NOVEMBER 14-18, 2022 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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Don't forget to drop off non-perishable donations this Sunday and next!
UU PLAYERS PRESENT THE LARAMIE PROJECT NOV 18, 19 AND 20
Friday Nov 18 (7PM), Saturday
Nov 19 (7:00 PM)
and Sunday Nov 20 (2:00 PM)

The UU Players is pleased to announce its production of The Laramie Project. Based on the brutal 1998 murder of twenty-two year old Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student, the play explores the circumstances around the crime, and the varied - and often shocking - reactions of the people of Laramie. The play becomes the portrait of a town in a soul-searching moment, as it explores issues of morality, religion, and humanity itself.

This uniquely constructed piece pulls from hundreds of interviews with Laramie residents, conducted by the play’s creators, The Tectonic Theater Company under the direction of Moises Kaufman.

Click HERE to read an informative featured article from The Connecticut Post. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or at uuwestport.org/uuplayers.
COLLECTING CHILDREN'S COATS FOR BEARDSLEY STUDENTS
The cold weather is upon us, and there are students at Beardsley that can't walk to school and play in the playground in comfort because they have outgrown their coats from last year. That's where we come in!

If you have a gently used child's coat - from preK to smaller adult sizes - please drop it off near the Beardsley Board in the foyer. We will get them to students who will be so appreciative! Spread the word among your neighbors! Questions? Contact Beth Cliff. And THANK YOU!
LET'S BRING BACK ADULT NEIGHBORING FAITHS
If you would like to co-host this program we would like to hear from you! Before the pandemic we visited mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship. These visits included talks with worship leaders of the different faiths and invitations to worship services. If you would like to be a part of this please contact Ravi Sankar. We need to plan and make arrangements with the respective worship leaders and places of faith to make this an enlightening and rewarding experience!
MORE WREATHS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
Christmas Wreath in snow

Good news! We ordered excess holiday wreaths, and we have 30 extra! If you have not ordered your holiday wreath, it is not too late! They are hand-crafted in Vermont and are $35 each. Some of the money helps to support the youth group service trip to TN in April.

UU WRITERS: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17 1 or 7 PM. VIRTUAL SESSIONS
The next UUWriters meeting on Zoom will be Thursday, November 17. All are welcome. The theme is CHANGE! We meet at 1:00 PM or 7:00 PM. You can come to either session. You pick a topic from the UUWriters packet and write as little or as much as you want. We don't critique the work, but discuss how we connected to it. Contact Sari at for the writing packet and a ZOOM link.

"Change can be painless and joy filled. But more often than not it is from the rubble and ashes that a new self emerges."
TRANSGENDER DAY OF REMEMBRANCE - SUNDAY, NOV 20, 4-5 PM
Triangle Community Center, 650 West Ave. Norwalk, CT
candle in remembrance
Join us in community to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. We will be making art as encouragement and inspiration to those who are still here with us.

"Transgender Day of Remembrance seeks to highlight the losses we face due to anti-transgender bigotry and violence. With so many seeking to erase transgender people - sometimes in the most brutal ways possible - it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered, and that we continue to fight for justice."
~ Transgender Day of Remembrance founder Gwendolyn Ann Smith
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE SUNDAYS DECEMBER 4 & 18,
BEFORE AND AFTER THE SERVICE
Donate those scarves and jewelry that aren’t your favorites anymore. Bring your contributions to the Church Office and include your name and email so we can send you a receipt. Questions? Contact Sari.
HYBRID UU MOVIE GROUP MEETING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 AT 7:30 PM
Till
Movies up for discussion this month are: “Till”, Tár and “Armageddon Time”. Please join us if you have seen any of these or want to hear about them.

We are going “hybrid”! We will meet in the West Wing as well as on ZOOM. Walk ins welcome. For more information, or the ZOOM link, email Dorothy Rich. Dorothyjeanrich@gmail.com
BOARD MEETS NOVEMBER 15 AT 7:00 PM ON ZOOM
square logo of church silhouette with blue gold colors
The Board will be meeting this Tuesday at 7 PM on ZOOM. The Agenda can be found HERE. A draft of the minutes from the October meeting can be found HERE.

Rev. John will be discussing our priority end for 2022-2023, No. 1.2.4: “We become a financially sustainable, engaged, growing Congregation comprised of all generations.”

All the ends for this year can be found on our website, HERE.  

Board meetings are open except for executive session; please contact our Secretary, Stapley Emberling, if you would like to attend.
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRIES IS HERE FOR YOU
Committee On Ministries
Ensuring the fulfillment of our mission and vision to Inspire Connect and Act
Your Committee on Ministries (“the COM”) is your body, overseeing the alignment between our congregation’s mission and the work of our committees. The COM also assists in matters of conflict and advises our Senior Minister as representatives of our congregation.

Our members are Jenna McPartland (Chair), Monica Garrison, Chuck Colletti, Shahan Islam, Julyen Norman, and Joanne Glasser Orenstein. If you are interested in joining the COM this year or in the future, please contact one of our members or the Nominating Committee. We invite you to seek us out, ask questions, and get involved. We can be emailed at COM@uuwestport.org.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
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-noon. Interfaith Theology. Twice monthly. Check schedule HERE. Nancy McKeever

Wednesdays: 7-8:15 PM A New Earth Bob Bevacqua

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: Last Friday of each month: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. Hybrid. Dorothy Rich

Saturdays and Sundays: Sat 12:00 noon- 4 PM; Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita

Sundays: 9 AM UU Meditation & Mindfulness (virtual and in person) Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group First Saturdays and third Mondays. 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), Instagram (uuwestportct), Twitter (uuwestportct) and Linked In (uuwestportct)
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
  • The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, November 15, 7-8:30 PM. (First and third Tuesdays of the month) Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.
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,or Diane Cano,
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.