July 24-August 6, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
The next edition of SOUNDINGS will go out August 6 and cover August 7-20, 2021.
CLICK HERE for a 4 week calendar PDF. .CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Part of our engagement work centers around helping us staying connected with each other as a community. Before the summer is out, we'd like to celebrate all the GRADUATES who are off to new starts in September: college, or life after college. These are big milestones to honor - for the grads, and for their parents or caretakers.

SO - if you know of someone who has graduated this spring, please send Beth Cliff their names, their parent/caretakers's names, school they graduated from, and school (in case of HS graduation) they are going to. And then, stay tuned!
The Unitarian Church in Westport. Sanctuary filled with people.
Our services are both in person and online and no sign-up is required ahead of time. All are welcome. 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); vop.tucw.org; or mail in a check.
SUNDAY, JULY 25, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“The Value of Money: Aligning Worth and Wealth” - Carrie McEvoy

This is NOT a sermon on the amount, but rather an exploration of theologies of money and how we live into our values. Click HERE for the Order of Service.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 1, 2021 - 10:00 AM
“Lughnasadh” - Mary -Megan Marshall

Celebrate the first of three harvest festivals as we progress through the year. We will honor our ancestors and our future descendants with rituals.
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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.
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Faith Formation this summer is a great way to meet each other and Heather Hamilton, our Lead for Children's and Family Faith Formation. 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 info. And if you'd like to help her out for a Sunday, please let her know!

Children's and Family Faith Formation Invites YOU to be a classroom teacher for Pre-K through grade 6. No previous experience necessary! We are asking for a month commitment to help teach our exciting Soul Matters curriculum and more! Share your love of learning and joy of being a UU with our children. 

We would like 6 adults to help for this to be a success. No previous teaching experience is necessary nor do you need to be a parent to participate! ALL are welcome here.

For more information, please connect with Heather at heather@uuwestport.org, or call her 203.227.7205 ext 17. She welcomes all calls!
Rev. John will be offering the next four session Soul Matters Starting Point program in September, on Thursday evenings: September 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m. A rich and engaging program, each week will focus 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. At the end of the program, the group will be invited to continue to meet monthly for at least a year as a Soul Matters Sharing Circle.

Contact lindalubin@gmail.com Soul Matters Program Coordinator for more information or to sign up.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 3, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Our parking lot will be put to good use as folks in the area get together to enjoy each other's company, and swap some lovely women's apparel: clothes, shoes, scarves, even jewelry. No sales, no promotions, no money, just connecting and swapping. RSVP, directions, and sign-up for something to bring can be found here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c094aa9aa22a6fc1-aug3rd.

At the time, voluntary cash donations will be accepted to support the Domestic Violence Crisis Center of Connecticut. (www.dvccct.org). See you there!
DROP IN MOVING! CLASSES: Tuesdays and Thursdays
We are off to a great start with our Tuesday morning (7:30 AM) and Thursday evening (6:30 PM) low-impact exercise classes. A new way to be in community and engagement - and to take care of our hearts. Reminder, this is open to young and old, new friends or old-timers, all genders and athletic abilities.

Please join our mailing list if you think you might ever join us - we want to be able to share updates, especially last-minute weather cancellations. We want this to be a "drop in" class, but we don't want you to drop in when we've already canceled for some reason! Join by sending an email to beth@uuwestport.org
(note: NO CLASSES AUGUST12-24)
Social Justice Banner
Our #BLM movie discussion group is taking the remainder of the summer off. We'll see you in September. Any questions please contact Beth or Sudha.
The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport
Thursdays, July 29, August 12 & 26, 2021, 7:30-9PM
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 attend all, or any, of the remaining 3 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.
Volunteers are needed Friday August 13th to box up and handout curbside pick-up dinners to families at Building One Community in Stamford. This outstanding organization provides many training programs and resources that help immigrant families successfully integrate into the community. We have greatly missed hosting spring and fall Family Night dinners at B1C during the pandemic. Thanks to Chef Julyen we have a plan to distribute dinners the same evening as children receive their back to school supplies. Please contact Kathy Roberts (kproberts@att.net) if you would like to participate or contribute to the dinner.
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Congratulations, Nicole Pressley, our national UUtheVote director, for leading the UU the Vote team and it being a finalist recognized by Fast Company magazine.You can read about it HERE. And congrats to our own team leaders Janet, Jamie, Sari, Sudha, Carol and Beth, and all the dedicated volunteers in our congregation on being part of the UU the Vote effort here in CT!

We're looking forward to having Nicole at our service on August 29. Imagine a multi-racial democracy - Nicole asks what does it look, sound and feel like? Send your brief description to jluongo3@optonline.net ASAP, to share with Nicole.

Today’s issues: Pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants at a crucial junction in Congress. And the right to vote endangered in Texas as Reps flee to D.C. to seek federal redress. Please support immigrants and voting rights. To take ONE action - petition, call, write, or text – Check messages at: tucwuuthevote@groups.io.
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
  • Meditation Mondays: July 26 (Leigh Gage: click here to learn more Time: 7:00-8:00 PM HERE
We offer key sections of the last two weeks'
lay-led summer services for your convenience here.

“This I Believe” - Dayle Brownstein
Joanne Glasser Orenstein, Linda Lubin
SUMMER SERVICE – July 11, 2021
Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Global Perspectives”
Beth Cliff & fellow congregants SUMMER SERVICE – July 18, 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 pca@uuwestport.org.
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 pca@uuwestport.org
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
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.