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 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 860-646-5151

Click here for the poster or for more information about Andrew McKnight, visit 

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.

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,, Deena Steinberg,

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 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:

Click here for the poster.

Your Money and Your Values

The Finance Committee and its Sub-Committee on Endowments and Investments is presenting a seminar on Sunday, December 6, at 1 PM in the Meeting Room. It’s called “Your Money and Your Values” and will be a discussion of how individuals can be involved in socially responsible investing in their personal investments and accounts. In addition, information about the tax deductibility and other benefits of charitable giving and bequests will be discussed, including how a charitable gift can provide regular income (mostly tax-free) for the remainder of one’s life. Hal Reed, Unitarian Universalist Society: East member and former head of planned giving at the UConn Foundation, will lead the seminar, which will conclude around 2:30. Malcolm Barlow, UUS:E member and local estate planning attorney, will be the resource person.  There will be plenty of opportunity for questions. “Your Money and Your Values” is at no cost and reservations are not required. Light refreshments will be available.

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

School Building Renovation Plan Information Session


 2025 Manchester Public Schools 
Building Renovation Plan
Information Session

 Presentation by Matt Geary, Superintendent of Schools

Sunday, October 26, 3:30 P.M.

Unitarian Universalist Society East, 153 West Vernon St

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Beyond the Gap Forum

Thursday Evening, March 28th Education

“Beyond the Gap” is a partnership between Unitarian Universalist Society: East’s Social Justice/Antiracism Committee and faculty and staff at Manchester Community Col­lege. The purpose of Beyond the Gap is to find ways for members of the larger community to ad­dress the race-based achievement gap in Manches­ter and East Hartford schools. On Thursday eve­ning, March 28th, Rev. Josh will lead a community brainstorming session on ways to move our schools beyond the gap. Location to be announced. Ques­tions? Contact Rev. Josh at (860) 652-8961 or