August 21-September 3, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 
Phone: 203.227.7205 visit us at
CLICK HERE for a 4 week calendar PDF. .CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
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This is the last of our summer SOUNDINGS; we will be resuming our church-year schedule as of September 3: WeekEND (in your inbox Friday mornings) and WeekDAY (in your inbox Sunday mornings) editions.

Entries for both editions are due Wednesdays at 5:30 PM.

For guidelines and instructions, click HERE.
TAKE NOTE: This year we will have our traditional Homecoming Sunday Service on September 12, 2021. We are also going to have a Welcoming Sunday Service complete with EXPO two weeks later, on September 26, 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. Masks required regardless of vaccination status. Our services this summer are lay-led. For a 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 in person on Sundays, or on VENMO at The Unitarian Church in Westport (@TUCW-1);; or mail in a check.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 22, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“Radical Acceptance based on Reciprocity!”
Pastor Tamara Gordon, Ijeoma Okwuosa, Teryl Eisenberg
& Rev. Jim Francek
Radical Acceptance invites us to awaken to the realities that surround and impact us. It involves a profound experience of embracing the real issues of the day with a sense of courage and hope. It encourages us to mutually identify and leverage our compassion and our personal and collective strengths towards a positive future.

In our UU tradition of welcoming persons from all faiths, this morning we will hear a dialogue between:

  • Pastor Tammy Gordon, founder of The Broken Women’s Ministry
  • IJ Okwuosa, Supervisor Emergency Department Addiction Services, Bridgeport Hospital,
  • Teryl Eisenberg our coordinator of Bridgeport John Street effort
  • Rev, Jim Francek, our community minister.

Tammy’s story will touch upon her journey in and out of prison leading to her sense of personal mission. Your will hear how her Radical Acceptance of the truth in front of her led her to a deep sense of purpose. Their dialogue will wrestle with the substantial challenges of engaging life with RADICAL ACCEPTANCE based on Reciprocity at its core.

Click HERE for the Order of Service.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“Imagine Faith Building a Multiracial Democracy”
– UUtheVote Team
At this service, our Youth Faith Formation Leader Nate Pawelek interviews youth activist, Lillian McKeever; Arnela Ten Meer narrates Langston Hughes; and Sari Bodi asks our honored UUA guest, Nicole Pressley, “How Do You Imagine a Multi-Racial Democracy?” 

Nicole asks YOU to answer the same question. Create text, audio or video on what multi-racial democracy looks, sounds and feels like to you, and send to:
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For info contact Janet Luongo.
Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
Our children have been learning about endangered animals and have discussed UU Principles 5 and 7 - we honor, use and protect the democratic process, and we respect the web of life of which we are a part. Stay tuned for more on Heidi, our adopted Sea Turtle!
The children adopted Heidi as they studied endangered animals.
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They studied the lives of elephants and purchased food for rescues in Thailand.
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They learned about dolphins and how to help them thrive.
To find out more about our Family Faith Formation programs, please see HERE.
Heather Hamilton is our Leader for preK-7th grade programming, and Nate Pawelek for Youth (8th-12th grades.) Questions? Please contact either Heather or Nate.
We're taking a week off! There will be no children's programs on August 22.

August 29, 2021 - We continue to track Heidi the Hawksbill Turtle and learn about endangered animals. We will color using our homemade crayons we created earlier in the summer.
TAKE NOTE: Our Whole Lives ("OWL") is running this fall for 8th and 9th graders. OWL is comprehensive sexuality education and helps teens navigate the wonders of their bodies and relationships safely, respectfully, and consensually, at a pivotal point in their lives.

For more about OWL and why Unitarian Universalists think it is important for our youth, please go to the discussion of OWL At A Glance on our website. And if you have rising 8th or 9th graders who would like to participate in OWL, please connect with Nate Pawelek.
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The TUCW team that brought you programs on racial injustice and health inequities is beginning work on our next event. The focus will be on housing segregation.

If you have an interest or expertise in this topic, or would like to share your event planning skills with a passionate and engaged UU team, please contact Lisa Donohue-Olivieri. Thank you!
Final Session: Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 7:30-9:00 PM
How To Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby
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 the final session 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.
Urge Virginians to have their voices heard for governor, A.G., and 100 state delegates who decide voting rights. After our UUtheVote service, you can pick up a pack of 10 postcards designed by Reclaim our Vote. For more information contact Jamie Forbes: Join our group at:
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 No classes until 8/31.

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 No classes until 9/2.
7-8:30 PM September 9, 16, 23, 30 Starting Point Linda Lubin

Saturdays: 12:00 noon- 4PM John Street Bridge Luncheon Donations David Vita

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
  • Due to Covid restrictions, our Potluck has been modified to a ZOOM Potluck, Friday, Sept. 17, 6:30. Eileen Belmont will be hosting. ZOOM HERE

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesdays, Sept. 7 and 21 - 7:00-8:30 PM. (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. ZOOM HERE. Contact Pat Francek.

  • Black Lives Matter Book Group, Friday, Sept. 3, 7:00-8:30 PM. We will be discussing The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. ZOOM HERE

  • Women’s Retreat at Mercy Center by the Sea, Madison CT. Saturday, Oct. 9, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM. Contact Pat Francek.
We offer key sections of the last two weeks'
lay-led summer services for your convenience here.
"Growing Roots: The Meaning of Life is Right Here" - Carrie McEvoy
SUMMER SERVICE - August 8, 2021
"The Pilgrimage of Love and Loss'
August 15, 2021
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
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.
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
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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.