April 26-30, 2021 - 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.
The Board of Trustees is seeking YOUR input for the 2021 Fine Award, to be given to outstanding volunteer(s) at the Annual Meeting on June 13, 2021. This award recognizes the consistent, outstanding, and otherwise unacknowledged volunteer contribution made to the pastoral, administrative, congregational and/or financial life and health of this community. Awards for the last two years were given to Kathy Roberts ('19) and Kristen Leddy ('20). All past recipients can be found HERE.

Suggestions may be sent to the Board Secretary, secretary@uuwestport.org by noon on Monday, May 2.
JUNE 23-27, 2021
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It's here! UUA's General Assembly will be virtual this year, full of rich opportunities for connection and learning. The themes this year: Justice, Healing, Courage.

Registration ($200/person) is now open. Financial support for registration as well as a payment plan are available. GA registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. Click HERE to register now!
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AND: guess who will be the Ware Lecturers? Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade! Wow! How exciting can this be!

We have a few more spots open to be delegates, which means our voices will be heard and votes counted, formally, at the meeting. If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact Rev. John.
The Safer Congregation's presentation on Addiction and Mental Health on Friday April 9 shared lots of useful information. One of the biggest takeaways: the opposite of addiction is connection. Clearly, this has big implications for us as a faith community!

Another point to share: the language we use carries its own power. Please refer to this poster about "person first" language and its value.

And watch these short videos with your loved ones. Quick and powerful, they can change one's life.

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On April 11th we had our first chance to discuss a congregational Anti-racism Resolution proposed by the Racial Justice Council, which includes adoption of an 8th Principle. Understandably there were a variety of questions and there will be more opportunities for discussion.

The 8th Principle states: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” To date 33 congregations have adopted this Principle. It is expected that the Principle will be voted on at General Assembly in 2022 and again in 2023 to make any change final.

For answers to some FAQ’s CLICK HERE. Questions? Contact Kathy Roberts
The Refugee Services Program at CIRI (The Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants) is seeking volunteers to tutor students 8-16 years of age. The Homework Club will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 3:45 PM-5:00 PM in May and June and will be conducted remotely using ZOOM. It is anticipated that the greatest need will be for tutors who are able to help with reading and writing English and with Math. If you are interested in volunteering or would like further information, please contact Kathy Roberts of the Immigration and Refugee Outreach Committee.
Food Equity and Economic Development Program
The FEED (Food Equity and Economic Development) program of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport is looking for volunteers to load food at 229 Mountain Grove Street, Bridgeport, and drop off at 30 Bostwick Avenue, Bridgeport.
Please contact Michelle McCabe 203.334.1121 x 16 if you can help; you'll have to be able to lift and carry 30 pounds!
The new TUCW Tech team is looking for volunteers for broadcasting our Sunday services and Voices Café events over the Internet. No previous technical background is required – just a willingness to learn and availability to support our production operations on Sunday mornings and/or at monthly Voices concerts.

Want to know more? Contact David Vita: or call 203.227.7205 ext 14.
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; meets this Mon 4/26) 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

Thursdays, 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. 7-8PM in April Building Your Own Theology. ZOOM HERE, Rev. John

Fridays 12-1 PM Awakenings ZOOM HERE Kathy Roberts

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 TUCWomen@gmail.com
  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton  Monday, April 26 will be the final session for Tapping Circles, 7-8:30 PM. Contact Carol ZOOM: HERE

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy, Tuesday, May 4, 7-8:30 PM. (First and third Tuesday of the month). Notice daily the energy in our relationships and the different energies various emotions hold. Special ZOOM HERE

  • ZOOM Training with Elizabeth. Friday April 30, 7:00 - 8:30 PM. Brush up on your ZOOM skills! ZOOM: HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Book Group: Friday May 7, 7:00-8:30 PM. We will be discussing One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson. Pat Francek and Kathy Kurzatkowski will lead the discussion. Even if you’ve read part of the book, join us for what is sure to be an enlightening conversation. 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 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
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
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.