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FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY OF WESTCHESTER

Service will be via Zoom only

The Scoop

Sunday, July 7, 10:00am worship


“Talking to the Unknown"


~ Lily Carayannis


For all of recorded history, humans have reached out to the great beyond. Speaking to the unknown takes many forms, such as prayer to a God, divination, and some forms of meditation. More recently, humans have sought to speak with extraterrestrials and to unknown humans thousands of years in the future. This week we will explore notable stories of people speaking to the unknown and reflect upon where we ourselves speak to the beyond.


Service live-streamed from the UU Congregation of the Hudson Valley, our summer worship partners, and in person at UUCHV, 2021 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson. If you or anyone you live with has COVID or COVID symptoms, please do not attend in-person services.


​If you have a Joy or Sorrow you would like read during the service, please email it to Anne Pearl (apearl315@optonline.net) no later than 8:00pm, Saturday, July 6.


Click here to join the UUCHV Worship live-stream


Click here to join the UUCHV Coffee Hour Zoom


Click here for the Sunday, July 7, Order of Service


Please check our website fusw.org and Facebook page for the latest info and updates about our Sunday services and other events.

Upcoming Events


  • Friday, July 5, 11:00am, Daytime Women’s Group ~ Join us for bagels and conversation at the home of Theresa Reynolds. Please phone or email Theresa (ntdelise@optonline.net) for directions and parking information.



  • Friday, July 12, 7:30pm, Men’s Group ~ on Zoom and in person at South Church. Contact Paul Gross (pgross@pulsevoices.org).


  • Sunday, July 14, 11:45am, Outdoor Potluck Coffee Hour/Brunch ~ Paul Gross & Diane Guernsey's home--28 Albert Place, New Rochelle NY. We'll provide coffee, OJ, seltzer, bagels and toppings. You bring whatever else you'd like to share! RSVP to Diane Guernsey (dianeguernsey.uu@gmail.com).



  • Saturday, July 20, 12:15-1:45pm, Reading Black Lives ~ at the Barnes Room at Hastings Public Library. Reading The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store (2023) by James McBride. See below for book description. Contact Claudia Gisolfi (cgisolfi8@gmail.com).



Upcoming Worship


  • Sunday, July 14, 10:00am, “A Musical Offering” ~ FUSW Musicians


  • Sunday, July 21, 10:00am, “TBA” ~ UUCHV

About Our Guest Speaker


Lily Carayannis is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary. Her day job is investigating NYPD officers who are accused of misconduct. Lily focuses her ministry on ecology, animal liberation, trans rights, and police reform.

Summer Gatherings


Sundays, 12:00-2:00pm, FUSW’s New Home, 210 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale


Join us at our new home this summer for social gatherings after our virtual services! Bring cookies, fruit or drinks to share and/or your own lunch. We can meet indoors until construction starts and outdoors after that. Folding chairs will be available or bring your own lawn chair.


Click here to sign up. (If you find you can’t come, please delete your registration.)


See you this summer!

Reading Black Lives Book Group


Saturday, July 20, 12:15-1:45pm, Hastings Public Library


The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store by James McBride (2023). Winner of the National Book Award. A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK. NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR, WASHINGTON POST, AND TIME MAGAZINE.


“A murder mystery locked inside a Great American Novel . . . Charming, smart, heart-blistering, and heart-healing.” —Danez Smith, The New York Times Book Review


“We all need—we all deserve—this vibrant, love-affirming novel that bounds over any difference that claims to separate us.” —Ron Charles, The Washington Post


Set in Pennsylvania, this novel is about small-town secrets and the people who keep them. In 1972, workers were digging the foundations for a new development and found a skeleton at the bottom of a well. Who the skeleton was and how it got there were two of the long-held secrets kept by the residents of Chicken Hill, the dilapidated neighborhood where immigrant Jews and African Americans lived side by side and shared ambitions and sorrows. When the truth is finally revealed, McBride shows us that even in dark times, it is love and community—heaven and earth—that sustain us.

Make a Recommendation


Is there something you have enjoyed - an article, podcast, book, movie, or special trail to walk - that you would like to share with the congregation? We invite you to forward your recommendations to Rina (admin@fusw.org) so we can include them in future issues of the Scoop.

FUSW Contacts & Information


Questions, Concerns, or Compliments for FUSW? Reach out to any member of our Board of Trustees, fusw.org/board-of-trustees (place cursor over the picture, then right-mouse click to copy the email).


Board of Trustees - The Board usually meets on the third Monday of each month via Zoom at 7:45pm. Click here to join our meeting on Zoom. Meetings are open to any member of FUSW. For confidential matters, non-Board members will be asked to leave temporarily. At the end of the meeting, there will be an open forum, during which non-Board members can speak about topics of concern, limiting remarks to two minutes. To access the minutes from previous meetings, visit the Members page of fusw.org and click on Board Minutes Archive. The schedule varies during the summer. Check with a board member to confirm the date and time if you wish to attend a summer board meeting.


Scheduling Zoom Meetings or Submitting Information for The Scoop and FUSW Calendar - Contact our Administrator, Rina Schunk (admin@fusw.org). For Zoom meetings, please include the purpose and preferred date/time. Articles for The Scoop are due by Wednesday at 10:00am. 

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