January 13-17, 2020 - 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.
Former UUA President To Speak on Human Rights Activists of the Transcendental Movement: Tuesday, January 14 at 7 :00 PM
Rev. John Buehrens will be our guest and speak on his new book this Tuesday. Conflagration discusses Transcendentalists, Unitarians, and their 19c. fight for justice. Says Kirkus Reviews: The book is “ [a] clear, vibrant picture of the varieties of heroism that appear in battles for human rights. ” 

The Beacon Press explains: "Many Americans meet the Transcendentalists only through literature classes. History reveals much more. They were also religiously committed social activists. Their moral idealism was a response to materialism and inequality. Activists today inherit their legacy, but often do not know the stories of their heroism." This book tells their stories. 

Please join us; all are welcome; bring friends ! Refreshments and books for sale and signing will be available after the talk.  
We extend sympathy to the family of Susan Brady who recently passed away. The  memorial service for Susan will be on Saturday, January 18th at 1:00.
Happy 2020! Thanks for your help in keeping our community informed about all that is happening in our vibrant community.
A friendly reminder: entries for Soundings, Order of Service and Calendar must be approved by a staff anchor before they can be processed. Other guidelines:

For Soundings:
• 125 words or less. If you have more, link to a website article.
• Pick out and send a photo along.
• Announcements can appear twice only (They don’t have to be consecutive weeks.)
• We will edit if we need to.
• Send to Charles Klein by 5:30PM Wednesdays.

For Order of Service:
• Short one- or two-lines description. Invite people to Soundings or website for more information. Send to Diane Donahue by 12:00PM Thursdays.
For complete communications guidelines, go HERE. Questions? Contact Beth Cliff
Chili Cook-Off and Game Night: NEXT Saturday Jan. 18 5-8PM
Please join us for a night of fun and games for all ages! Plus, We Need Your Chili for our event!

SIGN-UP to bring a pot to share in this friendly competition. Bring your favorite board game or card game too. We'll gather 'round and let the good times roll --
Needed: School Supplies for Beardsley

At the Beardsley School in Bridgeport, teachers spend their own money for classroom supplies. You can help by choosing one of the bears on our Beardsley Board - each one has a teacher-requested classroom item. When you return it to our bin in the foyer with the bear attached, we will make sure it gets to the teacher!

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Beardsley School.
Happy New Year to all of our hikers! We had our last hike of 2019 and look forward to starting up again in April 2020. We are grateful to all of you who chose to spend a Saturday morning in the beautiful Connecticut woods! All the best, Gian and Jamie
All women are welcome at all events.
Sacred Circle with Grandmother Nancy Andry
2nd and 4th Tuesdays, beginning January 14, in the Meeting House at 6:30 (except in February when the Circle will meet on February 4) Grandmother Nancy is an elder and storyteller and will lead a Native American talking circle. Learn more HERE.

“I felt a sense of peace and the beginning of a great companionship amongst the women of the circle.” Participant Sarah Kent
January Potluck - At the Westport home of Linda Hudson. Friday, January 24 th. Chase the winter away with the warmth of gathering with old friends and new. Easy parking, no stairs. Note that there are cats on the premises. RSVP for events by email: tucwomen@uuwestport.org

Learn about more upcoming events at uuwestport.org/tucwomen-events.
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Announcing Mystery Pen Pals 2020, the anonymous letters exchange with someone at church! Nate will randomly pair a child with an adult incognito to exchange letters starting February 2nd. This is an official invitation to children (7th grade and younger) & adults to participate. Look for a signup table in the church foyer. Sign-up starts January 12 and ends Sunday, January 26. Ask Nate for more information. Fun, fun fun!
TUCW Orchestra is playing at the Family Friendly Worship Service on Jan. 19. Seeking anyone who plays an instrument. Contact Nate.
Neighboring Faiths Program - Islam – January 2020
Register by emailing Ravi Sankar. Click HERE for more information. First session this Friday January 10 at 7PM, East Wing.
Creating Theology Together
First Saturdays of February, March, April, 9AM-1PM. We will be a pilot session. Based on Rev. John's doctoral thesis. Contact Rev Shelly
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and offered in January and February. Visit Adult Faith Formation on our website or email leaders as listed below.
Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM Meeting House Buddhist Practice Group ninazcara@gmail.com Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM Meeting House. Sacred Circle with Grandmother Nancy Andry saribodi@gmail.com ( exception: first Tuesday in February, the 4th )

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com
Fridays Jan. 10, 24 7 PM East Wing and Jan. 17 1 PM Bridgeport Islamic Community Center Neighboring Faiths: ISLAM ravisankar100@yahoo.com

Saturdays in Jan. up thru Feb 15. Sanctuary. Sight-singing (9:30AM) and voice classes (11:15AM) ed@uuwestport.org

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . Rosen323@aol.com These must be signed-up for ahead of time as they depend on host availability, group size etc.
January 2020: What Does it Mean to be a People of Integrity?
"On some questions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it polite?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but we must do it because Conscience tells us it is right." ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Community Barn Dance for all ages. Sat. Feb. 1, 5-9 PM.
Cabaret is coming: Sat. Feb 15! Time to polish up those songs and poems .
Child care is provided for Sunday Services and on an as needed basis for other events. Organizers of events should contact  Nate Pawelek  to arrange child care.

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 .

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our Pastoral Care Associates.
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 .

For a complete listing of all upcoming activities, see our church calendar. Click here.

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.