Wondering about the Red Dresses?

A few folks were wondering about the red dresses hanging in the UUS:E sanctuary on May 5th. Here’s the explanation from our May newsletter:

Native American women face the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence in the United States. In response, nearly 200 tribal, national, and state organizations are calling on Congress to pass a resolution designating May 5th as the “National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.” The resolution was drafted in memory of Hanna Harris (Northern Cheyenne) who was murdered July, 2013. The resolution was first introduced in April 2016 on the same day that RoyLynn Rides Horse (Crow) passed away after having been beaten, burned, and left in a field to die. How can we show our support? Wear RED on May 5th and post a photo on social media with the hashtag #NationalDayofAwareness #MMNWG or #MMIW. Furthermore, UUS:E will be hanging a red dress in our sanctuary on May 5th to show solidarity with missing and murdered Native women and girls.

For more information visit the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.

4/25/19 Action at Wethersfield Police Station

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Hartford Region Congregations Launch GHIAA

Imagine what life in our Greater Hartford region could be like if our religious institutions actually possessed the moral force to make it a more just and equitable place? The Christian Activities Council in North Hartford embarked upon this imaginative task in September 2016 when it convened the inaugural Greater Hartford Sponsoring Committee meeting. Less than three years later, nearly 300 diverse people of faith attended the Greater Hartford Sponsoring Committee’s Winter Organizing Assembly. At 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Jews, Muslims, Unitarian Universalists, Friends, and a vastly ecumenical group of Christians all filed into Congregation Beth Israel on Farmington Avenue in West Hartford for the Winter Organizing Assembly. In attendance were clergy, lay leaders, trained core team leaders, and those who were simply curious. 

In her address to the multi-faith group seeking to work together to address issues that impact the quality of life in Greater Hartford, Rabbi Andi Fliegel, of the hosting congregation, passionately declared “the differences between us that too often keep us apart, spread thin and powerless will no longer divide us!” To identify issues that “keep us up at night,” core team members coordinated and held over 30 small-group “house meetings.” 

At the end of the evening, those gathered boisterously and enthusiastically voted to name the organization the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA).

Since the meeting, institutional-based core teams have begun launching house meeting campaigns in their congregations. This coming summer, the body will gather again to affirm a slate of concrete, winnable issues to present at GHIAA’s official launch on Monday, October 28, 2019.

UUS:E’s GHIAA House Meeting Campaign

As part of our UUS:E’s participation in the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance, we will will be running our own house meeting campaign during May and early June. All UUS:E members and friends are invited to participate in a house meeting organized by our GHIAA core team. Sign-ups will be after services in late April and early May. Please plan to participate in a house meeting. Meet other UUS:E members and friends. Share a meal (or tea and cookies). Tell your story: what concerns you the most about the future of our region? Our stories will be collected and shared with the GHIAA leadership team, who will use them to determine the issues that most unite us across lines of faith, race, class and geography. Then we will develop campaigns to address those issues.

UUS:E House Meetings

Monday May 20, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, at the home of Nancy and Ted Pappas, 338 Spring St., Manchester

Tuesday, May 21at 6:30 PM at the home of Al Benford, 25F Cliffside Dr., Manchester

Wednesday 5/22 at 6:30 PM in the chapel at UUS:E (led by Nicole Bornhorst)

Thursday, 5/23, 4:00 to 5:30, in the UUS:E chapel (led by Rev. Josh Pawelek)

Saturday, May 25th, 2:00 to 3:30, at the home of Marcia Leonard, 366 Ash St., unit 17, Willimantic

Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the home of Jim Adams and Sylvia Ounpuu, 48 Stonehedge Lane, Bolton

Sunday, June 2nd, 6:00 PM, at the home of Lisa Sementilli, 7 Greenhurst Rd., West Hartford

Friday, June 14th, 6:00 PM, at the home of Rhona Cohen, 25 South St., New Britain.

If you know you want to participate in one of the House Meetings, listed below, feel free to contact the host and let them know you are planning to attend.

Don’t see a date that works for you, but want to participate? You are more than welcome to host your own house meeting! UUS:E’s core team will provide a facilitator. Contact Rev. Josh for more information at (860) 652-8961 or revpawelek@gmail.com.

Acculturation Training

Who has culture? We all have culture!!  

