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USH-Enews March 22, 2012

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Sunday Service

March 25, 2012 – Out in the Pews - David Newton Preaching - By attendance we have come to believe we know what ministers are supposed to do and their virtues and liabilities. But, what of the congregation and its duties?

David Newton has been a USH member for a number of years serving at times as Chair of the Council on Administration and of Community Within. He has served on B&G, Finance, Endowment, Caring and Communications groups and is the USH-Enews Editor. In his preretirement life he served as Vice President for Personnel for the Connecticut State University system, Professor of Biological Sciences and CSU-AAUP Union President.

Next Services

Reflections on Children's Programming

Time for All Ages“The Magnificent Stupendous Marvelous Fantastic Tree”

Pre-K – Grade 1 – Spirit Play – Violet Promise – The Great Kapok Tree
Grades 2-3 - Superheroes – King John Sigismund
Grades 3-4 – Spirit of Adventure Henry Bergh – Founder  American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Grades 4-5 - Did you know that the founder of the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was a Unitarian?  This coming Sunday, our curriculum will be based on the following UU Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”  I am the substitute teacher and will be bringing in my newly adopted puppy from the Humane Society, Millie, a small (30 lbs.) mixed breed mush-muffin (very affectionate and gentle).  If it’s good weather, we’ll take a walk with her and are also going to bake dog biscuits (which your child may bring home).  I hope your children will be able to attend and if they have friends who like dogs, bring them too!  See you Sunday!
Grades 6-8 – The Simpsons – Krusty gets busted

Nursery care is available downstairs after the start of the service..

This Week’s Links

Come to Spring Training, Learn Worship Crafting Membership Sunday Request from Katie Lee
Denise is Moving; Deborah has Arrived Every Pledge Matters
Under the Stairs - Interim & Board Answer Questions About Interim Selection Process Women's Alliance News and Events
Mark Date, April 1 Pancakes Before Service Tell Your Story
Maintaining and Natural Lawn Adult Programs Listed
Reflection and Expression of Gratitude The Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912
Listen, Listen, Listen Volunteers Still Needed
Book Club Meets March 29 "Spring Training Offered"
Offered Programs Rain Barrel Sign Up
Gardeners Sought Economic Justice Conference New Haven UUs

This Week’s Feature Articles

Come to “Spring Training!” Learn how to craft a worship service - Rev. Katie Lee Crane will lead an interactive and participative 2-hour workshop (offered twice) for anyone who would like to learn more about how to craft a worship service, write a sermon, and to practice delivery of the spoken word.

Two dates: Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM and Sunday, May 6 at noon

While the workshop is open to anyone – no strings attached – it is specifically designed to help those who volunteer to lead a summer service or a lay-led service during the regular program year. It is also designed to attract the interest of those who might, maybe, sort of want to do a service sometime and the “just curious.”

Everyone has at least one sermon in them – even you! And, it’s at least as much fun as baseball.

Membership Sunday – a request from Katie Lee - During our worship service on Sunday April 29, Rev. Crane will be exploring what it means to be a member of a congregation like this one. What does one have to do to become a member? What are the benefits and responsibilities of membership? And, most important of all, what is being a member of a UU congregation like for you?

To prepare for that service, Katie Lee has asked you to tell her your stories. How long have you been a Unitarian Universalist? (Maybe you were a Unitarian or a Universalist even earlier than 1961?) Who among us holds the distinction of being a UU the longest? Or being a member at the Unitarian Society of Hartford the longest? Katie Lee wants to hear from you. Give her a call. Make an appointment. Drop a note or an email. How can we talk about membership without learning what it means to you?

Denise is moving – to Ghana! - Our longtime Youth Group Leader, Densie Ackeifi, is packing up and moving to Ghana. As a result, this will be her final year at USH. Please join us following worship on June 3rd to thank her for her faithful ministry to youth and to give her a festive send-off. We’d love all present and past youth to join us on that day. Please spread the word.

LeveringWelcome to Deb Levering - Consulting DRE - We are thrilled that Deb Levering has joined us as a part-time consultant to support our lay leaders, children and families this year. In addition to being a UU parent, Deb has served as a Director of Religious Education, an RE Program Consultant for the Clara Barton District and the Director of Faith Formation for the combined Clara Barton and Mass Bay Districts.

