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‘Universalism: God is Love’

On Sunday, Sept.12, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service topic will be “Universalism: God is Love,” presented by the Reverend Dr. Barry Bloom from Golden. He comments that “Unitarians and Universalists were very different, yet very alike, during their formative years in American history. Slowly, over time, they came together and in 1961 merged into the Unitarian Universalist Association.”

He explains, “The Universalists were so titled because they believed in ‘universal salvation’.  That is, they believed that God was a loving God who would not deny anyone salvation and furthermore, there was nothing to be ‘saved’ from.”  This service will compare, contrast, and celebrate these spiritual ancestors.

The Rev. Dr. Bloom is the Minister of Spiritual Life at Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado, following a previous career in the counseling field.

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith, meaning we covenant together to respect each other’s free and independent spiritual search, and we strive to make the world a better place. This week the children and youth will spend time acting out the Jewish story of Noah and the Rainbow and explore covenants, making one of our own, and focusing on how we will be together.

As UU’s we covenant to accept one another unconditionlly, and to encourage spiritual growth through our seven principles.  We are a group of seekers and will continue our religious exploration this Sunday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. As an outgrowth of a recent service, and open to the public by donation, Julie Loar will lead a discussion entitled: “The Essenes and the Hidden History of Christianity.”  The talk will be an introduction to further study in the weeks ahead. Loar is a scholar of myth, symbolism, and humanity’s hidden history.  She’s the multiple award-winning author of six books and dozens of articles.  And each year she leads a journey to Egypt.  

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.