Maryland Pagans Find New Home in Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church

April 1, 2003

Source: The Sun

On April 1, 2003 The Sun reported that "gathered in the cramped but comfortable basement of a Finksburg church on a recent Friday night, the pagans joked about the difficulties of raising children and staying married. They riffed on contradictions they've found in the Christian Bible. They shared frustrations about growing up overweight, gay and apostate... Outside, not a single protester walked the dark, wooded lot where the church stands, a few hundred feet off a commercial strip of storefronts and restaurants on Route 140. For the pagans, that was a happy change. In Taneytown [MD], demonstrators routinely paced outside the group's Friday night meetings at the Irish Moon coffee house, reciting biblical passages... Worn down by the protests and a corresponding loss of business, the owner of the coffee shop, Carl Oulton, asked the pagans to stop meeting there in January, they said. Letters to local newspapers followed, with some people decrying them as enemies of Christianity and others saying they were symbols of religious freedom who should be left to practice in peace... [The Pagans] found their new home about a month ago when Angie Purpora, who works as a part-time secretary at Finksburg's Cedarhurst Unitarian Universalist Church, asked them if they wanted to use the parish basement."