Nov 29-Dec 3, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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CAPITAL CAMPAIGN UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2021
The project to replace our 142-feet long skylight is approximately 56% complete. As the roof gets steeper, workers use a scissor-lift to reach the skylight from inside the building. Necessary adjustments to the flashings and closures continue to be made to ensure the skylight is watertight.

The next phase of the project is replacing the glass in the walls surrounding the chancel. A temporary wooden wall was constructed from floor to ceiling in the chancel area; this will allow work on the non-load bearing curtain walls to begin.

Our sanctuary will look quite different for several more weeks, and the west side of the building will soon include additional lifts. But we are on our way!! Many thanks to John Turmelle for his constant supervision and communication.
THANK YOU! MANY BAGS OF COATS TO BEARDSLEY!
We were thrilled to deliver 6 huge bags of children's coats to Beardsley School this last week. As the cold weather returns, these will make walks to and fro school, and playing at recess time, that much warmer. Thank you to all for your help!

And a reminder to keep looking at the Beardsley Board in the foyer - we are always adding new items. And, coming soon - a virtual board for those at home. Details shortly .... Questions? Contact Lynne Laukhuf.
OUR JEWELRY BOUTIQUE IN EASTON SUNDAY DEC 5, 2-6 PM
If you miss the great treasures that we used to have on display in December in the East Wing, you can make an excursion to Easton (15-20 min from Lyons Plains Rd) and get some lovely items there. The "UU Westport Treasures" will be on sale at the holiday market as part of the Library Tree Lighting festivities.

All proceeds go to us! Thank you Sharon Poole for leading the charge on this. See you there!
HOLIDAY CONCERT/SERVICE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021
The Women's/Men's Choir have been busy preparing pieces for our annual holiday service/concert. This year, in addition to the choir, there will be three soloists: Jenna McPartland, Mike Costantino, and Chris Beaurline.

Consisting of both new pieces and some old favorites, this year's event is themed "We All Came Down." We celebrate Chanukah, the Solstice, Christmas, Advent, Season of Light and more with music of Mayo, Thompson, Gray, Miaroma, Betinis, Niles, Mathes and Bareilles. Since there is no way to encapsulate the feeling of the event in words, I invite you to come and hear it first-hand. If you find yourself in a place that is less than Christmas-like, here is an opportunity to change that. Joy is knocking at your door; will you come to open?

- from Rev. Ed Thompson, our Minister of Music
Faith Formation
STARTING POINT - THURSDAYS DECEMBER 2,9,16,23
7:00-8:30 PM ON ZOOM
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We are offering another 4-part Starting Point program on Thursday nights in December at 7-8:30 PM on ZOOM. Contact Linda Lubin to register.

The Soul Matters Starting Point program is an orientation to Unitarian Universalism for new as well as long-term members. Rev. John offers an overview of the “Three Paths of Unitarian Universalism,” summarizing our history as well as our beliefs and principles.

Starting Point also gives you an opportunity to connect with others in our congregation. We share our spiritual journeys, and, in each session, we will engage in small group discussion. By the end of the four weeks, you will have a better understanding of our faith, and will have begun to get to know one another through deep listening. At that point you will be invited to continue to meet monthly (optional), as a group, around the Soul Matters monthly themes.
PODCAST DISCUSSION WITH REV. JOHN -
MONDAY, DECEMBER 6, 7:00-8:00 PM ON ZOOM
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Our December TUCW podcast discussion is on Monday, December 6, 7:00-8:00 PM. Rev. John leads the discussion of “This Tiny Slice of Eternity” from On Being with Krista Tippett.

Listen to her interview with physicist/mathematician Brian Greene beforehand, and come ready to participate in a lively, in-depth discussion!
Questions? Contact Linda Lubin. ZOOM HERE.
SEASON OF HOPE: LIGHTS IN THE DARKNESS
Sundays after the service, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19. Click HERE for more information.
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THE CAFE PART OF VOICES CAFE IS BACK - SAT, DEC. 4!
On Saturday, December 4 Voices Café presents a co-bill with singer/songwriter folk musicians Ash & Eric (formerly The Promise is Hope) and The Whispering Tree. This performance will be liveas well as streamed from our sanctuary. Doors open at 7:30 PM. Performance at 8:00. Click HERE for tickets. 
 
And you can bring your own snacks and beverages! There will be a combination of concert-style and table seating. When purchasing tickets, indicate your wishes for table space in the “additional information” box found at the bottom of the order “cart”. Masks required except when eating or drinking
 
For more information about the artists and to hear their music, please click HERE.
RACIAL JUSTICE RESOURCES GUIDE #3
In issue #3 of Racial Justice Resources, you can:

  • join the fight for climate justice;
  • engage in a book discussion of Blacktop Wasteland, a gritty, voice-driven thriller about a former getaway driver who thought he had escaped the criminal life and is pulled back in by race, poverty, and his own former life of crime;
  • participate in a conversation about the long history of Black women combating racism and misogyny through collective action;
  • watch an eye-opening TED Talk about the biases and behaviors that set people from underrepresented groups up for failure -- and what can be done to make the path to success in leadership better for everyone. 

Click HERE for the resources guide. The current issue is always on our website, too.
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 aerobics. Beth Cliff
11AM-12 noon Interfaith Theology RSVP HERE

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

Thursdays: 4-5 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek. 7-8:30 PM Starting Point. for Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 Linda Lubin

Fridays: Every other Fri (next, Fri Dec 3), 12:30-2PM. Shawl Ministry Jan Braunle

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

Sundays: 9 AM Meditation (Virtual and Oak Room) Janet Luongo. 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Seasons of Hope for Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19 Tom Hearne

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, December 7, 7:00-8:30 PM. (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. ZOOM HERE. Contact Pat Francek
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.