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June 19-20, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
visit us at uuwestport.org
SATURDAY JUNE 19, 2021
GOODNIGHT MOONSHINE: VOICES CAFÉ'S FIRST LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE, SATURDAY JUNE 19, 8:00 PM
Goodnight Moonshine brings a unique sound to their devoted followers. “Molly Venter’s voice bends from a sweet moan to a gritty shout, and back into a playful run in the space of a few bars” reports Passim.org. “And it all goes down like silk,” writes American Songwriter Magazine. “Few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter.”

Co-writing often, the couple uses the creative process to explore a healthy, authentic relationship.
Both wholesome and irreverent, they sing of grief and joy in equal measure; Molly gives smooth delivery to Eben’s assertions, while Eben gives form and focus to Molly’s raw passion. Click HERE to purchase tickets for this live-stream only concert. There will be no in-house audience.
VOICES CAFÉ BENEFICIARY TO CELEBRATE JUNETEENTH
The Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community
Of about 36 structures that comprised Little Liberia in Bridgeport, only the homes of sisters Mary and Eliza Freeman survive on original foundations. Little Liberia was a seafaring community of free people of color. It boasted a luxurious seaside resort hotel for wealthy Blacks, Bridgeport’s first free lending library, a school for colored children, businesses, fraternal organizations, and churches. Mary & Eliza Freeman were accomplished business women; when Mary Freeman died, the only Bridgeporter of greater wealth was P.T. Barnum. The Freeman Houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places for their significance to African Americans and Women. https://freemancenterbpt.org/
SUNDAY JUNE 20, 2021
Circles and Spirals - Annual Summer Solstice Service/Concert
Virtual ONLY
Our Annual Summer Solstice service/concert is coming to us all this Sunday, which happens to be the actual day of the solstice! The complete service will be via ZOOM: there is no in-person service; the sanctuary is closed.

You will be hearing from the Women’s Septet, the mixed Sextet, the Once & Again Singers, the Bell Choir, and soloists Chris Beaurline, Mike Costantino, and Hazel Foley. This will be a grand melange of classical, folk, jazz, pop and a few other goodies.

Chat Host: Cheryl Dixon Paul

Click HERE for the Order of Service. Offering gratefully received on VENMO (@TUCW-1) vop.tucw.org or mail in a check.

Our ZOOM link is always on the front page of the website and does not change from week to week. You can also click : HERE. Meeting ID 207 517 697 PASSWORD: 8893787678 Landline: 1 646 876 9923. Doors will open in the ZOOM room at 9:50 AM.
NEXT SUNDAY JUNE 27
UUA: GA Virtual Service
The First Universalist Church of Minneapolis will serve as worship leaders for this year's GA Sunday Morning Service. It has been a model of shared ministry and what it means to put the work of dismantling white supremacy and building anti-racist, anti-oppressive practices at the center of their ministry. They have been on the front lines in support of the Movement for Black Lives in Minneapolis, in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the uprisings for justice that followed. Children and families are a vital part of their ministry; they have been using creative approaches to engage all ages in worship during the pandemic. 
 
We encourage all to gather and participate, on uua.org or on the UUA’s YouTube channel.
Picture of Stacey Abrams and Desmond Meade
UUA's General Assembly will be virtual this year, full of rich opportunities for connection and learning. Stacy Abrams and Desmond Meade will be the Ware Lecturers. Please join us Saturday, June 26 at 7:00 PM ET.
VENMO IS NOW AN EASY OPTION FOR OFFERING & MORE
Friends, good news! Now there's an even EASIER way to make your offering online off your phone: use our new church VENMO account! Our account is @TUCW-1. Rest assured, the privacy setting is such that only you and our accountants see entries.

Make sure you put in the memo line what it's for: "6/20 offering" as an example, so Sue knows how to record the gift.

And, BTW: vop.tucw.org still works - as do checks, or cold hard cash!