Wed., April 24, 7-9 PM, Meeting Room

Truly knowing, understanding, communicating with, or assisting a person from a distant culture or country begins with an examination of our own cultural values, beliefs, assumptions and biases.   It is only through understanding that our own cultural lens is the filter with which we approach most every interaction we have, that we can ever fully, without bias and judgment, respect the inherent worth and dignity of all human beings.  Although this acculturation training was originally designed for the Sanctuary team, I encourage others to attend. Since the US is becoming more and more diverse, and the population of people from European descent is decreasing, we all are likely to have many more cross-cultural conversations. This training is designed to help us become more aware of the multiple ways in which our values, beliefs and assumptions have been forged beyond our awareness, and yet often become the yardstick by which we evaluate others.

25th Anniversary Interview Project

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Listen to audio interviews from members during 1993-1999. How have things changed and how are they the same?

Click here to listen!

And So Our Journey Began – The First Decade

And So Our Journey Began – The First Decade

April 7 Service ~ Postponed from March 10

We will honor our Charter Members and hear stories from the “founding generation” who saw the possibility of a loving and inclusive home for liberal religion in Manchester. How did those early years shape who we are today? What legacy did our founders leave us, and how are we handling that responsibility today? Come to the April 7 service to consider this and much more!

April Milestones ~ This Month in UUS:E History:

April 1969: One month after opening our doors, an organizing meeting for Liberal Religious Youth (LRY) draws more than a dozen teens. Public Forums are scheduled two evenings each month on topics such as inner-city schools, prison reform and more. The Board votes to join Manchester Interfaith Social Action Committee (MISAC), which is completing 194 units of affordable housing in North Manchester.

April 1977: Surveying, clearing and planning begins at the newly-purchased wooded lot on West Vernon St., Manchester. There is also much fundraising that must be done before we can have a home of our own!!

Looking forward to other 50th Anniversary events, including:

  • Rev. Drew Moeller, who discovered his ministerial calling while at UUS:E, returns to preach on June 2
  • All-generations carnival on June 8 (rain date June 15)
  • WUUdstock concert on July 27
  • Celebration Gala on September 28
  • Looking back, looking forward. A legacy service on November 3

Questions? Ideas? Want to volunteer?? Contact Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com

Show Your  UUS:E Swag!5oth T shirt

Have you seen these great-looking black and gold 50th Anniversary tee shirts? Look for the display after each service or email Anne Carr: acarr06040@yahoo.com. $20 for Small-XL, and $25 for XXL and up. Many thanks to Sandy Karosi for design and ordering.

Rally for Income Equality in CT! April 4th

Josh, join the Democracy, Unity, Equality (D.U.E.) Justice Coalition as we honor Dr. King’s memory and fight for income equality in CT!

We will stand in solidarity and urge our elected leaders to pass a MORAL BUDGET that supports all CT residents and asks the wealthy to pay their fair share.

Please Come to a Community Conversation!

Special message from
Unitarian Universalist Society: East President Rob Stolzman

Please Join Us for a Special Policy Board Community Conversation 

Open forum to  discuss:UUSE Logo chalice flame only multi

  • Updating our UUS:E Covenant
  • Open leadership positions
  • The history and use of the colon in our name–UUS:E

Two sessions: 2:00 or 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14.

The purpose of this event is to invite our members and friends to sit with us and discuss these issues or any other issues. The Policy Board values your voices and wants to hear what you think.
— Rob Stolzman and the Policy Board

UUS:E Welcomes New Membership Coordinator

Rev. Josh, the UUS:E Policy Board and members of the Membership Coordinator search committee are pleased to introduce UUS:E’s new Membership Coordinator, Jerry Arcari. Jerry was born and raised in East Hartford and has lived in Manchester since 1992. He has worked for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Manchester Area Conference of Churches, the Prudence Crandall Center in New Britain, Jewish Geriatric Services in Longmeadow, MA, and the CT Children’s Museum in West Hartford where he was the membership director.

Jerry will gradually be getting to know UUS:E members and friends. Don’t be surprised if you get a phone call from him asking to meet or just saying hello. When you run into him at UUS:E, please give him a warm welcome!

If you have any questions about the Membership Coordinator role, feel free to ask Jerry or Rev. Josh. Jerry can by reached by email at membership@uuse.org.

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 acarr06040@yahoo.com