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Library of Things

The UUS:E Library of Things is up and running! You’re welcome to peruse our database of items to lend and proceed with caution if you’re comfortable doing so. We did have one borrower take up the offer of a hair trimmer to get a greatly appreciated haircut. If you’re interested in becoming a borrower or lender of household items, sign up, fill out the simple form, and start planning. Anyone can participate, and the cost is FREE! The LoT can help save money, reduce our congregation’s impact on the environment, and build community among our members and friends. To learn more, go to

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Update

The Greater Hartford chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) meets every second Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Unitarian Society of Hartford or virtually via Zoom. Our chapter members participated in the virtual CCL conference “A Community Stronger than COVID” held on June 13 and 14. Speakers included members of the US Senate Climate Solutions Caucus and Climate Solutions Caucus in the US House, including Senator Chris Coons who introduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act which the UUS:E has endorsed. For more Greater Hartford Chapter info contact

Trinity Solar Update

Trinity Solar has extended their referral donation of $1,500 through the end of July! If you haven’t made your appointment yet but are still curious about installing solar on your home, now is the time to find out how. UUS:E receives a $100 donation from Trinity Solar for each appointment, and if you decide to install solar, the church now gets $1,500! So go ahead and make that appointment! Contact David Luchetti at

Peas & Love Community Garden

The garden is growing! We’re harvesting radishes, arugula, garlic scapes, and peas right now, so stop by and pick some veggies for your salads and stirfries. Tomatoes, peppers, squash, and cucumbers were planted after Memorial Day, so hopefully, we’ll have some to harvest in another month or two. If you’re in the area and interested in helping our garden grow (watering, weeding, etc.), contact Mary Lawrence at or 860-985-1645 for more info.

The Condor & The Eagle Movie Screening

Join UU Ministry for Earth, Side With Love, DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries), Native Caucus, Interfaith Power & Light, and other partners for this multifaith screening and discussion of the documentary, The Condor & The Eagle (rated one of the 7 best new films about climate change by EcoWatch). The screening and discussion will take place online on Sunday, June 28, 6:00-8:30 ET with Spanish subtitles, and the conversation will have live translators to be 100

bilingual (Spanish & English). Learn more & register here.

FUN FOOD FACT: In the 1960s, the Black Panther Party established more than 60 “survival programs” to meet community needs. One of these was a breakfast program that distributed free breakfasts to 20,000 children in 19 cities—and is credited with jump-starting the National School Breakfast Program.

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact the office at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. More information about Equal Exchange Products,

click here.

Looking for some good books?

Here are some that might be of interest. The first one is by our friend Mary Lawrence of Well On Wheels. Mary is a vegan chef and tells a compelling story about her journey into veganism. Her new book is titled, Eat Vegan With Me: Creating Community through Conversation and Compassionate Cuisine. In addition to delicious recipes and menu plans, she gives reasons to eat vegan, including for health, for the environment, and for compassion toward animals. The book is available from Amazon.

UU Ministry for Earth has an offer for a FREE book! Author and minister Rev. Jane Dwinell is offering free copies of her book Freedom Through Frugality to interested UUs while supplies last. From the book’s introduction: “The world needs frugality right now. We are living beyond the means of the earth—spending more resources annually than can be restored, regenerated or replaced. Experts agree that moderating the quantity and resource intensity of our consumption is a key to our survival.”

Contact Rev. Jane at with the subject “Freedom Through Frugality,” and include a mailing address in your message.

This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways follows a Nebraska farm family for a year. This is a gripping story about one farm family whose property is in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline. The book helps us understand how farming has changed since World War II. The USDA, seed companies, chemical companies, farm equipment companies, irrigation systems, banks, and others impact how farmers grow our food.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year old indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist. He has recently written a book, We Rise, the Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by engaging in actions that cause climate change. SLC, RE and Rev. Josh will be highlighting this issue in a multi-gen service on Earth Day.

To borrow any of these books, contact 860-646-5151 or

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Changes Name and Meeting Place.

The Manchester chapter of CCL is now The Greater Hartford Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The name change reflects the growth of our Manchester CCL chapter and desire to include more people from the whole capitol region. We are now meeting at Goodwin College on Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. GPS set to 195 Riverside Drive—the first smaller building on the right—Room 201. We will continue to meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Farmers Market opens in Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will be open for business every Wednesday evening from June 21 through October 4 from 5 to 8 PM. Local produce from local farmers. Check out our Vegan Recipes: and enjoy those veggies while doing your part for Mother Earth. Remember you can still get a CSA Membership and a steady supply of local, organic produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A few farms in the state offer CSA memberships and these tend to sell out, so find which ones are near you at

Got a Green Thumb? Even without one you can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You may find people already there to work with you.

A Good Read is New York Times best seller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and Carl Pope, Sierra Club former executive director .

Equal Exchange Products

Available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact the office at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50. More information about Equal Exchange Products, click here.