FEB. 27-MARCH 3, 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.
Rev. John is away. Should you have pastoral care needs, 
please reach out to Rev. Ed 203.227.7205 x 18.
"STARTING POINT" OFFERED ON ZOOM, THURSDAY EVENINGS, MARCH 9, 16 and 23 7:00-8:30 PM
Starting Point compass logo
Rev. John is offering a new Soul Matters Starting Point program on Thursday evenings on ZOOM: March 9, 16 and 23, 7:00-8:30 PM. 

Each week of this engaging program focuses on different aspects of Unitarian Universalism, the history of our faith, and of our congregation. We will be sharing our spiritual journeys and getting to know one another.

This is an excellent way for newcomers to get to know our congregation and the UU faith, and to get grounded and informed. It is also a wonderful way for longer-time members to reflect, learn, and both meet new people and renew old connections.

Questions? Contact Jamie Forbes. To enroll, contact Ruth Fontilla, 203.227.7205 x 10.
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SOCIAL ACTION & SOCIAL JUSTICE
LOVE
SOCIAL ACTION
SOCIAL JUSTICE
Social Action deals with the world as it is: providing direct assistance to people to meet their basic needs now. It tends to be one to one or for small groups of people nearby. Reading to or tutoring students at the Beardsley School, setting up apartments for arriving refugees, and providing Brown Bag Lunches to food insecure people are examples of social action in our congregation.
 
Social Justice is about the world as it should be: alleviating inequalities by advocating for systemic change. It’s organizing for long-term solutions that effect large groups of people or, in our case, people across the state of Connecticut. It’s changing laws. Our work on gun violence prevention, health insurance for immigrants, and protecting people from domestic violence are just three legislative efforts that we have been involved with over the years.
 
We must address both immediate needs and work for long-term solutions. Social Action and Social Justice are love personified.
"GOOD TROUBLE" CELEBRATION TUESDAY, FEB 28, 6:30-8:30 PM,
IN THE SANCTUARY. RSVP W JANET LUONGO.
Get In trouble
Good Trouble
Necessary Trouble
John Lewis
We have earned the designation as a “Good Trouble” congregation and we’re ready to celebrate!

Join the nationwide Good Trouble Congregation Celebration on Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 PM.  UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and Nicole Pressley will thank 19 Good Trouble UU congregations who lead the UUA national effort that reached 2 MILLION voters last year. UU Westport is one of them!

Register HERE for the virtual session. And if you can - join us in person, where we'll come together to eat, share and celebrate! RSVP to Janet Luongo. For more information about the evening, click HERE.

Our UUtheVote team thanks ALL volunteers who took action. The struggle to build a multiracial democracy is not over. Now, let’s party and recognize the power of unity, and renew our commitment through joy and gratitude. 
FURNITURE DONATIONS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE APARTMENTS
comfy chair with side table and lamp
Do you have any of the following that you no longer need and would like to donate?
 
  • Dressers – small and light,
  • Rugs (8 X 10 or smaller),
  • End tables,
  • Upholstered chairs
 
They can be put to good use in apartments being set up for refugees! 
 
For the full list of furniture needed and donation guidelines, please click HERE. For more information contact Dorothy Rich
"GRAB A BEAR" FOR THE BEARDSLEY SCHOOL
The second half of the year is in full swing at the Beardsley School, with teachers and students busy in their classrooms. Traditionally, The Beardsley Committee has been able to supplement the classrooms by providing supplies and story and picture books that teachers would like have but don't have budget for.
Beardsley bear
The Beardsley Board in the foyer near the library is one place to "grab a bear" and return it the next week with a gift we can then take to the school. Another is our electronic gift registry on Amazon. Please click HERE, or use the QR code provided, to find a list of needed supplies. They will be automatically delivered to us, and we’ll get them to the school. In these tight times, no gift is too small and all are appreciated!
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, March 7, 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, Friday, March 17, 6:30 PM (St.Patrick's Day). Come one, come all! Bring a dish to share and chat with new friends and old. Last month, we revealed our most and least favorite foods. (Leigh Gage's favorite food was "anything someone cooks for me." Many agreed.) Our host this month will be Melissa Jagoe-Seidl in Trumbull. RSVP (by Wednesday, March 15, if you can) to Eileen Belmont (email or cell: 215-350-3015) and she will send you the address.
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.