October 4-8,, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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IT'S A PARTY FOR ALL AGES! IN TWO WEEKS!
SATURDAY OCT. 16. 2-5 PM
BRING FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS: FALL FUN FEST FOR ALL
COVID may still be here but that's no reason why we can't enjoy the gorgeous fall weather and be together as a multi-generational, multi-cultural community.

Originally scheduled for the evening, we have moved up Eric, lead singer from DIZZYFISH, to the daytime so we can be outside, safely, and can sing along to some wonderful ‘70s oldies we all love. Dizzyfish just sold out in Ridgefield - this is guaranteed to be a great time! (Click on the pic to get a flavor….)

There’ll be things to do for all ages, including a Musical Mural (find out what that is!), a cake carousel, rock painting ... maybe some outdoor games ... light refreshments … 

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND LET'S HAVE SOME FUN! We've been cooped up too long!
Charity and/or Reciprocity?
By Rev. Jim Francek, Community Minister for Pastoral Care
Charity flows often from a motivation of doing good. It is the spiritual practice of sharing resources, time, and counsel from one’s abundance to those in need. Agents of charity often realize they do this from a sense of altruistic self-interest. However, when charity is offered without connection in a hand down posture, it can be experienced as from a privileged and dismissive posture. Charity also can create damaging dependence upon the receiver.
 
Connection is the way!” Reciprocity is an active connection with others based on mutual respect. It is a “hand reaching towards." Reciprocity generates a mutual back and forth flow of energy and meaning. Both parties act as giver and receiver… thus creating interdependence. Both charity and reciprocity are forms of POWER in a community.

Please click HERE to be involved in the conversation.
ADULT FAITH FORMATION:
(VIRTUAL) QIGONG - MEDITATION AS MOVEMENT
TUESDAYS 6:00-7:00 PM THIS FALL
Please join us Tuesdays, October 12 – November 16, 6:00-7:00 PM on ZOOM for Qigong meditation. Qigong is a “moving meditation” that focuses on the movements of the body in sync with breathing and intention. Qigong helps to release physical, psychological, and emotional stress, while providing exercise. These practices modify and accelerate the body’s own self-regulating physiological and bioenergetic mechanisms. 
 
This program is open to all - within the congregation and outside -- as an expression of spiritual practice. Bring a friend! Wear loose clothing. No prior experience is required. Contact Julie Moffat juliemoffat3@hotmail.com to register.

Donation of $5.00/class on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport") or mail in a cash or check to the church. Put Qigong in the memo line.
NEW SOUL MATTERS PROGRAM: UU WRITERS
MONTHLY ON THURSDAYS, STARTS OCTOBER 21 or 28
UUWriters: Join our online small group to explore monthly themes through creative writing. Lead by Sari Bodi and Elizabeth MacDonald. Thursday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM or Thursday, October 28, 1:00-2:30 PM; next up both times, November 18. Contact Sari Bodi for further information and ZOOM link.
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! low impact, heart-healthy aerobics. Beth Cliff
starting Oct. 12: 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.

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

Sundays: 9 AM Meditation 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, October 5 and 19, 7:00-8:30 PM. (1st and 3rd Tuesdays) Talking circle, thought-provoking conversations. ZOOM HERE. Contact Pat Francek.

  • Zoom Pot Luck: Friday, October 15, 7:00-8:30 PM Join us for lively conversations! Bring a friend. Meet a friend!! ZOOM HERE

  • Black Lives Matter Meeting, Friday, October 22, 7:00-8:00 PM, We will be sharing updates to our BLM activities. ZOOM: HERE
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Events above are those happening within the next month.
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.