Unitarian Universalists Support 350.org

On Sunday, Nov. 29, over 50 people gathered at a special CAT* Event at Unitarian Universalist Society: East in support of the efforts of 350.org and other environmental, religious, labor, and social justice groups to pressure world leaders to take serious action on climate change at the Paris negotiations this December. We took a group picture with the UUS:E solar panels as a backdrop.



Coffeehouse/Open Mic Night at Unitarian Universalist Society: East

November’s Coffeehouse/Open Mic night at Unitarian Universalist Society: East opened the season with a line up of wonderful performances! Music, sing alongs and good stories were on the perfomance list. Come join in Saturday, December 5th at Unitarian, 7 PM. Signups and Happy Hour start at 6. Bring your dinner and beverage, chat with friends and enjoy the show.

Unitarian Universalist Society: East CoffeehouseUnitarian Universalist Society: East Coffeehouse

Unitarian Universalist Society: East Coffeehouse

UUS:E Members Stand on the Hartford City Line for the Black Lives Matter


Photo by Rev. Heather Rion Starr

Photo by Rev. Heather Rion Starr

On Monday, October 5th, several members of UUSE joined a hundred others at a Moral Monday CT rally for racial  and economic justice.  The rally began at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. Unitarian Universalist Association staff from Boston were in attendance.  Particiapants marched out to the corner of Bloomfield and Albany Avenues under the banner “Black Lives Matter”, where about 30 of us moved into the intersection and stopped traffic for approximately 20 minutes.  Four members of UUS:E were among the City Line Dozen arrested: Al Benford, Sue McMillen, Joan Macomber and Christine Joyner.

In addition, Rhona Cohen and Lisa P. Sementilli, Co-Chairs of the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee were there along with Rev. Pawelek, Polly Painter, Nancy Parker, Gene Sestero, Bob Hewey, Carol Simpson and many others.

Why the Hartford City Line? We were there to dramatize the stark economic difference between Hartford and the surrounding suburbs. Hartford is Connecticut’s capital city—the insurance city—and yet one of the poorest cities in the nation.  Hartford is 84% black and Latino.  Per capita income is less than $17,000/year and about half of the city’s children live in poverty. The corner of Prospect and Albany is the dividing line between wealth and poverty, a potent symbol of racial and economic injustice in Hartford. That’s why we stood there for this particular action.

If you didn’t make it but want to help:

There is more to come. Moral Monday CT leader, Bishop John Selders said, “we will continue to carry the gospel of justice beyond the City Line.”

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Interment of Carol Shapiro’s Ashes on 10/25 at 1:00 PM

Carol ShapiroThe Rev. Josh Pawelek will officiate at the interment of Carol Shapiro’s ashes on Sunday, October 25th at 1:00 PM in the UUS:E Memorial Garden. All are welcome. Carol was a beloved, long-time member of UUS:E. She is fondly remembered for her tender heart, her poetry, her creativity, her love of cats and her friendship.

Carol disappeared from her apartment in Manchester on August 31, 2007. In June of this year, police were finally able to confirm by DNA analysis that human remains discovered in Vernon, CT in March of 2013 were Carol’s remains.

At the time of her disappearance, police were fairly confident that she had ended her own life. While suicide is still the most widely accepted explanation for Carol’s death, there is not yet conclusive evidence that she took her own life.  Even without full confirmation of the cause of death, Carol’s family and the members and friends of UUS:E are greatly relieved that she has finally been found, and that she will finally ‘come home’ to a congregation and to land that was very special to her. 


Meeting CT’s Health Care Challenges

Tuesday, October 6th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM

St. Monica’s Episcopal Church

3575 Main St., Hartford


Remember Sustinet? Remember the Affordable Care Act? There’s been enormous progress in the work of bringing affordable, accessible health care to all CT residents, but despite that progress, more work remains. Join the Interfaith Fellowship for Universal Health Care and members of local Christian, UU, Muslim and Jewish congregations for an interfaith evening of learning and strategizing. This event takes place at St. Monica’s Episcopal Church, 3575 Main St. in North Hartford. Dinner will be provided. What progress has been made? What work still remains? What role can we play in improving and expanding access to quality, affordable health care in our state? This event is sponsored by the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee. Questions? Want to car pool? Contact Rev. Josh at (860) 652-8961 or revpawelek@sbclglobal.net

Rev. Pawelek Featured on NPR’s “On Point”

UUS:E’s minister, Rev. Josh Pawelek, had the privilege of being a panelist on National Public Radio’s “On Point” program, Monday morning July 6th. Listen to the podcast here. The show was entitled, “Politics, Tragedy and Religion in the Public Sphere.” It was guest-hosted by Michel Martin.

President Barack Obama speaks during services honoring the life of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C., at the College of Charleston TD Arena. Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church last week in Charleston.  (AP)

UUs Participate in Moral Monday CT

The following article was prepared for Standing on the Side of Love by UUS:E’s Rev. Josh Pawelek regarding Unitarian Universalist participation in the recent Moral Monday CT / BlackLivesMatter action in downtown Hartford. SSL article.

UUS:E member, Sofie Buyniski, on the line at Moral Monday CT

UUS:E members Sofie Buyniski (far right) and Jessica Offir (2nd from left) on the line at Moral Monday CT

Moral Monday CT

June Black Lives Matter! Activities

1) Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training, Sunday, June 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM

In advance of a June 8th Moral Monday CT action in Hartford, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is hosting a nonviolent civil disobedience training at UUS:E, Sunday evening, June 7th from 5:00 to 8:00. Bishop John Selders will be our lead trainer. All are welcome regardless of level of commitment. Questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961 or revpawelek@sbcglobal.net.

Hartford-area clergy protesting anti-black police violence

And then…..

2) Moral Monday Connecticut, Monday, June 8th beginning at 4:00 PM

Old State House Square, Hartford

There will be a Moral Monday Connecticut / Black Lives Matter rally in Hartford on Monday afternoon, June 8th. The rally will begin at 4:00 PM at the Old State House Square. More information to come. Questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961 or revpawelek@sbcglobal.net.

Moral Monday


Towards a Connecticut Economy with Real Jobs!

A Presentation by the Connecticut Center for a New Economy

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00 pm

UUS:E Sanctuary 

Renae Reese

Renae Reese

The Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee is excited to welcome Renae Reese, Executive Director of the CT Center for a New Economy (CCNE), for a presentation on jobs in CT. Concerned about higher unemployment rates in urban and people of color communities, CCNE has developed a powerful jobs campaign in New Haven, and is now looking to develop that campaign on a statewide level. Renae Reese will present employment data from CT’s urban centers, and offer insights into how we can organize to build a better state economy for all.

Ordination of Andrew MacDonald Moeller

Open Invitation to Members and Friends of Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Dear Members and Friends of UUS:E, 
on the behalf of:
Unitarian Universalist Society: East 
of Manchester, CT 
First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist 
of Northborough, MA

 you are joyfully invited to attend the Ordination of 
Andrew MacDonald Moeller 
into the Unitarian Universalist Ministry 

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 4:00 PM

153 West Vernon Street 
Manchester, CT 06042
(860) 646-5151

Clergy, Religious Educators, and Seminarian are invited to gather and robe beginning at 3:30 PM 

Please RSVP to drewuu2@gmail.com