January 25, 2020
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Church plans postelection get-together Eastport neighbors to put divisions behind them

EASTPORT – The Unitarian Church plans a community get-together Sunday, designed to begin trying to bring people back together after the divisive political campaign of the past year.

It will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, in the front yard at the meetinghouse at 16 Shackford, or inside depending upon the weather.

“This country, our cities, our neighborhoods, our personal relationships, all of us have been affected by the presidential campaign,” Ann Cornelison, who is a member of the congregation, said Wednesday.

She said that members of the Unitarian meetinghouse were planning a community get-together to begin the process of bringing together friends, neighbors and families who may have found themselves on opposite sides of the political question.

“In the past few days and in the days to come, many communities in the U.S. have held, or will hold, nonpartisan, nonpolitical, all-faith gatherings of what would call healing, solidarity, hope,” she said.

Cornelison recommends that people bring a candle “just to acknowledge our commitment to each other as citizens of the country and the world.”

The nonreligious service, Cornelison said, will not be led by anyone and there will no speakers. “No political talk, no grousing, no gloating; the time for that is over. Just neighbors getting together for a few minutes to express relief that it’s all over and that we’re ready to move on.”

For information call 853-2326.

Correction: This article ran on page B3 in the State edition.

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