Special Performances of Twelfth Night

Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Bard has come to UUS:E!

Join us for performances of Shakespeare’s shakespeareboisterously hilarious comedy TWELFTH NIGHT, on Saturday, July 16, in the Meeting Room at 8 PM, and on Sunday, July 17, outside on the lawn at 2 PM. There is no charge, but a goodwill offering will be accepted. Email Jessica at jtoandcc@charter.net with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

Interfaith Vigil for Orlando

Join  Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Unitarian Universalist leaders for a

vigil in honor of the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando


Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Society: East

153 West Vernon St., Manchester, CT

All are welcome. 


For information call (860) 646-5151 or email revpawelek@sbcglobal.net



Financial Donations Needed for Refugee Resettlement in Manchester

RefugeesMembers of the UUS:E Social Justice/ Anti-Oppression Committee are engaged in a city-wide effort to resettle a refugee family in Manchester.

You can learn more about the project here.

One of the key elements of successful refugee resettlement is financing. The typical refugee family needs $6,000 raised by the community to get through their first six months in the United States. (This money is used to supplement resettlement funding from the federal government.) The UUS:E Finance Committee has approved this fundraising effort and we are encouraging UUS:E members and friends to donate. The Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) is receiving donations on behalf of the initiative. If you would like to make a donation, please write a check to MACC with “Refugee Resettlement” on the memo line and either mail it to MACC at 466 Main St, Manchester, CT 06040, or give it to Judi Durham or Nancy Parker at UUS:E.  If you’d like to use a credit card to donate online, you can go to:

 MACC donations page

After selecting the credit card you will use, on the bottom of the second page where it asks for “Donation Information,” designate the Manchester Refugee Project as the recipient of your donation. 

Proposed Constitutional Amendment for 2016 UUS:E Annual Meeting

Unitarian Universalist Society: East ChaliceThis post is for UUS:E’s voting members. All voting members should have received a mailing recently with the call to the 2016 Annual Meeting on May 21st at 6:00 PM. The letter did not include the text to the proposed amendments to the UUS:E constitution. The point of the amendments is to remove the requirement that congregational meetings must be communicated in writing via traditional mail. While members would still be able to receive such announcements by mail if they so choose, such announcements would be sent by electronic mail if the amendments pass. We estimate this will save the congregation as much as $400 per year. We will also reduce our use of paper. The text to the proposed amendments is below. Changes are in bold red.
The Question: Shall UUSE amend its Constitution to remove the requirement to send congregational meeting announcements via regular mail and instead send them by email except for those who request to receive a hard copy?
 Proposed Constitutional Amendment 
Article VII – Meetings of the Society

Section 5.  The Society shall hold Congregational Meetings from time to time to hear and/or act on specific policies or issues that may require full membership participation. These normally called Congregational Meetings, which include the Annual Meeting (Article VII, Section 2), must be announced by electronic mail at least twenty days prior to the scheduled meeting date.  A quorum consists of fifteen percent (15%) of the Society’s Voting Members.

Section 6. Special Congregational Meetings may be called by the Clerk at the written request of at least ten percent (10%) of the Society’s Voting Members.  Notice for all special Congregational Meetings must be announced at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled meeting date. This notice shall specify the reason for the meeting, and no business other than that specified shall be transacted.

Section 7.  The Society shall publish all notices of the Congregational Meetings and Board nominations by posting a notice prominently at the entrance of the place where the services of the Society are held, and electronically mailing a copy of said notice and/or nominations to each member of the Society separately or placing such notice on the first page of the Newsletter.

Section 8.  All Congregational Meetings of the Society shall be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order.  All other meetings as outlined within Article VII may be conducted in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order as agreed to by the facilitator and attendees. All meetings of the Society as outlined within Article VII are open to all members of the Society.

Section 9.  Members may choose to receive a hard copy of electronically emailed meeting notices by notifying the Society’s office administrator in writing.  If a valid electronic mail address is not on file, then a hardcopy will be mailed to that member.

Congratulations to the Rev. Drew Moeller

On Sunday, May 1, the Rev. Drew Moeller, a long-time member of UUS:E, was called by unanimous vote to be the settled minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor, ME. Congratulations Drew!!!! We are so proud!!!

Rev. Drew at the Bangor UU!

Rev. Drew at the Bangor UU!


Unitarian Universalist Society: East to Hire Ministerial Intern

Join Rev. Josh for a discussion of Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s plan to hire a student minister. Sunday, May 1st , 10:15 in Josh’s office and 12:30 in the chapel.  Questions? Contact Rev. Josh at revpawelek@sbcglobal.net.

Policy Board to Host Black Lives Matter Conversation 4-17-16 at 1:00 PM

DSC_2065The UUS:E Policy Board will host a congregation-wide conversation on Black Lives Matter on Sunday, April 17th at 1:00 PM in the chapel. 

All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Background: At its February and March meetings, the Policy Board considered a request from the UUS:E Social Justice/ Anti-Oppression Committee (SJ/AO) to place a Black Lives Matter road-sign on our property along West Vernon St.  SJ/AO had previously held congregational conversations on this question and also invited feedback from members and friends following Sunday services in January. While SJ/AO found clear support for placing a road sign on our property, there was not unanimous support. Concerns raised about placing a sign included 1) the risk of vandalism and 2) the notion that UUS:E members and friends support many causes and we don’t want to privilege one cause over the others. 

