APRIL 10-14, 2023 - 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.
SIGN A POSTCARD FOR HUSKY!
post cards to congress
Join us in the East Wing today! Sunday, April 9 before and after the service to sign post cards urging our state representatives to expand HUSKY healthcare coverage to CT residents up to the age of 26 regardless of immigration status who otherwise meet the current HUSKY program eligibility criteria. Currently undocumented children ages 0-12 are covered. Roughly 58% of the 113,000 undocumented immigrants in CT do not have any form of health insurance coverage compared with 95% of the general CT population who do. 
 No one should be denied healthcare and a chance at survival because of their immigration status. Access to healthcare is not only a human right, it also makes economic sense! Thank you. David Vita, Legislative Advocacy and Community Outreach, 
ONE MORE WEEK TO GO ... WE NEED YOUR INPUT BY APRIL 10
We Keep Rising
It is all about our community
Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far! As of April 6, we have 142 pledges and have achieved 86% of our pledging goal!
 
But we are not done yet – we need to get to 100% of our goal. As we wind down our annual operating budget campaign, we want to remind those that have not pledged yet to please do so HERE ASAP. Time is running out to influence our decisions for salaries, programs, etc. for 2023-2024. Please help us achieve 100% of our goal, to enable our congregation to continue on its spiritual path and Keep Rising!
UU PLAYERS PRESENTS LOVE LETTERS
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00 PM) - SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (2:00 PM)
LOVE LETTERS
Saturday April 15 at 8 PM
Sunday April 16 at 2 PM
UU Westport is pleased to present A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer-prize winning play, LOVE LETTERS, featuring Sarah Bell and Tom Croarkin, directed by Jim Luongo, Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16, at 8:00 and 2:00 PM respectively. Tickets available at the door; suggested donation, $20/person. Please join us!

“This is a tender, tragi-comic and nuanced examination of the shared nostalgia, missed opportunities, and deep closeness of two lifelong, complicated friends....” click HERE for more.
UUWRITERS: THURSDAY, APRIL 20 AT 1:00 PM OR 7:00 PM
gold pen
What you resist persists -- what you accept transforms.

Our next theme for UUWriters is The Path of Resistance. Sharpen your quills, pens, or laptops, and join on us on Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM. All are welcome. To kickstart your writing, prompts will be emailed to you. The packet includes poems and songs for inspiration. Take as little as 15 minutes to write something to bring to the workshop on Zoom. Rather than critique the work, we discuss how we connected to it.
For questions and the packet, contact Sari at saribodi@gmail.com
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY SATURDAY, APRIL 22 9:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Barbara and Luke and flame
WHO'S READY TO START ANOTHER FIRE IN THE FOYER? Did you hear the buzz from our first Appreciative Inquiry on March 18, but weren’t able to attend? Don’t worry, ALL ARE INVITED as the process resumes on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 AM–1:00 PM. In March, we became energized as we shared each other’s stories, experiences, and dreams for moving our congregation forward with compassion, strength, and resilience. On April 22, we’ll create a plan for bringing our aspirations into a reality. This will be a more task-oriented experience. We will seek clarity on exactly what we need to do in order to create a healthy and thriving culture. We’ll be setting forth the framework to implement specific plans as we move forward into a bright future for our UU congregation.
Please RSVP by clicking HERE.
UU WESTPORT ON THE POLLINATOR PATHWAY
Pollinator Pathway Medallion
Pollination is an essential ecological process on which 75% of the world‘s flowers and 35% of the world's food crops depend. Pollinators move pollen from one plant to another, so those plants can produce fruit, seeds and other plants: bats, bees, birds, bugs and butterflies are some we are familiar with.

