July 10-23, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
The next edition of SOUNDINGS will go out July 23 and cover July 24-Aug. 6, 2021
CLICK HERE for a 4 week calendar PDF. .CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
GREETINGS FROM HEATHER HAMILTON
In front of TUCW 7.8.21
Hi everyone! I want to officially say, “Hello!” My first week has been full of meeting new people, seeing old friends, finding supplies and receiving many messages via emails and calls. I feel so welcome, thank you!

Over the summer I will be in the office on most Wednesdays and Fridays, working from home on Thursday and back in person on Sundays.

I am starting to map out what the fall might look like for our younger families, old and new. To that end, I would love to meet you and hear your thoughts about Faith Formation. What are you looking for in our program? What are your priorities? Please call (203.227.7205 x17) , set up a time to meet, or email me: heather@uuwestport.org. Exciting times at TUCW!
SUNDAY WORSHIP, JULY 11 and JULY 18, 2021
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Our services are both in person and online and no sign-up is required ahead of time. All are welcome. Please wear a mask if you have not been vaccinated, or have a sensitive immune system. Our services this summer are lay-led. For a complete list of Summer Sunday topics and leaders, click HERE.

Our ZOOM link is always on the front page of the website 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. Doors will open in the ZOOM room at 9:50 AM.

Offering gratefully received on VENMO at TUCW-1; vop.tucw.org; or mail in a check.
SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“This I Believe”
Dayle Brownstein, Joanne Glasser Orenstein, Linda Lubin
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Each speaker will briefly share a deeply held belief that has guided them through their life. In addition to Joanne, Dayle, and Linda, we will also hear from Tom Croarkin, Laurie Anderson, and Dave Caplan. Click HERE for the Order of Service.
SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Some Global Perspectives” – Beth Cliff & TUCW Congregants
scene from Poland Oct 2020
We will hear from congregants who were born outside of the US, as they share with us perspectives on the state of women’s rights across the globe. From Nigeria to Brazil, Curucao to France, Italy to India, The Netherlands to Indonesia - How are we doing? What can we do to protect and honor the inherent dignity of all? Beth Cliff will emcee an amazing list of congregants.
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VIRTUAL MEDITATIONS - SUNDAYS at 9:00 AM.
For info contact Janet Luongo.
Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
To find out more about our Family Faith Formation programs, please see HERE.
Click HERE for the 2021 TUCW Summer Fun & Games schedule.
Faith Formation this summer is a great way to meet each other and our new staff member, Heather Hamilton. Look for her on Sunday mornings as you enter the main hallway. Children will gather, light the Chalice, talk, and engage in a fun art project. Parents are encouraged to come downstairs immediately following the service to see and hear all of what has transpired.* Contact Heather for information.
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021 - Fire Breathing Dragons

  • Sunday, July 18, 2021 - Finger Painting and Sidewalk Chalk Art
*If you would like to sign up for a Sunday of fun with our children, contact Heather or Nate.
RAISING THE BAR 2021 SUMMER SERIES [virtual]
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Thursdays, July 15, 29, August 12 & 26, 2021, 7:30-9PM
This summer the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport leads a summer series of discussions on Jemar Tisby's How to Fight Racism. All are welcome to attend all, or any, of the remaining 4 sessions by clicking HERE.

The book is a handbook for pursuing racial justice with hands-on suggestions bolstered by real-world examples of change. Tisby offers an array of actionable items to confront racism that helps readers consistently interrogate their own actions and maintain a consistent posture of anti-racist action.

While Tisby roots the ultimate solution to racism in the Christian faith as he embraces the implications of what Jesus taught his followers, this series is for anyone who believes it is time to stop compromising with racism and courageously confront it.
DROP IN MOVING! CLASSES:
TUESDAYS 7:30-8:15 AM; THURSDAYS 6:30-7:15 PM
Our first MOVING low-impact aerobics/exercise class was a ton of fun! And so great to laugh in person, together!

