SOUNDINGS
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport
THIS WEEK

September 25-29, 2023 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205

visit us at uuwestport.org

CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.

SOUNDINGS DEADLINE: WEDNESDAYS, 5:30 PM TO CHARLES KLEIN

SOUNDINGS

SOUNDINGS is published twice weekly: THIS WEEKEND (on Friday morning) and THIS WEEK (on Sunday morning). All submissions are due to Charles Klein at 5:30 PM on Wednesdays. Please limit your submission to 125 words with an accompanying image. (If your submission needs to be longer, we can find a way to accommodate - but brevity is greatly appreciated.) To keep things fresh, we try to limit publishing articles to two times – on unusual occasions, three. More complete guidelines can be found HERE.

SEEKING GREATER MEANING AND CONNECTIONS IN YOUR LIFE?!

Come to an Introduction to UUWestport with the Minister  to learn more about our congregation.


When: October 1 from 11:30-1:00 following the service 

Where:  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport, 10 Lyons Plain Rd, Westport, CT 


Questions?

https://uuwestport.org/ to see more about who we are

Email alan@uuwestport.org or call (203) 227-7205 ext.12  to connect with Rev Alan Taylor


Light refreshments and childcare provided. Sign ups encouraged HERE  

KUNDALINI YOGA WITH THE GONG

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 ~ 9:30-11:00 AM ~ MEETING HOUSE

Kundalini gong on stand

Kundalini Yoga will be offered in the Meeting House next Tuesday, September 26, beginning at 9:30 and ending at 11:00. Class ends with the healing vibrations to the gong.


Next week's class will be focused on Elevation. We will be building the magnetic field and your personal aura. The gong's vibrations help one to go into a deep place of meditation and relaxation to release worry and stress. 


Please do not eat or drink an hour before class. Bring a yoga mat. Hope to see you. Susan Cain.

MYSTICISM: WHERE SCIENCE, ART, AND SPIRITUALITY MEET

Starting September 28, 2023—Thursdays, 7:00−9:00 PM

Longtime members Bart Stuck and Marjorie Partch are leading these weekly discussions, which follow readings and lectures on ancient concepts and cutting-edge theories, exploring:


• Organized religion is an increasingly irrelevant part of daily life, with growing numbers citing their religious affiliation as NONE.

• Materialism is ascendant, with more people questioning the meaning of life.

• At the same time, Western science, after five hundred years, finds it has been studying five percent of the Universe.

 

Join these classes and begin to perceive the unity and hidden order of the world around us — the Uni-verse. Sources will include The Tao of Physics, and correspondence between psychoanalyst C.G. Jung and physicist Wolfgang Pauli: Atom and Archetype.


To participate via ZOOM, contact Bart Stuck bartstuck@gmail.com

MOVIE GROUP MEETING ~ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 ~ 7:30 PM

A Haunting in Venice

Calling all Movie Lovers…


The movies we will discuss on September 29th are: Oppenheimer, Sitting in Bars with Cake (Amazon), and Agatha Christie’s “A Haunting in Venice.”

 

Please join us if you saw any of these and tell us your opinions of the film. For the ZOOM link, please email Dorothy Rich.

ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL SAFETY TRAINING

Saturday, October 7 ~ 9:00 AM-12:00 PM ~ IN PERSON!

safety training

This year, the Safer Congregations Committee (“SCC”) is inviting all TUUCW STAFF and volunteers, in particular Family Faith Formation volunteers, Ushers, Worship Associates, and Pastoral Care folksTech Crew, and anyone interested, to this important training. This is the time to learn more about keeping us and our beautiful sanctuary safe.  We hope to see you! The schedule is below:

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Stop the Bleed Training + AED/CPR Training (Weston EMS)

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM Overdose Awareness and Use of NARCAN (Positive Directions)

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM NARCAN Distribution

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Active Shooter Defense Orientation with video: “Run, Hide, Fight”


Please RSVP to wlevyma11@gmail.com

PRINCETON NASSOONS A CAPPELLA CONCERT: 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18 ~ 7:00 PM

The Princeton Nassoons

Save the date! The Princeton University a cappella group, The Nassoons, are coming to UU Westport on October 18, 7:00-8:00 PM. The Nassoons are the university's oldest a cappella group, and the fifth oldest collegiate group in the nation, founded in 1941. Admission is free for this fun evening. Come and enjoy, and bring friends! Wheelchair accessible and with plenty of free parking.

Social Justice Banner

FOOD SALE TO SUPPORT REPRO JUSTICE: SUNDAY, OCT 1, 11:00 AM

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Because every body is sacred

The Reproduction Justice team is kicking off our year with a food sale directly after the service on Sunday, October 1 - before the Neighboring Faiths and Rev. Alan's Introduction to UU Westport programs begin!


Want to help us bake and cook for the sale? Contact Leslie Cenci or see us at EXPO!


Proceeds will go to support purchasing supplies - sanitary napkins, bed/chair pads, pain relievers and the like for women who have recently had abortions. Be sure to stop and see us our EXPO table this Sunday September 24 to get on our mailing list and be a part of this important ministry of service.

