January 4, 2013

Faith Briefs: Jan. 4, 2012

Adirondack Unitarians to meet every week

SARANAC LAKE — Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community will expand the number of Sunday services from two per month to every Sunday.

“We’ve been experiencing a period of growth,” said Ann Mullen, president of the board, “especially with families with children. In conjunction with our expansion of services, we’re also going to offer our children’s religious exploration program every Sunday.”

The goal of the Religious Exploration Program is to guide children, in a loving, welcoming atmosphere, to open their hearts and minds to the many ways of seeing, and being in, the world. The program concentrates on giving children a spiritual foundation rich in an understanding of the many religious traditions of the world. It is based on the Seven Unitarian Universalist Principles.

“Currently, we have a very active Religious Exploration Program, and we welcome families from mixed religious backgrounds, as well as families just looking for a place where their children can learn with others in a non-judgmental, friendly way,” said Gail Brill, Sunday School teacher and one of the original founders of Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community. “It’s our goal to help the children weave a rich tapestry of understanding about other faiths as well as to learn about the principles and rich history of Unitarian Universalism.”

The Adirondack Unitarian Universalist Community was founded in 2003 when 75 people responded to a call to form such a congregation in the Tri-Lakes area. The congregation originally started holding Sunday Services at Pendragon Theatre, then moved to Bluseed Studios and finally to their current home in the John Black Room of the Trudeau Lab building on Church Street in Saranac Lake, where services are held at 10 a.m.

It’s ‘cash only’ now for tourists at the Vatican

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