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


September 21 Trusting Each Other, Trusting Ourselves- Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner - We are called to find our way in the world together guided not by fear, but by love, not by suspicion and mistrust, but by the promises we make to each other. Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner reflects on how trusting others and ourselves are integral to participating in congregational community.

Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner is the former Associate Minister and Intern Minister at The Universalist Church in West Hartford (Fern Street). Megan currently lives in New Haven with her husband, Anthony, baby daughter, Arden, and two cats. Megan has served as a pediatric chaplain in New York City, a liberal religious advocate in Washington, D.C., and a parish minister. She most recently served as consulting minister with Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Society in Madison, CT. Rev. Megan is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and received her BA in Religious Studies from Wesleyan University and her MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in New York City.

September 28 - The Beauty We Love - Rev. Heather Rion Starr
The poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi taught: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” How might our world, our communities, and our days be transformed if we let beauty be our guide?

Following this service there will be open house hours throughout the Meeting House to view the Art in the West End artwork on display.

October 5 What Wondrous Love? Rev. Cathy Rion Starr - Our Universalist ancestors believed a radical notion for their day: that God is a loving presence who condemns no one to eternal damnation. Unitarian Universalist theology has evolved since then, but we still strive to be on the “side of love” in all that we do.  What is the role of “wondrous love” in your life today?

October 12 - The Church of First Resort - Guest Speaker: The Rev. Andrew Millard - Journalist Lisa Miller wrote that Unitarian Universalism is "where you go when you don’t know where to go."  And the Southern Baptist Convention told the Supreme Court that if explicitly Christian prayers were removed from government meetings, then what’s left would be "a state-sponsored Unitarian [Universalist] church." But why should we be the church of last resort when we can be the church of first resort?

The Rev. Andrew Clive Millard has served as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula since 2010.  Having become a UU at our Meeting House in 2001, he moved to Colorado to attend the Iliff School of Theology.  He now lives in Newport News, Virginia with his wife, Allison, and their two-year-old daughter, Olivia, as well as an assortment of cats and rabbits.


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