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The Compass, October 4, 2023


OCTOBER 8: Changes in the UU Bylaws with Rev. Tom Schade

OCTOBER 15: LGBTQ+ History with Rev. Karen LeBlanc

OCTOBER 22: Social Justice

OCTOBER 29: Honoring the Ancestors


Did you miss Sunday service? Watch it here!


October 2023

What does it mean to be a people of HERITAGE?

October 8: The Gifts of Reclaiming Our Roots

October 15: The Gifts of Our LGBTQ+ Roots

October 22: The Gifts of being Rooted in Science & Reason

Walking Field Trip

October 29: The Gifts of Honoring & Grieving Our Roots

Badgers Parting Gifts by Susan Varley Spoken by Ruby Dee



It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our long-time member, Jean Kellaway. Jean was an important part of our church, active on just about every committee there was at some time. She was previously married to our former minister, Rev. Richard Kellaway. Jean was a serious collector of art, including paintings, sculptures, and fabrics from her travels all over the world. Our prayers are with her children, Ron and Andrea, and her grandchildren, Ethan and Angela, at this difficult time. We will announce plans for a memorial service when the information is available.


For those of you new to the church, and for those who would like to participate in Dinners for Eight this year, please email me at Breaking bread together is a great way to get to know church members and friends.

You can sign up to host the dinners and participate in the dinners as a guest, or just be a guest. I have a form I will forward to you to find out what are your preferences so we can meet them as best we can. If you would like to host but do not have enough room at home, you can host at church. I really am in need of hosts at this time and have not had enough to get everyone to a table every month.

The way it works is I give the host a list of people who are interested in participating and the host contacts everyone to see if they are available for the evening the host chooses for the dinner. We generally hold the dinners on a mid month weekend, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. The host prepares the main dish and assigns the guests to bring either a side dish, an appetizer, a dessert, or for those who don't cook, a beverage and/or bread. I try to coordinate the host and dinner guests so that there is a mixing of guests at each hosts' table each month.

It really is a good time, and we would love to have you.

Lynn Whitney, Coordinator


Drum Circle will take place on the THIRD Sunday this month on October 15th.


Just as a reminder, the office is closed on Monday, October 9, for Indigenous Peoples' Day.



Our Promises

  • Each person is important.

  • Be kind in all you do.

  • We help each other learn.

  • We search for what is true.

  • Each person has a say.

  • Work for a peaceful world.

  • The web of life’s the way.

  • Build the beloved community, free from racism and oppression.

First Unitarian Church in New Bedford

71 8th Street

New Bedford, MA 02740


Administrator ext. 10

Minister ext. 13

Minister Board Members & Officers

Rev. Karen D. LeBlanc President

Steve Carmel

Director of Religious Education

Yasmin Flefleh-Vincent Vice President

Charles Morgan

Director of Music

Randy Fayan Treasurer

Deborah Carmel

Church Administrator

Jessica DeCicco-Carey Clerk

Cora Peirce


Maria Jackson Trustees

Larry Jaquith

Sexton Joan O'Beirne

Anthony Gonsalves Mary S. Rapoza

Pamela Sherman

Sunday Sexton Eileen Sorrentino

Devin Pacheco

Sunday School Teacher Committee Chairs

Marissa Fay-Martin

Morning Walker Endowment

Carlton Dasent


Larry Jaquith

Garden Committee

Nancy Crosby

House and Grounds

Steve Carmel


Lynn Whitney


Joan O'Beirn

Religious Education

Charlie Morgan

Religious Services

Eileen Sorrentino

Social Justice

Ely Dorsey

Thrift Shop

Pam Sherman

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