The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor will hold its annual service honoring the memory of Charlie Howard on Sunday, July 7th, at 10 a.m., 29 years after his untimely death. Charlie Howard, a gay teenager, was thrown to his death off the bridge over the Kenduskeag Stream in a hate crime that was the catalyst for activism that has brought greater understanding and equality to the Bangor area and all of Maine. Each year there is a service in his memory and this year the service will focus on respect. The seventh principle of Unitarian Universalism is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” and is an integral part of the lives of Unitarian Universalists. Speakers will include MaKayla Reed of The Trevor Project and KariAnn Rogerson. Music will be provided by Colleen Fitzgerald with the help of Linda Koehler and Rissa Moore of Women With Wings. Directly following the service the annual walk to the Kenduskeag Stream to honor Charlie Howard will take place. Flowers are placed in the stream in his memory and a short ceremony of remembrance will take place. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor is located at 120 Park St in Bangor. The service will begin at 10 a.m. and the walk to the water will take place at about 11:15. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the church office at 207-974-9919, or visit their website www.uubangor.org.
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