UU Wellspring, Deep Questions 

UU Wellspring, Deep Questions 

UU Wellspring, Deep Questions 

The Universalist Church of West Hartford offers this program, based on small group connections, daily spiritual practices, spiritual direction, deep inquiry, and embodying/ engaging our spirituality in life.

Info: UU Wellspring. Group will meet via Zoom on first and third Thursdays, September 17 through June 17 at 7:00 p.m.,  facilitated by David Gonci.

Register by August 14: David Gonci.

UUSpiritLife

UUSpiritLife

Small Group Spiritual Deepening Programs offered for members of the Hartford area UU congregations

UUSpiritLife

Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 PM. The groups meet on the first and third Tuesdays starting Sept 15, 2020 and running through June 1, 2021. Spaces are very limited in these groups and registration closes August 14

UUSpiritLife, a new 10-month long adult program created for the three Hartford-area Unitarian Universalist churches, invites UUs to form and deepen a meaningful spiritual life.

When we pause first for the inward action of spiritual renewal, we become more confident and impactful in our outward actions whether they involve our personal lives, social action or the many engaging tasks of congregational life.

Using a contemplative model, we will come together in a safe, nonjudgmental environment that reaches beyond discussion of heady topics to connect with mystery and awe – the intrinsic power, beauty and goodness of being human. The program includes many experiential opportunities to discover our own personal spirituality and to get in touch with the still, small inner voice that is our internal guidance system.

UUSpiritLife is open to members of all three area churches. A daytime group facilitated by Judy Robbins and Rick Tsukada will meet Tuesday mornings 10:00-noon, starting September 15, 2020. An evening group, facilitated by Tom Gervais will run on Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 PM. The groups meet on the first and third Tuesdays starting Sept 15, 2020 and running through June 1, 2021. All groups will be on the Zoom format, transitioning to in-person meetings if possible.

Spaces are very limited in these groups and registration closes August 14, but to insure your best chance at a place, do not to wait until the last minute. To express an interest, ask questions or to register, email Judy Robbins (day group) Judyrobb2@gmail.com or Tom Gervais (evening) tom.j.gervais@gmail.com

UU Wellspring – Deep Questions

The Universalist Church of West Hartford is offering a UUWellspring module: Deep Questions, open to members of all three area UU churches. The UU Wellspring program is based on small group connections, daily spiritual practices, spiritual direction, deep inquiry, and embodying/engaging our spirituality in life. The Deep Questions program focuses on deep questions of our lives, including human nature, forgiveness/acceptance, prayer, death and dying, accountability, sacred activism, and our relationship to the planet. It explores these and other themes in conjunction with the seven UU principles. For more information, please visit www.uuwellspring.org.

The Wellspring Deep Questions program shares UUSpiritLife’s focus on inward experience and spiritual connection/renewal. A committed group will meet twice monthly on the first and third Thursdays at 7pm and will be facilitated by David Gonci. The program will begin on September 17, 2020 and conclude on June 17, 2021. Group size will be limited, and will initially be conducted on Zoom. As with the SpiritLife program, registration closes on Aug 14 and spaces are limited, so please act quickly to insure a place. For further information, questions or to register, please contact David by emailing to david@gonci.com or calling 413-281-1973.

Lughnasadh Ritual

Lughnasadh Ritual

Join the UUS:E Pagan Study Group Saturday, August 1st, 6:00 PM via Zoom
All are Welcome!

Please join the UUS:E Pagan Study Group as we celebrate Lughnasadh, the first food harvest of the season, 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, along with a look at what we have harvested this year and what we have to be thankful for.

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 available – 2-3 squares of paper (about notecard size) and a pen or pencil in order to participate in the ritual.

To join our Zoom Meeting please watch for the link in the weekly E-Blast or contact the UUS: E office for the Zoom link @ 860-646-5151 or uuseoffice@uuse.org

Letter to the JI

The following letter to the editor of the Journal Inquirer was published in edited form on June 16, 2020.

Dear Editor:

I was one of the many hundreds marching Saturday, June 6 from the Manchester Town Hall to the Police Station a mile away. At least half of the people gathered were white, and all mostly young and passionate. The most common chant was “Black Lives Matter.”

We marched by the Nazarene Church building at 466 Main Street that has had many uses. It is now part of the MACC (Manchester Area Conference of Churches) complex. It was the first religious home of Manchester’s Unitarian Universalist Society: East, now located at 153 West Vernon Street. The building reminded me that a young girl named Elizabeth Anderson attended the Society’s Sunday school in the 1970s. She has since become one of the world’s most renowned philosophers and is on the faculty of the University of Michigan. Her books have earned her an international reputation as a practical thinker.

The New Yorker a year ago termed Professor Anderson “…a champion of the view that equality and freedom are mutually dependent.” In one of her books, The Imperative of Integration with copyright in 2010 by Princeton University Press, she explains in great detail how she came to this view. One line stands out:

“It is necessary to block and dismantle the mechanisms that perpetuate unjust social inequality, and to realize the promise of a democratic state that is equally responsive and accountable to citizens of all identities.” From page 180 of her book.

