Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future

Affirmation Reunion December 1

Mark your calendars for the Affirmation Reunion on Sunday, December 1 (Thanksgiving weekend)! We’d love to see as many Affirmation Alums, Mentors and Advisors as possible—going all the way back to the first class in 1982! Stay for coffee hour to reconnect with “old” friends.
We are looking for alums from all decades to be greeters, chalice lighters, etc. at both services. Contact our office at uuseoffice@uuse.org if interested. And can you help build our contact list? Spread the word – the more “affirmammals” the merrier!

Jazz Concert Benefits UUS:E 50th Anniversary

The Amuse Blues Jazz Trio—our own Steve Dauphinais, Paul Shumsky, and Ryan Ford – returns with a relaxing afternoon of jazz on Sunday, November 3 at 4 PM. The trio brings an eclectic mix ranging from Cole Porter and Kurt Weill to Henry Mancini and Gabriel Faure. Suggested donation $15 for this 50th anniversary benefit concert, no one turned away.

What Legacy Will We Leave?

As we near the end of our 50th Anniversary year, what legacy are we leaving for those who will follow us – here and in the larger world? How does each of us give to our beloved community: our time, our treasure, our deep attention and so much more. These questions are the focus of the November 3 service, titled Looking Back, Looking Forward. We will honor the generosity of those who are no longer with us, and face the challenges of our future. Presented by Jean Labutis and the Legacy Giving Committee.

November Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

November 1970: Arnold Westwood installed as the first settled minister of Unitarian Universalist Society of Manchester.

November 1971: Our first holiday fair is held at Center Congregational Church. Two years later, it has become a very successful fundraiser and a focus of members’ energy, with workshops offered almost weekly.

Our Anniversary Twin Scarecrows on Main Street2019 UUSE Carecrow

Have you seen our happy pair of “care crows” in front of Bui Restaurant on Main Street in Manchester? Thanks to Carol Marion of the Growth Strategy Team, we’re bringing our celebration out into the community. Watch for the twins to make another appearance near the meetinghouse front door in November! UPDATE! The twins are now watching UUers arrive at the meeting house. Wave if you see them.

October Milestones ~ This Month in Our History:

October 1969: Interim Minister-at-Large Arthur Olsen arrives to provide the “professional leadership” which the members requested at the May Annual Meeting. His first two services were: “The Positive Aspects of the UU Faith” and “Trends in Present Day Religious Liberalism.” In three months in Manchester, Rev. Olsen helped lay leaders make plans to hire a settled minister.

October 1970: The society votes to call the Rev. Arnold Westwood as the first settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Manchester, after he presents his second service in our pulpit. The meeting was conducted by president Thomas Latham. Rev. Westwood was installed the following month.

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary commemorations, including:

  • “Turning Points,” a service highlighting important decisions that have shaped the direction and character of UUS:E. October 6.
  • “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” a legacy service. November 3.
  • Affirmation Reunion, December 1 (Thanksgiving weekend). Have you ever been an Affirmation mentor? When? And who were your mentees? Help build the contact list by emailing tammystolzman@gmail.com.
  • Purchase our sleek black 50th Anniversary tee shirts or the beautiful blue mugs, every Sunday after services in the lobby.

Golden Gala – Dining & Dancing Across the Decades

Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future

Golden Gala

Dining & Dancing Across the Decades
Friday, October 4, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Georgina’s Restaurant, Bolton

Don’t miss the highlight of our anniversary year!! A delightful evening for young, old and everyone in between! Dinner, dancing and the premiere of Sandy Johnson’s song about our first half-century!

The menu offers vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options. Buy tickets every Sunday after services from August 4 – September 15. $20 for adults and teens, free for children age 12 and under, $60 household maximum. On-site child care for 5 and under by reservation. Can’t get to church on a Sunday? Email Lesley Schurmann to make reservations: lesley57@cox.net. Let’s celebrate 50 years of Unitarian Universalism East of the River!

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September Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History

September 1968: More than 85 people attend a meeting at Buckley School to explore forming a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Manchester. Publicity circulated by Malcolm Barlow and supported by the Connecticut Valley District Extension Committee. Nearly 80 people vote to form a UU congregation.

September 1979: On September 9, the first service in our new building on West Vernon Street begins with a congregational procession and “Prayer for This House.” On September 23, UUS:E holds an open house and dedication to serve the larger community. Those participating included a rabbi, a priest, and protestant clergy, along with other community leaders.

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary commemorations, including:

  • “Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy,” discussion of Rev. Morrison-Reed’s book about friction between the Unitarian Universalist Association and African American UUs. September 19 at 3 and 7 PM. See article elsewhere in this issue.
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward. A legacy service on November 3.
  • Save the date for an Affirmation Reunion on December 1 (Thanksgiving weekend). Help build the contact list by emailing tammystolzman@gmail.com.

