January 4-8, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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On Saturday December 19 our children and youth held a donation drive, which they called the Poverty Horcrux. They were invited to purge their stuff of lightly-used games, toys, books, blankets, shoes, and clothing (hats, coats, gloves, boots). See what they purged so others could enjoy them! We all are grateful and proud!
Please enjoy our version of Orson Welles' 1939 radio play of Charles Dickens's classic. It's our gift to you all--a bit of something familiar for this strangest of holiday seasons.

Click HERE to listen.

Best wishes
ZUUm TrUUpe (aka UU Players in the Before Times)
Earlier this week the Shawl Ministry provided 40 sets of hand-knit scarves (thank you, Shawl Ministry knitters!) with matching hats for kindergarten students at Barnum school in Bridgeport. They will be distributed by April Barron who works regularly with the children at Barnum in addition to her work organizing and supervising the distribution of bag lunches at the John Street Bridge project. 

If you would like to participate in the Shawl Ministry you are welcome to join our ZOOM meetings on alternate Fridays. For an invitation please contact Jan at jcbraunle@gmail.com 
The Membership Team invites you to bring a friend to our January 10 ZOOM service at 10:00 AM. This service, geared towards people who may be unfamiliar with UUism, kicks off a series of initiatives to increase our membership. We welcome your participation and help.

Bring A Friend Sunday is an opportunity to invite your friends, neighbors, and loved ones to experience our faith that has provided us such joy and meaning and, especially now and going forward, connection and community.

The invitation can be quite simple: “This is a community that is very important to me, a place for spiritual exploration and civic engagement where I feel supported in my core values and beliefs. As someone who is also important to me, I want you to experience this place that means so much to me.” Then share with them the ZOOM link (always found on the front page of our website.)

To find out more, refer to the email sent out to all this past Wednesday, December 30, or contact Rob Zuckerman or David Vita.
Savor it again! And speaking of friends and community .... We hope you were able to enjoy our celebration of so many families and friends in our postlude as part of last week's service.

A special shout-out to Rob Herman for capturing via drone our social-distancing Caroling on December 19! It was refreshing to be together in person, even if it was outside, in the snow, 6 feet part. Thanks, too, to Julyen Norman for providing the warm-down-to-your-toes mulled cider and Nate Pawelek for his French horn: we'd have been struggling without his guidance.

We share the video here for those of you who may have missed it earlier. Click on the picture to enjoy 12 minutes of smiles.
Racial Justice Council #BLM Movie: Wed Jan. 6 - 7-8:30 PM
The next #BLM movie will be Small Axe, now on Amazon. (People magazine had it number 2 as part of their top 20 movies of 2020.) Actually Small AXE is five different movies of differing lengths - watch all or some of them on your own, and then ZOOM HERE Wednesday night for an informal, open discussion and conversation. Newcomers are always welcome.

Questions? Contact Beth Cliff or Sudha Sankar.
This month the UU Movie Night group will be discussing 4 movies: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”, News of the World", “Luxor” and “The Nest”.

It’s not required to watch all four; even if you only watch one of these, please log in to our next meeting to discuss it.

For further info including ZOOM link, contact Dorothy Rich.
Mondays 6:30-8 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM The Power of Now Jim Francek; 7-9 PM Is Mysticism Where Science, Art and Religion Meet? Bart Stuck and 7-8:30 PM (Every other Wed; check calendar) #BLM Movie Night. ZOOM HERE. Beth Cliff Sudha Sankar

Thursdays, 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek

Fridays 12-1 PM Awakenings ZOOM HERE Kathy Roberts

Saturdays in January 12-2 PM. Starting Point. Linda Lubin

Sundays 9:00-9:45. Meditation Janet Luongo

1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday of the month 9:30 AM. TUCW Hiking Group Gian Morresi Jamie Forbes
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access.
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
ZOOM Information for All TUCWomen Gatherings: Meeting room: HERE ID: 457 957 6089
Password: 998419. Landline: 1.646.558.8656 Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton All Mondays in January - 7:00–8:30 PM
  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy January 12 - 7:30-9:00 PM - ZOOM HERE
POTLUCK ON ZOOM: Friday, Jan. 22 - 7:00-8:30 PM
Join us for our January getting to know you event! Cohosts will be Eileen Belmont and Nancy McKeever.
The new Women, Spirit and Imagination Series ("WSI") begins in January. WSI provides a rich set of opportunities for women to connect more deeply with themselves and other women in our community. Full details HERE.
Intensive Journaling offered by Carol Hamilton
Wednesday, January 6th, 7:00-8:30 pm
A biweekly workshop. When regularly practiced, journaling can connect us to our creativity and inner resources for dealing with life’s stressors.
BLM Book Group: Friday, January 8, 7:00-8:30
Discussion of the non-fiction book: CASTE: the Origin of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. Parts 6 and 7. All are welcome.

Black Lives Matter Meeting - Friday, January 15, 7:00-8:30
We are stepping out to act in three specific areas: police accountability, education reform and a women’s conference intended to inspire, connect and create further action.
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.
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 Mary Jane Cross or Beth Cliff.
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
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The Unitarian Church 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.