November 4-8, 2019 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS . The Upcoming Events calendar is below.
The Results Are In!

As of our deadline of October 31, we have received $1.574M in pledges. Adding in the $500K from Endowment, we have reached over $2M for our Campaign -- $2.074M to be exact - with 210 numbers of households participating. Many thanks to all! We are excited about what the future holds for all of us and our beautiful building!


(Missed it? You can still pledge by clicking HERE!)
Thanks to the creators, directors, producers, and actors in the Fall Follies presentation on Oct. 26. No surprise: the show got rave reviews! Check out the photo s of your amazing members and friends to see what you may have missed!

Want to know who did what? Click HERE to read a hilarious summary. Wow, what a show!
We're in the News! Click  HERE  to read about TUC W and our campaign featured in The Patch . It's inspirational and will make you proud.
Congregational Vote on Building Improvements
November 24 - after 11:00 AM service
See Capital Campaign website for all info, and email:
NOVEMBER'S MANTRA: "Where my attention goes, my energy flows."
Blessing of Attention
May your eyes stumble on the astonishing, 
may your ears catch snatches of joy,
may your fingers find pleasure in texture and touch,
may deliciousness dance on your tongue,
and may the fragrance of this good earth lure you in a new direction,
transporting you from distraction to full attention,
from doubt and worry to the here and now,
where you are loved,
and best of all, alive.
Blessed be the wonders all around you,
and blessed be the treasure that is you, dear one,
so, so worthy of love and attention.

For the complete November Soulful Home Packet, email Rev Shelly or pick one up at church on the Faith Formation table. 
Neighboring Faiths -
JUDAISM Oct. 24 - Nov. 8
Final Session 3: Reflection Led by Rainy Broomfield.
Sunday, Nov. 8, 12:30 PM post service - East Wing or Children’s Chapel

The Neighboring Faiths program will take a hiatus until after the new year. See you then! Questions? Contact
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and offered in November and December. Visit Adult Faith Formation on our website or email leaders should you want more information; many have been featured in prior Soundings.
Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM Meeting House Buddhist Practice Group Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Mondays 7:00-8:30 PM. Rev. John's Office thru November 18. Grief Support Group or

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now

Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 PM thru Nov. 6. East Wing. Women, Spirit and Imagination

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . These must be signed-up for ahead of time as they depend on host availability, group size etc.
The Small Group Ministry has 102 members in 11 groups that meet once a month to discuss a topic. Groups meet on different days and at different locations. Join a group near you!  The topic for November is “ Attention.

“Real attention needs empathy; attention without feeling is just a report” 

For information, talk to a representative in the foyer after the service or contact Steven Rosenberg:
It's coming! Holiday Boutique!
Donate your baubles, bangles and beads!  and scarves!

Bring your contributions of jewelry and scarves to the Church Office and include your name so we can say thank you.
The Beardsley School:
Social Justice in Action, Part III
( missed Part I? catch up HERE )
(missed Part II? catch up HERE )

What are we doing at Beardsley these days?
Now's your chance to hear from our volunteers who are in action regularly at The Beardsley School. We're betting you know many of these TUCW folks, and will love to see them engaged with their classes and to hear what they say about their time with the children. Prepare to be inspired, and proud! It's all HERE.
Refugee Coat Drive
As the weather gets colder, CIRI (CT Institute for Refugees & Immigrants) is seeking NEW winter coats for our clients.

Coats can be brought to church and placed on the social justice table in the foyer or delivered directly to CIRI at 670 Clinton Ave., Bridgeport.

PLEASE CLICK HERE to indicate which coats you will be providing so that we get the right match of coats needed and coats supplied.

