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An atheist, and a Unitarian Universalist

On Sunday, Nov. 27, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will hear a talk entitled “Why would an atheist become a Unitarian Universalist?,”  presented by John Graves. 

He will discuss why and how he became an atheist, along with his reasons for later joining and becoming involved with the UUs.

Graves points out that he was raised by a Methodist mother and an agnostic father.  In his teens, he was very active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship.  However, he adds, ”I became disillusioned when I realized that many of the ministers I worked with didn’t actually believe in much of what their congregations thought they did (miracles, heaven, etc.), and what they were preaching.  I couldn’t live with the hypocrisy.”

For 35 years in the Los Angeles area, Graves had simultaneous careers as a television  programming executive and a professional free-lance jazz musician.  After making a movie in Australia, he came home and went back to college to get a master’s degree.  At the University of Central Missouri, he taught television and film courses for 10 years, and is now professor emeritus of mass communication.   He is retired in Pagosa Springs, and still plays one night a week with his jazz group at a local bistro.

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

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