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 cmackey@christianactivities.org.

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

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 revpawelek@gmail.com

 

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.

DID YOU KNOW…

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

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A MEMBER SEEKS SHELTER?

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

Workshop

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

Emergency Preparedness #7

Emergency Preparedness #7

Storm Damage

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 now look at Annex E: Storm Damage.

DID YOU KNOW…

… procedures have been in place for years to learn of impending storms and alert members when the facilities are going to be closed? Do you know where to go to learn this information?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS STORM DAMAGE?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. Learn of the cancellation of services or meetings held at the building, and stay away during any storm.
  2. After the storm is over, and if damage is found, contact the sexton if not already aware of this.
  3. Early decisions will be made and announced to repair any damage.
  4. Members will be notified when the building is again available for use.

That was easy! Use the time saved by staying home to review the Emergency Response Plan for other, more complicate actions for different hazards!

Emergency Preparedness #6

Emergency Preparedness #6

Disturbed Person with a Weapon

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 a separate annex with specific instructions. Let’s next look at Annex D: Disturbed Person with a Weapon.

DID YOU KNOW?

The average time an incident with an armed shooter lasts is only 7 minutes? Did you know that most fatalities from this situation are people lying still trying to hide?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS AN ARMED PERSON WHO IS DISTURBED?

Do you remember when you first learned to drive a car? No one would think of taking a driver’s test after just reading an instruction manual. You first take driving lessons. And practice driving.

The following procedures are to be followed (Follow A.L.I.C.E. = Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate):

  1. Alert others throughout the building that a shooter is present.
  2. Lockdown by barricading the room you are in, staying out of view and remaining quiet.
  3. Inform authorities by calling 911
  4. Counter if the shooter is present by throwing hymnals, chairs and other objects, and by creating a lot of noise to distract and confuse the shooter. Close in if possible to disarm the person.
  5. Evacuate when safe to do so.
  6. Follow instructions of identified police officers directing you where to go as you leave the building.

The tabletop exercise reenactment held on January 28, 2018, demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach. Future exercises will be held to properly train staff, leaders, members, and visitors. It will only work if most people know how to act quickly.

Surcari Concert

Sucari

Photo Copyright 2017 Lorena Garay

Sunday, April 29 at 4 PM

at Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Surcari is a performance group originally from Chile and Puerto Rico, under the direction of guitarist Lorena Garay. They perform a blend of traditional and original Latin American music on a wide variety of musical instruments.

Tickets will go on sale starting on April 8 after church services and will also be available at the door.

Prices are $20 adults, $18 seniors and youth, $10 ages 10-18 and under 10 free. Please notify Sue McMillen if child care is needed by April 22.

http://www.lorenagaray.com/surcari.html

The We Remember Rally

April 4, 4:00 PM
CT Supreme Court Building

In observance of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., people from around the state will gather for a “We Remember” rally. Along with similar rallies across the country, we will be announcing the rebirth of Rev. King’s Poor People’s Campaign, and calling for our state and our nation to finally and seriously address the root causes of poverty.

The rally begins at 4:00 PM on April 4th outside the CT Supreme Court building, and will continue with various activities until approximately 7:00 PM. Questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at revpawelek@gmail.com or 860-652-8961.

Andrew McKnight Concert

Andrew McKnight

April 15, 2018, at 7 PM

Andrew McKnight is an Americana artist. He performs songs and tells stories influenced by old-time Appalachia to contemporary blues and folk, all backed up by his dead-on guitar playing.

Tickets go on sale starting on March 25 after church services and will also be available at the door.

Prices are $20 adults, $18 seniors and youth, $10 ages 10-18 and under 10 free. Please notify Sue McMillen if child care is needed by April 8.

http://www.andrewmcknight.net/index/

Unitarian Universalist Society: East, 153 Vernon St. West, Manchester, CT
www.uuse.org 860-646-5151

Click here for the poster or for more information about Andrew McKnight, visit http://andrewmcknight.net/