unitarian society of hartford

chalice50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Tel: (860) 233-9897 / FAX 233-1333
Email: firstunitarian@ushartford.com
Revs. Cathy & Heather Rion Starr

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Worshiping Together Since 1830
(Religious Education, Nursery & Childcare )
Service 10:30 AM


November 2 –– From You I Receive, To You I Give- Rev. Cathy Rion Starr - “Shared ministry” is a term often used in Unitarian Universalist congregations. The UUA’s Commission on Appraisal recently defined ministry as “service done as an outward expression of our faith or values.” Do you see yourself as part of the Unitarian Society of Hartford’s shared ministry? What is the ministry that you offer to the world? What is the ministry you need? What is our calling as Central Connecticut Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century?

Worship Associate:Edith Savage

November 9 - The Season of Invitation - Rev. Heather Rion Starr -- Who are you inviting into your home, into your life, this season? What ideas, spiritual teachings and wisdom, are you inviting into your soul-life? In this time of winter, of turning inward into our homes, our furnace-warmed and fire-lit gatherings, we will investigate the idea of invitation, who we are each inviting into our lives, and who we are inviting ourselves to be in the world.

Worship Associate: Sue Smolski

November 16 - Music Sunday: Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, Op. 43 - Join us for a special Music Sunday featuring the combined choirs of the Unitarian Society of Hartford and the Universalist Church of West Hartford, with Rev. Cathy, soprano Haley Burns, baritone Richard Leslie, organist Richard Einsel,harpist Debbie Vinick, violinist Gwyneth Haydock, and directed by T. L. Hine. This Sunday’s offering will go to our Friends of Music Fund that supports our music program.

November 23 Gaia, Mother Earth and the Time of Harvest - Pulpit Guest Jim Scott - ... will share his original songs and readings along with his personal reflections on the idea of Mother Earth or "Gaia" being one living organism.  Our "spiritual response" in word and action is so timely now, as "the spirit of life on earth is in crisis."  Jim's uplifting songs provide the balance to the wake-up call, leaving us a vision and inspiration to take the healing into our own hands.

Worship Associate: Margaret Leicach

November 30: -- The Practice of Gratitude - Rev. Heather Rion Starr - Many of us have ways that we practice grounding ourselves in gratitude -- how have those practices helped us? What does grounding ourselves in gratitude do for and to us? We will then share in a congregational gratitude-sharing ritual. (

Everyone is invited to bring a "harvest" item of some kind -- an apple, a potato, a pomegranate -- to place on the altar table before the service. Everyone will then be invited to share aloud some one thing for which you are grateful and to take home something from the collective abundance that you did not bring. There will be plenty of apples in case you forget -- don't worry about it!

Worship Associate: Ann LaPorte-Bryan

December 7 – The December Dilemma  - Rev. Cathy Rion Starr -
The “holiday” season we are entering evokes feelings from love to disgust to indifference, but it’s impossible to avoid in our culture. Christmas is an important Christian holiday, yet many UUs don’t identify as Christian.  How do we stay grounded during this frenetic season? As we enter the darkest days of the year, what meaning will you make of it this year?

Worship Associate: Margaret Leicach

December 14 – The Strings of Expectation - Rev. Heather Rion Starr - As we near the turning of the year, amidst the Christian season of Advent and anticipation, we will savor time together reflecting on our past, on what we carry with us, and how we can best prepare ourselves for new chapters in our lives, our communities, and our world.

Worship Associate: Laurie Kelliher

Dec 21 – Solstice Celebration, multigenerational

Worship Associate: Sue Smolski


Let us know of any comments, errors and corrections - thanks (revised 11/19/14)