February 17-21, 2020 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Community, Connections, Celebrations
The TUCW Orchestra was in full swing last Sunday. We love the multi-generational community, not to mention the Bacharach music.
The Beardsley Board had its monthly meeting with Principal Pivirotto on Thursday: lots happening this spring!
It's Valentine's Day weekend.
Hug someone you love.
Music brings joy!
Thank you to Susan Sherman on violin, and to all our instrumentalists.
Maria Mendoza-Smith has been leading our Coming of Age class for many years. This year, again, she has a great group of teens working with her. Yay!
Ballou (named for Hosea Ballou of Universalism fame) joined 30 women at Linda Hudson's house for the TUCWomen monthly potluck. Next one up: this Friday -See details below.
Share your TUCW moments with us. Send pictures to Beth Cliff .
Choral Chameleon - "If I Left the Zoo" Tour
Saturday, February 22: 7:30-9 PM
They're back, and this is their only stop in Fairfield County --

Award-winning Choral Chameleon will join us next Saturday February 22. This is a great opportunity to indulge in choral sound that has vitality, inspiration, variety and engagement. Like their lizard namesake, Choral Chameleon’s mix is constantly changing: from Bach to the Beatles; from Palestrina to Freddy Mercury.

This winter's tour has two themes: animals and the wisdom that they share with us, and our human tendency to run away from the difficult personality only to find it elsewhere. This promises to be an engaging, light-hearted, yet profound musical event.

PLUS, a new a cappella trilogy composed by Rev . Ed Thompson will be part of the treat!

For complete info and to buy tickets, click HERE .
Saturday February 29: 6-9 PM
Join the Year Round Stewardship Committee as we celebrate Leap Year  and  launch our annual pledge drive to support our congregation’s mission by hosting a Story Slam.

What’s a story slam? It’s a super fun night where people of all ages share a 5-minute story and the rest of us laugh, gasp, cry and smile. Our theme this year is “ When I Took a Leap of Faith.

You won’t want to miss this; it won’t happen again for 4 years!! All ages welcome.

Questions, or want to help out? Contact Judy Eckert.
Save the Dates! March 13-15
Join the UU Players for an Evening of FOUR ONE-ACT COMEDIES
Crazy Eights , written by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Tom Croarkin and starring Meg Jones, Jim Cooper, Bob Welsh, and Scott Singer.
Baby Food , also written by Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Sarah Bell and starring David Smith, Maria Mendoza-Smith, Bob Perry, and Candace Clinger.
Sure Thing  written by David Ives. Directed by Jim Luongo and starring Sarah Bell and Tom Croarkin.
Miss You , written by David Auburn. Directed by Jim Luongo and starring Julyen Norman, Stapley Emberling, Carrie McEvoy, and Charles Klein.

Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14 at 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 PM

Suggested Donation: $20.
Tickets available at the door or online at  https://uuwestport.org/uuplayers/.
UUA General Assembly in Providence RI June 24-28, 2020
JOIN US FOR GA 2020!  Reminder that this year's General Assembly will be in nearby Providence, RI. Stay tuned: more information to follow. Early bird registration HERE by March. 15; scholarships may be available.

Need inspiration? Watch THIS .
Adult Helpers Needed for Youth Group

Sign up to give the youth the gift of your presence. In return, you get to know them and learn from their unique Unitarian Universalist teenage perspectives on the complex world we all share.

Sign up in the lobby, CLICK HERE or contact Rev Shelly
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and currently offered. Visit Adult Faith Formatio n 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.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays,  7:00-8:30 PM Meeting House.  Sacred Circle with Grandmother Nancy Andry   tucwomen@gmail.com  (next meeting will be in March )

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com
Saturdays March 7, April 4 9AM-1PM East Wing Creating Theology Together revshelly@uuwestport.org

Sundays February 23, March 15, 22, April 5. 12:30-2 PM. East Wing Long Strange Trip revshelly@uuwestport.org

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . Rosen323@aol.com These must be signed-up for ahead of time as they depend on host availability, group size etc.
Soul Matters Theme for February:  Resilience 

Watch this 3 minute video: "The Exercise That Could End Your Suffering" a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Pema Chodron. Good advice for Letting Go. CLICK HERE
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
We host potlucks every month. This month's is this Friday February 21, 6:30PM at Jane Sherman's house in Westport.
RSVP : tucwomen@gmail.com . Address will be sent out to RSVPers.
Sacred Activism: Women Vote!
Join us a week from Wednesday, February 26, 7-8:30 PM, East Wing : Janet Luongo will offer guidelines on how to organize to get out the vote, of utmost importance for the November election. And Sari Bodi will tell stories of the inspiring suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote.
To learn more, click HERE. RSVP: tucwomen@uuwestport.org

This is the launch of our Spring Series where women can feel safe to discover their creativity and inspiration.
Next week, learn more about these upcoming events :
"Youth, Internet Habits and Mental Health" Sun, March 1, 12:30-2 PM (Dr. Paul Weigle)
Voices Cafe : The Black Feathers. Sat, March 7, 8 PM
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access.
STAY CONNECTED! Find us on digital and social media : website: uuwestport.org , Facebook public page ( Unitarian Church in Westpor t ) and private, members-only group ( uuwestport ), and Instagram ( uuwestportct )

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.
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.