MAY 1-5, 2023 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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INTERIM SEARCH TEAM UPDATE
Your Interim Minister Search Team invites you to share your thoughts, if you weren't able to do so last week. We will be in the lobby after the service, and available by phone and email. For our contact info, refer to our email, HERE.

We have been collating, reviewing and discussing our input so far. We have had dialogue with the UUA and people (including from this congregation) about the process and philosophy.

Candidate applications are expected this Monday or Tuesday. We are very excited and will keep you posted!
NEW MEMBERS RECOGNIZED SUNDAY, MAY 14: COME JOIN US!
As always, we welcome folks interested in joining us as part of our congregation, as voting members in covenant with our community here. Please reach out to Rob Zuckerman or Beth Cliff now if you'd like to take this wonderful step.

Should you wish to vote at our Annual Meeting, you must be a member as of May 11. And we'll be recognizing new members at our service on Sunday, May 14.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER
There is always a lot going on at 10 Lyons Plains Rd, and one of the strengths of our congregation is its strong commitment to "chip in" and "help out." Here are two opportunities that have arisen that need volunteers. Please consider sharing your time and talent with us.
SMALL TEAM OF ADVISORS. The Facilities Team has been working on the next phase of the work we can take on with the $625K remaining in our capital campaign. Next up is replacing more of the glass walls, upgrading the chancel space, removing the VAT tiles, and finishing the sanctuary floors. John Turmelle, Jay Lubin, Rev. John and others have been planning specific next steps. Our architect and design consultant Goody Clancy has made recommendations that take into account what is best for the space and our budgetary constraints, and we are reaching out now to ask if a few congregants could come forward to help us explore the different options available. In addition to design options, we also need to decide whether we go forward this July or next summer. We would welcome your participation. If you are interested, please contact Board members Steve Grathwohl or Deb Garskof.
CALLING ALL PARTY PLANNERS! As you all know, our wonderful minister Rev John Morehouse will be leaving us in June. We are planning a celebratory event on this occasion on the weekend of June 9/10/11.

We would like to include as many of you as possible to plan/execute this event. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow congregants, plan a happy event and showcase your inner creativity and talents. We have a very short window of time to get a lot of work done. Please contact ravisankar100@yahoo.com ASAP if you are wish to be part of the team.
UUWRITERS: THURSDAY, MAY 18 AT 1:00 PM OR 7:00 PM
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The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels—that’s creative living. Elizabeth Gilbert

Our next theme for UUWriters is The Path of Creativity. Sharpen your quills, pens, or laptops, and join on us on Thursday, May 18 at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM. All are welcome. To kickstart your writing, prompts will be emailed to you. The packet includes poems and songs for inspiration. Take as little as 15 minutes to write something to bring to the workshop on Zoom. Rather than critique the work, we discuss how we connect to it. For questions and the packet, contact Sari at saribodi@gmail.com
REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE: JOIN OUR TEAM!
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Because every body is sacred
To all those who attended our Reproductive Justice Committee meeting on April 16th: thank you! To those who were unable to - please join us at our next meeting on June 4. To all: please join our virtual group - a place to stay informed on the quickly changing issues regarding the many intersectional justice issues of health and reproduction. Simply click on ReproJusticeUUWestport+subscribe@groups.io to join us. For the first five who sign up, you will receive a budding flower: "And then the day came, when the risk to remain tight in a bud, was more painful than the risk it took to blossom"-Anais Nin
FURNITURE DONATIONS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE APARTMENTS
Teddy Bear sitting on a chair and reading a book
Do you have any of the following that you no longer need and would like to donate?