After Saturday’s march across Manchester, I am now more convinced that Professor Anderson, this wonderful product of our town, is right. Equality and freedom are mutually dependent. For all of us. Saturday was a refreshing proof of her view. Very truly yours,

Malcolm F. Barlow

Essential Reading for Unitarian Universalists

From Rev. Josh:

Rev. Leslie Takahashi and members of the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change

Dear Ones:
I have been spending the last few days at (online) Ministry Days, the gathering for UU clergy in advance of the General Assembly. One of the most significant milestones we are celebrating is the publication of the final report from the UUA’s Commission on Institutional Change (CoIC), entitled “Widening the Circle of Concern.” CoIC was formed in the wake of the UUA’s hiring controversy in 2017. Under the leadership of my colleague, the Rev. Leslie Takahashi, CoIC has completed a comprehensive review of a variety of UUA and UU structures and practices with the goal of transforming our own white supremacy culture. The report makes numerous recommendations, many of them for congregations. The CoIC report is essential reading for all Unitarian Universalists. We need to take these recommendations to heart. I urge all UUS:E members and friends to take time this summer to read the report in its entirety. I look forward to a robust UUS:E dialogue later in 2020 about how our congregation can begin implementing the recommendations.

Here it is: https://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/committees/cic/widening.

With love and abiding faith, 

–Rev. Josh

UUS:E Food and Supplies Drive

As part of our efforts to help supply needed food and house hold goods for the local community during the pandemic, UUS:E will be conducting a food/goods drive in the coming weeks for MACC (Manchester Area Conference of Churches) and East of the River Mutual Aid Society. The drive will supplement our UUS:E community outreach cash offerings for June and July, which will also be dedicated to addressing food insecurity.
 
Members and friends can drop off their donations (see below for needed items) at UUS:E anytime starting June 20 and deposit them in the metal bin located at the front entrance of UUS:E.  Volunteers will also be available as couriers to pick up food items from your home and take them to the church, if you need that help.  Appropriate social distancing procedures will be utilized by the couriers.  
 
For questions about the program, contact Jim Adams at jimadamsuu@gmail.com or 860-682-2564.  If you need a courier or are willing to volunteer as a courier, please contact Bob Knapp at rwknapp@snet.net
 
Needed items (requested by MACC):
Laundry detergent
Dish detergent
Toiletries
Sugar
Flour
Mayonnaise
Jelly
Size 5-6 diapers 
5 and up Pullups
Canned Beef stew
Tomato soup
Various soups
Canned Mixed veggies 
Rice mixes
Lipton pasta mixes
Canned Peas
Canned Carrot
Baked beans
Pork and beans
Gluten free food
Cake /muffin mixes
 
You may also donate other non-perishable food items that you would typically buy for yourself.

Litha / Midsummer Ritual

Sunflower Field

Join the UUS:E Pagan Study Group

Litha / Midsummer Ritual

Sunday June 21st, 6 PM via Zoom
All are Welcome!

As our lives take on unusual changes, please join us as we adapt and celebrate Litha, or Midsummer, via Zoom.  Our host will begin 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, a ritual to bring us closer, hopefully, some songs as well as perhaps a chance to reflect on how we have grown, along with the young god, in these very different times.

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

To join our Zoom Meeting please contact the Unitarian Universalist Society: East office for the Zoom link @ 860-646-5151 or at uuseoffice@uuse.org

Black Lives Matter Rally/March in Manchester — Saturday, June 6th

We Can Make Face Masks #5 (For Hartford Hospital)

Friends:

Throughout the month of May, UUS:E has been delivering homemade face masks to our neighbor, Crestfield Nursing Home.  Thanks to everyone who has sewn and donated masks! For the month of June we will donate any masks we receive to Hartford Hospital. Now that the state is beginning to re-open, many of the hospital’s non-essential office staff are returning to work, and masks are needed.

If you are sewing masks and would like to contribute to our collection for Hartford Hospital, please know you can drop them in the plastic bin outside the entrance to the UUS:E office at any time. They will be picked up for delivery every Sunday at 3:00 PM.

Questions, contact Rev. Josh.

Book Discussion: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United Statesby Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Introductory session, Tuesday, June 16th at 7 PM

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz’ 2014 Beacon Press title, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, was selected as the 2019-2020 Unitarian Universalist Association “Common Read.” As such, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is hosting a multi-session book discussion. The introductory session is scheduled for Tuesday evening, June 16th at 7:00 PM by Zoom. The expectation is that participants will read the entire book during the summer months, and we will reconvene for more in-depth discussion in the fall. (For login information, contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at minister@uuse.org or watch for announcements in the regular UUS:E eblasts.)

In An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, Dunbar-Ortiz offers a history of the United States from the perspective of Indigenous peoples and reveals how Native Americans, for centuries, actively resisted expansion of the US empire. Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.

Purchase An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States through the UUA’s bookstore, InSpirit at https://www.uuabookstore.org/An-Indigenous-Peoples-History-of-the-United-States-P17699.aspx. If you require financial assistance in making this purchase, please contact Rev. Josh at minister@uuse.org.