, 1:15 pm, Gallery

WILL THE REAL TERRORIST PLEASE STAND UP  - On December 17, 2014 President Obama announced an historic opening to Cuba in an agreement with Raul Castro. Part of the agreement included the release of a group of Cubans (The Cuban Five) held in a US prison on espionage charges. Starting with the story of the case of these Cubans, film Director Saul Landau chronicles half a century of hostile US-Cuba relations. The film highlights the violent Miami based exile groups responsible for decades of assassinations and sabotage at first backed by Washington, then ignored by the very government that launched a “war against terrorism.” Key events are traced including the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the numerous assassination attempts on Castro’s life.

Jewish Opera Lecture/Seminar Series
Begins Tuesday, January 20, 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
Jan Topic: Social Consciousness: Elie Siegmeister (inspired by Martin Luther King) and Marc Blitzstein, Bernard Malamud

Green Sanctuary Book Group – Thursday, January 22, 6-8 pm, Gallery
The Green Sanctuary Committee is pleased to announce the launch of our 2015 Book Group Discussion Series. The Book Group will meet for 6 sessions, and will be facilitated by Green Sanctuary’s Vice Chair, Reena Kondo, and Lois Sturm. To kick off the New Year we’ll be reading, “THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING,” by renowned author Naomi Klein. Upcoming dates: Mondays, February 2, March 2, 16 and 30 and Tuesday, April 14

Congregational Quarterly Meeting - Sunday, January 25, 12:45 pm, Assembly Hall

Studying Humanism - Monday, January 26, 6:30 pm
A monthly study group facilitated by John Rafferty of the Secular Humanist Society of New York.


Social Tea –Tuesday, January 27, 2 pm
Join us for a guest speaker, conversation and light refreshments.


Governance/Committee Meetings:


Board of Trustees Meetings – 4th Wednesdays, , 6 pm, Gallery
(December meeting will be rescheduled – watch Sunday announcements.)

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
(Next Meeting March 1)


 Additional Opportunities:


Esperanto Society – Friday, January 16, 7 pm, Third Fl. Classroom


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

    January 3: Reggie Harris and Pat Wicter

    January 10: 3-6 pm - Please join us for memorial Celebration of the Life of Ray Korona

    January 10: Professor Louie and the Lewis Family

    January 17: An Evening with Holly Near Reflections in Story and Song

    January 24: Closed for Peoples' Music Network Winter Gathering in Greenfield, Massachusetts

    January 31, 2015: David Kleiman Memorial

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.

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 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

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