March 29 - April 2, 2021 - 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.
CLOSING TIME APPROACHING FOR
OUR ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET CAMPAIGN
Pledge Pie Chart showing 58% goal reached
Thank you to everyone who has pledged so far! As of March 23, we have achieved 58% of our pledging goal based on 106 pledging individuals and families!
 
But we are not done yet. As we wind down our annual operating budget campaign, we want to remind those that have not pledged yet to please make your commitment HERE ASAP. This is so that we have time to accurately estimate the budget for the 2021-2022 fiscal year and can start making decisions on salaries, programs, and other operating costs.
 
Help us achieve 100% of our goal, to help our congregation continue to guide our virtual and (eventually) in-person connections and action.
Last week Charles Harrington spoke to us about why Unitarianism and our congregation in particular have been so important to him.

You can always pledge now by clicking HERE, or by contacting Diane in the church office 203.227.7205 x 10.

Questions? Contact stewardship@uuwestport.org.
ADDICTION AND MENTAL HEALTH 101 Friday April 9, 9-NOON
CAP - Community Awareness/Congregation Assistance Program
We are hosting this important CAP program, free to all, Friday April 9. Certificates of Attendance for 3 credit hours will be provided. Spread the news; share the brochure with friends and colleagues.

Do you know what to do if a person is in distress? After this CAP training you will:

  • Be educated and gain awareness of substance use and mental health issues
  • Learn how to identify and respond to signs/symptoms of problematic Substance Use, problematic Gambling and Gaming behavior, and other Mental Health Problems/crises such as risk of suicide
  • Receive resources available to support persons experiencing behavioral health issues.

Open to the public.  Advanced registration required. Register HERE. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with the event. For more information, email Ingrid.Gillespie@liberationprograms.org or Wendy Levy wlevyma@hotmail.com
UUTHEVOTE: POSTCARDS, MOVIE DISCUSSION
We are mobilizing against voter suppression by contacting BIPOC infrequent voters in VA, where a critical gubernatorial race is heating up, through Reclaim Our Vote. 

We need a few more volunteers to write 60 postcards and send to Virginia by April 17. Jamie Forbes will inform you when and where to pick up. You buy 36-cent stamps. (Some scholarship monies available.)

And watch "Suppressed 2020: The Fight to Vote", and discuss on Tuesday, March 30, 7:00 PM. To get the ZOOM link contact Janet Luongo.
BUILDING YOUR OWN THEOLOGY
STARTS THIS THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2021
Every Thursday evening in April from 7:00-8.30, Rev. John will lead the very popular Building Your Own Theology (BYOT) course on ZOOM. This course helps participants form their own theology covering such topics as life, death, God, Evil and Ethics. Registration is limited so please contact Rev. John directly.

 April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 7-8:30 PM. ZOOM HERE. ID: 896 4448 1130 Passcode: 923157 Landline: +1 646 876 9923
C.G. JUNG & RELIGION AFTER THE DEATH OF GOD:
WEDNESDAY APRIL 7, 7:00 PM
Through-out this year, Marjorie Partch and Bart Stuck have been leading the series “Is Mysticism Where Science, Art, and Religion Meet?” on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. On April 7, Dr. Royce Froehlich, a Jungian analyst in private practice in NYC, will join them to discuss C.G. Jung’s thoughts on the interconnectedness of mental health and religious practices.

Jung considered the study of religion to be indispensable in the psychotherapeutic treatment of individuals, especially in the second half of life. He was a master of finding common ground in the major spiritual traditions of the world and would interpret religious rituals and scripture into a psychologically-oriented language suitable for contemporary audiences.

Please join Dr. Froehlich as he explores Jung and religious practices further. To register, click HERE. For more information about Dr. Froehlich and the program, click HERE.
"LEADING THROUGH GRACE" PROGRAM A GREAT SUCCESS
22 people joined Rev. John this past February for his 4-week Leading with Grace program brought to us by the Leadership Development Team. The interactive series, designed to promote spiritual growth through leadership, was a resounding success. Engaging members from all walks of congregation life, at all points in their leadership experience, graduates have consistently been sharing outstanding reviews. Said one: “Serving with Grace was terrific. Not only did I get to interact with other members in a meaningful way but the class improved my leadership skills, nurtured my confidence and gave me a new understanding about how service can be spiritually satisfying.” Keep an eye out and consider joining the next time it is offered!
ONGOING PROGRAMMING EACH WEEK
Mondays 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis. 6:00 PM (Every other Mon; check calendar) 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

Thursdays, 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. 7-8PM in April Building Your Own Theology. ZOOM HERE, Rev. John

Fridays 12-1 PM Awakenings ZOOM HERE Kathy Roberts

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

1st Saturday and 3rd Tuesday 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. Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
  • Tapping Circles with Carol Hamilton  Mondays in March and April, 7-8:30 PM Tapping is a stress reduction technique that boosts our well being and helps with problem solving. Contact Carol ZOOM: HERE

  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. Tuesday, April 6, 7-8:30 PM. We will be celebrating the Spring Equinox. Special ZOOM HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Book Group, Friday, April 2, 7:00-8:30 PM, led by Eileen Belmont. We will be discussing The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein. ZOOM: HERE

  • ZOOM Pot Luck: Get to know fellow UU's with themed conversations. Bring a friend. Meet a friend. Friday, April 16th. 7:00-8:30. Hosted by Elizabeth MacDonald and Miriam Levin.
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
PASTORAL 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.
CARING NETWORK
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.
ADDICTION RECOVERY
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.