February 1-5, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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NEW! LEADING WITH GRACE Leadership Program offered by Rev. John
4 Thursdays in February, 7:00-8:30 PM
We are pleased to be inviting all interested TUCW friends to our virtual program "Leading With Grace," a course for both established and potential leaders who want to develop their capacity for "spiritual growth through leadership." Included will be a review of our UU principles and how to apply them in leading more effectively as well as practical tips on how to run an effective meeting and plan strategically for the future.
Please contact Rev. John to reserve a seat; space is limited. Thursday evenings in February 7-8.30pm.
The Addiction Recovery Ministry is sponsoring a Recovery Talking Circle every other Monday at 7 PM, virtually. Individuals and family members can share on a number of issues including compulsive behaviors related to alcohol, drugs, sex, shopping, gaming/gambling, screen overuse and eating

Our first circle is Monday February 1. Contact: Jim Francek for more information and ZOOM link.
We will be launching a new Starting Point four-session series, led by Rev. John, next month. Please contact Linda Lubin for details.

Miriam Levin, a longtime TUCW member and Starting Point alumna, shares her appreciation of her Soul Matters Sharing Circle experience: “A new topic each month with spiritual exercises, poetry, suggested books and music evokes profound insights and deep interpersonal sharing. I find the open, honest sharing very rewarding."

The first session of Starting Point gives one a taste of the Soul Matters Sharing Circle process, and the remaining three orient folks to our UU faith and invite sharing of spiritual journeys. After the four sessions, all are invited to continue to meet monthly as a Sharing Circle. The circles follow a structured format, with a monthly theme that deepens our connection with ourselves through connection with others.
TUCW is sponsoring a workshop brought to us by The Domestic Violence Crisis Center, to help us recognize the signs of domestic violence and to help someone experiencing abuse: a lifesaving gift. 

Domestic violence has been a growing problem through the pandemic.  The call to “stay home to stay safe” has posed dangerous scenarios for many domestic violence victims who feel isolated and are trapped at home with an abuser. Faith communities remain one of the few places where people can still connect - whether in person on online.

ZOOM room HERE. Meeting ID: 875 7140 7113 Passcode: 739121
Questions? Contact Wendy Levy, head of our Safer Congregations team.

As the DVCC shares with us: Healthy relationship skills are not innate. They are learned. Youth deserve to have the skills and knowledge needed to engage in healthy dating relationships. DVCC offers a wide variety of programs to educate the community on healthy relationships, particularly young people and those in young people’s lives." To find out more, including access to a Teen Dating Abuse Parent Resource Guide, click HERE.

Beginning with this issue of SOUNDINGS, the Membership Team will be introducing recent new members of our congregation to us, so we can all get to know each other better, which is especially important in these isolating, pandemic times.
Brian Connelly was first introduced to The Unitarian Church of Westport in the late 70’s by his father, John Connelly. When he was 8 years old (the youngest of seven children in an Irish Catholic family) his parents divorced. His father remained spiritually loyal, but had to find a new place to worship and grew to love TUCW where he often brought Brian.

Brian and his wife Tina live in Fairfield, and have two teenage boys, Owen and Griffin. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities, especially biking, snowboarding, and coaching youth athletics.

Brian has always worked in the software industry selling solutions to healthcare and financial services organizations. He was yearning for a spiritual community to serve and grow, but without the dogma, and is delighted to be a part of TUCW congregation.

Brian is currently very involved in supplying lunches and support to the John Street Bridge effort, participated in our initial Starting Point, and is in a Soul Matters group.

We all extend Brian and his family a warm welcome!
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2021 – 10:40 AM
What are the obscured truths of how Black people have been controlled through history? How are they relevant today?

TUCW is introducing a seminar series to help answer these questions. The first will be Sunday February 7 directly following the worship service.

The multimedia program will feature a guest speaker from the Equal Justice Initiative, as well as artistic performances and works, including Joan 'Lyric" Leslie, a slam poetry champion, and our own TUCW member Andy Gundell sharing his anthemic song, “Prayer.” An open mike for free-flowing discussion will follow the prepared program.

Please remain on ZOOM after the worship service to enjoy this engaging session. And feel free to invite others to join us! You can direct them HERE for more complete information. Contact: TUCWomen@gmail.com.
Clean Slate legislation is now before the Connecticut General Assembly. It will create an automatic process to erase certain prior Connecticut criminal convictions from an eligible person’s record after they have completed their punishment and remained crime free for a number of years.

A criminal record should not be a life sentence limiting employment, education, housing, and other opportunities for those formerly incarcerated to successfully rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society.

Please contact Althea Seaborn if you’re interested in more information or being on a Racial Justice Council team to help pass this important life-changing piece of legislation.
#BLM MOVIE GROUP: Wed February 10, 7-8:30 PM
#The BLM Movie Group will be discussing One Night in Miami at our next meeting. This is a fictionalized account of 4 icons of the '60s civil rights era getting together in a hotel room after the famed* Clay vs Liston fight in 1964. In his NY Times review, A.O. Scott declares: "This is one of the most exciting movies I've seen in quite some time." 

All within and outside the TUCW community are welcome to join us for open, spirited, respectful discussion. ZOOM HERE. Questions? Contact Beth Cliff or Sudha Sankar .

*Sports Illustrated ranks the fight as the 4th greatest sports moment of the 20th century!
Mondays 6:30-8 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis. 7 PM Addiction Recovery Talking Circle Jim Francek

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM The Power of Now Jim Francek; 7-9 PM Is Mysticism Where Science, Art and Religion Meet? Bart Stuck and 7-8:30 PM (Every other Wed; check calendar) #BLM Movie Night. ZOOM HERE. Beth Cliff Sudha Sankar

Thursdays, 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. In February, 7-8:30PM Leading with Grace Rev. John

Fridays 12-1 PM Awakenings ZOOM HERE Kathy Roberts

Sundays 9:00-9:45. Meditation Janet Luongo

1st Saturday and 3rd Wednesday of the month 9:30 AM. TUCW Hiking Group Gian Morresi Jamie Forbes
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.
  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton Meditations to quiet the mind. Every Monday in February. 7:00-8:30 PM

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. Tuesdays, February 2 and 16, 7:00-8:30 PM. Special ZOOM HERE

  • Intensive Journaling offered by Carol Hamilton. Wednesday, February 3 and 17 7:00-8:30 PM Learn a variety of novel journaling techniques to help us delve more deeply into our personal stories. Journaling can help us deal with life's stressors.

  • BLM Book Club: Friday, February 5, 7:00-8:30. We are reading two short books. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin and Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

ZOOM Information for most TUCWomen Gatherings: Meeting room: HERE ID: 457 957 6089
Passcode: 998419. Landline: 1.646.558.8656 Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
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 Mary Jane Cross or Beth Cliff.
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.