Newcomers and Visitors

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism!

Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages seekers to follow their own spiritual paths. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs. We are united by shared values, not by creed or dogma. If you’re wondering whether Unitarian Universalism fits in with your beliefs, you might try the Belief-o-matic quiz on a rather commercial website (try to ignore the advertising) Belief Quiz.  Find links to the Unitarian Universalist Association to find out more on Unitarian Universalism here.

Come visit us at 153 Vernon Street West, Manchester, CT 06042 for Services at 9:00 and 11:00 a. m. 

Unitarian Universalist Society: East SignDo you need a name-tag or a welcome-to-Unitarian Universalist Society: East packet? If so, please stop at the welcome table in the foyer and speak to the greeter there, who will help you. We hope that you are receiving our monthly Unitarian Universalist Society: East newsletter via e-mail, which lists upcoming Sunday services, news about the Society, and the many activities at the Meetinghouse. We hope you will consider attending a potluck supper, Friday night Social Justice movie, or other event, where you can meet other members and friends. You can pick up a Unitarian Universalist Society: East newsletter at the welcome table or fill out a visitor card (also available at the welcome table) and the church secretary will add you to the e-newsletter list. If you are interested in the Unitarian Universalist Society: East religious education program, Click here for Religious Education for Children and Youth.

“Meet the Church” Talkback with Rev. Josh, offered several times each year A half-hour chat held after each service on January 19, and March 30 in the minister’s office. Visitors are invited to meet Rev. Josh for an overview of UUS:E, followed by a tour of the building and grounds.

Introduction to Unitarian Universalist Society: East Workshop (offered 3-4 times each year) If you have been visiting for a while, maybe you are thinking about becoming a member. Rev. Josh and the Membership Committee present a lively and informative three-to-four-hour seminar about Unitarian Universalism and Unitarian Universalist Society: East, where you can:

  • Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition.
  • Hear a brief history and background of our theology and Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s mission.
  • Meet others who are interested in finding out more about Unitarian Universalism.
  • Discover ways to get more involved in the life of our society.
  • Share stories about what brings us together as Unitarian Universalists.

Childcare available upon request. Please phone the Unitarian Universalist Society: East office five days beforehand to request.

Sunday Morning Services and Sunday SchoolThe Intro class is a prerequisite to becoming a member of Unitarian Universalist Society: East. Sessions are held several times a year – sometimes on weeknights, and sometimes on Saturdays from 9 to noon. Upcoming session: Sunday, March 16, 1-4 p.m. More about “Intro to UU” on the relgious education page. To register, please speak with the minister or phone Annie at the church office, 860-646-5151, or email the office, uuse153@sbcglobal.net. There’s no cost or obligation. Refreshments will be served. You can stop by the Welcome Table after the Sunday service to find out more!

New Member Receptions Meet and socialize with other new members while learning about the congregational covenant and meeting a UUS:E mentor who will help you feel comfortable as part of the UUS:E community. Tuesday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the Program Room.

New Member Services At a Sunday service, sign the Membership book and be welcomed into the congregation. During each service on March 30.

Deepening Our UUS:E Connections Two-hour workshop for new members to explore how the UUS:E community can support you in your spiritual journey and how your gifts and passions support UUS:E in our shared ministry.  Held on Sunday, April 17 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lunch provided. RSVP to the church office.

A brief history of Unitarian Universalist Society: East can be found here.