April 5-9, 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.
Our children and youth - and yes, some adults too - have had a great couple of Saturdays, decorating Easter eggs and then preparing baskets for our friends in Bridgeport. They are being delivered this weekend.

And take a look and be inspired about what we can do when we all get together! This is a 3 minute video; first half is egg decorating and - you guessed it! - second half is basket prep. More than 100 of them! How wonderful is this!!
Front of church with tall spire as soon from Memorial Garden
Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far. Help us achieve 100% of our goal, to help our congregation continue to guide our virtual and (eventually) in-person connections and action. You can pledge now by clicking HERE, or by contacting Diane in the church office 203.227.7205 x 10. Questions? Contact stewardship@uuwestport.org.
CAP - Community Awareness/Congregation Assistance Program
We are hosting this important CAP program, free to all, Friday April 9. Certificates of Attendance for 3 credit hours will be provided. Spread the news; share the brochure with friends and colleagues.

Do you know what to do if a person is in distress? After this CAP training you will:

  • Be educated and gain awareness of substance use and mental health issues
  • Learn how to identify and respond to signs/symptoms of problematic Substance Use, problematic Gambling and Gaming behavior, and other Mental Health Problems/crises such as risk of suicide
  • Receive resources available to support persons experiencing behavioral health issues.

Open to the public.  Advanced registration required. Register HERE. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the event. For more information, email Ingrid Gillespie or Wendy Levy
Swing into Auuction logo
From golfing to guitars, fishing to fine art, touring bikes to tarot, Italian lessons to soup-of-the-month, offers of shared experiences and treasures are swinging into our on-line auction coming in late May! What might YOU offer?  Click here for a simple donation form to get you started. We’ll help with details. Click here for more ideas of what to donate. 

New team members are always welcome, especially to help create the live-streamed June 12 event, so give a shout to auction@uuwestport.org, or to Linda Hudson specifically about the event.
We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees approved the Anti-Racism Resolution
drafted by members of our Racial Justice Council. We will begin discussing the Resolution after the Sunday, April 11 service and the congregation will have opportunities for additional discussion in the weeks prior to our June 13, 2021 Annual Meeting.

Anti-racism is at the core of our UU Principles in which we covenant to affirm and promote
“the inherent worth and dignity of every person” and “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” Our goal is that anti-racism work isn’t a separate issue to work on but rather becomes a way of life in our religious community. Please read the Resolution and background HERE.
headshot of Dayle Brownstein
“This evening was my monthly Soul Matters Sharing Circle. When I signed on ten months ago, I believed it would be meaningful, enlightening, comforting even. But I couldn’t have known at the time, HOW meaningful I would find it. I couldn’t have known about the level of trust, and connection, and even transformation, that I would experience. I’m glad I chose to participate. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to share in this experience.”
- Dayle Brownstein
Join us for Rev. John’s next Starting Point offering, four Thursdays in May, 7-8:30 p.m. From there your group may choose to continue on as a Soul Matters Sharing Circle, meeting monthly. For more information contact Linda Lubin, or Rev. John. These offerings are suitable for all members, regardless of whether you are new or a "long-timer."
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Our #BLM movie discussion for Wednesday April 21, 7-8:30 PM is Spike Lee's 2018 American biographical black comedy crime film BlacKKKlansman. Contact Beth Cliff to get on our mailing list for up-to-date notifications. ZOOM discussion HERE,

The UU Movie Group has made its selections for their Friday, April 30, 7:30 PM gathering: In and of itselfThe Father, and Promising Young Woman. No need to watch them all; all are welcome. For ZOOM and further details contact Dorothy Rich.
Earth Day is Coming! Save the date for a Saturday Parking Lot Gathering: April 24. And we'd love volunteers to help us put something together that is fun, informal, safe and meaningful. The trees will be in bloom! Contact Beth Cliff if you can help out.
Through-out this year, Marjorie Partch and Bart Stuck have been leading the series “Is Mysticism Where Science, Art, and Religion Meet?” on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. On April 7, Dr. Royce Froehlich, a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC, will join them to discuss C.G. Jung’s thoughts on the interconnectedness of mental health and religious practices.

Jung considered the study of religion to be indispensable in the psychotherapeutic treatment of individuals, especially in the second half of life. He was a master of finding common ground in the major spiritual traditions of the world and would interpret religious rituals and scripture into a psychologically-oriented language suitable for contemporary audiences.

Please join Dr. Froehlich as he explores Jung and religious practices further. To register, click HERE. For more information about Dr. Froehlich and the program, click HERE.
James Baldwin Outloud on Friday April 23 at 730

Mark your calendars for this special event, Friday April 23 at 7:30-9:00 PM. More details will follow. ZOOM: HERE
That’s the way it is right now and Clean Slate legislation is the answer to correct it. Currently a criminal record follows a person for the rest of their life reducing access to jobs, educational opportunities, safe housing and lifetime income. When people are able to move on with their lives, recidivism rates drop drastically.

Please watch a 13-min video or click here for a one-page information sheet to find out more. And then contact your state representatives here and ask them to pass Clean Slate. Questions? Contact David Vita.
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

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
  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy Special Spring Event! Tuesday, April 6, 7-8:30 PM. (First and third Tuesday of the month) We will talk about what each of us is happy to leave behind from the winter and what new “seeds” we are looking forward to planting in this spring season. Special ZOOM HERE

  • My Grandfather's Kitchen: Tuesday, April 13th, 10:00-11:00 AM. Join Trina Wong as she tells us about her heritage and the secrets that her family of the Mississippi Delta needed to keep in order to survive. RSVP: tucwomen@gmail.com to receive the recipe ahead of time, and you can cook along with Trina's favorite, Soupy Spaghetti. ZOOM: HERE

  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton  Mondays in April, 7-8:30 PM. Tapping is a stress reduction technique that boosts our well being and helps with problem solving. Contact Carol ZOOM: HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Meeting: NOTE OUR MEETING DATE HAS CHANGED. New Date: Friday, April 9, 7-8:30 PM. Kim Warman is the guest speaker who will present on cultural identity. ZOOM: HERE

  • ZOOM Pot Luck: Friday, April 16, 7-8:30 PM. Hosted by Elizabeth MacDonald and Miriam Levin. Get to know fellow UU's with themed conversations. Bring a friend! Meet a friend! 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
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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.