February 21-25, 2022 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. .CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
VOICES CAFÉ TONIGHT! 7:30 - virtual and in person. Tickets HERE.
Cathy McElroy jumping YAY! WE DID IT!

To get us in the mood for our Black White and Gold evening [scroll below for more info], please send us a picture of you and your loved ones. Email photo with "RISING UP" in the subject line, to events@uuwestport.org by this Wednesday, February 23 if at all possible - in other words, as soon as you can! - so you will be included in our montage. Please make sure you get a return message back confirming receipt so we both know your entry was received ... internet and email can be funky sometimes!
Choral Chameleon 
February 26 2022 at 8 PM
Choral Chameleon is back with us this year, with a fabulous program. Our own Minister of Music, the Rev. Edward Thompson, has written a 12-movement choral masterpiece entitled "Step Into The Night," that they will be singing as a world premier performance. Also included in the program, the gifts of The Brad Whiteley Trio with Jeff Walton on Saxophone.

For complete information, click HERE. Tickets available at the door and online. This concert is in person only with doors opening at 7:30 PM for an 8 PM start. We look forward to seeing you!
JOIN US FRIDAY, MARCH 4 - 6:00-9:00 PM
We are planning a fabulous evening! Please join us: members, friends, and supporters are welcome. The event is free. Please wear some combination of black, white and gold.

This will kick off our stewardship pledge drive, "Rising Up!"

Bring a main or side dish, salad, or dessert as part of a potluck dinner. We will provide drinks and appetizers. We have a great line-up of music and other entertainment from congregants and friends, and it will be just wonderful to come together as a community. It's been a long time!

We will follow the Reopening Committee's direction: relevant attendance guidelines will be in effect. The experience is designed to be an *amazing* in-person gathering, but we will live broadcast the entertainment, starting c. 7:30ish, for those who can't make it to the building.

More info will follow; for now we wanted to make sure you held the evening on your calendars. RSVP is helpful but not required. Babysitting will be provided; let us know if you'll want it.

Kudos to the intrepid workers who, despite high winds, below freezing temperatures, and equipment difficulties, installed the final pieces of glass in the north wall of the sanctuary. The necessity for January ZOOM services prevented weekly observations of this complex and difficult process, but in-person services have returned. Come back as soon as possible to fully appreciate the grandeur of our newly restored sacred space.  

Mere words are hardly enough to thank John Turmelle, our Facilities Manager, for his leadership and management of this critical focus of the 2019-22 Capital Campaign. What’s next? Removing and replacing the flooring and carpet throughout the foyer, business offices, meeting rooms, and Rev. John's office. Stay tuned for additional updates!
A cold day to set 1st piece of large glass.
Looks easy when you know how.
The new north wall glass: outside perspective.
All the glass is in on the north wall: inside perspective.
The scaffolds and all of the big equipment outside are now gone.
All the glass is in!
Amazon Smile
You made a difference
Did you know that our congregation is part of the Amazon Smile program? If you sign up by clicking smile.amazon.com and identifying "Unitarian Church in Westport" as your charity of choice, you can make it so that .5% of every purchase you make on AMAZON goes to our beloved community. Note that purchases must be made while you're on the Amazon Smile platform.
And then - help us support Beardsley School by purchasing on our electronic Beardsley Board. Click HERE, or you can find it by going to REGISTRY in the top left, putting in UUwestport as the registrant name, and "custom" as the type of registry. Beardsley Board will show up when you click on it. 
There you go! That’s a win/win/win! Contact Beth Cliff if you have questions.
Social Justice Banner
IDI and YOU! The Intercultural Development Inventory or IDI is a tool for The Unitarian Church in Westport as individuals and a congregation to provide a pathway in Widening the Circle. We are planning two Part I sessions and we invite you to sign up for either Sunday February 27 at 4:30 PM or Wednesday March 2 at 7:00 PM for an hour and 15 minutes. Please write to idi@uuwestport.org for more information. We look forward to sharing this exciting process with you! IDI Team: Cheryl Dixon, Kim Warman, and David Vita
Black Lives Matter
  • Listen: to a Black History Month program on African American Women in Music and Words. 
  • Watch: Owned: A Tale of Two Americans, a documentary exploring the discriminatory practices and policies in the American housing market. 
  • Learn: A Social Justice Parenting Workshop, where Dr. Traci Bailey shares tips on how parents can create space for belonging at home while raising children in the world. 
  • Read or Watch: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an award-winning book by Rebecca Skloot and a critically acclaimed film adaptation by Oprah Winfrey.
  • Support a Black-Owned business: Queen’s Delight Cafe, delicious food, open for breakfast and lunch, both sit- in and take-out. 130 John Street Bridgeport, CT 06604

