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

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 https://www.uuabookstore.org/Search.aspx?k=black+power

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

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.

Mabon Ritual

Sunday, September 15, 6:00 PM

All are Welcome!

Join the UUS:E Pagan Study Group for a multigenerational ritual of Mabon.

Mabon is the Neo-Pagan celebration of the Autumn Equinox. It is a time of balance of light and dark. It is also for celebrating all we have harvested, in all forms, and for reflecting on what we might still need for balance in our lives. As such, we will be doing a potluck thanksgiving dinner followed by walking a labyrinth. We hope you can join us in the celebration.

If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Peggy Gagne at pgagne15@att.net or 860-646-6828 to make sure we have enough supplies for all and let her know what dish you might be bringing to share.

Connetic Word Tag Sale at UUS:E

Connecticut’s Slam Poetry Team, Connetic Word, is running a tag sale in the UUS:E parking lot this coming Saturday, September 7th from 9:30 to 3:00 to help raise funds to cover the cost of their recent trip to the Brave New Voices competition in Las Vegas. Come out and support this very talented group of YOUNG PEOPLE!!!

 

WuuDSTOCK Party Success

Unitarian Universalist Society: East celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in our own way: a fantastic WuuDSTOCK party, complete with hippie costumes, decorations, open mic, yummy snacks, a rock band (The Dilemma), beads and flower children. Truly a party of hippie solidarity and peace!

Open mic featured the best golden oldies and the band The Dilemma blew everyone’s mind!

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

Come Celebrate Lughnasadh!

Wheat stockSunday, August 3rd, 7 PM

Also known as Lammas, this is the first of the three harvest festivals. Halfway between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox, Lughnasadh is the harvest festival in pagan tradition. We will celebrate the ingathering of the many seeds sown last spring, and give thanks for our harvests, physical and spiritual. Please bring a snack to share for afterward.
PLEASE rsvp to Leslie Greene 860-461-3286, or greenedog423@gmail.com.

Come Celebrate LITHA (Summer Solstice)

SunsetJoin the UUS:E Pagan Study Group for a multigenerational observation of Litha

Friday, June 21, 2019, at 7:00 P.M. at the Unitarian Universalist Society: East Sanctuary

All are Welcome!

Litha celebrates the longest day of the year. Come learn about the union of god and goddess at Litha, and the god’s diminishing influence after the solstice. If you are planning to attend, PLEASE RSVP to Peggy Gagne at (860) 646-6828 or pgagne15@att.net. We need to know how many to plan for the activity portion of the night. Please bring a light snack to share. The planned activity will be a bit messy, so bring a shirt for cover if you don’t want to get dirty. If you arrive after 7 pm, please wait just inside the doors to the sanctuary so we can welcome you into the circle.

Rob Laurens – Live in Concert

Saturday, June 22 at 7:00 PMRob Laurens

“Rob Laurens culls his naturalistic ballads from the fertile soil of American folk tradition, but his intimate, incisive lyrics embody the best instincts of the contemporary songwriter movement.”—Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

“Rob Laurens has the rare ability to write songs that seem like they’ve always been there. When he steps on stage, you’re drawn into the atmosphere that he creates from the first chord. Witty, engaging, thoughtful, and whimsical — it’s all there, held together by taste, discernment, and an intriguing, original guitar style.”—Dave Palmater, host, Folk Radio WUMB 91.9 FM

Rob has won the New Folk Award for Songwriting at both the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX) and its sister festival, The Columbia River Festival (WA). He has returned to play the main stage at these and many other festivals, including the Strawberry, High Sierra, and Napa Valley Festivals in California. He tours both east and west coasts, playing such clubs as The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California, and Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tickets: $15 for adults, $8 for children, youth and students

Call UUS:E at 860-646-5151 to reserve seats, or go online at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rob-laurens-live-in-concert-tickets-62064215740.

Community Conversation with the Program Council

The Unitarian Universalist Society: East Program Council invites members and friends to join us for one of two discussions:

2:00 PM or 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 27 in the UUS:E Chapel.

The purpose of the event is to invite discussion of current UUS:E committee activities and solicit input on future programs and events to expand the offerings at UUS:E. The Program Council would love to hear your thoughts.

— Kevin Holian-Borgnis and the Program Council