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UU Fellowship to consider Halloween customs, traditions

On Sunday, Nov. 1, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “The Day of the Dead:  Honoring the Spirits of Our Ancestors,” presented by Julie Loar.  

She points out that “The popular American holiday of Halloween, second only to Christmas in money spent and candy consumed, has its roots with the ancient Celts. However, this time of year is celebrated as a time to honor and invoke departed ancestors and spirits in cultures around the world.”  

Loar will describe the origins of our holiday icons and symbols and explore Halloween customs and traditions from around the world.  You are invited to come in costume, celebrating your ancestors, or any other spirit that inspires you.

Julie Loar is the award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles.  Her latest book, “Everyday Goddesses:  Ancient Myths for Modern Women,” has won two national awards.  She has traveled to sacred sites around the world, researching the material in her books and teachings, and each year she leads a tour to Egypt.

  The Children’s Religious Exploration (CRE) program will gather this month with a focus on the UU Third Principle: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.”  This week the group will explore this concept through hands-on gift making, and laughing together in a worship circle where everyone feels accepted. 

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.