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer for anything?? Contact Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com

Golden Gala – Dining & Dancing Across the Decades

Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future

Golden Gala

Dining & Dancing Across the Decades
Friday October 4, 6:30 – 9:30 PM
Georgina’s Restaurant, Bolton

A delightful evening for young, old and everyone in between! Delicious buffet dinner, dancing with DJ Jeff Slogesky, and special surprises. Celebrate our first half-century in style!!

Vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options. Buy tickets every Sunday after services from August 4 – September 15. $20 for adults, $10 for teens, free for children age 12 and under, $60 household maximum. On-site child care for 5-and-under by reservation. Can’t get to church on a Sunday? Email Lesley Schurmann to make reservations lesley57@cox.net. Let’s celebrate 50 years of Unitarian Universalism East of the River!

August Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

August 1974: Just five years after our founding, the UUS:E directory lists 255 members and other involved adults! We report 99 children age 14 or under to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Department of Extension, with an actual church school enrollment of 65.

August 1977: James Juros, the architect for the new UUS:E building on West Vernon Street, begins meeting with every group and committee at the church. The excitement is palpable!

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary commemorations, including:

  • “Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy,” discussion of Rev. Morrison-Reed’s book looking at events in the Unitarian Universalist Association 50 years ago. September 19 at 3 and 7 PM. See article elsewhere in this issue.
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward. A legacy service on November 3.
  • Affirmation Reunion. Tentative – Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Watch for mug and tee-shirt sales in the lobby. Ongoing.
  • Multi-media timeline created by Carol Marion (to the right of the stage) and photos of each of our congregational homes (hallway near office entrance.) Ongoing..

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer for anything?? Contact Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com

Our ministerial legacy: Many pastors nurtured at UUS:E!

Honoring the Past, Envisioning the Future

Rev. Andrew Moeller, who discovered his ministerial calling here at UUS:E, will return to his “UU home” to help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary on June 2. Drew now serves the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, Maine.

A remarkable number of Unitarian Universalist pastors have been nurtured at UUS:E over the decades, and have brought a bit of our spirit to congregations across the U.S. As we welcome Drew, we celebrate the work of the Reverands Tom Bozeman, Michelle LaGrave, Jeanne Lloyd, Paul Mueller, Carol Rosine and her son David Egan, Gretchen Thomas, Jean Wahlstrom and Mary Wellemeyer. Who will be next on this Path to the Pulpit?

June Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

June 1969: Our first annual summer picnic is held in Center Springs Park, directly behind the Main Street building where we held services.

UUS:E votes to call an interim minister, with salary paid by the UUA. The Rev. Arthur Olsen arrived October 1.

June 1984: Arnold Westwood preaches his last sermon as our first settled minister. He had been called in November 1970, and helped lead the society through four locations to a home of our own.

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary commemorations, including:

  • Phenomenal 50th Fun Fair on June 8 ~ Sylvia Ounpuu, coordinator (see article in this newsletter)
  • WUUdstock concert on July 27 ~ Deena Steinberg, coordinator
  • Celebration Gala on Friday, October 4 (note the new date) ~ Lesley Schurmann, coordinator
  • Looking back, looking forward. A legacy service on November 3
  • Multimedia timeline created by Carol Marion (to the right of the stage) and photos of each of our congregational homes (hallway near office entrance.) Ongoing

 Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer for anything?? Contact Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com

Fantastic Fiftieth Frolic – Carnival Fun for All Ages!

June 8, 11 AM – 3 PM

Celebrate our 50th Anniversary at our first-ever multi-generational carnival featuring games, arts and special activities PLUS a delicious picnic! Mark your calendar!! (Rain date June 15).

Click here for more information.

Some of the highlights:

  • Activities for all ages ~ Bounce house, “dunk the pastor,” scavenger hunt, cake walk, community art project, bubbles!
  • Games ~ Bingo, human tic-tac-toe, relay races, corn hole!
  • Barbecue for all ~ Vegetarian, vegan and meat options. Sign up to bring salad or dessert.

Now it’s your turn!

  • RSVP at UUSE (upper and garden levels) or contact church office, so we can plan the food!
  • Volunteer to help with a booth or game, set up or clean up. What can you do??
  • Do you like to bake? Sign up to make a cake or pie for the “cake walk”

Any questions? Suggestions? Contact Sylvia Ounpuu at: ounpuu.adams@comcast.net.

May Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

May 1969: First-ever child dedication at UUS:E, as little Cynthia Barlow is welcomed into the community.

First Annual Meeting. A Pulpit Committee is elected “to explore ways and means of getting some professional leadership for the Society.”

May 1989: Congregation calls Connie Sternberg as our third settled minister. She serves from September 1989 until her retirement in 2001, and was honored with the title ‘Minister Emerita.’

