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.
A Presentation by the Connecticut Center for a New Economy
Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00 pm
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.
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
Clergy, Religious Educators, and Seminarian are invited to gather and robe beginning at 3:30 PM
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear UUS:E Members and Friends:
It is with profound sadness that I write to inform you of the death of Pawel Jura, UUS:E’s former Music Director. I received this news Wednesday evening via a phone call from the minister at the Unitarian Univeraslist Congregation of Fairfax, VA where Pawel was serving as Director of Music and Arts. At the time of writing this message, the cause of Pawel’s death is still under investigation. We are waiting to hear from the Alexandria, VA police.
Pawel has been deeply missed at UUS:E since his departure for Virginia in July. His musical gifts, warmth, humor, intellect, meticulousness–his smile–touched all of us. His death is a blow to all who knew and loved him. Knowing this, I am cancelling all my scheduled events today (Thursday, Feb. 26th) and will welcome anyone who wants to come to UUS:E for pastoral care, conversation, community, mourning, etc. starting at noon. This includes children and youth.
Then, tonight at 7:00 PM in the UUS:E sanctuary, we will hold a vigil in honor of Pawel. All are welcome.
Finally, I will attempt to communicate more information about Pawel’s death as it becomes available. I fully expect UUS:E will hold a memorial sevice for Pawel in the coming weeks.
With love and grief beyond words,
Rev. Josh Pawelek
Moral Monday CT will take place in Hartford on Monday, February 23th, beginning at 3:00 PM at the Christ Church Cathedral parish house, 45 Church St. (across from Hartford Stage).
The Unitarian Universalist Society: East Director of Music Search Committee, the Policy Board and Rev. Josh are deeply pleased to announce that Mary Bopp will become Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s new Director of Music on Feb. 1st, 2015.
Since 2002 Mary has served as the Music Director and Organist at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone, NY. She is a pianist and co-founder of Chamber16, a dynamic consortium of musicians based in New York City. Explore Chamber16’s website here.
Mary has performed as a soloist and collaborative artist in a wide variety of settings ranging from Weill Hall to the Knitting Factory, and the Los Angeles Bach Festival to the New York International Fringe Festival. In 2001-2002 she was a coordinator/performer in daily concerts for World Trade Center rescue and recovery workers at St. Paul’s Chapel. She was featured in a live broadcast on WNYC in the Queens finals of Battle of the Boroughs and most recently performed the Mozart Piano Concerto no. 13 at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City with the Chamber16 orchestra. Mary made her debut at the age of thirteen, performing the Mozart Concerto in d minor, K. 466 with the Peninsula Symphony in her native California. She proceeded to win numerous awards and honors including first place in the Music Teachers Association of California state solo competition.
She earned her Master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music with Constance Keene and Marc Silverman followed by post-graduate studies with Phillip Kawin and with John Perry as a scholarship student at the Aspen Music School.
Mary loves her cats, hiking, kayaking—anything that allows her to be in nature—animals, old movies, tarot cards, reading, history, ethnic food, and music of many different styles. With regard to her spiritual journey, she says, “I have followed and continue to follow many paths. The only thing I can’t tolerate is intolerance!”
The Unitarian Universalist Society: East search committee was impressed with Mary’s creativity, her piano performance skills, her wide-ranging knowledge of music, her experience directing choirs, her enthusiasm for working with musicians of all ages and abilities, and her open and generous spirit.
How Are You Going to Color Your Holidays?
Saturday, December 6th, 9:00 am to Noon at UUS:E
Join us for food, art, conversation, planning and support! All are welcome. The UUS:E Mental Health Ministry Summit is designed for everyone, though it focuses on people who live with a mental illness; people who have lived with a mental illness and are now in recovery; people who live with or care for a family member or friend who has a mental illness; and people who provide caring, support and other services to people with mental illness. This will be a great event to help kick off the holiday season! Questions? Contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961 or email@example.com.
REMEMBER ** HONOR ** ACT
The 16th Annual (Hartford Area) Transgender Day of Remembrance takes place at 7:00pm, Thursday November 20, 2014 at the Metropolitan Community Church of Hartford, 155 Wyllys Street, Hartford CT 06106 (Parish House, Church of the Good Shepherd, entrance in the back)
Office: (860)724-4605 Pastor: (860)990-1225
This is a day we reserve each year to memorialize those whose lives were lost due to anti-transgender fear, bigotry and hatred. Around the world, communities have planned vigils to come together in community to remember those who have died in the past year. As we gather this year, we remember, we honor, and we commit to action that will prevent more lives being senselessly lost. Join us for a night of community, compassion, and hope.
This event is FREE.