In particular, Deb will be helping us discern our evolving vision for ministry with children and youth, to identify our strengths and challenges, and to assist the DRE Search Committee in developing both a strategy and a timeline for the upcoming search for staff support for our religious education programming. Please introduce yourself and give Deb a warm welcome.

We are thrilled to welcome Deb Levering as Consulting DRE through June 17. She's already on the job!

Every Pledge Matters! -  Once again, we are very grateful for the response to date.  We have now received 103 pledges totaling $219,480.  96 renewing pledges have increased from $185,845 to $208,060 (+12%).  43 of the 96 increased by at least 25%; another 26 made some increase.  We have also received 7 new pledges totaling $11,420.

We hope that all Members and Friends who have not yet pledged will join in as well.  Every pledge is important and is appreciated.  We need everyone's help to get as close as possible to our $309,000 Pledge Goal.  A fair pledge is 2% - 5% of income for folks who are actively involved in the life of our congregation.  You can make your pledge by mail, by email to bmullen@ushartford.com, or by voice mail to Brian Mullen at 860-232-9897 x 102.  To discuss your pledge, call or email Zean Gassmann, Joe Rubin or Mike Winterfield.

The Stewardship Committee sincerely thanks you!  -  Mike Winterfield

Members of the Interim Task Force - (aka Interim Minister Search Committee) will be the featured speakers at the Under the Stairs event this Sunday. Chairperson Ron Sexton and several members of the committee plan to be there to explain where we are in the search process, what the next steps will be, discuss the unique role of an Interim, and to answer questions. The Interim (selecting group) is concerned that the congregation know about the process and have expectations in line with UU practice for such appointments. Accordingly, they would very much like all of our readers to view the video, The Interim Opportunity, here. Please take a look.

Women's Alliance News and Events - The UAMW – Unitarian Alliance Ministry to Women – recently received a $2,000 bequest from a former devoted member, Helen Skinner.  The Cabinet of the Alliance voted to share this by donating $1,000 to the General Fund of the Society.  

The Cabinet also made a second yearly contribution toward the expenses of mailing the USH-Enews, since many of the recipients are former active members of the Alliance.

On Sunday, April 15, the Alliance will sponsor another program in its Sunday  series for all friends and members of USH, men and women.  Local author Arlene Jones will share some of her experiences from her memoir, God, Put Out One of My Eyes.  This is a tale of “paradise lost on Cyprus, a report by the spy’s wife,”  during the “horrible ethnic conflict between the island’s majority Greeks and minority Turks.  She, her husband [CIA station chief], and their three young children barely escaped with their lives.”

Soup will be on sale during coffee hour or you can bring a snack or sandwich from home.  Lemonade and popcorn will be served during the program, which will begin at 12:15.  This program was originally planned for last November, however, there was a conflict, so we are grateful that Ms. Jones was willing to reschedule on April 15.

On Sunday, April 29, the Alliance will hold another of its homemade goodies bake sale during coffee hour following the service.

In May, applications will be available for the Educational Grants for Women.  These small grants, particularly for women pursuing a non-traditional course of study, have been funded for many years by the Alliance.

Other future events for members and friends include the spring outing, often a museum visit and luncheon out, and the annual June picnic, held at a lake in West Hartford, to conclude the year’s events.
For more than 100 years, the Alliance has provided programs to serve the women of the Society and Community. This is continued through its own fund raising, receiving no money from the Society budget. The Alliance has no officers, but a Cabinet which rotates leadership of meetings.- Nita 

Tell Your Story - Participate In a Service - Since coming to USH a few years I have heard many compelling rich stories from people inside our walls.  Sometimes these stories have come from the pulpit, sometimes down in Fellowship Hall, sometimes under the stairs when I have met new visitors, sometimes in SGMs, and sometimes in many of the other activities that take place within the confines of the Meeting House.  I believe that we all have important stories to tell, and that by telling our own stories and listening to the stories of others it strengthens the interconnection between us all.  It allows us to learn about ourselves and others.  These dialogues are the life blood of our congregation.

Last year I was moved to become a part of the Worship Arts Sub Council because I thought that I could contribute to the storytelling.  I have been pleased that I have been given the opportunity for the individuals in our congregation to listen to my personal stories.  My stories are important to me, but they are no more important than yours or anyone else’s.  I know that we all have adventures and experiences to share that would be emotionally meaningful, and I encourage you to consider letting us know about yours.  These stories can be from you as an individual or from your family or from a group of two or more of you who have a cooperative message to deliver.  There are a number of ways to connect with others:

  1. Plan a service.
  2. Give a sermon or testimonial.
  3. Write a sermon or testimonial.

The Worship Arts Sub-Council is looking for assistance with the summer services, from July 1 through September 1.   We are confident that a number of us in our congregation will step forward to help with this opportunity.  Just so you know you wouldn’t be going on this endeavor alone, there are a number of Worship Arts members available to help.  Also, Katie Lee will be holding a "Spring Training" workshop for anyone who would like to learn more about crafting a worship service/sermon on Sunday, May 6th.