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary events, including:

  • Drew Moeller, who discovered his ministerial calling while at UUS:E, returns to preach on June 2
  • WUUdstock concert on July 27
  • Celebration Gala on September 28
  • Looking back, looking forward. A legacy service on November 3

25th Anniversary Interview Project

Unitarian Universalist flaming chalice

Listen to audio interviews from members during 1993-1999. How have things changed and how are they the same?

Click here to listen!

And So Our Journey Began – The First Decade

And So Our Journey Began – The First Decade

April 7 Service ~ Postponed from March 10

We will honor our Charter Members and hear stories from the “founding generation” who saw the possibility of a loving and inclusive home for liberal religion in Manchester. How did those early years shape who we are today? What legacy did our founders leave us, and how are we handling that responsibility today? Come to the April 7 service to consider this and much more!

April Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

April 1969: One month after opening our doors, an organizing meeting for Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) draws more than a dozen teens. Public Forums are scheduled two evenings each month on topics such as inner-city schools, prison reform and more. The Board votes to join Manchester Interfaith Social Action Committee (MISAC), which is completing 194 units of affordable housing in North Manchester.

April 1977: Surveying, clearing and planning begins at the newly-purchased wooded lot on West Vernon St., Manchester. There is also much fundraising that must be done before we can have a home of our own!!

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary events, including:

  • Rev. Drew Moeller, who discovered his ministerial calling while at UUS:E, returns to preach on June 2
  • All-generations carnival on June 8 (rain date June 15)
  • WUUdstock concert on July 27
  • Celebration Gala on September 28
  • Looking back, looking forward. A legacy service on November 3

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer?? Contact Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com

Show Your  UUS:E Swag!5oth T shirt

Have you seen these great-looking black and gold 50th Anniversary tee shirts? Look for the display after each service or email Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com. $20 for Small-XL, and $25 for XXL and up. Many thanks to Sandy Karosi for design and ordering.

50th Anniversary – February 2019 Events and News

Passing the Flame, One Generation to Another

50th anniversary chalice

Roland Chirico, one of the early members of our society, and Gina Lucchetti from the RE program, light a beautiful new chalice during the 50th Anniversary kick-off on January 13. Rev. Josh, RE Director Gina Campellone and charter member Naomi Zima told stories from each decade of our history during the intergenerational service. More than 70 people stayed for a good old fashioned Soup Social, followed by a slide show and program!

Dedicating 50th anniversary chalice

This Month in UUS:E History

In February 1969, the dedicated people who were creating a UU congregation in Manchester began cleaning up their newly-rented property at 466 Main Street. Originally the Church of the Nazarene, it had been a karate school when we took it over. Volunteers patched holes and painted the walls, replaced doors, hung blankets to “define” RE classrooms in the basement and cleaned everything! (This building is now home base for the Manchester Area Conference of Churches.) Meantime, there were Sunday morning “programs” in homes and school rooms, as well as pot luck dinners where people got to know each other, and considered what kind of a fellowship we wanted to be.

50th Anniversary Events This MonthUUSE 50th New Chalice Gold

  • On February 10, Rev. Josh will speak about our denomination’s challenges in responding to racism, in 1969 and today. Postponed from Jan. 20 due to the ice storm.
  • On February 17, Rev. Josh will explore what it means to be a “covenanted” faith – without mandatory dogma, we are joined by our commitment to values and intentions.
  • After the second service on the 17th, Rev. Josh hosts the Valentine’s Day Chocolate Auction.
  • AND the first-decade members continue to share their recollections with our in-house historians: Nancy and Joe Madar and Susan Barlow. Watch for their service in March!

Golden Anniversary Kick-Off

We’re Kicking Off Our Golden Anniversary
on January 13, 2019!

Save the date … You’ll want to be there when we:

  • Dedicate a new chalice for the next half-century
  • Time-travel through our past in stories and music
  • View an inspirational slideshow
  • Savor brunch food (after 1st service)
  • Celebrate the return of the Soup Social (after 2nd service) followed by a brief, multi-gen program!

This Month in UUS:E History:

On January 16, 1969, 49 determined UU’s signed the incorporation papers to create the Unitarian Universalist Society East, a progressive and welcoming spiritual home east of the Connecticut River. These legal steps followed just four months after the initial meeting at Buckley Elementary School, held to gauge local interest in establishing a UU church in Manchester. Malcolm Barlow recalls that 78 people signed their names on the clipboard that first evening, and a committee was formed to pursue this goal. Talk with Malcolm or Susan Barlow, Naomi Zima, Roland Chirico, Mary Ann Handley, or Dave Sherman to hear more about those first few exciting months!

Other 50th Anniversary events this month:

  • January 20 Rev. Josh will preach about the Unitarian Universalist Association’s challenges in responding to racism, in 1969 and today (see Sunday Services Schedule).
  • On January 26 be part of the “50 Donors Challenge” at the UUS:E Auction & Chili Cook-off.

Questions? Want to help plan these and other exciting events, including a carnival, a gala and many more? Please contact Anne Carr at acarr06040@yahoo.com