November 1-5, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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More fun from the Fall Family Fun Fest ...This IS our Future!
CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE CAMPAIGN IN FULL SWING:
ALL GIFTS WELCOME! 1:1 MATCHING
We are more than half-way into our campaign to support Family Faith and our new children's programs. Thank you to all that have donated so far!
 
And ... we need more help from our beloved congregation to reach our full goal of $20,000. Our children are the lifeblood of the future of TUCW, and we must nurture them in the UU way so that they too can grow up to become leaders at our community and throughout their lives in the world.
 
"We came to TUCW in part to instill UU values into our son. The friendships and the way he conducts himself away from us is a testament to what he has learned so far from the church.” - The Somashekars
 
To give, please use VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"); vop.tucw.org, or send in a check. Please put CHILDREN in the memo line. Every gift will be matched one-for-one by The Scouller-Nelson Fund.
REMINDER: Our Town Hall to discuss a possible name change meets next Sunday, November 7, directly after the service and the Residential Segregation discussion. The meeting will be in the sanctuary, with a light lunch provided. Please plan on staying after worship for both meetings: each will discuss issues of importance to us and our congregation.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP CONVENES MONDAYS NOV 8 - DEC 13
Two of our Pastoral Care chaplains are offering a Grief Support Group for those who have lost a significant person in their lives. This is a 6-week support group for those experiencing grief from a loss that is recent or in the past. The group is marked by compassion, safety, support and confidentiality. Understanding the grief process, sharing our losses, finding ways to cope and discovering new meaning in life are integrated in our sharing each week. Each session builds upon the one before. Thus we ask that you attend each session if possible.

Sessions run November 8 - December 13, 5 - 6:15 PM. We’ll meet virtually and then if there is a consensus we can switch to in-person meetings. For more info or to register, contact Pastoral Care facilitators Pat Francek or Chuck Harrington.
REV JOHN AT WESTPORT LIBRARY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 9, 7:00-8:00 PM

Rev. John has been invited to interview author Mondiant Dogon Tuesday night November 9 at the Westport library. Mark your calendars, it's sure to be a fascinating discussion. Click HERE for more information.
REV. JOHN'S MONTHLY PODCAST DISCUSSION SERIES
BEGINS MONDAY, 7:00-8:00 PM, on ZOOM.
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Join us as Rev. Morehouse kicks off a new monthly series, using various podcasts as discussion material. For November he will lead a discussion of the On Being podcast episode, “Forests are Wired for Wisdom.” “Suzanne Simard is the forest ecologist who has proven, beyond doubt, that trees communicate with each other – that a forest is a single organism wired for wisdom and care. ... [t]he processes that make for a high-functioning forest mirror the maps of the human brain ..... All of this turns out to be catching up with the intelligence long held in aboriginal science.” Listen to this podcast and come ready to share your thoughts. Contact Linda Lubin for ZOOM info.
MEMBERSHIP ORIENTATION, THURSDAY 7:00-8:00 PM on ZOOM
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The membership committee invites any folks considering joining our faith community as members to join us for an orientation on ZOOM Thursday, 7:00-8:00 PM. New members are being recognized during the service on November 21; we’d love to have you be a part of it! Please RSVP and get ZOOM link by contacting Rob Zuckerman.
MOVING! ON ZOOM, TUESDAYS 7:30-8:15 AM
Joanne Orenstein MOVING classes
MOVING! has moved to ZOOM! It's dark, and it's starting to get cold. So we've moved to inside for now. Join us Tuesdays at 7:15 AM to check in and say hi; we start exercising at 7:30 AM. We stop at 8:15 and then folks can get off immediately, or stay on for a little longer conversation. Love to see you there! Drop in as you're able. ZOOM HERE.
AWAKENINGS RESUMES,
FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 12:00-1:00 PM
Our Friday luncheon group called Awakenings is resuming after a summer break. We are now meeting on the first Friday of each month at 12:00 noon and our first meeting will be on November 5th.

We light a candle, do a little Kumbaya, check in and read a poem. Some eat their lunch, others just smack their lips at the sight of other's lunches. Anything from politics and books to music might enter into the conversation.

For more information contact Kathy Roberts to join our mailing list and receive the zoom link.
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CALLING FOR GENTLY USED CHILDRENS' COATS
Beardsley School Committee and kids - October 2021
Our Read Aloud Day at the Beardsley School last week was wonderful; we look forward to supporting the school with more readers and tutors as the year progresses. Let us know if you're interested!

AND ... Beardsley children need warm coats and gloves or mittens! If your child has outgrown last year’s coat, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a new life. Please drop off coats for children ages 4-13 in the Beardsley Box under the Social Justice table. Mittens and gloves are needed as well, and thank you to our knitters who are creating hats and scarves for them this month! Beardsley is a neighborhood school which means children walk to school each day. Please, let us keep them warm this winter. Accepting donations thru Nov. 21. Contact: Lynne Laukhuf
IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE OUTREACH MEETING
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - 7:30 PM ON ZOOM
Join us at our next meeting when we will be discussing new opportunities to increase our current outreach. Advocacy? Community education? Apartment set-ups? FUNdraising? Interested?
Contact David Vita - david@uuwestport.org or 203.227.7205 x14.
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE:
RESIDENTIAL SEGREGATION & OUR 8th PRINCIPLE
Sunday, Nov. 7 - directly after the service: in person & ZOOM
How is our 8th principle connected to the concept of “home” and “neighborhood”? Seeking the truth in love means we may uncover disturbing or uncomfortable facts. On Sunday, November 7, our service will conclude at 10:45 with the showing of “Segregated by Design,” a brief video by The Color of Law author, Richard Rothstein. This video is an eye-opening synopsis of how our government — at all levels — unconstitutionally segregated cities across America. As part of our journey toward spiritual wholeness, we will hold small group discussions about how our UU principles connect to “home” and the issue of residential segregation. 

Please join us for this hour long program, available both in-person and via ZOOM. Click HERE to view the video’s trailer.  
RACIAL JUSTICE BEGINS WITH YOU!
NEW RESOURCE GUIDE AVAILABLE
Keep your eye on this space every other week for events, community actions, recommended readings and videos, and free virtual and local in-person events. This week, help encourage voter registration, make your voice heard to Protect Remington Woods, learn how to raise antiracist kids, and hear about the important intersection of social and environmental justice. Click HERE for our resource guide.
VOICES CAFÉ IS BACK!
Voices Café successfully kicked off its 11th season with a sold out concert this past Sunday night and a live-stream audience.

We’re back after COVID. More exciting music will be coming your way soon.

Thank you for your support over these past 10 years.
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.

Tuesdays: 7:30-8:15 AM. MOVING! (Virtual) low impact, heart-healthy aerobics. Beth Cliff
6-7 PM. Qigong (Virtual) Julie Moffat

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM The Power of Now Jim Francek

Thursdays: 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: Every other Fri, incl Nov 12, 12:30-2PM. Shawl Ministry Jan Braunle

Saturdays: 12:00 noon- 4PM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita

Sundays: 9 AM Meditation (Virtual and Oak Room) Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group meets the first Saturday and the third Tuesday of the month, 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: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
  • Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, November 2, 7:00-8:30 PM. (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. ZOOM HERE. Contact Pat Francek

  • Black Lives Matter Book Group, Friday, November 5, 7:00-8:30 PM. Another chance to discuss The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. ZOOM HERE
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
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 Dorothy Rich, Diane Cano, or Sharon Poole.
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
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.