GHIAA Teach-In

UUS:E’s Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee will host a TEACH-IN on the current work of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA).

When: Tuesday Evening, May 30th, 7:00 PM

Where: UUS:E, 153 West Vernon St., Manchester, CT and via ZOOM.(Contact the UUS:E Office for login info at [email protected] or 860-646-5151.)

What: GHIAA’s current issue campaigns include:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Educational Equity
  • Mental Health Care / Husky for Immigrants
  • Environmental Justice  (Closing the MIRA Trash Plant)
  • Gun Violence Prevention

Members of UUS:E’s SJ/AO Committee, GHIAA staff, and Rev. Josh Pawelek will provide updates on the status of each issue campaign, and information on what you can do to help these campaigns succeed as the CT General Assembly’s current session comes to a close.


Dottie’s Clothing Swap & Drive

Here’s a message/idea from Dottie Reiss which we’re going to experiment with for a few months.

Dottie writes:

Folks have told me they’re enjoying the book-swap idea. I’d like to propose a NEW/LIKE-NEW clothing swap. During the months of May and June, feel free to drop new/like-new clothing in the large box in the UUS:E coat room. If there’s anything in the box that catches your eye, it’s yours for the taking!

How many of us outgrow clothing before we use it, or receive the wrong size when ordering online? Or maybe you’ve been given a gift that doesn’t fit right and you’d like to re-gift it. Or maybe it would be fun to alter something you find attractive and don’t have to pay for. Let’s try this during the months of May and June. I will bring any excess to Saver’s approximately every three weeks.

Questions? Contact me at [email protected] or (860)335-1293.

With love,
Dottie Reiss


Poets, Musicians, Raconteurs—the last coffeehouse of the season will be held Saturday May 6. Performer sign-ups start at 6:00 PM with 12 available slots of 10 minutes each. Family friendly performances start at 7:00. Bring a friend. Bring your dinner. Bring your favorite beverage. We’ll provide the coffee. $5 suggested donation.

The Community of Earth

On Saturday March 4, 2-4 PM the congregation is invited to view a new art show collaborative entitled, “The Community of Earth”.  Families are welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

“Mahjabeen” is one of a series of portraits I’m working on of world religious leaders that I met at a conference on Star Island last summer. The conference was on Cross-cultural Conversations, and this resonated with me as an important and necessary component of our Community of Earth. That is what inspired me to coordinate this themed exhibit and to ask all of the artists to express their own interpretation of the Community of Earth.

Jane Penfield

Power UP CT Black History Month Events (online!)

In recogniztion of Black History Month, the UUS:E Social Justice / Anti-Oppression Committee encourages UUS:E members and friends to join our Black Lives Matter partner, Power Up CT, for two online events focusing on the work of two very significant elders in Greater Hartford’s Black community. See the fliers below. 

UUS:E Members Support HUSKY for Immigrants

Rev. Josh Pawelek, Monica Van Beusekom, Jim Adams and Al Benford outside the HUSKY for Immigrants press conference

UUS:E members and staff were in attendance at the January 11th launch for this year’s HUSKY for Immigrants Campaign. Read more here.

Art Show: “Bear With Us”

February 10th, 2023 6:30-8:30 pm


All are Welcome!

Please join Laurel Hennebury for the opening of her photography exhibit at UUS:E, Friday, February 10th, 6:30 to 8:30.  Laurel’s polar bear and grizzly bear photographs from her recent trips to Svalbard Norway and Katmai Alaska will be on display in the UUS:E sanctuary through February.

Refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring friends to view and/or purchase pictures. Proceeds to benefit UUS:E. Feel free to bring children!

Unitarian Universalist Society: East
153 Vernon Street West, Manchester, CT

For more information, contact the UUS:E office at (860) 646-5151

The Chocolate Auction Returns!!

UUS:E Pre-Valentine’s Day Chocolate Auction!!!!
Sunday, February 12th, 12:30 PM
Featuring special guest, Chef Ken Bergeron

Chef Ken Bergeron (former owner of It’s Only Natural Restaurant in Middletown, CT) will discuss baking desserts with vegan chocolate. He will be sharing a recipe from his cookbook Professional Vegetarian Cooking and giving out samples to taste. This event is co-sponsored by the brand new CT Vegan Center

The chocolate auction will follow Chef Ken’s presentation:

When: Sunday afternoon, February 12th, 12:30 PM

Why: Because chocolate is awesome, and a chocolate auction is a great way to raise $$$$ for UUS:E!

How:  Well, it’s pretty simple, actually. We need BAKERS and BIDDERS (and a few volunteers to help out)

All members and friends of UUS:E are invited to create chocolate confections (cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes, and any other kind of chocolate dessert you can imagine). Bring your creations to the meeting house on the 12th (include your name and a list of ingredients). Please let Rev. Josh know you are bringing something for the auction at [email protected].

Then, come to the auction at 12:30 on the Feb. 12th and bid on whatever looks best to you! Bring your check book or cash and pay when you collect your confection.

It’s that simple!!!

We need 3-4 volunteers to help out on the 12th. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Rev. Josh at [email protected] or 860-646-5151!