Whether or not you do decide to tell your stories in one of the ways mentioned above, please continue to tell your stories, and continue to listen to the stories of the others.  To me, it is why I come together with you all, be it Sunday morning or any other time of the week.

Thank you, - Zean Gassmann and the other Worship Associates: Laurie Kelliher, Sue Smolski, Ginny Allen, and Edith Savage.  Please contact any of us with your ideas.

Water Series Presentation on Natural Lawns - Following Katie Lee’s sermon on water rights, Aimee Petras of the Farmington Watershed Association spoke about the dangers of fertilizers and pesticides and how to create “natural lawns” to help keep our water clean. The well-attended slide presentation took place in Fellowship Hall and was the second in our three-part Water Series sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Sub-council of USH.

The six major components of attaining a natural green lawn are:  1) Get your soil tested, 2) Allow for some spots to be less than perfect, 3) Don’t mow too low or too often, 4) Irrigate your lawn no more than 2 inches a week, 5) Keep your lawn aerated, and 6) Seed or re-seed once per year and compost. There were detailed handouts on organic fertilizers, choosing lawn grasses, what your weeds say about your lawn, making compost tea, how to de-grub your lawn organically, and instructions for getting soil nutrient analysis from the Cooperative Extension System of UCONN, which costs $8. Copies of the handouts will be available at the Programs Table.

The last part of the Water Series will be held after the Earth Day service on April 22. We will be making Rain barrels for your home or for USH and the Village for Children and Families. - Brian Harvey Reporting

Reflections and Expression of Gratitude - I want to express my deep appreciation for Rev. Katie Lee, especially after our special “Show and Tell” service on March 12, 2012.  I was with Katie Lee at a Clara Barton/Massachusetts Bay conference for ministers and DREs in February when this idea captured her imagination.  In the conference, we were asked to brainstorm ideas that might help us finds ways to help our members and families come alive and to connect with each other in a meaningful way that was also accessible across generations.  She ran the idea of a Show and Tell service by me and I loved it!  That idea, as many of you know, was to come to the Meeting House last Sunday with something to show and/or share that was important to each of us in our life.  The last half of the service was devoted to bringing the congregation down to Fellowship Hall, in the same way our children do for RE Class, and then split into groups of 10, prepared to share. 

As I know from planning services and other ceremonies, such ventures take much thought and logistical planning.  And let’s face it, they also assume certain risks.  For every person whose spirit is drawn to more engaged connections with others and the adventure of doing something new is another whose spirit requires reflection, cherished rituals and/or a need for quiet contemplation.  It is the quintessential challenge of being a minister, and especially a UU minister I suspect, to find ways to meet these diverse needs of worship and being in community together.  It is a testament to how much trust Katie Lee has earned in this community that over 100 people participated in Sunday’s worship event, bringing their mementos and things of special meaning with them, and for some, perhaps their misgivings as well.

As some of you may recall, I gave the pulpit talk a month ago on the subject of listening, especially to our children and youth, “with whole hearts and minds.”  Two Sundays ago, we did this for each other as well as with the children in our congregation.  While it is disappointing that not as many families with children attended, (and I trust the time change that day did not help matters!), the young folks who were there seemed fully engaged.  I understand that at dinner that evening, thirteen year old Kate Olguin plied her mom, Betsy, with questions about Ed Savage’s didgeridoo, how he learned to play it on a trip to Australia and found an instructor right here in Middletown!  Sixth grader, Jonah Spector, showed us his baseball with beautiful drawings and writing on it. He shared with us the most touching story of how, during a rained out 7th inning of a Boston Red Sox game, having lost out on the opportunity to get autographs from players, he drew on the ball instead.  He explained that the ball was special to him because it represented the first time that he realized how much he loved to draw and he has been drawing ever since!  My group also heard from Roy Cook who showed us his diaries kept over decades, documenting his notes about his favorite books and his impressions of the homes of famous authors he’s visited.  Bruce Robbins fascinated us with a picture of his father and him and his unique, built-just-for-Long-Island-Sound sailboat they had when he was growing up. 

