Performing Arts Concert Series 2019-2020

The Performing Arts Series at UUCM offers concerts, musical events and church variety shows to the congregation and the entire local community.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 4 at 5:00 PM

10TH ANNUAL UUCM VARIETY SHOW

aural-1297838_640A celebration of our beloved community! Enjoy music, poetry, singing, dancing, jokes, bands, stories, juggling, skits, artwork, photography and many more talents. This event is FREE and fun for the whole family.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, contact Bill Tregaskis at wftreg@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 PM

KRISTEN GRAVES

KLG+Brick+WallKristen Graves is a folk/pop singer, songwriter and humanitarian. Mentioned by both Rolling Stone and the New York Times, and given her own day across the state of Connecticut by Governor Malloy for her musicianship and activism, she has shared stages with Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Peter Yarrow, Noel (Paul) Stookey, Rusted Root, Holly Near, Dar Williams, Guy Davis, Dan Zanes, David Amram, and many more. Kristen has released 8 studio projects, and her ninth is entitled Pete Peter & Me. It is a collection of songs – half of the songs inspired by her mentor, Pete Seeger, and half of them sung with her mentor, Peter Yarrow.

In addition to her touring and recording schedule, Kristen makes sure that there is always time to be part of the humanitarian organizations whose work she admires and is inspired by. Spending months living and working with Simply Smiles in Mexico and on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota creates the signature chemistry of Kristen’s performances: a stirring combination of music and justice. With catchy songs, a penchant for story telling, and inspiring lyrics, Kristen delights audiences across the country. Tickets $20 each. Continue reading →

UUCM Book Clubs: February 2020

Women Who Read Book Club

Meets on Monday, February 10 at 7:00 PM. Gather in the Chapel (new location) to discuss February’s book is An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green. Check out the “About Me” section of his web page at www.hankgreen.com. Regrets only to billsuemcknight@me.com. If you have questions about the Women Who Read book club, please contact Christy Dachelet.

Men’s Book Club

Meets on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM. Gather to discuss February’s book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (NF) by Trevor Noah  —  Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time. If you have questions, please contact Adam Schenck or Gary Charles. New members are always welcome.

Monday Morning Book Club

Meets on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 AM. Gather at UUCM to discuss February’s book, The Yellow House by Sarah Broom. Please direct any questions to Bev Montgomery. New members are always welcome.

New Minister Board Update: Week 2

The Minister Selection Task Force is busily updating documents which are the foundation of the materials we will make available on the UUA website for prospective ministers.  On the website, prospective ministers can learn more about us and decide if they want to apply for our position.  Our interim ministers have told us that they believe we have a strong portfolio due to our strong financial position, congregational growth, and new church building among other favorable attributes, and we think it is likely that there will be nation-wide interest in the position. We plan to find a minister that will help us work to achieve the goals we have identified using information gathered from the annual survey and the board listening sessions. Next week, we will share information about these goals. Our Annual Meeting is scheduled for May and we are hopeful that we will have a new minister (or minister team or other possible configuration) to share at that time, or soon after that.

Homelessness and Housing Selected as UUCM’s Social Justice Focus

The UUCM Social Justice Ministry Team is excited to announce that Homelessness and Housing will be our congregational focus for the year. We spent a good deal of time discerning the many issues that call us and the purpose of congregational-based social justice work. We believe having one primary focus area will help UUCM increase our community connections and have a measurable impact on an issue.

Affordable housing is a crisis not just in the city core, but even more in the suburbs. Work around this issue is deeply grounded at UUCM through our long partnership with IOCP (Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners); our youth’s commitment through their participation in the Sleep Out for the Homeless program, food drives, and summer mission trips; and how this issue directly connects with UUCM’s mission and ends. Continue reading →