June 25, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Facing Our Monsters – Mary-Megan Marshall
Find out how to best solve problems–big and small–that occur in our lives. Mary-Meghan will reveal how she dealt with a heartbreaking time in her life. Overwhelmed, dealing with problems of monstrous proportions, she found a source of healing in something that will surprise and charm you. Mary-Meghan is a TUCW worship associate.
Worship Associate: Martha Constable
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Stapley Emberling
July 2, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Satsang: meditation and healing sound – Maitreya and Sada from Shanti Mission
Maitreya is a teacher, healer and sacred musician with an extensive background in music therapy. Sada is a therapist in Ignite Your Spirit and hypnosis, and is a specialist in sacred music and fitness. In satsang, a gathering, they’ll guide us into the heart of the truth with boundless joy, empowering us to uncover the vast radiance that is our own nature. Maitreya and Sada travel around the world offering healings, seminars, music, and more. They love meeting and staying connected with community and offer many programs online. After the service Maitreya and Sada are offering a Healing Clinic, an opportunity to sample a fifteen-minute sweep of your energy.
CLICK HERE for more about Shanti Mission
Worship Associate: Janet Luongo
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Marie-Claire Bue
July 9, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Seeking Refuge: The Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time – Ann Lundberg
If you have compassion for refugees but are finding the global crisis too immense to deal with, come hear Ann preach on taking small helpful actions. Her actions include: chairing IRIS fundraising for a Syrian family, and meeting with a refugee to organize a camp in Syria, working with the UU-Peace Ministry on refugee issues, and encouraging the UUA and the UUSC to start an interfaith coalition at Church Center-UN. If you want to take the first step – to join a coalition to counter Trump’s budget cuts to U.N. humanitarian agencies and foreign aid that supports the life of refugees and famine victims – please contact Ann.
Worship Associate: Maria Mendoza Smith
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Pat Francek
July 16, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Good News! – Tom Hearne
Each major religious tradition has a ‘Good News’ for its adherents. How do we find peace and joy in a world so often marked by pain, heartache, addiction, racism? What’s the ‘Good News’ (the ‘Gospel’) for a Unitarian Universalist? Tom draws from his experiences this past year in Small Group, Committee on Ministries, Choir(s), Chaplaincy, Beloved Conversations and Voices Cafe. He is available after the service if anyone wishes to join a discussion
Worship Associate: Doug Flam
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Chuck Harrington
July 23, 2017 – 10:00 AM
The Sky Won’t Fall If We Disagree – Carrie McEvoy
Carrie McEvoy has been a member of TUCW for 8 years, and has spent a lot her life being conflict-averse. But she has gradually discovered how respectful disagreement can open the door to new truths and a greater understanding of what makes us all unique, yet similar. We will explore ways in which we can honor our differences even especially when we don’t agree. For TUCW, Carrie serves as a chaplain and member of the Board of Trustees.
Worship Associate: Mary Meghan Marshall
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Ann Taylor
July 30, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Unitarian Universalism and Islam – Shanonda Nelson
Islam and Unitarian Universalism are similar in their core principles and beliefs. This sermon will compare and contrast these similarities. Shanonda Nelson is a practicing Muslim who is also a member of the Unitarian Church of Westport, serving on the worship committee. She will offer a discussion following the service.
Worship Associate: Linda Hudson
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Julia Wyant
August 6, 2017 – 10:00 AM
“Expectant Waiting:” Quaker-style worship – Laura Higgins
Experience sitting in silence, reflection and prayer, and in “expectant waiting on the Spirit to hear more clearly God’s still small voice.” If a message comes to a worshipper, they may share from the heart. Then, in the Light of that message, all return to silent self-examination. Laura Higgins is an elder from the Wilton Monthly Meeting, which follows the unprogrammed tradition of no music, no sermon. Unitarians share many values with Friends and are sometimes called “noisy Quakers.” Less talking, more listening to spirit, is surpisingly refreshing.
CLICK HERE for more about the Wilton Monthly Meeting
Worship Associate: Connie Rockman
August 13, 2017 – 10:00 AM
“Dialog with the Divine” – Janet Luongo
A member of UU Westport for 31 years, Janet was raised Unitarian. Her parents had rejected Catholicism, and anything “superstitious,” including prayers to a bearded sky-God. She tells the story of how, after troubles, grief, estrangement and illness, she found solace in personal dialog with the divine of her understanding. She learned to weave a spiral staircase of spiritual practices around her UU foundation. Janet serves TUCW as a chaplain, worship associate, yoga meditation teacher, and grief support facilitator. She is a writer and a devotee of Shanti Mission. Following the service, she offers a discussion.
Worship Associate: Sudha Sankar
August 20, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Connecting our UU roots to Indigenous Spirituality – Jim Francek
Long before formal religions humans held a common understanding of how we fit into the world! We believed we were part of the whole circle of life The Lakota greeting… “Mitakuye Oyasin” i.e. “We are all related!” captures this deep sense of connection. UUs share the principle of interconnection and consider “NATURE as our greatest teacher.” The service will offer reflections and teachings that nurture the spiritual journey of the two facilitators: Raleigh Padgett (of Cherokee & African American origins, a drum & flute maker) and Jim Francek (of Celtic and Slavic origins, a poet & follower of Lakota spirituality). Smudging, drumming, flute music will enhance this experience.
Worship Associate: Cheryl Dixon Paul
August 27, 2017 – 10:00 AM
“Transformation of the Heart” – Dr. Amanda Kemp and Arnela Ten Meer
Dr. Kemp will speak to us about transformation and her book, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community. With degrees from Stanford and Northwestern Universities, her mission is to nurture and expand the Tribe of the Heart: individuals who stand for oneness and take action to heal the world, our families, and ourselves. Arnela Ten Meer, an experienced actor, performer, facilitator of Beloved Conversations, and active in Eliminating Racism and the Rainbow Coalition, will weave in readings and stories that move the heart.
Amanda is offering a workshop on transformation after the service. “I connect my heart to your heart. From the heart, anything can be transformed.”
CLICK HEREto visit dramandakemp.com
Worship Associate: Shanonda Nelson, Linda Hudson
September 3, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Water Ceremony at Compo Beach – Rev. John Morehouse
Worship Associate: Carrie McElroy and Jamie Forbes