These are just a few of the cherished stories we all heard from our dear members and friends.  Speaking just from my perspective, I thought it was deeply meaningful.  For those of you for whom this form of service was either not in your comfort zone or did not appeal to you for whatever reason, thank you for giving us the time and space to experience these special connections with each other.   

In quoting Rumi in one of her sermons earlier this year, Katie Lee reminded us that “there are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”  It is my hope and belief that the children and youth among us truly felt valued in being able to share and participate on equal footing with us older folks.  At the same time, I know they listened with genuine interest to the adults, who after all, were sharing those things that touched their own hearts, and thus accessible to all ages.  For giving us the time and space to share that which is precious in the minds and hearts among us, I am grateful to Katie Lee as well. – Nina Elgo

Lunch Bunch Hears Fred Louis - At the Tuesday meeting of the Lunch Bunch Fred Louis talked to the group about the Great Lawrence Textile Strike of 1912. This little known major event in American Lunch BunchLabor History occurred when progressive legislation of the time reduced the permitted work week from 56 to 54 hours. This occurred at a time when the minimum age for factory laborers was 14, wink, wink, and obviously younger workers toiled under arduous conditions. This was at a time when child mortality was about 50% and 36 out of every 100 workers died before age 25.

A reduction in pay, what with the reduced hours, was the last straw for a workforce of immigrant workers from 30 different countries speaking 40 different languages. The resulting "surprise" strike lead in major part by women of the time resulted in a 20,000 worker exodus from the mills. As the vicious strike dragged on train loads of the children of striking workers were sent to various cities in the East for foster care while their parents were without income and could not support them. At length, the publicity from the workers and adverse publicity generated by the export of the children caused management to reconsider and the nine week strike during the bitter winter was settled. - David Newton Reporting

Listen, Listen, Listen - It shouldn’t surprise anyone aware that your reporter was once an English teacher that the Sunday, March 18 sermon on WATER led her to google Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.”  Way down in Part II (out of VII long, long parts), she found what she was looking for:
                        Water, water every where
                        And all the boards did shrink.
                        Water, water every where,
                        Nor any drop to drink.”

Several times during the service, Reverend Katie Lee reminded us that, “The world is thirsty because we are hungry.”  Although water is the most common substance found on earth, less than one percent is drinkable.  Some of the startling statistics she gave us to help us understand the U.S.’s huge dependence on and consumption of water were:

  • It takes 35 gallons of water to make a cup of coffee (think planting, growing, harvesting and all the commercial aspects).
  • It takes 635 gallons of water to make one hamburger.
  • It takes 39,000 gallons of water to make a car.
  • Most of the water we use is in the food we eat.
  • 70% of the world’s water goes to irrigation.

Reverend Katie Lee brought us up-to-date on what’s going on in California’s Human Rights to Water Act.  It was passed in 2009, but vetoed by then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. A new bill  introduced in 2011 is stalled in the Appropriations Committee.  Many are still working to get it passed.  If passed, the bill would make access to safe, affordable water a priority.  It would take about two billion dollars to get all Californians this access.  “Organizations opposing the bill are thriving,” Reverend Katie Lee said.

Sunday’s service also reminded us of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) Environmental Justice Initiative, “The International Human Right to Water.”  Our March 18 Good Neighbor Offering will support this UUSC cause.   Thursday, March 22 is International World Water Day.  Established by the UN General Assembly in 1993, this annual event is a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Reverend Katie Lee said she learned a lot during her research for the service, and it made her question her own presumptions and use of water.  “Water is not just an environmental issue but is also a pressing moral issue,” she said.  Looking at her own use of water, she said that although she makes conservation efforts, she uses “conveniences” to sustain her busy life style.  She drives to a food market two miles away, sometimes buys convenience food, eats some beef and fish from fish farms, which draws water from natural sources.  “My need for convenience is a form of greed,” she said.

She used to think water, and the lack of it, “was the other guy’s problem.”  Now she realizes the “contamination and consumption of our water supply is mostly our own doing.”  Even with her “sincere but small efforts, as a person of faith you have to do more.”  The homework she assigned the congregation was to learn more and use less, educate ourselves on this issue—read, listen, watch and act.