The Policy Board determined that placing a road sign on our property constitutes a “congregational statement” and thus, based on our policies, requires the congregation to pass a resolution at a called meeting. While the agenda for the May 21st UUS:E Annual Meeting has not yet been set, it is highly likely that the Policy Board will ask the congregation to vote on whether or not UUS:E officially supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Given this, the Policy Board would like to hear comments from members and friends. This is the purpose of the April 17th Black Lives Matter Conversation. 

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations have entered into such conversations about Black Lives Matter. Many have placed signs on their property. This is due in part to the fact that African American Unitarian Universalists participating in protests in Ferguson, MO, along with the Back Lives of Unitarian Universalism Organizing Collective have asked Unitarian Universalist congregations to place banners and signs in order to show solidarity with America’s new racial justice movement. 

For further reading, see:

Alicia Garza’s “A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement.”

Read the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly’s statement on Black Lives Matter.

Read about a Black Lives Matter installation at the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters.

Read about Black Lives Matter signs being vandalized.

See Rev. Josh’s 2015 sermon #BlackLivesMatter.

See Rev. Josh’s 2016 sermon, “Perhaps Struggle is All We Have.”

Click here for resources on Black Lives Matter from the Unitarian Universalist Association.



“Eat-For-Life” Potluck

Come one, come all! Join us for our first

“Eat-For-Life” Potluck

Friday, April 1st, 6:00 PM
Families, singles, everybody welcome.
This will be a vegan* potluck

veganIf you’re not sure how to make a vegan dish, it’s fairly easy to find recipes online. Just think about your favorite potluck dish and enter a search for it, prefaced with the word “vegan”…….there is a vegan version of nearly everything. Or, contact Kat at katdargan@gmail.com for assistance.

?To keep it balanced, we suggest you bring a dish based on the first letter of your last name. (Don’t get too stressed over this part. You can always change your name for the day 🙂 and thus get a different category; or bring cider, juice, or bread if no time to cook.)

First letter of last name … ?Bring

  • A through H ……. Appetizer or salad
  • I through P ……. Main Dish
  • Q through Z …….? Dessert

?This will be an evening of fun and information. You will learn how easy it is to be vegan, how tasty it can be to eat cruelty-free and earth-friendly, how it does not cost more, and many other myth-busting facts.

You will also learn about our newly-formed “Vegan Challenge Group,” (open to all) which was formed after the viewing of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret here on Jan. 22. If you saw this film then you may already feel moved to make some changes in your life. (If you were not able to make it to our showing you may be able to watch in on Netflix streaming.)

?*To be vegan, a dish cannot contain meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products or honey. As with all potlucks, make a dish to serve eight hungry people. Please jot down a list of ingredients to place next to your dish.

UUS:E Offers Good Friday Service

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Violinist Sharon Gunderson joins UUS:E for its Good Friday service

Violinist Sharon Gunderson joins UUS:E for its Good Friday service

UUS:E will offer a 7:00 worship service on Good Friday (March 25th). This service will feature New York City-based violinst, Sharon Gunderson performing Arvo Pärt’s Fratres. Ms. Gunderson’s performance will be accompanied by reflections on the execution of Jesus and the persistence of state-sponsored violence in our own time. This service will borrow elements from a traditional Tenebrae service. Tenebrae is the Latin word for ‘darkness’ or ‘shadows.’ It is also an ancient Christian religious service celebrated  in the days leading up to Easter–most typically on Good Friday. Tenebrae is distinctive for its gradual extinguishing of candles while a series of readings and psalms is chanted or recited. UUS:E’s adaptation of Tenebrae will be contemplative, meditative, and truthful about violence in our time. Other musicians include pianist, Mary Bopp; harpist Wilda Wyse; and singer/guitarist, Jenn Richard. For more information about UUS:E’s Good Friday service and its Easter Sunday services, click here.

Manchester DTC hosts Black Lives Matter Forum — Thursday, Feb. 18th

Black Lives Matter activists with Moral Monday CT interrupt rush hour in Hartford, June, 2015.

Black Lives Matter activists with Moral Monday CT interrupt rush hour in Hartford, June, 2015.

Manchester’s Democratic Town Committee is sponsoring a forum on Black Lives Matter in observance of Black History Month. The forum takes place on Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Lincoln Center, 494 Main Street, Manchester, Connecticut.

Panelists include:

Kyle Anderson: Former City of Hartford Councilman

Rev. Bruce Carter: Pastor of Temple of Restoration

Rev. Ashley Johnson: Minster and Community Activist

Rev. Josh Pawelek: Minister of Unitarian Universalist Society: East

Arvia Walker: Planned Parenthood

Andrew Woods: Executive Director of Hartford Communities that Care, Chair of My Brother’s Keeper/ Violence Free Zone Coalition

The moderator is Darryl E. Thames, Manchester Board of Education, Manchester Democratic Town

Event is Free and Open to the Public. For further information or accommodations, contact DTC Chair Mike Pohl at 860.983.4804 or mikepohl1000@gmail.com