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Connecticut to Protect Our Pollinators

Some good news from CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association): Connecticut has recently passed 2 bills protecting our pollinators. CT NOFA wants to spread the word nationwide in hopes that other states will duplicate our efforts. Public Act No. 16-17: An Act Concerning Pollinator Health restricts the use of neonicotinoids. Senate Bill No. 104: An Act Prohibiting the Use of Residential Automatic Pesticide Misting Systems will go fully into effect on January 1, 2019 and will protect people, pets, and pollinators across Connecticut. Check their website for other news and events

A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism

Among upcoming events is their Summer Conference August 10-12 at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. UUS:E member Mary Lawrence will be presenting at a workshop there. Also, featured speaker Eric Holt-Gimenez has recently authored a book, A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism, which we hope to use as a book study. (See below)

And some sad news we just heard. Bill Duesing, founding President and former Executive Director of CT NOFA, died on July 12. He has been a gentle and deeply inspiring advocate for the earth and local organic agriculture and land care.

Our Equal Exchange Coffee Sale continues the second Sunday of each month. We’re trying some new products such as cashews and a new coffee from the Congo. It comes in whole bean only, but it’s so much more than just a pound of coffee. The Equal Exchange website explains:

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been plagued by violence for decades. Equal Exchange founded the Congo Coffee Project with the Panzi Foundation as a means to bring Congolese coffee to market in the United States and raise awareness about the alarming rate of sexual violence that takes place every day. $1 from each bag sold supports the project. Since inception in 2011, the Congo Coffee Project has raised more than $60,000 for survivors of sexual violence.


Peas & Love Community Meals, Sunday August 19 12:30-2:30 (option to stay longer for discussion and/or games) Join us for a plant based potluck to discuss veganism and get to know the plant based and vegan community. There will be some suggested discussion to help break the ice and guide discussion. Please bring a vegan dish to serve 4-6 and your own dishes and utensils, the event is free.

Movie: “H.O.P.E. What You Eat Matters,” Friday, September 21, 6:30 PM. The movie deals with eating food for health, food insecurity, the health of our planet and more. Save the date!

Book Discussion: Mother Earth’s Rules for Living our UU Principles, dates to be announced.

Do our lifestyle and food choices really have anything to do with our Seven Principles? How important are our food choices? Who influences what we eat? What does that have to do with Climate Change? Am I truly living a nonviolent life, and how does that relate to climate change?

A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism Study Group

Our Sustainable Living Committee is sponsoring this study as part of the Adult RE Program. The primary study book will be A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism, by Eric Holt-Gimenez. We will also draw on John Dear’s “They Will Inherit the Earth” for inspiration and ethical guidance.

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.