Holiday Worship with the Larger Manchester Community

Manchester Interfaith Thanksgiving ServiceManchester Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Featuring Keynote Speaker, Diane Clare-Kearney of Manchester Adult Education

Sunday afternoon, November 24, 4:00 PM

At Temple Beth Sholom B’Nai Israel
400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of RemembranceWednesday evening, November 20, 7:00 PM

Metropolitan Community Church
155 Whyllys St., Hartford

Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance conducted in communities around the world to remember transgender people who’ve been murdered because of their gender identity or expression. It is a solemn occasion, yet one filled with hope for a more just and humane future.


Women’s Suffrage

Thursday, November 7, 7 – 9 PMWomen's Suffrage
Chapel, Garden Level

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment — votes for women. Historian, former state senator, and Unitarian Universalist Society: East member Mary Ann Handley will present an informative talk. Bill Ludwig, Manchester Town Troubadour, will present music of the period. Thursday, November 7, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Chapel. All are invited. 

Black Lives Matter: State of the Movement


A Conversation about the ‘State of the Movement’

With Bishop John and Pamela Moore Selders, co-founders of Moral Monday CT

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Main Meeting Room

Questions: Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 646-5151.

To Love Your Neighbor, Know Your Neighbor Event

Sunday, November, 10th at 2 PM

The CT Council for Interreligious Understanding and Unitarian Universalist Society: East presents a moderated question and answer session designed to increase understanding of the varied religious beliefs and practices of our CT neighbors. Panelists will include members of the Jain, Hindu and Sikh faiths. Bring your questions and meet new friends on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2 PM at Unitarian Universalist Society: East.

Come Celebrate Samhain

Samhain RitualJoin the UUS:E Pagan Study Group for a Multigenerational Ritual of Samhain

Saturday, November 2nd, 1 PM, Unitarian Universalist Society: East Main Room

All are Welcome!

Samhain is the Neo-Pagan celebration of saying a temporary farewell to the harvest God, until he is reborn to the Goddess at Yule. It is also a time of remembering those who have passed, both ancestors and other loved ones. Because it is a time when the veil between the worlds is thinner, divination is popular at this time. In keeping with this, part of the ritual will be learning divination using a pendulum. If you have a necklace or any weight or stone on a string or chain, please bring it. If you don’t have one, we will have extras you can use.

Please bring a light snack to share after the ritual, when we can share experiences and ideas. We hope you can join us in the celebration.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Peggy Gagne at or (860) 646-6828 to make sure we have enough supplies for all.

Fall Cleanup – Join the Fun

Fall clean up

Saturday, November 16th, 9 AM – 12 PM. 

Join the Building & Grounds committee in preparing the grounds for the holiday fair and winter.  Bring what you have for raking and pruning and we’ll supply the rest:  snacks, coffee, cider, equipment, direction and a few laughs.  Children and youth with a responsible adult are welcome.  This is a great way to connect with others in our congregation and to care for the land, the seventh principle in action!

Contact Cory Clark or Jane Osborn for more information.


50th Anniversary Carecrow on Manchester Main Street

Our 2019 Carecrow is up on Main Street, in front of Bui Vietnamese Cuisine, 964 Main Street, Manchester.  Check the kids out!

Tour the scarecrows starting Sat. Oct. 12th, and don’t forget to vote. Ballot boxes are located at various places on Main Street.

2019 UUSE Carecrow2019 UUSE Carecrow

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: 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

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer for anything?? Contact Anne Carr:

UUS:E Common Summer 2019 Read

Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy

In honor of UUS:E’s 50th anniversary, Rev. Josh has proposed a common ‘summer read’ for our congregation: Revisiting the Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism, by UU minister and historian of the African American UU experience, the Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed. This book chronicles a series of significant events in the Unitarian Universalist Association that took place 50 years ago. It is available from inSpirit, our denominational bookstore. To order the book, call 800-215-9076 or order online at

If you need financial assistance in purchasing the book, please contact Rev. Josh at

Book discussions will take place in the UUS:E chapel on Thursday, September 19. Attend either at 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM. Please contact Annie Gentile in the UUS:E office at 860-646-5151 to sign up for one of the discussions.