“H20 Flow,” a poem by Carol Maillard was read by Reverend Katie Lee and Worship Associate Sue Smolski as the service’s opening words.  Carol Maillard was one of the original members of Sweet Honey in the Rock, a group whose songs incorporate social issues.

Musically speaking, there was a huge amount of talent on the chancel during the service.  “Our own” violinist Anne Stowe welcomed us with a Beethoven Sonata and said farewell to us with a Vivaldi Concerto.  “Tomorrow Germinating in Today” is a poem by Kate Compston, a poet, minister and counselor.  It was performed by Anne Stowe and Ginny Allen, violins; Matt Primm, viola (who composed the music as part of his composer-in-residence work); Evan Runyon, double-bass, as Reverend Katie Lee read the words.  Here are the opening and closing words:

            Listen to the water, air and earth; creation’s treasure store.
            They’re wounded for the want of being listened to;
            they cry and too few hear;
            they slowly die and too few mourn...

            And yet
            Through those who give attention…
            breathe winds of change…
            healing comes and there are seeds of hope:
            there is tomorrow
            germinating in today.

            - Kayla Costenoble

USH Welcome Volunteers Still Needed - Each Sunday morning eight USH members and friends volunteer for the very important tasks of welcoming and assisting (where needed) everyone who enters our church. It doesn’t matter if they are a first time visitor of a lifelong member. We are there to answer questions about our church and religion, and also to extend our sincere hospitality to all. The vitality and viability of our church depends on attendance and commitment. The “welcome tasks” specifically are 2 greeters and 2 welcome table volunteers before the service; 2 ushers before and during the service; and 2 visitor table volunteers in Fellowship Hall during the coffee hour after the service.

We are currently scheduling for April through June and we need more volunteers. Our assignment system is very user friendly. We only schedule individuals on the dates they choose to be available and only to the tasks they choose. Because we work in teams of 2, you will always have assistance in your tasks. If you would prefer to only volunteer once or twice a quarter, we will honor your request. We have very complete instructions for each of the Welcome Volunteer tasks.

If you would like be a part of the Welcome Volunteer team, please contact Brian Harvey at harvey.b@comcast.net by Sunday March 18th.

Pancakes Family Style Pancake Breakfast Before the Service!
- We had such a good time in January, we are doing it again. Come join us for a delightful Sunday morning breakfast on April 1st between 9:00 - 10:00 AM.

You get pancakes with various ingredient and topping options, sausage, bacon and beverage for only $5 per person or $15 for per family. It couldn’t be easier. Just show up, enjoy a hearty breakfast, and chat with old friends and new acquaintances at our family style tables. This is a great way to enjoy our USH community.

Proceeds will benefit the USH General Fund (plus matching grant) and the USH Youth Group. Tickets will be available March 25th during coffee hour.

What Else is Happening

Programs Available - There are several events scheduled for April that may interest you. If so, stop by the Programs Table during coffee hour for more information and/or to sign up for the next Friday Pizza and Movie night, Dinner with the  Buddha, "Spring Training" and the Rain Barrel Workshop.

The winter/spring programs  are now available on the web. For more information about the programs
you may call Janice Newton (860.677.1121) or email her at dcnewton(at sign)snet.net).

Upcoming Programs:

Spring Training opportunity. (More)
Friday Dinner and Movie, April 13, featuring “The Ghost Writer”.
Dinner with the Buddha, Friday, April 20, beginning at 5:30 PM. Please register no later than April 13. More
Rain Barrel Workshop, Sunday, April 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM. (More)
Book Club Meeting (More)
Ongoing Programs:
USH Meditation and Dharma Gathering, Wednesdays, 5:45 – 7:00 PM.
Nonviolent Communication Practice Group, Wednesdays, 7:15 – 9:00 PM.

“Spring Training”   sponsored by the Worship Arts Sub-Council:   this 2-hour workshop led by Rev. Katie Lee Crane offers participants an opportunity to learn how to craft a worship service, write a sermon, and to practice delivery of the spoken word.

This is specifically designed to help those who volunteer to lead a summer service (or a lay-led service during the regular program year). It is also designed to attract the interest of those who might, maybe, sort of want to do a service sometime and the “just curious.”

