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Pagan Church Service and Potluck
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Service begins at 11 am with a Potluck and Meet-and-Greet to follow


Dancing on Common Ground:
Building a Bridge Between The Sanctuary and The Sacred Grove

Pagans and Unitarians share many common beliefs, but one stands out more than any other: the freedom to follow our own spiritual path and seek truth from many sources. Mostly, Pagans don’t do church and Unitarians don’t do ritual; but there are aspects of both that might be of benefit to anyone with a desire for a well-rounded, diverse religious community and/or for a deeper individual spiritual practice. This special Saturday service will attempt to gather the best of both church and ritual, explore our common ground, and serve as a community-building experience.

          Karen Andersen, known in the Pagan community as Lady Gwen, is High Priestess of Ash Grove and serves on the Council of Elders for the Tuatha De Danann Tradition. She has been a member of the First UU in NB for 15 years, serves as Chair of the Religious Services Committee, and as a worship associate. She is a teacher of religious education at First UU in NB and is currently earning her M.Div. at Cherry Hill Seminary. She is an active Pagan clergyperson, performing meaningful rites of passage for everyone, and preaches often from the UUNB pulpit.

Coming up this Sunday, August 24-Alan Powers “When You Wish Upon a Star, Wish for Bruno’s Worlds”

Kepler himself, for whom NASA named a telescope, said that Galileo owed the idea of other habitable worlds to Giordano Bruno, my subject.  I shall show that Bruno thought himself a good Catholic; but, Pope Clement VIII disagreed because Bruno defended the Unitarian ideas of Arius.  

It took four hundred years for Bruno’s habitable worlds to be on the verge of proof. My powerpoint slides tour Europe where Bruno lived and lectured.  NASA now enlists online help to deal with the thousands of pages of data generated by the Hubble and especially the Kepler telescope–which perhaps should be named the Bruno.

“Good teachers get fired; great teachers, killed–Socrates, Christ, and Giordano Bruno.”

          Alan Powers, trombonist and amateur composer, taught writing and lit for 38 years in MA community colleges, and another five years in grad school at U Minnesota.  He has written a guest Safire column for the NYT, articles on Shakespeare (now quoted in a book on Shakespeare and Wales and the Intro to Kamps edition of Measure for Measure) and three books on science and lit, two of them on Giordano Bruno.

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The Church office is currently on Summer Break and office hours are by appointment only.  

Regular office hours (September -June) are from 9:00am-1:00pm Monday – Friday . There are occasionally times when no one is in the office so, please call 508-994-9686 or email Linda (admin@uunewbedford.org)  to be sure that the office is open.

Rev. Paul is generally in the office Tuesday afternoons 1:00pm-4:00pm, Wednesday 10:30-12:00pm and Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm. If these times are not convenient for you, please call or text (508-717-2438) or email minister@uunewbedford.org to make an appointment. It’s always best to call or text before stopping by for office hours to be sure Rev. Paul is free.

Rev. Paul will be on vacation for the month of July please direct all questions and concerns to the office during this time, thank you.