June 15-19, 2020 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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Faith Formation Service
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The service will air on our Facebook public page at 11:00 AM. Click HERE for the Order of Service. Virtual offering vop.tucw.org.
The 2020 Annual Meeting: June 14, 2020 following the service. 
Members only. Please reference prior emails for ZOOM link.
Introducing... Our new ministerial intern, Kim Warman!
Currently a seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago Kim will be starting her 2 year internship with us this summer. As a long time member of 2nd Unitarian Church in Chicago Kim was the coordinator of the social justice committee and the chair of their anti-racism committee. Her professional experience includes middle school math teacher and other positions in education. While attending GA with a friend as a teenager, she got “hooked” on the common values of UUism. Extensive travel throughout life has brought her back to the east coast. Though she is aware of changes since living here many years ago, Kim considers it a homecoming of sorts. We are delighted to welcome her.
As we get ready to say “goodbye” and “best of luck” to Reverend Belizaire, there is one last piece of news about her that we are excited to share:

As part of the graduation ceremony from Meadville Lombard Theological School, there were a number of prizes awarded to students of distinction. Based on her three years of schoolwork, Margalie was awarded The Roberta Nelson Prize in Religion Education. This award goes to a student who, in the spirit of Rev Roberta Nelson, has brought honor and distinction to the work of Religious Education.

Well done, Rev. Margalie!
Welcome to our Racial Justice Resource page .  
This initial posting will be regularly updated. If you have resource suggestions please email them to  david@uuwestport.org . Thank you.
NEW PROGRAM : Making Meaning in a Time of Loss
Mondays, 4-5PM, June 15, 22, 29

Embedded within this pandemic and cultural upheaval is a host of losses. What a harsh reality.

Being compassionate and relational human beings, we feel not only our own pain but that of others. We ask “What can I do?” To begin to address that question, we need to recognize it is also the time of possibility: a time to explore, reflect, clarify, and create new meaning and vision.

Please join Rev. Marti Bishop, MS and Pat Francek, LCSW, as they lead us to identify some of our losses, our fears, and our possibilities. We will explore how one makes meaning in times of life, death and uncertainty.

CLICK HERE for complete information. Register with Pat Francek. ZOOM info will follow.
COME TOGETHER FOR VIRTUAL GA! The UUA will be hosting GA 2020 online from June 24-28, 2020. Engage with fellow members as well as with UUs from all over the country, all from the comfort of your home. Click  HERE to register as a participant for the full conference or part of it.

On Tuesday June 23, 7-8 PM, Rev. John will host a planning meeting for all TUCW GA attendees, so that we can leverage our presence there, and so that everyone is equipped for success. ZOOM details will follow.
Summer is coming. Please note:

1. Summer services will start on June 28 at 10:00 AM. The first one will coincide with GA. Our Worship Associates are planning a rich and fulfilling summer. Stay tuned.

2. SOUNDINGS will be published every other week, starting June 26. We will combine WeekDAY and WeekEND into one publication released Friday mornings.

3. We are cutting back on our daily video messages and weekly Minister’s Messages. Savor them when you see them, just don’t expect to hear from the ministers daily.

Be sure you refer to the calendar for what’s going on this summer, and let Diane know if you have a church-related meeting. We need to keep the master calendar up-to-date.
Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group ninazcara@gmail.com Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Mondays June 15, 22, 29 4-5PM via ZOOM Making Meaning in a Time of Loss patfrancek@gmail.com

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com

Wednesdays 7-8PM, UU the Vote Planning Meeting ZOOM HERE. Meeting ID: xxxxxx xxxx Password: xxxxxxx. Landline: xxxxxxxxxxx Janet at jluongo3@optonline.net

Thursdays , 4-5 PM Talking Circles . ZOOM room HERE . Meeting ID: xxxxxxxxxxx
Password: xxxxxxxxxxx Landline: xxxxxxxxxxx jimfrancek25@gmail.com

Wednesdays or Thursdays: 8:30-11:30AM, weather dependent. Hiking in locations TBD. Gian gmoressi@gmail.com or Jamie jforbes1@gmail.com

Fridays, 12:00-1:00 PM - Friday Lunch Group ZOOM room HERE . Meeting ID: xxxxxxxxx Password: xxxxxxxxx

Sundays, 8:30- before church. Hiking at Sherwood Island Gian gmoressi@gmail.com or Jamie jforbes1@gmail.com

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . Rosen323@aol.com These must be signed-up for ahead of time; they depend on host availability, group size.
The UU Movie Discussion Group 's movie choices for this month are: “Django Unchained”, “Unforgiven”, and “Dances with Wolves.”

If you have trouble accessing these, the runners-up are “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “The Magnificent Seven”.

We will discuss these in a Zoom meeting on Friday, June 26 starting at 7:30 PM. Contact: Dorothy Rich - dorothyjeanrich@gmail.com
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
ZOOM Information for All TUCWomen Gatherings: Meeting room: HERE
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Tapping Circles
Carol Hamilton will teach us how to use a simple meridian tapping technique, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), to help address stressful thoughts and feelings related to the pandemic. Carol is a certified EFT provider trained to use EFT to resolve trauma.
Dates: Mondays, June15, 22, 29 - Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy continues online.
Talking circles include drumming, rituals, story-telling and thought-provoking conversations.
Dates : Tuesdays, June 16, 23, 30 - Time: 7:30 – 9:00
Food for the Soul
Eileen Belmont leads the conversation, kick-started by quotes from noteworthy women whose contributions have shaped our identity and our destiny. The influence you exert is through your own life and what you become yourself. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Date: Thursday, June 18 - Time: 12:30-2:00
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access.
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 always 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 Kristen Leddy , 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 .
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.