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Susquehanna County's small village of Brooklyn will be the setting for the 173rd annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Universalist Convention. The trustees, delegates and ministers in all sections of the PA Commonwealth will gather at the First Universalist Church, on Maple Street on October 1 - 3, 2004.
The weekend will open with registration on Friday, October l from 4-7 p.m. in the Solarium at Shadow Brook Inn and Resort in Tunkhannock, where the guests will stay.
On Saturday morning following social time, the 9:30 a.m. worship will open with a memorial tribute to a former president, Ace Mann, given by former President Nelson Simonson. Following the tribute, Joan Bokaer, of the Religious Ethics Department at Cornell University will present the Saturday message entitled: "Theocracy Watch."
The annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:15 a.m. with Nell Allen, President of the organization, presiding. Following a luncheon served by the Association of Universalist Women, members of the group will tour areas of local interest. They will be visiting the Center for Anti-Slavery Studies, Montrose hosted by Sherman Wooden; self tours of "Airing of the Quilts" in Tunkhannock; a tour of Kilmer Bluestone quarry and yards, hosted by Randy Zick; a tour of Woodburne Wildlife Sanctuary hosted by Joyce Stone; and a workshop at the church on Bio-Harmonic Farming hosted by Alan and Sue Bullock. The events on Saturday will conclude at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and entertainment at Shadow Brook.
On Sunday, at 10:00 a.m. the worship service will open with a dance interpretation by members of the church school, followed by the Occasional Sermon, "Universalism and the Problem of Evil" to be given by the Rev. Edmund Heyward Robinson, Senior Minister at First Church, Belmont, Massachusetts.
Rev. Robinson is also a lawyer and musician. He plays the fiddle, banjo, concertino, and is an avid folk dancer. He was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from Yale in 1970, the Antioch School of Law in 1975 and received the Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1999.
Members serving on the convention committee are: David Palmer, Chairman; John Palmer, Randy Zick, Mary Evans, The Rev. Patricia Novicke-Schwoebel and Pastor Christianson. The public is cordially invited.
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