Say Yes to Syrian Refugees

Join us for a rally in support of Syrian refugees!Say Yes Syria

Saturday, November 28th,

10:00 AM

North side of the State Capitol (overlooking Bushnell Park)

Hartford, CT

This rally was originally organized in response to an anti-refugee rally taking place at the same time. It is now clear that our pro-Syrian refugee rally will be far larger, attracting more than 1,000 people from across the state. We cannot let fear and misunderstanding force us to compromise our principles and to turn our backs on people who are suffering immesley due to war and terrorism. It is time to stand on the side of love. For more information or to arrange car pools, contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961 or [email protected]

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UUS:E Launches Feasibility Study for Capital Campaign

UUS:E in late summerDear UUS:E Members and Friends:

Many of you will remember that at our annual meeting last May, the congregation voted to conduct a capital campaign feasibility study.

The purpose of a capital campaign at this time is to pay off a portion of the principal on our mortgage and thereby reduce the amount of our annual debt payment. Paying off $200,000 of our mortgage principal would enable us to reduce our annual debt payment by approximately $15,000. If we can reduce our annual debt payment by $15,000, we can finally stop drawing on our limited reserves to balance our budget. If we can reduce our annual debt payment by more than $15,000, we can start expanding our programming to meet our strategic goals and further build our beloved spiritual community.

The purpose of the feasibility study is to help us determine whether a successful campaign is likely. It’s time to conduct the feasibility study. If you would like to volunteer to participate in the UUSE Sanctuaryfeasibility study, please contact Stacey Wyatt, the project coordinator, at [email protected]. Other members and friends will be asked directly to participate in order to ensure a diverse sample from the congregation. Once names have been gathered, a final group of UUS:E members and friends will be asked to participate in a brief, 30 minute interview. Interviews will take place on Saturdays, October 17th and 24th at UUS:E. If you are contacted, please respond with your availability as soon as you can. If you have questions about the study, feel free to contact Stacey Wyatt or me at [email protected]



Alan Ayers, UUS:E President


Walking for Education Justice

Walking for Education Justice

Rally and Forum with Professor Jesse Turner

Sunday, June 14th, 2:30 PM.

Jesse Turner AKA "The Walking Man"

Jesse Turner AKA “The Walking Man”

Jesse Turner, AKA “The Walking Man,” is a professor of Reading and Language Arts and the Director of the Literacy Center at Central Connecticut State University. He is a long-time antiracism activist and a staunch opponent of educational testing. In recent years he has been walking from CT to Washington, DC every spring and summer to raise awareness about the flaws in federal education programs. This year he will be stopping at UUS:E on his way to DC! He arrives at UUS:E, Sunday, June 14th at 2:30 PM. Don’t miss it!

Obituary for Therna Sturgis Curtis

The following obituary for Therna Curtis appeared in the Hartford Courant on March 25, 2015. Therna, a long time member of UUS:E, died at the age of 91 at her home in Columbia, Connecticut, March 22, 2015.

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Therna CurtisAs her rescued kitties, Billy and YoYo, will tell you, Therna  Sturgis Curtis, Columbia Connecticut, 91, was one of the best things that happened to them and to everyone  else who met her. This sparkling, energetic and vibrant lady, brightened the path of all she encountered, often singing her way into their hearts.

Therna was the 3rd of 7 children of Hazel Mower and Alfred Sturgis, of Auburn, Maine.  She was the drum major, leading the marching band at Edward Little High School , where she also met her future husband, Harold O. Curtis (a tuba player).  During the war, she attended Farmington State Normal School (now University of Maine, Farmington) and became a teacher. Harold and Therna married soon after the war and were married for 55 years at the time of Harold’s death.  They lived in Cambridge, Mass; Clinton, New York; Waltham, Mass; Honolulu, Hawaii; Robbinsville, New Jersey; and retired in Columbia, Connecticut.  Their children, Kathy, John, Michael, Cynthia and Beth, (and Bez, Leah, the incredible Peg and Charles); grandchildren Abby, Anne, Josh, Tim, Nick, Chris, Greg, Kyle and great grandson Sammy are proud to claim Therna as Mumm, Grandma and Great Grandma.

With teaching as a foundation, Therna lived a life of leadership, devoted to equality, tolerance, peace and service. Her gentle spirit, coupled with her curiosity and genuine interest in others touched many hearts. After years of voluntary service, she took a bold step into entrepreneurship, opening a franchise of Diet Workshop and helping hundreds of women and men to make healthier lifestyle choices.  As a deaf person for much of her life, Therna became the President of the local chapter of SHHH (Self Help for Hard of Hearing.)  Her advocacy convinced churches and community organizations to install technology to enable deaf and hard of hearing members to fully participate.  In her senior years, she became a volunteer for the Friendly Visitor program and was active in the development of many programs at the Beckish Senior Center in Columbia, Connecticut.

Therna treasured the splendor of the outdoor world and reached her goal of seeing many of the national parks. She was a skilled seamstress, quilter and rug braider.  Her home crafts adorn the houses of all her knew her.  She cherished her friends Gert, Pete, Norine and Alberta, adored her kitties and marveled at the visiting birds and wild turkeys outside her window.  Her final lessons for us centered around compassion, strength and love.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Columbia Seniors Organization, Inc, Beckish Senior Center, 188 Rte 66, Columbia, CT 06237.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 4th at 11:00 AM at the Beckish Senior Center, 188 Rte 66, Columbia, CT  (860)-228-0759.

Moral Monday CT – Feb. 23rd

Moral Monday CT will take place in Hartford on Monday, February 23th, beginning at 3:00 PM at the Christ Church Cathedral parish house, 45 Church St. (across from Hartford Stage).

Although recent high-profile police killings of African American men and boys has focused the nation’s attention on police violence in communities of color, American racism is not limited to such violence, and it is not just in Ferguson, MO or Staten Island, NY. It’s everywhere, and we are invited to struggle against it together.
Pre-Moral Monday Nonviolent Direction Action TRAINING will take place at the Trinity College Chapel on Friday, Feb. 2oth at 6:00 PM.
Hartford Courant photo--UUS:E's Rev. Josh leading  the closing of the 11-25 Ferguson Solidarity vigil at Center Church in Hartford

Hartford Courant photo–UUS:E’s Rev. Josh leading the closing of the 11-25 Ferguson Solidarity vigil at Center Church in Hartford

Our good friend, Bishop John Selders of Amistad UCC in Hartford says this about Moral Monday, CT:
Faith leaders and social justice activists from across Connecticut have been in conversation. We’ve decided to do more and be very public about it. We’ve called for a Moral Monday event to take place on, February 23, 2015, in Hartford.  As many of you may know, the Moral Monday grassroots movement of North Carolina, led by The Rev. William Barber and others, has been for over a year gathering and protesting wide-ranging issues under the blanket of unfair treatment and discrimination. We are asking faith leaders, lay and clergy along with social justice- minded folk across Connecticut, to converge on downtown Hartford to let our voices be seen and heard. We will gather at 3:00 p.m. February 23rd, Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church Street, Hartford, for a time of witnessing and then we will go to the streets for a time of public demonstrating.
Will you join us?
For information regarding trainings or for more information, email [email protected] or contact Rev. Josh Pawelek at (860) 652-8961. 

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