JANUARY 23-27, 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.
REMINDER: CONGREGATIONAL MEETING DIRECTLY AFTER THE SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY JAN 29. BABYSITTING WILL BE AVAILABLE. SEE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ZOOM HERE FOR THOSE FEW WHO CAN'T JOIN IN PERSON. NOTE YOU MUST REGISTER FOR ZOOM BY SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 AT 3:00 PM TO PARTICIPATE.
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY:
NEW BREATH! NEW CONNECTIONS! NEW FIRE!
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Recently, Jenna McPartland, Tom Hearne and Rev. John announced a program for congregational renewal based on ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ (AI). AI is a process of identifying our individual and congregational strengths and joining them to our dreams and aspirations. This initiative will breathe new life into our conversations, enhance our connections and harness the energy of our collective passions - our fire!. It will also guide us in generating a new collective vision for our future as a congregation.

*For more information on this effort… please click HERE.
NEIGHBORING FAITHS: QUAKERISM FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 - 7:00 PM
TRAVEL TO FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE IN WILTON NEXT SUNDAY, JAN 29 10AM
Our Neighboring Faiths program will begin this year with a look at Quakerism, led by Gordon Cliff. The study will include a visit to the Friends Meeting House in Wilton. Details below:

  • Friday, January 27 - 7:00 PM Intro to Quakerism, our Meeting House
  • Sunday, January 29 - 9:55 AM visit to Friends Meeting House, Wilton [and then we come back quickly for the Congregational meeting]
  • Sunday, February 5 - 11:15 AM Debrief on Quakerism, Library or East Wing.

Questions? Contact Ravi Sankar or Jamie Forbes.
TUCW FINANCE 101(2): THE ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE
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The Endowment Fund was created by the TUCW constitution, and has both restricted and unrestricted funds to support the long-term mission and financial security of the Congregation. Your elected Endowment Committee manages the money and disburses it according to the donors’ wishes, including restricted funds supporting faith formation, social justice, physical infrastructure, and music. Unrestricted funds annually support the operating budget and are available for emergencies. In coming years, with an uncertain economy and stress on the operating budget, restrictions on annual distributions may become significant.

The Endowment was created from gifts from our founding generation and more recently, from congregants like you. The five elected members of the Committee are currently: Mark Corcoran (Chair), David Bauer, Jamie Forbes, Cindy Potter and Tom Hearne
SAVE THE DATE!! BARN DANCE FUN! SATURDAY, APRIL 29
Hello Fellow Dance Fans! April 29th is the big day, Billy Fischer and Wry Bred return to raise the roof! SAVE THE DATE! 

It's been a few years, but we’re sure it's gonna be fun for all ages. This event is a roaring good time and we don't have to stay til midnight cleaning the kitchen - hooray for pizza! And this year we’ll also have a cake carousel with a cool set list. (Bakers, we need you!)
 
We’re just in early stages of recruitment for volunteers – let’s pair up an “old-timer” with a newcomer – the more the merrier!  Love your help! Email Cathy McElroy or text is best: 1.203.394.1017.
FROM OUR GARDENS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE
"Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part:" it is our 7th Unitarian Universalist principle on which our committee bases its work. No doubt you are aware of the disruption climate change and other human practices are having on biodiversity everywhere, including our sanctuary landscape. Our assessment of our plant life has informed our immediate and long-term priorities. For now, we have targeted several hazardous trees and invasive species for removal. Invasives are non-native plants that cause environmental and economic harm, or harm to human health. Invasives alter the interaction of native plants, animals, soil and water within their ecosystems. They spread rapidly and their reproductive rate makes them hard to control. Read more HERE for info about Connecticut's invasive thugs and recommendations.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Tuesdays. 11AM-noon. Interfaith Theology. Twice monthly. Check schedule HERE. Nancy McKeever. First and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM Women's Circle with Grandmother Nancy. ZOOM 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: Third Fridays 6:30 PM Women's Potluck. Location moves monthly. Eileen Belmont. Last Friday of each month: 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 (Unitarian Church 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
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The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, January 24, 7-8:30 PM. (This meeting is an exception to our usual first and third Tuesdays of the month) Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations. Grandmother Nancy will offer teachings on the importance of animals and their communication with one another and with our ancestors. While this seems to be a lost ability, we'll hear about how to begin rebuilding that connection to animals. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek
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 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.