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Coming up this Sunday, July 27th: Mary Rapoza – “The Park Movement in New Bedford”
Mid 19th Century saw a nation wide movement to enhance the physical and emotional health of urban populations with the development of park lands. New Bedford was an early adherent to the movement developing a system of city parks enjoyed to this day.

Mary Rapoza is Director of Parks Recreation and Beaches for the City of New Bedford. She has been interested in public spaces as places where communities meet and recreate and nature is conserved and celebrated.

Next Sunday, August 3rd - Dr. Len Travers -“Encounter with Pirates off Block Island, 1723.”
There was a “war on terror” before this one; an 18th-c. war on piracy covering the entire Atlantic world. Hollywood notwithstanding, pirates tended to avoid battle with government forces, and seldom did well when they couldn’t. This, one of the best-documented encounters, tells us much about why.


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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.