November 13-14, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Every Saturday: Brown bag lunch donations to support John Street Outreach. Drop off Saturdays noon- 4:00 PM. Sign up HERE; contact David Vita to learn more.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021: 10:00 AM, Virtual and In Person
“Grounding and Clearing " Kim Warman, Intern Minister
What seeds are we planting to heal the Earth? How can the Earth heal and sustain us?

Click HERE for the Order of Service.

For virtual participation: our ZOOM link is always on our website's homepage and does not change from week to week. You can also click HERE. Meeting ID 207 517 697 PASSWORD: 8893787678 Landline: 1 646 876 9923.

Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on, or as we pass the plate Sunday morning.
Upcoming service: November 21, 2021
"Thanksgiving Reimagined" – Rev Dr. John Morehouse
We will also be recognizing new members at this service.
Thank you! Thanks to so many of our friends who made the Youth Group's Recycling Drive such a success! We collected over 3,600 bottles and cans in 4 weeks, and we took them all in for deposit refunds.

Thanks to supporters who matched us 10:1, we earned over $1800 for our Alaska trip. Now that's exciting!
Every Sunday, adults with infants - pre-K are welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary with them, or to sit in the foyer or library, where they can hear the service but have a bit more flexibility. Our ushers can help them get settled. As always, please contact Heather Hamilton for information about pre-K to 7th grade programs; Nate Pawelek for 8th-12th grade programs.
Faith Formation tree
  • SPECIAL GUEST for Pre K-5 Grandmother Nancy will be meeting with children, when we will read Stolen Words by Melanie Florence. We will be discussing the lost languages of the Native Americans. Drop off and pick up outside the Chapel downstairs.

  • 6th-7th Grades, 10:00-11:00 AM Crossing Paths: Buddhism, drop off in the Meeting House, pick up outside the Chapel downstairs

For remainder of NOVEMBER:

  • CROSSING PATHS study Buddhism in November and December with our guests Nina, Devyani and Leigh. We will be implementing some new technology into our classroom experiences too!

  • NOVEMBER 21 and 28 – All Faith Formation Children are invited to attend the 10:00 AM service with their families.

Please read information about Christmas Eve pageant, below.
This Sunday, the 8-9th grade OWL program will welcome eight guests from the LGTBQ+ community to talk about their lives. For many this a particularly memorable and moving part of the OWL program. Speakers include Kayla Lannetta, a Staples High School teacher and Westport Public Schools Pride Coalition chair, Brian McGunagle from the Westport Pride Coalition, Jen DeLoyd, a parent and activist, John Dodig, a retired Staples High School principal, three current Staples High School seniors, and one St. Luke’s High School sophomore. The panel will convene at 10:00 AM this Sunday on the main level of the Meeting House (to observe Covid safety protocols).

This Sunday at 11:00 AM in the Meeting House, the Youth Group will attempt to calculate the emissions output from a jet traveling from New York to Anchorage. All are welcome: newcomers and "old-timers" alike.
The Youth Group is selling holiday wreaths to raise funds for their environmental journey to Alaska. If you would like to purchase one or three, visit our table in the courtyard before and after our service. If you attend services on ZOOM, contact Nate. The wreaths will be delivered between November 29 and December 4.
The Vision of Adult Faith Formation is to inspire and support individual spiritual growth, in connection with others, through life-long learning. Programs are open to all, though registration is required. For more, click HERE. Soul Matters programming is also open to adults over the church year. Please click HERE for information about these offerings.

Please read your SOUNDINGS WeekDAY and/or go to our website to get the latest information. We have several new programs available, including The Season of Hope, and the Interfaith Theology program. Questions? Contact Linda Lubin.
For several decades it has been our tradition to produce a Pageant on Christmas Eve.  There are several reasons why we Unitarian Universalists ‘perform’ a Pageant:

  • It is a celebratory event; the focus of this is not on Jesus as a Savior. Rather, it is about new birth, human potential, the gift of love, and mostly about the children. 
  • References to the Nativity story occur often in Western literature; thus, it is an educational tool.  
  • For children to learn to work together and be in community is a valuable life lesson. 
  • Children love to get into a costume and ‘play’. This is a good outlet for them.  
  • Learning to sing together is fun and connects children to their friends in different way from schoolwork or playground games.

We invite all children ages 6-13 to participate. While some of the solo roles are done by audition, the angel and shepherd parts are not. There is ample opportunity for solos (but not required). To participate, a child needs to be at all practices. If there are schedule conflicts, please speak with the director, Rev. Ed Thompson. 203-227-7205 x18.
9          Thursday         5:00 – 6:00 rehearsal
18        Saturday         10:00 – 11:15 rehearsal
22        Wednesday     5:00 – 6:15 rehearsal
24        Friday              2:00 final rehearsal, snack, costumes;
4:00 Pageant

To get started, complete the registration form HERE.

We hope your child/children can participate in this fun, exciting, educational event!
MEDITATION: ZOOM and in person in the Oak Room - Sundays at 9:00 AM. For info contact Janet Luongo. Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
Flowers: Should you wish to donate flowers for a Sunday service, please reach out to Diane Donahue or fill in a spot in the Reservation Book which is out in the foyer.
Pay it forward: please consider being a greeter on Sundays; help our new folks navigate our community. Sign up for virtual or in person greeting, HERE. Thank you, in advance!
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.

"History Retold"
Rev. Dr. John Morehouse

November 7, 2021
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 Dorothy Rich, Diane Cano, or Sharon Poole.
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
Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)- 24Hr 888–774–2900
Alcoholics Anonymous: 866-783-7712
Al-Anon (family members of alcoholics)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
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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.