(Need to know the 4 digits of our cell number so your cell talks to ours? Contact Beth and she'll give it to you. For some of you, it's a one-time security setting.)
OUR LAY-LED SUMMER SCHEDULE IS HERE
Spire in the leafy woods
During the summer, our ministers take a break, and our lay ministry shares its gifts and wisdom with the congregation on Sundays. Music is provided by congregants and musicians as available. It will be a great set of voices this year! Click HERE to see the schedule of services. n.b.: subject to change!

Want to share a Tuesday email message or Wednesday or Friday video? Contact Beth Cliff and pick a time slot. We'd love to hear from you!
NAME CHANGE DISCUSSION AFTER SERVICE, 11:30AM
The Unitarian Church in Westport sign
Previously the Board of Trustees announced its intention to encourage our community to consider changing our name to be more accurate (Unitarian Universalist) and more inclusive ('church' can be a limiting descriptor). At the time it promised opportunities for discussion on this matter.

The Board held one robust open discussion last month, and has announced three more meetings, for all of us to chime in. These meetings will be:

Sunday, June 20, after the worship service at 11:30 AM. Catherine Onyemelukwe, Wendy Levy, hosts. ZOOM same as worship service; Tuesday, June 29, 6:00 PM. Luke Garvey and Beth Cliff, hosts. ZOOM HERE and Saturday, July 17, 9:00 AM. Catherine Onyemelukwe, host. ZOOM HERE.
SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION FOR GAIA 
THIS SUNDAY JUNE 20 - 3:30-6:00 PM
Join us Sunday afternoon for a Hawaiian Ho'oponopono ceremony and labyrinth walk in the sanctuary at our building to honor the solstice. This is a special service which we are delighted to share with the public. Thanks to Marjorie Partsch and Bart Stuck for making this happen for us.
Co-Presented by the Sacred Activism® and Aleph Talks© Programs Co-Sponsored by Earthplace and Sustainable Westport
 
Pre-Registration Recommended @ AlephTalks.com
Info & RSVP 203.722.2149. For more info click HERE
 
3:30 PM Opening Ceremony With Special Guest Facilitator Barbara Ann Hall, PhD. Labyrinth & Sanctuary Open From 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Click HERE for a useful introduction to Walking Mediation.
We extend our condolences to the family of David Immer, who passed away last month. Condolences may be sent to his wife Lee Simpson, 124 S. Montowese Street, Branford, CT 06405-5247.
To find out more about our Family Faith Formation programs, please see HERE.
DR. HEATHER HAMILTON JOINS TUCW STAFF AS LEAD FOR CHILDREN'S AND FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
Picture of Heather at a piano
We were all delighted to hear the news that Dr. Heather Hamilton will be joining the staff to take the lead for pre-K-7th grade Faith Formation, for both the children and their families. She'll be working alongside our wonderful Lead for Youth Faith Formation, Nate Pawelek, who will be focused on 8th-12th graders.

Please see Rev. John's announcement HERE. Heather will start on July 1. Even before she officially arrives, we we can welcome her via email: heathertucw@gmail.com.

We are very fortunate to have her with us and with all our families! Onwards and upwards!
Summer Fun & Games: Our program of crafts and games for children (5th grade and younger) begins on Sunday, July 4 and will continue each Sunday through Labor Day weekend. This is an opportunity for adult volunteers to interact and bond with our church children. If you would like to sign up for a Sunday (or two) of fun with our children, contact Nate. Click HERE for the 2021 TUCW Summer Fun & Games schedule.
LAST WEEK'S SERMON
Sermons are posted on our Facebook page and website. We offer last week's sermon for convenience.
"The Play is the Thing"
Rev. Dr. John Morehouse


Sunday, June 13, 2021

VIRTUAL MEDITATIONS - Sundays at 9:00 AM.
For info contact Janet Luongo.
Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
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
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)- 24Hr 888–774–2900
Alcoholics Anonymous: 866-783-7712 https://ct-aa.org/meetings
Al-Anon (family members of alcoholics) https://www.ctalanon.org/meetings
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport) private group (uuwestport), and Instagram (uuwestportct).
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.