Out of the 150 people at a dance sponsored by the Westport Unitarian Church Singles Group, one woman in particular stood out, recalled Mr.
Siciliano, the vice president for sales at a wholesale bakery in Mount Vernon, N. Beverlee Bartha of Northford "was wearing this cute navy blue sailor's outfit and had a knockout smile," Mr. "I took one look at her and thought, 'Wow.' " But when he asked Ms.
Bartha for her telephone number, he said, she declined, saying she would rather get to know him first through discussion groups at the church. Bartha, a customer service representative for Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Connecticut, went out to dinner with him. Siciliano said, the couple agreed that before the relationship went any further, they needed to get tested for AIDS.
With roots in Casper dating to the 1950s and in continuous operation since the early 1980s, a group of religiously liberal folks have gathered together to ask questions, learn, grow spiritually, and to make a difference for good.
Through the years, this group of Unitarian Universalists has gathered in homes, rented rooms, and rented space in a church.
Since 2015, we’ve had our own home; a welcoming home in the heart of Casper that conveys the acceptance of all.
Throughout most of its history, UU Casper has been guided by its lay leaders.
All told, singles made up about a third of the 25 to 55 age group, a ratio that also holds roughly true in Bergen, Fairfield and Nassau counties, as well as in suburbs of large cities nationally.
"I think we tend to characterize singles as constantly in search of excitement and possibly a new lover," said Carol Stix, a sociology professor at Pace University in Pleasantville.
UU Casper’s first minister, Jug Brandjord, retired in 2007.
In 2011, UU Casper began a shared-ministry with Rev.
Leslie Kee, who speaks on the first Sunday of each month and provides pastoral care.
The First Unitarian Church of Cleveland is a Unitarian Universalist congregation serving the Greater Cleveland Area .
We gather within a tradition dating back to the Reformation that affirms the value of human experience, our need for ever-deepening compassion and understanding, the search for what is true and right in human relations, and the interdependence of Life.