Arts Mash - UUS:E Celebrates Diversity

  Spearheaded by Social Justice, this series celebrates art
and its diverse makers, forms, and functions.

CELEBRATIONS: Photographs by Joe and Nancy Madar”


In the sanctuary during April:Both Joe and Nancy have been photographers since childhood.

Joe’s love of photography as a hobby led him to a second career as a high school photography-and-graphic arts teacher. He has enjoyed working in a darkroom and the evolution to digital photography. His photo of the Arizona dessert is above on the right.

Nancy’s photographs of nature — flowers, bees, lichen,OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA moss, tree bark, leaves, animals, etc. — reflect her keen sense of observation, developed through her years as a biology teacher, biologist, and nature photographer. Her photo of a Fritallary is on the right.


Upcoming Events:



———–Youth Poetry Slam at Unitrarian Universalist Society: East

We’ll experience the phenomenal talents of young poets from UpWords Poetry, a program dedicated to promoting literacy, the power of the spoken word, and justice around the world. Led by poet, performer, and teacher Elizabeth Thomas. May not be appropriate for children under ten.

Sponsored by the Social Justice/Anti-Racism Team. To sign up please contact the church office at 860-646-5151860-646-5151 or Or, contact Elizabeth Thomas at


Starhawk, internationally renowned author and social activistStarhawk

“Our current environmental crises have emerged from the slow unraveling of connections between body, mind, spirit and the earth.” Starhawk, internationally renowned author and social activist will describe how to reweave these broken connections. “ We need to invoke a deeper source of power, a power from within.”

Thursday, March 7, 7-9 PM

Meetinghouse, 153 Vernon Street West

Manchester, CT 06042


Suggested donation $5

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on Starhawk, go to

Saturday, January 19, 7 – 9PM at UUS:E

“Hymns and Other Spiritual Songs: A Listening Party and Performance with Bishop John Selders”


Bishop John Selders, AIDS activist, GBLTQ civil rights leader and pastor ofAmistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, has just released a CD of gospel music entitled “Hymns and Other Spiritual Songs.” At this Listening Party we will hear some of the recordings and Bishop Selders will perform, as well as discuss gospel music and his own creative process.


The Coffeehouse Welcomes  

Spoken Word Artist Chris Sims

Great music & The Community Writing Challenge!

Spo0ken Word Artist Chris D. SimsAbout Chris Sims: 

Spoken word artist, Christopher D. Sims (aka UniverSoulLove), is a Unitarian Universalist from Rockford, IL and a good friend of Rev. Josh’s. He is a member of The Unitarian Church of Rockford and was recently elected to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Nominating Committee. Christopher is an internationally known poet, spoken word artist, performer, and recording artist. Born and raised in Rockford, IL, he began delving into the poetry and spoken word realm in the late 90s. He first performed at the Sidewalk Cafe, formerly of emphis, TN, and later became a regular performer at Precious Cargo. He has performed at the Memphis Black Writers & Film Festival and at venues in ashington, DC, Toronto, Chicago and New York City.

Christopher’s work does not stop with poetry. He sees many linkages between the arts and  community organizing, social justice activism, education, and being a positive role model for youth. He has recently used his poetry to stimulate positive change in response to Occupy Wall Street and the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin in March of 2012.


For more information please contact the church office at 860-646-5151860-646-5151 or


Photographic Digital Montages


“Duffy” (Edith Royce) Schade