SOUNDINGS The Unitarian Church in Westport summer banner
JULY 23-AUG. 5, 2022 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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The next edition of SOUNDINGS will go out August 5 and cover
August 6-19, 2022.
CLICK HERE for 4 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Every Saturday: Brown bag lunch donations to support John Street Outreach. Drop off Saturdays noon- 4:00 PM. Sign up HERE; contact David Vita to learn more.
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Please join us in person for our uplifting services each Sunday during the summer months. These will be led by dedicated friends and members of our congregation, and in person only. They will not be broadcast live, although a recording will be made available later for subsequent viewing.

Offerings each week can be made in person as we pass the plate, via, or feel free to mail in cash or check.

The Worship Associates have done a fabulous job planning out a terrific summer for us. Click HERE for the complete Summer Services schedule.
SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2022 - 10:00 AM
Carrie McEvoy
UU Minister Lisa Ward writes that covenant is a way of saying, “I will abide with you in this common endeavor, be present as best as I can in our becoming.” In this service we will explore how making a covenant with each other strengthens our relationships in this, our chosen community.

Carrie McEvoy is a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry. She recently served as Intern Minister at Community Church of New York in Manhattan and has earned a Masters of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, Ill. She lives in Norwalk, and is a member of the Unitarian Church in Westport where she has served as a lay leader in many different capacities, including Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Click HERE for the Order of Service.
SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 - 10:00 AM
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In our world so troubled by the pandemic, climate change, oil depletion, mass extinction, and divisive forces, to name a few, how can we renew and deepen our faith so that we can come through these challenges with grace and ease?” Join guest preacher Lynne Ford as she explores how renewing our faith can uplift us, and provide us with the tools necessary to thrive, not just survive.

Lynne Ford is a retired elementary school teacher who graduated with a Master’s in Divinity from Meadville Lombard May 2022. She is now the chaplain at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, CT

Click HERE for the Order of Service
Rising K - 4th grade children are invited to join us this summer in the West Wing [to the left as you enter the building] 10:00 AM-11:00 AM each Sunday, as parents and caregivers attend the service in the sanctuary.

Come have fun learning about our UU Principles, follow our adopted Sea Turtles and explore Mindfulness!

Bring your friends to church and if they have children, this is a great way to learn about Unitarian Universalism and the world.

Stay tuned for any changes via the church calendar posted on the website. Reach out to Dr. Heather Hamilton for info.

Children of all other ages - younger than K (with their caregivers) and older than 4th grades - are always welcome to join the adults in the sanctuary and be part of our worship service.
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UU Meditation & Mindfulness, 9:00 AM Sundays.
For place & details contact Janet Luongo.
Please note that the memorial service for Barbara Webster will be on Sunday, August 7th, at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to join the family. A reception will follow.
Rowan (3rd grade) and Willow (Kindergarten) are pleased to introduce their family:

Rowan loves to play with other kids. She hopes that next year more kids to participate in Children’s Chapel.

Willow enjoys talking one-on-one. She welcomes a conversation with each of TUCW’s congregants- no matter the age.

Rowan and Willow have a dog named Rogue. He is 12 years old and sleeps most of the day.

Rowan and Willow’s dad’s name is Ari Palczewski. Ari co-taught TUCW’s 6th and 7th graders Crossing Paths last year. He works at a company called ASML.
Rowan and Willow’s mom’s name is Angi Haen. She owns her own law firm - Law Office of Angi Haen. Angi co-taught Crossing Paths, too. She also participates in a Soul Matters Group, the Membership Committee, and recently completed the Our Whole Lives (OWL) teacher training.

You can usually find us at the playground after Children’s Chapel. Stop by and say “hi” sometime!

We'd love to hear from you, too! and
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We’re almost there! Sunday July 31 is the Big Switch, when we move donations stored in the Meeting House to the East Wing after the morning worship. Vehicles and hand trucks will be standing by. You can help by loading and unloading. Meanwhile, in the sanctuary, all the chairs get moved out of the way and tables set up. Move one, move 10 – it all helps. 
We’re still looking for VOLUNTEERS AUG 1-5 and on Saturday the 6th, especially for clean up at 4:00. Contact Dorothy .
DONATIONS: The Meeting House is FULL. So please wait to bring things directly to the church starting July 30 up until Aug. 4. Need help? Contact Linda, 203-829-6685 ph/txt. 

What to donate? CLICK HERE.
Our “What’s in a Name?...” service encouraged us to reflect upon our identity, who we are as  a congregation and the importance of our name. Speakers shared how their own name varied in different contexts and life stages and with family and friends. The interactive service helped individuals to express feelings about their personal identity and spirituality while opening their minds to each other’s voices. It also invited new perspectives, and practice in building beloved community through trusted discussions. 

The service is part of our ongoing democratic process to enable all members of our congregation to have the opportunity to suggest, advocate, vote and select a name. We have 40+ suggestions so far and we urge you to please submit suggestions by September 18th to
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American Civil Liberties Union
In response to the June 24, Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade in an unprecedented attack on reproductive freedom, the ACLU has organized a People Power’s Abortion Activist Series. This is a collection of virtual events and trainings on how you can join the fight for abortion rights, no matter where you live. The series runs every other Tuesday beginning Tuesday, July 12 at 8:00 PM through September 6. Session #1 is, Know Your Rights: Digital Privacy and Abortion Access.

For more information and to sign up for the series, please CLICK HERE.
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Since January, 2020 we have been working with April Barron with her Helping Hands Outreach program: among other things we have provided 25,000 Brown Bag Lunches.

David Vita spoke with April and she would like to raise funds to send 5 kids from the P.T. Barnum Housing Community to summer camp. She asked if we could help. So, we're asking you! Our goal is $1,500 to send 5 kids to summer camp for 5 weeks. If you can, please send a check to the church (10 Lyons Plains, Road, Westport 06880) made out to TUCW, subject line: summer camp, and mail it with c/o attention: David Vita. Thank you!
Saturday, September 10th, Choral Chameleon presents a Choral Wash, the first one ever in Westport!! More details in the next SOUNDINGS!
Mondays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis. 

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM The Power of Now Bob Bevacqua

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: Last Fridays 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM Dorothy Rich

Saturdays: 12:00 noon- 4 PM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita

Sundays: 9 AM UU Meditation & Mindfulness for place & details Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group Sundays in July and August at Sherwood Island 8am Jamie Forbes Gian Morresi
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access
TUCWomen A place for sisterhood intimacy and deeper connections
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info. 
Questions? Contact
  • The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, August 2, 7-8:30 PM. Learn about Indigenous knowledge and rituals ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek.

  • Meet new friends and connect with old ones. Come to the TUCWomen Summer Potlucks, Potluck Beach Party at Sherwood Island, Friday, August 19.

  • And then, Friday, September 16th at Sudha Sankar's house. For further information, contact
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.

“ART- Action, Reflection, Transformation”

Adair Heitmann

SUMMER SERVICE - July 10, 2022

Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)- 24Hr 888–774–2900
Alcoholics Anonymous: 866-783-7712
Al-Anon (family members of alcoholics)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
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,or Diane Cano,
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.