September 11-12, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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A new church year is starting, and we are looking forward to having a great year. So much is already on the planning table and in the works. Stay tuned! And please, chip in and help where you are able. It takes time, talent and treasure to make our congregation thrive!

Even as we kick-off this new year, it's a great time to step back and share a huge THANK YOU to some of our stalwart church leaders who are stepping down from demanding and important volunteer roles. We want to recognize them and thank them for their service. Please, drop them a note if you can. Their time and commitment to us has been amazing.

Bob Trefry - Board of Trustees
Sharon Poole - Endowment Committee
Mary Money - Stewardship Committee (since 2010!)
Jeff Lundberg - HR Committee
Randy Burnham - Committee on Ministry
Saturday, September 11, 2021: Reminder we welcome brown bag lunch donations to support John Street Outreach. Drop off Saturdays noon- 4 PM. Sign up HERE; contact David Vita to learn more.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2021: 10 AM, Virtual and In Person
“Homecoming: In the Returning” – Rev Dr. John Morehouse
front and courtyard of The Unitarian Church in Westport
Sharon Salzburg, the American Buddhist Teacher says that healing is found in the constant returning to life. In our traditional Homecoming service we will gather once again to commemorate the symbols of our congregational life and be in the sanctuary for our worship service.

All ages are encouraged to attend this Sunday's service. Parents with infants - pre-K are always welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary with them, or to sit in the foyer or library, where they can still hear the service but have a bit more privacy and parenting flexibility.

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.
Our offering is gratefully received in person on Sundays, or on VENMO at The Unitarian Church in Westport (@TUCW-1);; or mail in a check. This week we will be sharing the plate with the Adam J. Lewis Academy:
It’s the beginning of another school year and it’s one day after September 11. Tragically, Adam Lewis was killed on September 11 in the World Trade Center. Education was Adam’s escape from growing up poor in the Bronx.

Adam’s wife, Patty and Westporter Julie Mombello - friends from their days working together at Greens Farms Academy - decided the best way to honor Adam’s life was to start a pre-school in Bridgeport – The Adam J. Lewis Pre-school. Julie will join us for Sunday’s Share the Plate.
The Adam J. Lewis Pre-school (now, Academy) opened its doors in 2013 with 12 PreK students. For the 2021-2022 school year, it has over 200 students in PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades with plans to add an additional class each year through 8th grade.
People in the sanctuary for Sunday Services
We need Greeters for our Sunday services. Being open and welcoming to new friends is our collective responsibility. Can you help us on a Sunday, either online or in person, greet newcomers? Please click HERE to sign up, or contact Ruth Fontilla.
Upcoming services:
September 19:
“The Joy and Sorrow of Expectations” – Rev Dr. John Morehouse

September 26 will be our WELCOMING Sunday Service and the kick-off to our Children's and Family Faith Formation programs.
We are getting ready to launch a robust set of programs to support our children and youth Faith Formation. Please contact Heather Hamilton for information about pre-K to 7th grade programs; Nate Pawelek for 8th-12th grade programs.
Faith Formation tree
  • This Sunday September 12 we will all remain in the Sanctuary for our Homecoming Service at 10:00 AM. Come and learn about the traditions of Unitarian Universalism with Rev. John and Rev. Ed.

  • Pre K- 7 Faith Formation Chapel and Fun on September 19th with Ms. Rachel, Ms. Kareen and Ms. Cathy. Join us in the Chapel at 10:00 AM for Embracing Possibilities and more! All are welcome.

The first formal classes for pre-K through 7th grades begin Sunday September 26.
OWL Our Whole Lives logo
OWL (Our Whole Lives) starts this Sunday, September 12 for our 8-9th graders. For more about OWL and why Unitarian Universalists think it is important for our youth, please go to the discussion of OWL At A Glance on our website. And if you have rising 8th or 9th graders who would like to participate in OWL, please connect with Nate Pawelek.

Please join us for our first Youth Group meeting this Sunday, September 12, at 11:00 AM in the Meeting House (ground floor). We will introduce you to our Epic Environmental Initiative, which will culminate in a journey to ALASKA!
landscape of Alaska w purple flowers in foreground and glacier and mountains in background
The mission of this year’s youth group initiative is to become better stewards of the Earth to fulfill our Unitarian Universalist seventh principle, which calls on us to respect “the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.” We will learn to recognize and embrace the moral imperative to live in covenant with the web of life, while becoming mindful of the many ways that the Earth, our only home, nurtures us, especially in times of grief and despair.
For every Sunday, parents 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 still hear the service but have a bit more privacy and parenting flexibility. Our ushers can help them get settled.
Basket of flowers hanging in nave
Flower donations. Would you like to donate flowers as a gift for us all, and to honor loved ones or causes as you wish? Please contact our administrator Diane Donahue to sign up for a Sunday and to give her your words of dedication.
For info contact Janet Luongo.
Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
Our sermons are archived on the website 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 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
Find us on digital and social media: website:, 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.