March 8-12, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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Friendly REMINDER: Wear purple today, March 7, at church in support of women past, present and future: women's rights are human rights.
Ed's 40th anniversary concert
Our Annual Spring Service/Concert is two weeks away! It will be virtual, and feature many of our gifted singers and musicians. Rev. Ed has been busy putting together a marvelous program; more information will follow shortly. In the meantime please plan to join us and invite friends - these concerts are always spectacular.
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It is time again for the Annual Operating Budget Campaign!  This year’s theme is “U Belong,” to highlight our mission of creating a sustainable, robust congregation comprised of all generations. Because of our virtual worship, newcomers from many places are integrating with our TUCW community and it is important to welcome everyone with open arms.

This campaign focuses on funding vital operations such as salaries, various programs, and infrastructure such as heating and lighting.  Our community is strong in heart, mind, and soul, and together if we stretch a little for our pledge, we can keep our congregation thriving both physically and virtually.
To help everyone make their pledge, Rev. John and our Visiting Stewards will be hosting Zoom Pledge Parties throughout the month of March, where community members can learn more about the current state of the Church and some NEW changes that are coming. Be sure to look at the dates below and sign up for one today by sending an email to! ZOOM numbers will be the same for all the parties.

Zoom Pledge Parties Schedule:
• Tuesday, March 9 - 7:00 PM
• Thursday, March 11 - 7:00 PM
• Sunday, March 14 - Noon
• Wednesday, March 17 - 6:00 PM
• Thursday, March 18 - 6:00 PM
• Thursday, March 25 - 7:00 PM

ZOOM HERE. ID: 983 8931 6022 Password: 649127 Landline: +1 646 876 9923
For your listening pleasure ...

Our very own zUUM trUUpe presents"The Case of the Careless Victim," the latest offering from zUUm trUUpe (aka the UU Players). It's an Agatha Christie mystery originally broadcast in 1945. Our version features Tom Croarkin as Hercule Poirot. Please find it--and all of our radio plays--on our new YouTube channel HERE.
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Voices Cafe Joan & Joni

We're back! Voices Café is thrilled to announce a special virtual livestream performance we're co-sponsoring (with Baker Booking) next Saturday night. Joan and Joni is a musical tribute to the timeless classics of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, as performed by the extraordinary talents of Kipyn Martin and Allison Shapira. This ZOOM concert will have doors open at 6:30, with the concert streamed at 7:30. Come early to talk with others who appreciate wonderful folk music. Tickets (suggested $20) and more info available on the Voices Café website:

As always, a portion of the proceeds will support our social justice programs.
Want a preview? Click HERE to hear Shapira singing Baez's "Diamonds and Rust."
Stay tuned for more information as we launch “Live from Voices Café” this spring!
Our #BLM movie discussion for this Wednesday March 10, 7-8:30 PM is Clemency, by Nigerian-American Chinonye Chukwu. ZOOM HERE. Emcee will be Kathy Roberts.

The UU Movie Group has made its selections for their Friday, March 26, 7:30 PM gathering: MinariSound of Metal, and Nomadland. No need to watch them all; all are welcome. For ZOOM and further details contact Dorothy Rich.
It has been a trying year for our Beardsley students. We know there are some who could be helped with some individual attention.

The School Volunteer Association (SVA) has created an easy way for volunteer tutors to work with Beardsley students virtually using the MS Teams platform. It is easy to use as there is no App download required...Click HERE for more details.

Interested in helping? Please contact Jamie Forbes or Anita Pfluger
Thank you to so many who stayed after the service last week to discuss our strategic goals for the future, specifically our first of two priority ends: "We become a sustainable, engaged, growing Congregation comprised of all generations."

If you were unable to make it, that's OK: thoughts and suggestions are always welcome at

To see all our ends for the year, click HERE.
“I was drawn to UU congregations in 2003, when I moved to CT from OH and was getting my master’s degree in sexuality education. The UUA/UUC OWL curriculum was held up as the “gold standard.” I began to regularly attend services at a sister congregation, UUCGB, in 2004 and helped with one OWL (7-9th graders) class before motherhood came and my life got extra busy.  
"In 2019, a friend invited me to a TUCW service and I was hooked again! I attended a few services in person before COVID came. Now, even through ZOOM, TUCW has given me a sense of comfort and hope. 
"Starting Point has kept me connected with others, and as we rolled into Soul Matters I have a wonderful group of 8 other women to be with. I am grateful to have found this faith community based on service and education.
"I live in Trumbull with my husband of 20 years, RJ, and kids Kai (14) and Reed (11). I look forward to meeting more of you, soon. In the meantime, I can be reached HERE."
Our Engagement Census continues to give us useful information about our congregation: We are a faith community IN Westport, not OF Westport: more people are from surrounding areas than from Westport itself. See below. nb: "Other" represents towns with only one or two people represented. This information represents only the 225 congregants who have responded to date.

There's still time to fill out a survey HERE: we want our data to be complete! Contact Carol Seiple if you have questions or prefer filling it out over the phone.
Mondays 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis. 6:00 PM (Every other Mon; check calendar) Addiction Recovery Talking Circle Jim Francek

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 March 12:30-2PM Starting Point Linda Lubin.

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

1st Saturday and 3rd Tuesday 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.
Questions? Contact
  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton  Mondays in March, 7-8:30 PM Tapping is a stress reduction technique that boosts our well being and helps with problem solving. Contact Carol ZOOM: HERE

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. Tuesday, March 16, 7-8:30 PM. Special ZOOM HERE

  • Stories of Encounters with "The Other" with Janet Luongo. Thursdays in March. 7:00 PM Delve into messages from family and culture that shaped our beliefs, and our encounters and relationships with those of other races, gender identities, religions. ZOOM: HERE

  • Virtual Potluck on Zoom: Get to know your fellow TUCWomen with relaxed, scintillating conversation. The cohosts will be Elizabeth MacDonald and Sari Bodi. Friday, March 19, 7-8:30 PM ZOOM: HERE

  • “Grandma’s Kitchen”: Sharing Heritage and Wisdom with Friends. Tuesday, March 23, 7-8:30 PM RSVP before March 15. Beverly Bailey will focus on the foods of her country of origin, Lebanon. ZOOM: HERE
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
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
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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.