August 19, 2018 – 10:00 AM
“Going for Refuge” – Bob Bevacqua
Bob will lead the congregation in an experience of meditation on music, and will offer reflections on the human urge to escape suffering and pain, which may take one down a path of greater suffering. He will guide us in accepting the reality of our mortality, and how to go for refuge in the divine. Bob found wisdom in Eckert Tolle’s Power of Now, and is now is a dedicated practitioner of Kadampa Buddhism. He serves by leading spiritual groups, officiating weddings and offering spiritual counseling. He also serves at TUCW as a resource for our Addiction and Recovery Ministry. He lives and works in Westport, where he cultivates orchids. Bob will lead a discussion following the service.
Worship Associate: Janet Luongo
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Ron Taylor
August 26, 2018 – 10:00 AM
“Broken to Unbreakable” – Pat Francek, Janet Luongo
Pat and Janet will weave poems, readings and stories about personal journeys and transformation, and how to move from dwelling on what had been to imagining what could be. They will reflect on steps they took from feeling hurt to healed, alone to connected, and broken to whole. On this theme, Florence Romanov will play classical piano music. All to develop awareness of something within, among and beyond us that is unbreakable. A discussion follows the service.
Pat is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and a coach for the Center for Creative Leadership. Pat grew up in a large, devout Catholic family on a farm in Wisconsin. She became a Dominican nun for 6 years, then left to marry and have a family of her own. After the tragic death of her son, Peter, she walked her own difficult journey through grief. Pat serves as a chaplain and designed our UU grief support group to help facilitate healing and wholeness for others who have felt broken due to loss. Janet is a holistic coach, yogi, and artist who grew up Unitarian in New York City. Her book, 365 Affirmations on Creativity was published in 2005, and she just completed a coming of age memoir, Breaking for Freedom, 1967. She serves at TUCW in leadership: Worship Associates, meditation, healing journaling and grief support groups. She and her husband often visit their granddaughter and family in Colorado.
Worship Associate: Janet Luongo
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Charles Harrington
September 2, 2018 – 10:00 AM
“The Garden of Eating” – Jenna Jacobs
Explore ways to connect our faith with the every-day act of eating. As UUs, we believe in the inherent worth of all people, the interdependent web of existence, and in actively seeking truth. For many of us, it may be easy to connect our values to issues of racism, poverty, immigration, climate change, animal cruelty, and personal health. But do our values and issues relate to our food choices? Yes. Join us to discover how.
Jenna is a member of The Unitarian Church in Westport, along with her family. She is active in the Music Ministry and a nominee the Committee on Ministries. Jenna graduated from The Natural Gourmet Institute and began her career as a vegan chef in 2015. She is now launching the Food Ministry at TUCW to bring new thinking to the UU community and beyond. Lunch and discussion will follow the service.
Worship Associate: Joanne Orenstein, and Connie Rockman
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Shari Brennan
September 9, 2018 – 10:00 AM