MAY 23-27, 2022 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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REMINDER: Important and informative meeting re our budget and finances after the service today in the East Wing. Come review our proposed budget for next year and see 3-5 year projections. Understand the possible implications for programs and staffing as we look out into the future. Light food and beverages will be provided.
As we all are aware, over the last few months we have experienced within our community a collision of opinions and conflicting perspectives. With that in mind, our Pastoral Care Associates have graciously scheduled a community-wide talking circle in our sanctuary for us all on Saturday morning, June 4. This will be a time of qualitative listening around the topic “what does our congregation do to either ‘enhance’ or ‘diminish’ the manifestation of a Blessed Community?”

We hope that as many of our congregation that wish to express their thoughts & feelings will attend. A talking circle is not an opportunity to debate but rather to hear our many perspectives in a respectful and wholesome way. Talking circles, also called “peacemaking circles,” come from the traditions of indigenous people of North America. Circle processes are based upon equality between participants and the principle of sharing power with each other instead of having power over one another.

Our Pastoral Care Associates will be sharing more about this powerful time of listening and sharing shortly. For now, we wanted you to have this on your calendars and look forward to seeing you June 4. Questions? Contact Pastoral Care at 203.227.7205 x 19 or Rev. Jim Francek.
UUWRITERS: THURSDAY, MAY 26 - 1:00 or 7:00 PM
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UUWriters. Explore monthly Soul Matters themes through Creative Writing. New members are always welcome. The topic this month is "Nurturing Beauty." The packet includes some wonderful songs and poems for inspiration. Join us Thursday, May 26 on ZOOM. Afternoon (1:00 PM) or evening (7:00 PM). Contact Sari Bodi for a zoom link and writing exercises to choose from.
The Naming Committee is asking for your participation in our search for a name for our spiritual home. Our TUCW Board charged this committee with creating a process for changing our name. You--the congregation--are going to play a very important role in the suggestion, selection, and voting process. Members and non-members can submit their name ideas between now and Sept 18either in the foyer under our naming poster or emailing our committee. 

We need your submissions for our naming process to be inclusive and democratic! Over the next couple of months committee members will be in the foyer after Sunday service to provide information on upcoming townhalls, a July summer service, and four step voting process in the fall.

We are enjoying reading all the name submissions. Please keep them coming. So grab a cup of coffee and start brainstorming! Thank you. Luisa Francoeur, Randy Burnham, Rob Herman, Sudha Sankar, Rob Zuckerman, Carolyn Gundell
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Our congregation was well-represented last Saturday in Westport as we joined people across the nation in our demands that the right to abortion be kept safe and legal. Others of us were in Wilton, Stamford, and beyond. The work never stops!
Please join us in watching this award-winning film about reproductive rights in Texas: On the DivideThe 90-minute film "follows the story of three Latinx people living in Texas who, despite their views, are connected by the most unexpected of places: the last reproductive health clinic on the U.S./Mexico border. As threats to the clinic and their personal safety mount, these three are forced to make decisions they never could have imagined." Peace is Loud has made this private film available to us in conjunction with the POV Community Network.
We will watch the movie and then have a short debrief discussion online: What did we learn? What is TUCW going to do now? Questions? Contact: Beth Cliff or David Vita Stay tuned for broadcast instructions.
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Environmental Justice means that all people should be treated fairly under environmental laws regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status. But in reality, they are not. A growing body of evidence indicates that low income, racial and ethnic minority groups are exposed to higher amounts of pollution. We benefit from many industries — even recycling! — that pollute air, water and land, yet we often don’t see, smell or think about the toxic conditions that are created in others’ communities. 

Please join us on June 5 after the service for a multi-media program featuring a local activist and a video with Robert Bullard, considered the “father of environmental justice.” This program will be both in-person and via ZOOM. For a short video introduction to EJ, click HERE
The 1619 Project
"The 1619 Project" by Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New York Times magazine. We will be focusing on the "Music" and "Church" chapters. Co-sponsored by the Racial Justice Council and TUCWomen BLM committee. All are welcome, whether you've read the book or not. 
Mondays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

Tuesdays: 11AM-12 noon Interfaith Theology RSVP HERE Nancy McKeever

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

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. 7:30 PM Color of Compromise Book Discussion David Vita

Fridays: Every other Fri (next, June 3), 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 and in person) 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:, 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
  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy: June 7 & 21 (1st and 3rd Tuesdays). 7:00-8:30 PM. Learn about Indigenous knowledge and rituals. Grandmother Nancy will teach us about identifying our spirit animals. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek

  • TUCWomen Summer Potluck, Friday, July 15th at 6:30. Eileen Belmont will be hosting in Westport, CT. RSVP to Eileen for directions.
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
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
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.