The Pollinator Pathway is an initiative developed to stem the loss of these contributors and help bring back us back into nature's balance . Our Gardens and Grounds committee has pledged to maintain our sanctuary’s property in a way that benefits a healthy ecological system. If you would like to help us maintain our property, please speak to Carol Hamilton or John McWeeney.. To learn more about Connecticut's role with these pathways, visit HERE or the pollinator pathway website.
BARN DANCE FUN FOR ALL AGES! SAT, APRIL 29, 5:00-9:00 PM
It's time once again for some live acoustic music and endorphin-raising dancing! The consummate barn-dance caller Bill Fischer will be leading the dances with the band Wry Bred providing driving rhythms and exuberant harmonies for the fourth time here at UU Westport.
These are simple, social, group dances meant for all ages, so don't be shy. To add to the fun, we will have pizza for everyone to enjoy together and a cake carousel for dessert fun. At the very least come and enjoy the music and community!

Click HERE for the Sign Up Genius (or see Emily Staub or Cathy McElroy next Sunday)


TRIVIA NIGHT ANSWERS!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THEM ALL!

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SOCIAL ACTION
JOIN US AT OUR KICK-OFF REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE MEETING:
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 AFTER THE SERVICE
Please join the newly formed Reproductive Justice team as it hears from all of us about how we - the congregation at large - would like to engage on this incredibly important issue of our times - for folks across the gender spectrum: men, women, LGBTQ+. The team will bring the nibbles and a sense of what is possible, including UUA involvement - you bring your ideas and your "wish list" of areas to work on. Let's get inspired, let's connect with each other, and then let's ACT to make a difference! Questions? Contact Leslie Cenci, Jamie Forbes, Sunny Khadavi, Janet Luongo or Beth Cliff.
BEARDSLEY SCHOOL: 2023
Beardsley School 2023
Read Aloud Day 2023
There is a quiet ministry going on 14 miles from Lyons Plains Road. Without fanfare, UU Westport individuals support and nurture children in one of the poorest schools in Bridgeport. This is what we do...

Click HERE for our uplifting story.

And can you help with our Beardsley Board? Click HERE or pick up a bear or two in the foyer.
SAVE THE DATE: DAVID VITA APPRECIATION EVENT
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 - 6:00 PM
Come celebrate David Vita, our departing Director of Social Justice, at an evening of fun, food, and fond farewells. We’ll let David know how deeply we appreciate his hard work over the past 18 years, leading our Congregation’s active involvement with the many social justice issues he We will have music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres, so please put this tribute to David on your calendar!
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Tuesdays11AM-noon. Interfaith Theology. Twice monthly. Check schedule HERENancy McKeever. First and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM Women's Circle with Grandmother NancyZOOM HERE  Pat Francek.

Wednesdays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.  7-8:15 PM A New Earth Bob Bevacqua

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: First Fridays 9:30-10:30 AM Addiction Recovery Ministry. Jim Francek. Third Fridays 6:30 PM Women's Potluck. Location moves monthly. Eileen Belmont. Last Fridays: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM. Dorothy Rich

Saturdays and Sundays: Sat 12:00 noon- 4 PM; Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita.

Sundays: 9 AM UU Meditation & Mindfulness (virtual and in person) Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group First Saturdays and third Mondays. Jamie Forbes Gian Morresi
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport), private group (uuwestport), Instagram (uuwestportct), Twitter (uuwestportct) and Linked In (uuwestportct)
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, April 18: 7:00-8:30 PM. (Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.) Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations lead by Grandmother Nancy. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek

Potluck Dinner gathering. April 21, 6:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and chat with old friends and new. Sharon Poole will host at her home in Easton. RSVP directly to Sharon and she'll send you the address. Sharon@SLPoole.com Upcoming potlucks will be at the homes of Eileen Belmont, May 19; Beth Cliff, June 16.
TUCWomen wreath
SAVE THE DATE! Our second annual Spring Fest! Saturday, May 6. 3:00 - 7:00 in the Sanctuary. Flowers, Festivities, Fun, Laughter Yoga, Dance, and Song for all women over 13 and those who identify as women. There will be a sign up sheet for our Potluck dinner. Childcare will be provided for any children under the age of 13. If you want to decorate a hat with flowers, bring a hat made of felt, straw, or cloth, and $10 for materials. Questions, contact Carol Hamilton
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.
PASTORAL CARE
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.
CARING NETWORK
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,or Diane Cano,
ADDICTION RECOVERY
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
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation 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.