Please CLICK HERE for details.
The Unitarian Church in Westport has joined the Desegregate Connecticut coalition for a more inclusive Connecticut, advocating for more equitable, affordable, and environmentally-sustainable land use policies with a focus on expanding the diversity and supply of our housing stock. (Please click HERE to read more.)
Faith Formation
Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
This occasional course throughout this year will focus on helping us develop a more common theology than our own individual beliefs. This course, in its final stage of development to be published by the Fahs Collaborative in Chicago, is based on Rev. John's Doctoral Thesis. All are welcome! You are encouraged to come to as many sessions as possible. Join us in the East Wing or Rev. John's office, 11:15. In person only. Please RSVP to Rev. John.
UU WRITERS: THURS, FEB 24 - 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM ON ZOOM
fountain pen pointing to the right
UUWriters. Explore monthly themes through creative writing. Next meeting will be Thursday, February 24 on ZOOM. Afternoon (1:00 PM) or evening (7:00 PM). The topic is "Widening the Circle." Contact Sari Bodi for a ZOOM link and writing exercises to choose from. All are welcome.
SUNDAYS MARCH 6, 13, 20, 27 11:15 AM
Lent & Passover: Traditional Readings as Metaphor for the Path to Freedom. The Bible and Torah offer stories traditionally read in these times, as we prepare for Easter and Passover (and Spring!). We will begin with a candle lighting and check-in, creating a safe and clear space to discern more deeply. Are we in a ‘wilderness’ today? How do we get to a Promised Land? What must die so that we may live more deeply? We will approach all readings as universal metaphors that guide each of us, and humanity, towards greater well-being and a fuller connection to this life. Contact Tom Hearne for more information.
Mondays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis. Podcast Discussions with Rev. John first Mondays, 7-8 PM on ZOOM HERE. Linda Lubin

Tuesdays: 11AM-12 noon [off until Mar 8] Interfaith Theology RSVP HERE

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

Thursdays: 7:30-8:15 AM. MOVING! (Virtual) low impact aerobics ZOOM HERE. Joanne Glasser Orenstein . 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: Every other Fri (next, Feb 25), 12:30-2PM Shawl Ministry Jan Braunle.
First Fridays 12-1PM Awakenings ZOOM Kathy Roberts. 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 Meditation (Virtual) ZOOM HERE Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group first Saturdays and third Mondays, 9:30 AM. Jamie Forbes Gian Morresi
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
  • How to transform a good story into a motivational one! Monday, Feb 217:00–8:30 PM. Join us in this highly interactive workshop led by Elizabeth Macdonald!! For further information, tucwomen@gmail.com ZOOM: HERE

  • Simple Energy Techniques Mondays, Feb 21 and 28, 4:00-5:00 PM. Meridian tapping technique can enable users to find relief from stressors and facilitate problem solving. Contact Carol Hamilton. Carol is a Level 3 EFT practitioner. ZOOM: HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Meeting, Friday, Feb 25, 7:00–8:00 PM. All are welcome. Program and speaker to be announced. Contact tucwomen@gmail.com. ZOOM: HERE

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy: March 1 (First and third Tuesdays of the month), 7:00 –8:30 PM, Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations Zoom: HERE Contact Pat Francek at patfrancek@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 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
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.