May 10-14, 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.
WANTED: CHILDREN'S & FAMILY FAITH FORMATION LEADER
As Rev. John mentioned in a prior message, we are seeking someone to lead our Children's & Family Faith Formation program. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person. SPREAD THE WORD! - word of mouth can often be the most productive way to recruit great talent. Click HERE for job description. Let's make this happen, friends!
GET INTO THE SWING OF IT!
WE NEED A PICTURE OF YOUR FAMILY BY SUNDAY MAY 16!
Young boys playing on beach
Our Swing Into A(UU)ction is fast approaching, and as part of the festivities, we’re putting together a montage of each of our families happily in motion – swinging! Swinging what?  A racket, a bat, a hammer, a rope, your skirts, legs or arms - your partner!
 
It can be a still photo (use landscape setting on your phone) or a 10 sec. or less video clip.   
 
  • Send your pics/videos to Dorothy Rich.   
  • Subject Line:  SWINGING 
  • Include names as you’d like to be identified, e.g. ‘The Clarks’ or ‘Maggie and Mike Clark’ 
  • By Sunday May 16 please!  

Note: if you send us a picture, you are giving us permission to use it in our communications and on the web.
JOIN US: EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WELCOME
TUCW At The Movies
Our #BLM movie discussion for Wednesday May 19, 7-8:30 PM is Fruitvale Station. The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Arnela Ten Meer and Kathy Roberts are emcees. Questions? Contact Beth Cliff. ZOOM HERE.

The UU Movie Group has made its selections for their Friday, May 28, 7:30 PM gathering: Judas and the Black Messiah, Soul, and The Woman in the Window. No need to watch them all; all are welcome. For ZOOM and further details contact Dorothy Rich.
ANTI-RACISM RESOLUTION DISCUSSION
TUESDAY, MAY 11 AT 7:00 PM
Join members of the Racial Justice Council on Tuesday May 11 at 7:00 PM for an informative conversation about the proposed Anti-Racism Resolution. The congregation will be asked to approve this Resolution at the June Annual Meeting. Please read the Resolution HERE. And join in with ZOOM HERE.
WHAT IS THE 8th PRINCIPLE?
On April 11th we had our first chance to discuss a congregational Anti-racism Resolution proposed by the Racial Justice Council, which includes adoption of an 8th Principle. Understandably there were a variety of questions and there will be more opportunities for discussion.

For answers to some FAQ’s CLICK HERE. Questions? Contact Kathy Roberts
NAME CHANGE DISCUSSION - SUNDAY, MAY 16
The Board of Trustees sent out a letter to all announcing its intention to consider a name change for the church, to be more inclusive and reflective of our spiritual community. It looks forward to discussing it with the congregation over the coming months.

Our first in a series of discussions about this will take place after the service next week. Please stay on to join the conversation. Can't make it? No worries, there will be more opportunities this spring, summer and fall.
CONTACT OUR CT LEGISLATORS ON VOTING RIGHTS
HJ59 (Early Voting) and HJ 58 (No Excuse Absentee Voting) will be called ​in the next two weeks. Please continue to ​call to urge​​ support for both​, and thank elected officials ​do support them.​ Email and call your local CT State Reps and Senators; find your state legislators email addresses HERE.

Ask your CT State Representative to vote Yes for both bills. Follow up with phone calls. Click HERE for more information. Thank you! The UUtheVote team: Janet, Jamie, Sari.
REGISTER FOR VIRTUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY: JUNE 23-27
Logo for Virtual UUA GA June 2021
It's here! UUA's General Assembly will be virtual this year, full of rich opportunities for connection and learning. Stacy Abrams and Desmond Meade will be the Ware Lecturers.

Registration is now open. GA registrants receive access to the 2021 Online Participation Portal, including live, simulive, and on-demand video content, the virtual exhibit hall, chat features, support, and a (new!) GA mobile app. Click HERE to register now! Contact Rev. John if you'd like to be a delegate and represent the congregation.
YOUR TIME CAN BE OUR TREASURE
We are always looking for volunteers, and this spring is no different. Please, take a look, and spread the word!

  • Co-Lead of Caring Network. Our Caring Network provides food, rides, and small gifts to our TUCW friends in need. Currently Mary-Jane Cross and Beth Cliff manage it. It requires only a small amount of time (1-2 hours or less) each month from the privacy of your home, and the rewards - for recipients, caregivers, and managers - are huge. Contact Mary-Jane or Beth if you can help out.

  • Other opportunities we have mentioned recently, with contact info:
  • Tech Team Support David Vita 203.227.7205 ext 14.
  • Tutors for The Refugee Services program at CIRI. Kathy Roberts
  • Food chauffeurs for FEED (Food Equity and Economic Development). Michelle McCabe 203.334.1121 x 16.

AND if you have a volunteer opportunity that needs a "shout out," please contact Beth Cliff and we'll include it here in the future.
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) 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.

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
  • NEW! The Listening Path, a six session series on Mondays based on Julia Cameron's latest book. Mondays 10, 17, 24, June 7, 21. Through exercises, we will explore the practice of listening deeply to the environmentSpace limited to 10 people. Contact Carol Hamilton. ZOOM: HERE

  • Virtual Potluck on Zoom, Friday, May 14, 7:00-8:30. Get to know your fellow TUCWomen with relaxed, scintillating conversation. Bring a friend! Meet a friend! ZOOM: HERE

  • Grandmother's Kitchen: Tuesday, May 18th, 7:00-8:30 PM. Grandmother Nancy Andry invites us into her kitchen to hear songs and stories about the buffalo which she learned from her Lakota teachings. She will teach us how to make Bison Chile. (Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy will start up again on June 1.) RSVP and we'll email you the recipe. Pat Francek ZOOM: HERE 

  • Black Lives Matter Meeting, Friday, May 21, 7:00-8:30 PM. We are continuing to work on the following areas: revealing the history of racial inequities; police accountability, and education reform. ZOOM: HERE

  • Creating the New Normal Together, Tuesday, May 25, 7:00-8:30 PM. As TUCW women, we’ve gotten through this pandemic time with ups and downs. Join us to share what programs and initiatives the UU women are doing that have added meaning or worthwhileness during this time. ZOOM: HERE

  • We’ll also share the results of the SURVEY you’ve filled out and brainstorm what we want to create in the new normal of our near future. Survey: HERE.
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
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
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.