Joanne Orenstein leads us at a firm and compassionate pace. Take care of your physical and metaphysical heart, Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 AM and Thursdays 6:30-7:15 PM. Drop in when you can -

Please email Beth Cliff if you might be interested in joining us at some point, so she can keep you updated in case of scheduling changes due to weather, etc. No pressure, all fitness levels, all fun!
BUDDHIST PRACTICE GROUP: MONDAYS AT 6:00 PM ON ZOOM
Did you know? We offer a Buddhist practice group every Monday on ZOOM. Led by longtime TUCW member Nina Nagy, this group is based upon the tradition of Theravada Buddhism. Unlike other programs, it is carefully structured to meet the needs of novices and advanced practitioners alike: all are welcome.

Buddhism interfaces deeply with the Unitarian principles of service, open mindedness, and the importance of living a life of justice, learning and love: these are deeply intrinsic in Buddhism as well. Buddhism may in fact deepen this work to a deeper internal and external harmony with the offering of various practices and teachings.

Classes are 6-7:30 PM. A modest donation covers costs and a gift to the church. Please RSVP to Nina so she can share ZOOM info. For more info, click HERE.
NEXT NAME CHANGE DISCUSSION - JULY 17
Reminder that upcoming Name Change discussion meetings will be: Saturday July 17, 9:00 AM with Catherine Onyemelukwe as host. ZOOM HERE

If you have not attended a prior meeting, we encourage you to join and share your thoughts and opinions.
#BLM MOVIE DISCUSSION: WEDNESDAY JULY 14 7-8:30 PM
Our #BLM movie selection for our Wednesday, July 14, 7-8:30 PM meeting is The Last Man Standing in San Francisco, "a wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights, and other locals on the margins ..... [It]is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they’re made—and kept alive—by the people who love them." All are welcome to join this informal discussion group. No RSVP required: just join us!

ZOOM HERE. Contact Beth Cliff to get on our mailing list. 
SUMMERTIME ... AND THE GIVING IS EASY ....!
We have multiple ways to contribute to the offering and complete your pledge for the operations at the church:

  1. Pay via VENMO, @TUCW-1
  2. Pay via credit card www.vop.tucw.org
  3. Pay by going directly into REALM.
  4. Mail in a check or cash to our church office

Thank you, in advance, for all you give to make us a happy, healthy, vibrant community.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING EACH WEEK
Mondays 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Tuesdays 7:30-8:15 AM. MOVING! low impact, heart-healthy aerobics. Beth Cliff

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM The Power of Now Jim Francek; 7-9 PM Is Mysticism Where Science, Art and Religion Meet? Bart Stuck

Thursdays, 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. 6:30-7:15 PM MOVING! low impact, heart-healthy aerobics. Beth Cliff

Sundays 8:00 AM. at Sherwood Island TUCW Hiking Group Gian Morresi Jamie Forbes
9:00-9:45. Meditation Janet Luongo
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access.
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
Rebellion book
On Tuesday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 PM we are celebrating long-time member Janet Luongo's new memoir, Rebellion 1967. Don your bell bottoms, tie dye, and love beads and join us for a groovy night, a throwback to the 1960s with music, food, and a reading from Janet's memoir. RSVP: tucwomen@gmail.com

  • Sunday, July 18, 2:00 PM, at Grandmother Nancy's house in Monroe. Song and ceremony, and a potluck. Must be vaccinated. RSVP: Pat Francek

  • Meditation Mondays:  July 12 (Janet Luongo – Chakra Meditation), July 19 (Nina Nagy: click here to learn more ), July 26 (Leigh Gage: click here to learn more Time: 7:00-8:00 PM HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Book Group, postponed to Friday, September 7:00-8:30 PM. We will be discussing the entire book of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. ZOOM HERE

  • Save the date! First In-Person-since-the-Pandemic Potluck Dinner Friday, September 17, 2021, 6:30 PM at the home of Sharon Poole Bittenbender in Easton.

  • Women’s Retreat at Mercy Center by the Sea, Madison CT. Saturday, October 9, 9 AM - 5 PM. Only 25 seats. $36.00 incl. lunch. Contact Pat Francek for details.
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
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, Diane Cano, or Sharon Poole.
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
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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.