  • Dresser – small and light,
  • Comfortable chair,
  • Dining table and chairs,
  • Kitchen table
 
These can be put to good use in apartments being set up for refugees! For the full list of furniture needed and donation guidelines, please click HERE. For more information please contact Dorothy Rich.
VOICES CAFE: SATURDAY MAY 13, 8 PM
The Bar Car Band - Songs and Stories from Laurel Canyon

Tickets at voicescafe.org.
LOBBY TO STRENGTHEN GUN VIOLENCE PROTECTION
CAGV
Connecticut Against Gun Violence
Our congregation’s past actions have demonstrated that we’re willing to put time and effort into keeping Connecticut safe from gun violence. That's why I'm asking you to come to Hartford for CT Against Gun Violence Lobby Days to talk to legislators about HB-6667, Governor Lamont's Act Addressing Gun Violence. The reason Connecticut has strong gun laws and one of the lowest rates of gun deaths in America is because you show up. Please CLICK HERE to sign up for lobby days happening Wednesdays May 3, 10, and 17. Join me at the monthly CAGV Action Team meeting on Tuesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM for an update on the legislation plus a 30 minute Lobby Day training session. CLICK HERE for the ZOOM link. David Vita, Legislative Advocacy
ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER HEALTHCARE PROVIDER?
Healthcare Providers for Expanding HUSKY
Last year, over 400 health care providers signed on to a letter in support of expanding eligibility for HUSKY, Connecticut's Medicaid program, to include undocumented members of our community. The CT legislature passed a bill in response which provides HUSKY care to all children ages 0-12, regardless of immigration status. This session we are asking healthcare providers, current or former, to urge our lawmakers to support legislation expanding HUSKY eligibility to those up to age 26, regardless of immigration status because you know first-hand what it means to have healthcare coverage… or not. Please CLICK HERE to fill out a form to sign on to the letter. and please share with your colleagues!  Thank you.  David Vita, Legislative Advocacy, david@uuwestport.org
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Tuesdays11AM-noon. Interfaith Theology. Twice monthly. Check schedule HERENancy McKeever. First and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM Women's Circle with Grandmother NancyZOOM HERE  Pat Francek.

Wednesdays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.  7-8:15 PM A New Earth Bob Bevacqua

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: First Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM Addiction Recovery Ministry. Jim Francek. Third Fridays 6:30 PM Women's Potluck. Location moves monthly. Eileen Belmont. Last Fridays: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM. Dorothy Rich

Saturdays and Sundays: Sat 12:00 noon- 4 PM; Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita.

Sundays: 9 AM UU Meditation & Mindfulness (virtual and in person) Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group First Saturdays and third Mondays. Jamie Forbes Gian Morresi
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport), private group (uuwestport), Instagram (uuwestportct), Twitter (uuwestportct) and Linked In (uuwestportct)
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
Thank you Sharon Poole for a great time last Friday night!
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUUCWomen potluck April 21 2023
TUCWOMEN SPRING FEST! SATURDAY, MAY 6, 3:00-7:00 PM
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TUCWomen's second annual Spring Fest! is on in the sanctuary!  Flowers, Festivities, Fun, Laughter Yoga, Dance, and Song for all those who identify as women, 13yrs+. Childcare will be provided for any children under the age of 13. If you want to decorate a hat with flowers, bring a hat made of felt, straw, or cloth, and $10 for materials. Questions, contact Carol HamiltonRegister and sign up for Potluck HERE
The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, May 2: 7:00-8:30 PM (Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.) Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations lead by Grandmother Nancy. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek

Potluck Dinner gathering. Friday, May 19, 6:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and chat with old friends and new. Eileen Belmont will host at her home in Westport. RSVP: eileenbelmont@gmail.com. An upcoming potluck will be at the home of Beth Cliff, June 16.
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.
PASTORAL CARE
If you are going through a challenging time or know somebody in the congregation who needs support from our Pastoral Care Chaplains, call to leave a confidential message in the PCA voice mailbox 203-227-7205 ext. 19 or email pca@uuwestport.org.
CARING NETWORK
Our support network is available to provide tangible help for friends in need: meal delivery, pharmacy runs, grocery shopping, a regular phone call of connection. Contact a minister or coordinators Dorothy Rich,or Diane Cano,
ADDICTION RECOVERY
For individuals or families of our congregation seeking confidential support or information about addiction issues. Please contact our Addiction Recovery Ministry by calling 203-227-7205 ext. 19 or emailing pca@uuwestport.org
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport is a diverse and welcoming religious community, free of creed and dogma, and open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. 
 WE INSPIRE and support individual spiritual growth. 
 WE CONNECT through worship, music, learning, and caring ministries. 
 WE ACT in the service of peace and justice.