Break Forth Into Joy — UUS:E Virtual Easter Service, April 4, 2021

Let’s Talk About What We’ve Learned

An invitation to Dialogue from the Rev. and the DRE

UUS:E’s meeting house remains closed to in-person activity, but we are slowly beginning to imagine how to reopen later this year. While the Unitarian Universalist Association continues to advise congregations to carry on with virtual activities until the coronavirus is fully under control, they are also sharing various models for how to reopen. Our UUS:E Emergency Preparedness Team is reviewing these models and will be making recommendations to the Policy Board in the coming weeks.

As part of the reopening process, we–Gina and Rev. Josh–feel it is critical that we as a congregation learn as many lessons as possible from our pandemic experience. Who are we becoming given what we’ve been through? To explore this question,  we have scheduled four meetings over the course of April and early May. Each of these meetings will take place on line, though two of them will also happen simultaneously outdoors at UUS:E if the weather is nice.  Join us for as many of these meetings as you would like:

Tuesday, April 13 at 1:00 PM. Outdoors at UUS:E. Watch the eblasts for login information.

Wednesday, April 21st at 10:00 AM. Online only. Watch the eblasts for login information.

Friday, April 30th, 9:00 AM. Outdoors at UUS:E. Bring your own coffee. Watch the eblasts for login information.

Monday, May 3rd, 7:00 PM. Online only. Watch the eblasts for login information.

We will be inviting people to respond to the questions listed below from the nationally-known congregational consultant, Susan Beaumont. Note: these may not be the only questions we discuss. You may have other questions. If so, we are happy to include your questions in the conversation. The important thing is that UUS:E members and friends have an opportunity to discern together what we’ve learned from more than a year of pandemic. Here are Beaumont’s questions:

  • What were we on the verge of discovering or accomplishing before the onset of the pandemic?
  • What was possible before that may not be possible for some time—if ever?
  • What seemed important before that feels superfluous now?
  • What was undervalued before that may hold greater value now?
  • What mattered about geography before that no longer matters?
  • What new abundance are we experiencing now?
  • Where are we experiencing scarcity now that was not evident before?
  • What is our greatest asset now?
  • What relationships will we need to build on or strengthen in the months ahead?
  • What unique role might our congregation play in local, national, and even global recovery?
  • What long term changes in the bigger picture would we like to be part of bringing to fruition?

 

With love,

Gina and Josh

On Doing the Right Thing — UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 21, 2021

Friends: You can view our March 21st, 2021 virtual service, “On Doing the Right Thing,” featuring Malcolm Barlow, on our YouTube channel.

 

 

 

Template for Letter to the Governor

Governor Ned Lamont

State of Connecticut

 

My name is [Your Name] and I am a constituent of [City/Town]. I am reaching out to encourage you to lead progressively and aggressively in the State of Connecticut by declaring racism a public health crisis by executive order.

Systemic and structural racism play a large role in determining the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and affects people’s access to quality housing, education, food, transportation, political power, and other social determinants of health. Racism also has negative mental and physical health consequences such as, depression, anxiety, hypertension, preterm birth, shortened life span and poor quality of life. Understanding and addressing racism from this public health perspective is crucial to eliminating racial and ethnic inequities, and to improving opportunity and well-being across communities.

[Add personal story]

Racism has been declared a public health crisis in 6 states, 182 municipalities, entities, and organizations, including 20 municipalities in Connecticut. Governor Lamont while legislators and community members work together to create transformative legislation to advance racial justice in our state, we need your leadership. Our state, particularly communities of color need to receive this declaration from your hand.

Governor Lamont, I ask that you declare racism a public health crisis in the state of Connecticut by executive order.

 

We Have No Secret Knowledge, UUS:E Virtual Worship, March 7, 2021

Beloved Community in Our Lives — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 21, 2021

You can view our February 21st Sunday service on the UUS:E YouTube Channel.

 

Health Care Public Option Teach-In with State Comptroller Kevin Lembo

Register for this event here!

Register for this event here!

 

Romanza: A Thrilling Virtual Concert of Latin American Music!

 

Concert and Fundraiser for the Manchester Area Conference of Churches Community Kitchen and Senior Meals Program

On March 20th at 7pm,

To donate and receive your ticket with Zoom link, go to Eventbrite.

On Saturday evening, March 20th, UUS:E will host husband and wife duo, Handler & Levesque, as they present music from Spain & Latin America for guitar, mandolin and cuatro. Hear everything from a lilting Latin American Vals and Flamenco from Mexico to a sizzling tango from Argentina and much more!

“Flowing fluently yet tightly together, the interactive Handler/Levesque collaboration swings and shimmers with gusto and romance. The duo’s musical passion over the years just keeps getting warmer and brighter, while its artistic commitment and scope get even wider and deeper.” –Owen McNally, music critic, Hartford Courant

Judy Handler and Mark Levesque have performed over 2,000 concerts together throughout the United States & Europe. Judy is Co-Founder of the Connecticut Guitar Society.  Judy and Mark are founding members of the New American Mandolin Ensemble which formed in 2013, has performed internationally and released a CD in 2017.

Suggested Donation: $10.00. Proceeds will be donated to the Manchester Area Conference of Churches’ Community Kitchen and Senior Meals Program, which are facing funding challenges due to increased food insecurity caused by the pandemic.

To donate and receive your ticket with Zoom link, go to Eventbrite.

For any questions about the concert or Eventbrite, email [email protected]

 

 

Crazy Little Thing Called Beloved Community — UUS:E Virtual Worship, February 14, 2021

Black History Month Movie Nights with Power Up Connecticut

Power Up Connecticut is hosting virtual dinner/movie nights for Black History month on Feb.12, 19 and 26 at 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Purchase tickets through Eventbrite.