Public Programs

Spirit In Art Talks at the Universalist Church

Spirit in Art Talks

This two-part series, presented by Dr. Patricia McKee, focuses on the relationship between religion and art. Dr. McKee will speak to the rich but conflicted nature of that relationship and why its nurture is vital for the survival of the arts in religious and civic life in America. Join us for Part 1 on October 2:

Scorning the Image of Virtue: Church and Theater in Shakespeare’s London” October 2 – Reception at 11:30; Talk starts at Noon. Fiske Hall. 

Theatre was a threat to the church in the Shakespearean era, and one popular actor was berated from the pulpit by a preacher hell-bent on casting out the competition.  Join Dr. Patricia McKee for an entertaining and educational look at how preachers and players competed for audiences during the rise of the public theatres in Shakespeare’s England.

Community Interest Series: Mental Health First Aid

Dates TBD

Open to the public, this is an informational series meant to address a particular community concern and includes expert presenters from outside the congregation. For this program year, a two-part series will address mental wellness resources generally then more specifically the relationship between social media and mental health. Part One will host a local representative from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization and leading voice on mental illness. Part Two will be a screening and discussion of the documentary film The Social Dilemma.

Special Outreach Worship Celebrations

Throughout the year

The goal of a special outreach worship celebration is to extend a joyous introduction to the Universalist Church of West Hartford to our neighbors, near and far, unfamiliar with our church, UU beliefs and practices, our ministries, and our educational programs. These Sunday morning events are definitively worship services; however, they are conceived with celebration in mind. For example, some ideas under consideration are a Beatles Liturgy, a Shakespeare Liturgy, and a Feast of Fools. Interested in planning or assisting with these services? Contact Dr. McKee.  


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Spirit in Art Talk - Oct 2

“Scorning the Image of Virtue: Church and Theatre in Shakespeare's London” - presented by Dr. Patricia McKee. Reception at 11:30 AM; Talk begins at noon. Fiske Hall.

Sing & Learn Warm-Up - Oct 16

Vocal warm-up for the Worship Service performance. 9:30 AM.

If you have questions or would like to register for any of these events, email us.