A Special Virtual Musical Theater Event!

Kareem's COVID Café CabaretKareem’s COVID Café Cabaret

Friday, July 30th at 7 PM

Kareem’s COVID Café Cabaret (Kareem’s CCC) is a night at the virtual theater, paying homage to musical theatre’s overall inclusive nature. Join Unitarian Universalist Society: East (UUS:E) for a special showing of this Virtual Musical Event!

Kareem Mack previously presented and performed the wonderful concert, “Black Music in Motion” at UUS:E. He now returns with a virtual program he produced and directed.  He and his team have created an hour-long program of solo, small ensemble, large ensemble, and dance numbers from musicals such as Rent, West Side Story, Little Shop of Horrors, Once Upon This Island, and more! The cast and executive team of diverse, young artists aim to express the essentiality of music, helping the world to maneuver through trying circumstances like COVID-19.

This broadcast is free of charge, though donations are encouraged to help fund Kareem as he heads to Temple University in Philadelphia to pursue a Master of Music degree in Vocal Arts.

RSVP here to receive your Zoom link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFKk8zEL0FCiW_6hh1no5Ty32XLTlVAyFYOkH2ipuDZMyrRw/viewform

To view a preview and donate visit: https://gofund.me/5cb66fed

Questions? Email Kareem at [email protected]

Outdoor Tag Sale

UUS:E Outdoor Tag Sale

Saturday September 18, 9 AM – 2 PM (Rain date September 25)

Please start collecting items to donate! (no clothing or knives please). We will start collecting at UUS:E Sunday 9/12, drop-off times to be announced. Please consider pre-pricing your items!

Fill-a-bag for $4 starting at 1 PM (We hope this will decrease volume of items left over.) Please collect paper bags from Highland Park or Trader Joe’s for the “fill-a-bag” hour.

There will be a booth for new items. Have you gotten something you didn’t want or need? Still in box or with tags? Donate to the booth! We can price these items higher. Want to donate collectibles? Please try to research “sold” prices on eBay and recommend a price range.

We need your help! Please consider volunteering:

  • Manage a booth (Books or New Items/Collectibles)
  • Manage advertising/marketing
  • Distribute posters
  • Pricing items – 9/12 – 9/17
  • Set-up day of sale
  • Work at the sale on 9/18, one hour shifts or more
  • Break-down day of sale
  • Take leftover items to donate

We want this to be a successful fundraiser for our beloved UUS:E and we need your help and support! Look for further announcements through e-blast, newsletters and at beginning of services.

Know you want to help already? Contact Marcie or Sandy

Marcie Brown & Sandy Karosi

Let’s Take AIM at Accessibility




It’s been more than a decade since UUS:E last had a fully functioning Accessibility Committee. In those intervening years the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has learned much about how to address ableism in our congregations, and how to expand our accessibility to people with a wide variety of disabilities. Given that UUS:E is now in the midst of planning for re-opening following the coronavirus pandemic, this may be a perfect time for us to consider how we enhance our accessibility to people with disabilities. Interested? Read on….

In partnership with the UUA, EqUUal Access, a UU disability rights and inclusion organization, has developed the Accessibility and Inclusion Ministry or AIM. AIM is a certification program. Its purpose is to guide congregations to better welcome, embrace, integrate, and support people with disabilities and their families in our communities. AIM attempts to meet each congregation where it is and move it forward at a reasonable pace based on its resources, needs, and abilities, regardless of membership size or type of building.

The UUS:E Policy Board is empowering a team to study the AIM program and make recommendations as to how UUS:E can pursue certification. If you would like to be part of this study team, please contact Policy Board Member at Large, Peg Darrah ([email protected] or 603-540-6495).

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

UU Connect with You

Members of the Pastoral Friends Committee would like to invite you to join us on June 18 (Friday) at 9 AM for a gathering for any members or friends just to chat. This meeting will be in person outside at UUS:E or by Zoom. If the weather is bad, we’ll be all virtual. There is no specific topic; we just wanted to reach out. Please join us.

Pet Paw-ty and “Paws” & Reflect – Two Pet Perfect Events

Pet Paw-ty

Two Pet Perfect Events

We are celebrating our un-fur-gettable friends with two online gatherings We will introduce our pets and share what we love about them.

All area Unitartian Universalist’s are welcome to Come, Sit, and Stay!

Pet Paw-ty – for Kids and Pets, Friday, March 26 at 7 PM

“Paws” and Reflect – Fellowship for Adults & Pets, Saturday, March 27 at 9:30 AM

Register by March 20th to receive the Zoom link. Contact [email protected].

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]



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.

UUS:E Needs Your “I LOVE” Photos and Videos

Dear UUS:E Members and Friends:
Our ministry theme for the month of February is beloved community, which will be the focus of our next All Congregation (multigenerational) worship service on February 14th. Conveniently, that also happens to be Valentine’s Day. Rev Josh and Gina would like to know who (or what) you love! We invite and encourage folks of all ages to cut a simple heart out of paper, write the words “I LOVE…” and finish the statement. Keep it brief and write neatly, using a black or bold colored marker. Then, have someone take a picture of you holding the heart. Make sure the message on the heart is visible in the photo. If you would prefer not to actually be in the photo — or if you live alone and don’t have someone to take your picture — you can instead just take a picture of the heart itself. (If you choose that option, you might want to sign your name under the message so people will know who wrote it.)
If you would rather record yourself reading your “I LOVE . . . ” statement, that would be cool, too. Videos are welcome!
We will use the photos and videos to create a slideshow to be shown during the worship service on Feb 14th. And we really do mean it when we say folks of all ages. We are a multigenerational congregation, so we hope to hear from all the generations — kids, elders, and everyone in between!
Please submit photos to Gina or Rev. Josh by Feb. 8th.
Gina and Josh
P.S. Need some suggestions? Your heart might say I love my mom, or I love my pet rats, or I love singing in the choir, or  I love poetry. It’s as easy as that! Just tell us what you love!

Gina Campellone (she/her/hers)

Director of Religious Education
Unitarian Universalist Society: East
153 Vernon Street West
Manchester, CT 06042