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

Solidarity Shabbat: Temple Beth Sholom B’nai Israel

In Solidarity with the People of Pittsburgh, we invite all people of faith to join us at this service to affirm our commitment to making our sanctuaries places of safety and peace and to affirm our country’s Freedom of Religion.

There will be a Service of Solidarity at Beth Sholom B’nai Israel

400 Middle Turnpike East in Manchester

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 6:30 pm


After Charleston, Sutherland Springs, Louisville, and Pittsburgh, it is time for all people of faith to stand together in the face of hate and bigotry, to bring hope, kindness and love to the world!


Area UU Congregations Present the Rev. Chris Antal

The Unitarian Universalist congregations of the greater Hartford region welcome

United States military veteran and Unitarian Universalist minister

The Rev. Dr. Chris Antal

Saturday evening, November 10th

7:00 PM

Fiske Hall (the auditorium at the rear of the building)

Universalist Church of West Hartford

433 Fern St. in West Hartford, CT


After a thirty minute screening of the film “National Bird,” Rev. Dr. Antal will address US war in the 21st century, specifically the reality and moral hazards of drone warfare. We will examine what actions we can take as committed people of faith to address the rapid proliferation of weaponized drone technology.

Screening of Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture at the 2018 UUA General Assembly

Join the UUS:E Social Jutice / Anti-Oppression Committee for a viewing and discussion of Brittany Packnett’s Ware Lecture at the 2018 Unitarian Universalist General Assembly in Kansas City, MO.

Tuesday, October 30th, 7:00 PM at UUS:E.

Brittany Packnett is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment. A former teacher, policy expert, and non- profit executive director, Brittany has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom. Brittany serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships and civil rights work with communities of color. Beyond Teach For America, Brittany was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. She is a contributor to the Crooked Media network, most notably contributing to the weekly news roundup on Pod Save The People, a Video Columnist for Mic News, and writes for many publications. Recently, Brittany launched Love + Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society. Brittany was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media.

The Ware Lecture has been in existence since 1920. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer.

Emergency Preparedness – Everyone Evacuate the Building!

A Message from the UUS:E Emergency Management Team 

“Everyone evacuate the building!” Hearing this during a Sunday Service, you will know the Emergency Response Plan has been activated. But what do you do? If it happens during a Sunday service:

  • You must leave the building, using both exits out to the parking lot.
  • Go to your car and remain in your car.
  • If you have a child on the garden level, you may assemble at a safe distance from the front of the building so that your child can brought to you.
  • If you are on the Garden Level when the alarm is sounded, RE children and staff are to exit the building at the nearest exit and assemble at a safe distance from the building.
  • Adult RE leaders will bring small groups of children at intervals around to the front of the building to be reunited with their parents.

Very important: fire apparatus must come down the exit ramp—STAY IN YOUR CARS AND DON’T DRIVE OUT, CLOGGING THE WAY FOR RESPONDERS! Wait for fire officials to let you know you can leave.

PS—a fire drill is coming soon to a Sunday Service near you. Be ready!!!

Interested in Faith-Based Community Organizing?

The Christian Activities Council in Hartford is building a new faith-based community organization in Greater Hartford. Rev. Josh Pawelek has been participating in the clergy sponsoring committee for this organization, and ten members of UUS:E have taken an initial 12-hour community organizer training. These ten UUS:E members will serve on UUS:E’s ‘core team’ for this new faith-based community organization. Faith-based community organizing brings congregations together across a region to find common ground on the issues that matter most to them. It gives them the power to address the issues and make real change in their communities. 

Would you like to learn more about this greater Hartford initiative and what it means to be on a core team? If so, the Christian Activities Council is holding two two-hour informational sessions this summer: 

July 12th, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Shiloh Baptist Church, 350 Albany Ave., Hartford. RSVP to

July 23rd, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the Christian Activities Council, 47 Vine St., Hartford. RSVP to

For background on faith-based community organizing (also known as congregation-based or broad-based community organizing) from a UU perspective, visit the Unitarian Universalist Association’s website here

Short Film on Drone Warfare

 Film and Discussion on the Moral Implications of Drone Warfare

In advance of our June 24th guest minister, former military chaplain, the Rev. Chris Antal, UUS:E is screening a film on drone warfare produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare and the Peace Action Education Fund.


Rev. Chris Antal, former U.S. military chaplain

Tues., June 12th, 4:30 PM  

“The Religious Community and Drone Warfare


Faith leaders from a wide range of traditions are interviewed on this 27 minute video, including representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Church of Christ, the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good, Interfaith Action for Human Rights, the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Methodist Church, the American Sikh Council, the Islamic Society of North America, the Friends Committee on National Legislation and the Church of the Brethren.


Need child care or have other questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961 or


Emergency Preparedness #8

Emergency Preparedness #8

Temporary Sheltering of Members

Our newly authorized Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property. This “all hazards plan” identifies twelve situations that could risk personal safety or property damage. Each emergency situation is designated as an annex with specific instructions. Let’s look at Annex F: Temporary Sheltering of Members.


…members without power or fuel are able to stay in the building during business hours for cooling in summer or warming in winter?


The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. It is requested a call be made to the office in advance.
  2. It is understood there are no generators, cots, blankets, food or medical supplies available,
  3. Sheltering is possible only as the building has electricity and water supply available.
  4. The kitchen may be used if personal food is brought in.
  5. Before leaving to go home, the individuals will sign out at the administrative office.

Emergency Preparedness: Fire & Smoke Workshop

What Should You Do in the case of FIRE or SMOKE?

Join the Emergency Preparedness Team on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 PM in the Meeting Room where the team will welcome members of the Manchester Fire Department to discuss fire and smoke training, emergency medical situations, and six of the twelve annexes in the Emergency Preparedness Plan. There will be time to ask questions and to learn more about our important plan.

Know Your Rights


Thursday, June 14 at 3 PM and 5 PM

A “Know Your Rights” workshop led by Cressy Goodwin will be held at Unitarian Universalist Society: East on Thursday, June 14 at 3:00 PM and again at 5:00 PM.

This workshop explores rights and their limitations for immigrants who may be confronted with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. It is intended for anyone who has an interest in the subject including immigrants, members and friends of UUS:E now that we are officially a Sanctuary Congregation, and any other members of the community who are concerned about immigration i