Peoples’ Inauguration Rally — January 20th, 4: PM

UUS:E members and friends are cordially invited and strongly encouraged to witness the Connecticut-based “Peoples’ Inauguration Rally.”

When: Wednesday, January 20th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM

Where: You can watch the rally online at or on Facebook at

Who: Our own Rev. Josh Pawelek has been invited to say a few words. Participating organizations include:

Central Connecticut Democratic Socialists of America
Citizens Opposed to Police States
Citywide Parent Team
Connecticut Immigrant & Refugee Coalition (CIRC)
Connecticut Workers Crisis Response (CWCR)
CT Black Women
CT Muslims
Emmaus Migrant Advocacy Project
Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Hamden Action Now
Jewish Voice for Peace New Haven
Moral Monday CT
New Britain Racial Justice
PowerUp CT
Socialist Resurgence
Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA)
Women’s March CT

A Virtual Tour of the Bahá’í House of Worship

Bahai House of WorshipThe Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding is pleased to present…

A Virtual Tour of the Bahá’í House of Worship

Steve Sarowitz will guide us on a 40-minute exploration of the Bahá’í Temple and Faith.


JOIN US ON Monday, February 8, 2021 at 5:00-6:30 P.M. EST.

REGISTER AT: The Connecticut Council for Interreligious Understanding
WWW.CCFIU.ORG by February 5, 2020.

Info on Power Up – Manchester

Check out Power Up’s website here.

Power Up’s “Power Up Listen Up” group for white allies is on Facebook here.

In the UUS:E Sunday service on January 17th, Keren Prescott talked about declaring racism a public health crisis in CT. She recommended calling every elected official who is in any way accountable to you, from the local town council and board of education members, to state reps and senators, to the governors office. We urge you to make those calls. Two important resources to share are:

BLACK AMERICANS IN CONNECTICUT! by Rev. A.J. and Melinda Johnson of Urban Hope Refuge.



Imbolc Ritual

Invitation to Imbolc
Sunday, January 24th, 6pm

in Zoom (Watch UUS:E Eblast for login info)
Leader: Sudha Sevin

At Imbolc we celebrate the burgeoning of the Light. Imbolc is a Celtic celebration of the Divine Feminine, of hearth and home. Translated as “first milk,” Imbolc is the time when the first calves are born and dairy reenters the diet. This will be a family-friendly virtual event and will include a storytelling. Children may choose to leave after the story (or whenever is needed).

Consider celebrating with a slice of cheesecake or hot cocoa with whip cream (or another dairy treat) or just warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg that you can sip and nibble during the storytelling.

If you have a fireplace, this is an ideal time to have a fire going during our sharing, as Imbolc celebrates hearth and home.

You may choose to dress or decorate the home in the Imbolc colors: red and white. Or sometimes green attire is used to depict the goddess Brighid’s mantle, which she covers the earth with, re-greening it with new life.

Imbolc is also an ideal time to bless candles, so gather your candle supplies and have at least one taper or pillar candle on hand per person and something to use to gently carve into it (small knife, pin, or even a straightened paper clip end will work).

We are looking forward to sharing this evening of emerging light with you all.

Love and Petals,
Sudha, Odin, and Dennis


Connecticut UU Church Tour

Watch for login information in our regular Wednesday and Saturday UUS:E eblasts.

More information on services here. 

Wellness Webinar: Eating for Personal & Planetary Health

Mary Lawrence Welness Webinar

Sunday, January 3, 1:00-2:00 PM

Have you made a New Year’s resolution to eat healthier or reduce your impact on the environment? You can do both by switching to a plant-based diet! Join Mary in her kitchen (virtually!) as she shares cooking tips and demonstrates how to make some delicious, quick & easy recipes: Cauliflower Fritters with Sauteed Kale, Roasted Herbed Chickpeas, and Tahini Dijon Dressing. RSVP:

The Fight Don’t Stop: Open Mic Poetry Night

Saturday, January 9th, 6:30 PM

What: A virtual open mic to start 2021 with a commitment to social justice! Tickets on our Evenbrite Page.

When: Saturday, June 9th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Who: All are welcome to attend. All are welcome to perform. To reserve a performance slot, contact Rhona Cohen at Please limit your performance to three minutes.

To Attend: purchase a ticket here. Suggested donation is $10, though you are welcome to donate any amount. All proceeds go to Power Up Manchester. A Zoom link will be emailed to you after you purchase a ticket .

Parents Please Note: While children are welcome, so of the content may be unsuitable for younger children. Poets will provide content warnings prior to performing. Questions: Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at

Yule Ritual

Yule Ritual at Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Join the Unitarian Universalist Society: East Pagan Study Group
Sunday, December 20th, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom
All are Welcome!

Please join the UUS:E Pagan Study Group as we celebrate Yule. We will celebrate the winter equinox – the return of the sun and light, via Zoom. Peggy Gagne will host by casting a circle at her own altar and include in her circle all who wish to join the celebration as the Wheel of the Year turns. We will have a little history & lore, along with an opportunity to make wishes of light for ourselves and the world.

Please plan on having a small snack and drink of some kind on hand so we can all share in cakes and ale.

Also, plan on having on hand at least 2 small candles per person to participate in the ritual. And – if children are attending, please let Peggy know at so she can send you Yule activity pages for the kids!

Please contact the office for the Zoom link at 860-646-5151 or

Final Trinity Solar Info Session — December 14 at 4:00 PM

All are welcome to attend the final (virtual) info session with Trinity Solar, Monday, December 14th at 4:00 PM. Watch our regular eblasts for login information. If you can’t make this session but want more information before the current deal expires, contact David Luchetti at 413-221-2338.

Unitarian Universalist Society: East Holiday Party

A Celebration of the Season

Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 PM

Join us for a virtual UUS:E Holiday Party, Tuesday evening, December 22 at 7:00 PM. Zoom login info will be available in the regular eblasts. Bring some holiday food and beverages to this virtual party, decorate your space for holiday cheer. We’ll share holiday traditions and fond memories, maybe some special music, and maybe some surprise guests! Questions: Contact Rev. Josh.