April 20-24, 2020 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Private ZOOM ROOM: HERE (same as last week). Meeting ID xxx xxx xxx
Landline : x xxx xxx xxxx PASSWORD : xxx xxx xxxx

The service will also be airing to the public on our Facebook public page at 11:00 AM.

Click HERE for the Order of Service. Virtual offering vop.tucw.org.
If you haven't been able to pledge yet, it's not too late. Every little bit helps us.

Click HERE to pledge.

Or contact Diane at Diane@uuwestport.org , or call her at 203.227.7205 x 10.
Our amazing Intern, Margalie Belizaire is once again breaking new ground. Her upcoming Ordination, still scheduled for May 30th at 3:00 PM, is going to be completely virtual! According to Rev. Pettee of the UUA, this will be the first ever online Ordination! You are all invited to join in through Zoom, and more information will be coming by mid-May. Please save the date and join us!
Tuesday Evenings, 7-7:20 PM
Join Rev. Ed Thompson and the Worship Associates. ZOOM details same as last week.

Join Zoom Meeting - HERE. Meeting ID: xxx xxx xxxx. Password: xxx xxx xxx
Landline: +x xxx xxx xxxx. Find past 3 Evensong services HERE.
Virtual Talking Circle on ZOOM Thursdays at 4:00 PM

Rev. Jim Francek continues his virtual talking circle as a means of support during this time of uncertainty. Open to all. ZOOM details same as last week: ZOOM meeting room HERE. Meeting ID: xxx xxx xxxx Password: xxxxxxx phone: +x xxx xxx xxxx
Fridays, 12 NOON - 1:00 PM on ZOOM

Come one, come all and join our intern minister, Margalie Belizaire, for (virtual) lunch on Fridays. We'll start with a reading followed by conversation. Bring your lunch, or a snack, or a beverage, or just yourself and let's be in community together. 

Join Zoom Meeting HERE Meeting ID: xxx xxxx xxx Password : xxxxxxxx
Landline : +x xxx xxx xxxx
Voices Café Goes Live Coast-to-Coast April 25th 8:00 PM!
Voices Café is pleased to announce that our co-bill show with Jenner Fox and Kipyn Martin will take place Saturday April 25th at 8:00 PM. We’re excited to be live-streaming coast-to-coast; Kipyn from Maryland and Jenner from Oregon!

Mark your calendars, and watch your email for information for more details, including how to join the concert and how to give: while the show will be free, we will be raising funds for the artists to help offset losses from cancelled shows. Plus a portion of the proceeds will be directed to support undocumented immigrants who have lost jobs and do not qualify for unemployment or other safety net benefits.

Thank you SO MUCH for your support for Voices Café.

The Voices Café Committee at The Unitarian Church in Westport CT

UUtheVote Social Justice Programs in April

Go to www.uuthevote.org  to read our valuable guide to Election 2020
Wednesday, April 22: 7-8:30 pm. Youth Voter Registration and Climate Change . Learn what you can do to support youth as they lead Climate Action Week, April 22-24. We will discuss specific strategies to engage youth, and access a tool to register all.  Zoom    HERE. Call-In: +x xxx xxx xxxx, Meeting ID: xxxxxxxxxxx
Before April 29 , watch on your own the 38 min. film, Suppressed:The Fight to Vote to prepare for a discussion at our meeting next week. The film is on youtube  HERE.

Wednesday, April 29: 7:00-8:30 pm. Fight Voter Suppression . We will discuss  Suppressed: The Fight to vote . After the discussion, we will learn how to work with partners such as ROV, (Reclaim our Vote), and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) to combat voter suppression. Zoom  HERE Call-In: +x xxx xxx xxxx, Meeting ID: xxxxxxxxxxxx
The TUCW hikers are still meeting to walk or hike . Even from a safe distance, we are still able to enjoy each others company, to exercise and to enjoy nature!
Join our email group to get notifications of dates, times and places. To join contact Gian ( gmorresi@gmail.com) or Jamie ( jforbes1@gmail.com)
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and currently offered.
Visit Adult Faith Formation on our website or email leaders as listed below.
Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM Meeting House Buddhist Practice Group ninazcara@gmail.com Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com

Thursdays , 7-8 PM ZOOM Room:  HERE. Meeting ID: 941 444 635 Creating Theology Together revjohn@uuwestport.org

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . Rosen323@aol.com These must be signed-up for ahead of time; they depend on host availability, group size.
Go Earthing on Earth Day!
What better way to honor the 50th anniversary of Earth Day than to do some connecting with Mother Earth? Go outside, take off your shoes, and spend time walking, sitting, or lying down on the Earth and receive the benefits of "Earthing" also known as Grounding. It feels great and it's great for you! Watch The Science of Grounding to learn more.
GREAT NEWS! Camp Unirondack has online fun, games and activities for kids of all ages! Starting Monday April 20th.
For the schedule of daily offerings,
Creating Sabbath Space **New from Soul Matters**
During the COVID-19 crisis, over the next 4-6 weeks, there will be a weekly packet to support families in the creation of sacred space and time together.

Soulful Home  
Now is the time to try Soulful Home. It's a packet of resources, questions, games, activities and ideas for talking with your kids as a family all about your faith. Our April theme is Liberation. Click link to see the full packet. Soulful Home Liberation
Self Care Wheels and Checklist
Self care is so important especially during times of stress. Take some time to make a self-care plan for yourself and one for the kids using the information and blank wheel provided here.
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
ZOOM Information for All TUCWomen Gatherings:
Join Zoom meeting: HERE Meeting ID: xxxx xxx xxx Password:xxxxxxxx
Landline: x xxx xxx xxxx
Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy
Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy continue online. Talking circles include drumming, rituals, story-telling and conversations.
Tuesdays, April 21 and 28 plus every Tuesday in May (May 5, 12, 19, 26) 7:30 – 9:00 PM
Tapping Circles
To help relax in these stressful times, Carol Hamilton will teach us how to use a simple meridian tapping technique, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
Monday, April 20, 7:00-8:30 PM and Monday, April 27, 4:00-5:30 PM
Food for the Soul
Eileen Belmont will lead Food for the Soul meetings in lieu of our potlucks and Brown-bag-lunches. Eileen will kick-start the conversation with quotes from noteworthy women whose contributions have shaped our destiny. Participants will make new connections and deepen existing ones informally.

Every other Thursday: April 23, May 7, May 22 . 12:30 – 2:00 PM
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access.

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 .

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our Pastoral Care Associates.
Our support network is always 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 Kristen Leddy , 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 .
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.