Thank you.
Immigration & Refugee Outreach co-chairs, Marjolijn de Jager & Kathy Roberts
Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio at Voices Café
Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 PM

"Heather's Trio gave one of the most entertaining, artistic, and engaging performances we've hosted in our 46 years! Their consummate musicianship, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and excellent songwriting held me and our full-house audience spellbound. Individually, the three of them are terrific. As a trio they are astounding... The walls of our little venue hold many wonderful sounds and memories. We've just added some of the best." ~ Dave Humphreys ~ Two Way Street Coffeehouse ~ Downers Grove, IL

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets. CLICK HERE to listen to the Trio.
New to The Unitarian Church in Westport?

Join us for our next Orientation. Sunday, November 10 from 12:30-2:30 in Reverend John’s Office.
Meet Reverend John, learn about UU history, our Seven Principles, and Covenantal Community. What’s that? Come on the 10th and find out!

Meet other folks new to this congregation. Please let me know that you’re coming so that we can plan accordingly. David Vita: Thank you.
All women are welcome at all events.

Women, Spirit and Imagination

Wednesday, November 6, Sudha Sankar offers ' Hinduism - Revealing the Goddess Within '
Mark your calendar - Sunday, November 10, Brown Bag Lunch. Sunny Khadjavi will lead the conversation. No RSVP needed.

Learn about more upcoming events at

RSVP for events by email:

Join our mailing list HERE.
Child care is provided for Sunday Services and on an as needed basis for other events. Organizers of events should contact  Nate Pawelek  to arrange child care.
Mon Nov 4
Buddhist Practice Group - MH - 6:30
Voices Cafe Committee - WW - 6:30
Bell Choir - 6:45
Grief Support Group - Rev. John's office - 7:30
O&AS - 7:45

Wed Nov 6
Leadership Development Team - Rev. John's office - 12:30
Teen Choir - 6:00
TUCWomen's Workshops - EW - 7:00
The Power of Now - MH - 7:00
Eliminating racism - Lib - 7:30
Chamber Choir - 7:45

Thurs Nov 7
Children's Choir at 5:00
Internship Committee - WW - 6:30
Women's & Men's Choir - 7:45

Fri Nov 8
Shawl Ministry - MH - 12:30

Sat Nov 9
Pastoral Care Chaplains - MH - 1:00

Sun Nov 10
Meditation - Willow Room - 10:00
OWL - OWL room - 10:00
OWL Parents - YR - 10:00
PreK-7th start downstairs - Chapel - 11:00
9th-12th Youth Group - YR - 11:00
Adult Neighboring Faiths - YR - 12:30
Newcomers’ Orientation - Rev. John’s office - 12:30
TUCWomen Brown Bag Lunch - MH - 12:30
Climate Change Conversation - Sanctuary - 12:30
All Adult Choirs Potluck - EW - 4:00
Mon Nov 11
Buddhist Practice Group, Meeting House at 6:30 pm
Bell Choir at 6:45 pm
Grief Support Group, Rev. John’s office at 7:00 pm

Wed Nov 13
Domestic Violence Task Force - EW - 12:30
Teen Choir - 6:00
TUCWomen’s Workshops - EW - 6:30
NVC Practice Group - WW - 7:00
The Power of Now - MH - 7:00
COM - Rev. John's office - 7:30

Thur Nov 14
Children’s Choir at 5:00 pm
Membership Team - EW - 7:30
Women’s & Men’s Choir - 7:45

Fri Nov 15
Small Group Steering Committee - WW - 11:30

Sat Nov 16
A Better Man - MH - 8:00
Choir rehearsal - Sanctuary - 9:00
Small Group Facilitators - MH - 10:00
Creating Theology Together - WW - 11:00
Voices Cafe - Sanctuary - 8:00

Sunday, Nov 17
Meditation - Willow Room - 10:00
OWL - OWL room - 10:00
OWL Parents - YR - 10:00
2nd-3rd Grade - Pine Rm - 11:00
4th-7th Grade - MH - 11:00
9th-12th Youth Group - YR - 11:00
COM "Talk Backs with Ministers" - Sanctuary - 12:30

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 .

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our Pastoral Care Associates.
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 .

For a complete listing of all upcoming activities, see our church calendar. Click here.

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.