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NEW BEDFORD, MA – October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  It is an opportunity for all of us to join the conversation and show that we care about victims of domestic violence.  We are the voice for the domestic violence homicide victims who can no longer speak for themselves, and our voices can break the silence for victims currently experiencing domestic or sexual violence. 
“Domestic violence knows no boundaries, said Pamela MacLeod-Lima, Executive Director of The Women’s Center, “It can happen to anyone, anywhere. You may not even be aware that your neighbor or a co-worker you see every day is in an abusive relationship.”    
The Proclamation and Tree Lighting is Monday, October 2nd at 7:00pm at the New Bedford City Hall. A short program will precede the lighting of a tree in front of New Bedford City Hall. The tree will be lit each night through the end of the month in support of victims of domestic violence and their families. 
The Candlelight Vigil is Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00pm. The public is invited to gather on the steps of New Bedford City Hall at 6:00pm and march in silence to the Unitarian Church (corner of 8th and Union Street), where a program to remember victims of domestic violence homicide will be held, including the Clothesline Project. 
These events increase awareness for the problem of domestic and sexual violence and lets victims know that they are not alone.  The Women’s Center is the domestic and sexual violence agency for 13 cities and towns in the Southcoast area, helping thousands of victims each year regain control over their life, become survivors and find a pathway to a life free from violence.   
For over 42 years, The Women’s Center has provided comprehensive services to victims and a full complement of training and educational programs for schools, colleges, organizations and community service providers.  All services are free and confidential. Together, we can bring about positive change in our community by emphasizing prevention and empowering every child, teen, or adult who is violated or abused to speak up and be heard through The Women’s Center. 
For more information about the event or programs at The Women’s Center call 508-996-3343, visit www.thewomenscentersc.com or “contact us” on the website.  If you need help or know someone who does, call the 24-hour HOTLINE at 508-999-6636.  





Sunday Service Information

Please join us every Sunday at 11am in our beautiful Sanctuary for Worship Service, followed by coffee and fellowship in our Parish House.  ALL are welcome!

 The Jewish holiday of Sukkot (pronounced SueCOAT) is one of the three annual agricultural festivals when the Jewish people give thanks for a bountiful fall harvest. It is also referred to as the Festival of Ingathering or the Season of our Rejoicing. This Sunday, we will be joined by Rona Trachtenberg, a recent visitor to our church, who will help us understand this interesting holiday.




Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-1pm (except holidays)

Minister’s Hours
Tue, Wed & Thu 10-1
or by appointment at your convenience.
You may call the office (508-994-9686) or call
Karen Andersen at 508-441-9344
or email her at kandersenuunb@gmail.com


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