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.


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 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


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.


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.


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/ 

Peas & Love Community Garden

Calling All Green Thumbs! 

We will be holding the first organizational meeting for the Unitarian Universalist Society: East  “Peas & Love Community Garden” on Sunday, March 25, 1:00-2:30 in the Spirit Play Room. Produce grown will be donated to a local food pantry, and we need volunteers to help out. Interested in learning more? Bring your skills, energy, and positive spirit! Don’t have the time to volunteer? We will happily accept any tools you no longer need (eg., shovel, spade, fork, flower pots, etc.). Contact Mary Lawrence, wellonwheels@hotmail.com860-985-1645 for more information.

Sunday, March 25, 1:00-2:30 in the Spirit Play Room.

Emergency Preparedness #5

Emergency Preparedness #5


Our newly created Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property. But the plan is useless unless people know what to do!


When an emergency strikes, no one will know where the plan is located! How do we use the plan if we can’t find it? Training, yes, but did you know there is a better way to learn than by listening to a boring lecture? Exercises!


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.

We will n0w shift our training of the Emergency Response Plan by using exercises. The goal is to have more than 80% of the members receive this training in the months ahead. There will be multiple opportunities offered.

  • Tabletop Exercises—where a group talks through responses to scenarios. Time is allowed for discussion and the written plan is used to explore alternatives.
  • Functional Exercises—groups act out responses without looking at the plan. No one can make a mistake, however, because guidance will be provided along the way.

Exercises can be fun! They also will save lives and reduce the risks of property damage. Come join!

Spiritually Assisting at the Moment of Death

Clear Light Society

Sunday, March 25, 1-2 PM

On Sunday, March 25, 1-2 PM, Clear Light Society will present “Spiritually Assisting at the Moment of Death.” In this free, one-hour demonstration, Clear Light director of training Melissa Lewis, RN BSN, will:

  • Offer simple, effective techniques that foster a deep and meaningful connection with loved ones;
  • Introduce the Clear Light Meditation for the Dying (recognized as a terma, or mind treasure, by the Venerable Trungpa Rinpoche); and
  • Speak to the preparation of conscious awareness for the “dawning of the Great Light” at the moment of death.

Perfectly suited for the UU community, these practices are personalized to an individual’s own beliefs and traditions. With interest from the community, Melissa will offer a four-part training at Unitarian Universalist Society: East for those who want to gain further understanding and facility in the practices.

On Becoming a Sanctuary Congregation

With Rev. Paul Fleck

Sunday, March 18, 2:30 PM

Shall the Unitarian Universalist Society: East designate itself as a “Sanctuary Congregation?” This is a question our congregation is going to be asking very carefully over the next few months. Members of the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee, as well as other members of the congregation, have allied themselves with groups from Manchester, Hartford, and around the state to advocate for immigration justice in Connecticut and the United States. We have been present for deportation hearings, rallies and vigils. We held an informational forum in January at UUS:E. But there is more we can do as a congregation. Frankly, we have power we are not using in support of immigration justice. We can take the step of declaring ourselves a Sanctuary Congregation. This may mean providing sanctuary to a person or a family who wishes to avoid deportation. But it can mean many other things as well. In order to learn more about what it could mean for us, we have invited the Rev. Paul Fleck of New Sanctuary CT to address UUS:E members and friends. Please bring your questions and concerns on Sunday afternoon, March 18 from 2:30 to 4:00 at UUS:E. We hope you can attend. If you need childcare, please contact Annie Gentile in the UUS:E office at 860-646-5151.

Bearing Witness on the West Bank

Two Perspectives on the
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Part II: 4/8 at 2 PM and Part III: 4/22 at 1 PM

In Part I of this series, held in March, Bishop John and Pamela Selders shared their recent trip to the West Bank, Israel, and Jordan and facilitated a discussion about how the Palestinian-Israeli conflict takes a toll on our humanity.


In Part II, we welcome Rabbi Richard Plavin (Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Sholom B’nai Israel in Manchester), who will share his experience of life in Israel and his perspective on Israeli security and democracy.






In Part III, we will have a conversation within the UUS:E community to process what we’ve learned, to deepen our collective understanding, and to consider further avenues of study and engagement.
Co-Sponsored with the Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee
Reverend Josh Pawelek, revpawelek@gmail.com, Deena Steinberg, deenasteinberg@gmail.com

Sundays, Part 2: 4/8, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Part 3: 4/22, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at revpawlek@gmail.com or (860) 652-8961.

Unitarian Universalist Society: East

If you need childcare, please contact Annie Gentile in the UUS:E office at (860) 646-5151.

Waterbirds in Love

 On view during February at Unitarian Universalist Society: East. Reception on Friday, February 16 from 6:30 to 8:30PM

To glide through the water and rise in the air, what can be more enchanting? Carol Lowbeer’s new exhibit, “Waterbirds in Love,” opened at Unitarian Universalist Society: East on February 1 and captures this enchantment with many pictures of dazzling, colorful ducks, swans, and geese in action. The water birds perform “spirited “courtship” dances to impress each other while they pair up for their annual rituals.


A reception on Friday, February 6, which is open to all ages, will also feature a continuing running slideshow with 50 species of waterfowl from Connecticut, the U.S. and 25 different countries in varying stages of courtship behavior. Mandarin ducks, King Eiders, Cinnamon Teals, Chiloe Wigeons & other pairs dance and prance on land & water.  Many endangered species are included.

Additional photos, books, and cards will be on sale during the reception. 40% of all proceeds will be donated to Unitarian Universalist Society: East.

During the reception will be a continually running colorful widescreen musical slideshow featuring more water birds behavior–from the first shy interest, to wild water displays & head pumping. Ultimately ducklings, cygnets and goslings arrive which make up the “new families.”

There is an educational component to the exhibit as well. Each bird, along with its behavior, origin and habits accompanies the exhibit pictures.  Often included is an entertaining commentary on Carol’s experiences with the birds. There are also colorful fact sheets on Ducks, Swans and Geese available to read.

This is a family event and children are welcome.

Carol Lowbeer, a UUS:E member since 2002 has a special interest in photographing animals “doing what comes naturally!”  She is a graduate of DEEP’s Master Wildlife Certification program and exhibits widely in libraries & nature centers. Carol photographed the birds featured in the exhibit over a period of five years in 3 conservation sanctuaries, ponds, 2 zoos and in the wild.  Her photo collection of 75 waterfowl species can be viewed at her web gallery: https://carollowbeer.smugmug.com

Click here for the poster.