VOICES CAFE PRESENTS ABBIE GARDENER & TRACY GRAMMAR

benefiting Her Time - Saturday, September 30 ~ 8:00 PM

Hang Times Her Time
Since 2018 Her Time has provided resources and community support to justice impacted women and children with two new programs launched in 2023

Voices Cafe is delighted to bring the powerhouse artistry of Abbie Gardner and Tracey Grammer, to our music-loving audience on September 30th at 8:00 PM!


Voices Cafe and our artists share a deep commitment to social justice, with net proceeds of this concert benefiting Hang Time’s Her Time. Since 2018 Her Time has provided resources and community support to justice-impacted women and children, with two new programs launched in 2023.


Tickets & Info: Voices Cafe. Enjoy our BYO atmosphere, with sweet treats for purchase, and support music that matters!


With powerful and poignant voices, an evening with Abbie and Tracy promises to be captivating, inspiring, and entertaining! Check out Abbie Gardner’s Don't Be Afraid of Love and Tracy Grammer’s Ordinary Town.

THE B.A.R. (BECOMING ANTI-RACIST)

5 PART BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES

Raising the B.A.R. Fall 2023 book club

The B.A.R. (Becoming Anti-Racist) Team of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport has started a 5 part book discussion series on September 14: Raising the B.A.R. Book Club.


The first book: Clint Smith's How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America. In this book Smith recounts his travels "to eight places in the United States as well as one abroad to understand how each reckons with its relationship to the history of American slavery." 


Even though the discussion has already started, you won't want to miss this series! Get your book and register now. Five On-Line Sessions - Every Other Thursday - September 14-November 9 - 7:00-8:00 PM. Click HERE for the program.

Back by Popular Demand! The Holiday Boutique! (December 3 and 10)

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Donate your baubles, bangles, and beads! And scarves!

Bring your contributions of jewelry and scarves to the Church Office and include your name so we can say thank you. If you have any questions, contact Sari at saribodi@gmail.com

BOARD CHOOSES 3 PRIORITY ENDS FOR '23-24; WELCOMES IDEAS

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport

The Board of Trustees met on Tuesday night, September 19. At that time, they discussed the ends that would guide our congregations' work this year. UU Westporters will recall the Policy Manual shares ends (basically, strategic goals) that guide our congregation’s work each year, and the Board chooses a few of them to be the priorities for each year. 

 

The priority ends this year are the following 1.1.2; 1.2.1 and 1.4.2. To read them in full, click HERE.  


New business? Feedback? As always, the Board welcomes all congregants to share what's on their minds, and if there is new business they'd like the Board to consider, it welcomes that information too. Contact them at board@uuwestport.org, or reach out to any individual Board member, anytime.

UU WESTPORT COMMUNITY EMAIL BUILDS CONNECTIONS

Each person is important
Be kind in all you do
We search for what is true
All people need a voice
We care for each other
Lifeboat

Not on social media but want to stay virtually connected with UU Westport friends? Join our social email group, TUUCWSocial@groups.ioThis is an informal message-sharing service by and for congregants: a virtual community bulletin board. It is used for unofficial TUUCW topics of interest. Reflect on a sermon; comment on an article; sell a car; find a contractor; announce a concert coming near you: it's all great!


Emails can be pushed out to you as they come in; or in batches, or get none pushed out to you at all - simply go to the website when you feel like checking out what's been being posted. Ground rules are HERE.


To subscribe click go to: TUUCWSocial+subscribe@groups.io   

Questions? Contact Beth Cliff

ONGOING PROGRAMMING

Tuesdays. 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: Third Fridays 6:30 PM Women's Potluck. Location moves monthly. Eileen Belmont. Last Fridays: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM. Dorothy Rich Every other Friday 12:30- 2PM Meeting House starting Sept 22 Shawl Ministry Jan Braunle


Saturdays and Sundays: Sat anytime drop of lunches in outside bins. Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off Teryl Eisenberg.


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

The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: First and third Tuesdays of the month. Join us Tuesday, October 3 at the MEETING HOUSE! Come for drumming, learning about your spirit animal and creative mask making. Contact Pat Francek


Potluck on Friday night, October 20. Starting at 6:30 PM, chat with old friends and meet new ones at the home of Lia Albo In Redding. Bring something to share. Drinks, including wine, are also welcome. RSVP for the address: eileenbelmont@gmail.com


SAVE THE DATE: All day Women's Retreat at the Meeting House. Saturday, October 28: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Renew, reflect and refresh! Meditation, Movement, Tips for Public Speaking just to name a few workshops. For more information, contact us at tucwomen@gmail.com

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 pastoralcare@uuwestport.org.

CARING NETWORK
Our support network is available to provide tangible help or a supportive gift of connection for friends in need: meal delivery, pharmacy runs, grocery shopping or a small little gift, flowers, or a yummy food treat. Contact a minister or coordinators

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  pastoralcare@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.
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