This program will be offered:                        

Tuesday,  April 17, 2012   7-9 PM           

Sunday,  May 6, 2012    Noon – 2 PM

Sign up at the Programs Table during Coffee Hour or call/email Janice Newton – 860/677-1121       dcnewton(at sign)snet.net 

At 7 PM on Thursday, March 29, the USH Book Club will meet
to discuss the 2011 Man Booker prize winner, The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.  Acclaimed by many, this short novel was lauded as “a mystery of memory and missed opportunity” in a NYTimes review.  Another Times reviewer concluded, “It isn’t terrible, it is just so . . . average.”  Undoubtedly, as in the past, the Book Club conversation will reveal further divergent views of this book’s significance.

booksThose who haven’t attended before are welcome to join in the lively conversation.  This meeting will take place at Nita’s home in Canton.  For more information and directions, call 860-693-4269.

The April meeting will will focus on Stewart O’Nan’s 2007 book, Last Night at the Lobster. This book is readily available at local libraries.  

A review at Salon.com characterized it as a “spare, nearly perfect novel in which there are no unexpected plot twists, no overarching political themes, no heavy-handed cultural memes. And yet, through the sheer force and accumulation of luminous detail, through great pathos and humanity, a novel that elevates the quotidian to mythic heights, a novel that, at well under 200 pages, delivers a narrative heft that is rare.”  That’s a hefty charge; will Book Club discussants agree?

Social Justice Journeys (From the UUA)

UUA Activism Opportunity --   Explore your faith with your denomination at a couple of levels:  1. Attend the April 28  Clara Barton District Annual Meeting (no cost ) as a voting representative of the USH . More. 2. Attend the Phoenix , AZ General Assembly.  Details at  UUA.org; send a memo to the USH Board indicating your interest and complete an application form to be an official voting delegate  (available in mid-March).

UUA Annual Meeting is in Phoenix this Year - Applications for the UUA General Assembly delegation will be available shortly. For more information.

Jean Petty and Steve Shepard Memorial Fund for Social Responsibility- Request Forms and Associated Information for Project Funding are now available. You may download the application form and associated information as a Microsoft Word document.

Mike Winterfield to speak at peace conference

Three FREE  Panel Discussions - Poverty, Peace, Planet Earth and the Prophetic Voice


Green Topics - Did you Know? -

Water Series to Continue April 22. The third of our water series continues (More)

Rain Barrels! - Support healthy plants and soil, reduce urban runoff, trim your water bill. Rain Barrel Workshop on Earth Day, Sunday April 22, 12:00 - 2:00 PM. Sign up at the Programs Table during coffee hour. Registration deadline is April 15th. - Limited number of barrels available - sign up early! Use this registration form.
Rain Barrel

Like gardening? Think urban kids who are experiencing very difficult life situations would benefit from learning where food comes from and digging in the earth? Join us as a garden volunteer this year! Minimal commitment 1x/wk, great rewards.

Please find the volunteer application on the Green Sanctuary bulletin board downstairs on way into Fellowship hall, fill it out and send it in. You will be glad you did.

Bev and Garden Any questions, call Bev Prager 860-550-5089 or email bev_prager(at sign)hotmail.com.

On the Calendar - Please notify Brian Mullen of all additions or changes to the calendar. Follow this link to all our scheduled events.

A Matter of Opinion

The Caring Corner

Caring Network - It's the friends you can call up at 4 AM that matter. - Marlene Dietrich

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.  ~ Leo Buscaglia - Inform the Caring Network of needs - volunteer your services. If you know of any member experiencing some difficulty, please contact Janice Newton (860.677.1121 dcnewton(at symbol)snet.net) or call the office so we can provide some assistance. A wide range of community services is also available to those in need by calling InfoLine at 211.

Transitions - The Transitions group meets the first Thursday of every month at 11 AM in David’s Den. Our next meeting is Thursday, April 5. Any and all friends and members of USH undergoing life transitions and challenges (moving, care giving, loss and grief of any kind) are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Cartland at crcartland1 at Comcast.net or Diana Heymann at heydiana42 at gmail.com

External Events and Educational Notes

Economic justice conference, Inequality Matters, planned for Saturday, April 21st 9-1:30 PM. Keynote speaker: Chuck Collins, Senior scholar, Institute of Policy Studies and author of 99 to 1 How Wealth Inequality is Wrecking the World and What We Can Do About It!! Unitarian Society of New Haven, 700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT 06517 RSVP Required here.

Further Down The Road (About 30 Days)

noteFrom the Editor: Suggestions for Contributors.


Nuts and Bolts: The member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm and promote: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations; a free and responsible search for truth and meaning; the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process, within our congregations and in society at large; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.

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