On Sunday, May 26, the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church will hold its annual dedication of the Starr Memorial Garden.
The ceremony will be held after the morning service at 11:30 in the garden — follow the path from 69 Washington St. that leads behind the church sanctuary.
The garden is to be a contemplative sacred space, exhibiting kindness, compassion and love to all who seek solace. It was originally dedicated on the corner of Spruce and Carroll Streets in September 2000, in memory of individuals who died from AIDS and the medical and spiritual caregivers who made a difference in their lives.
In 2007, the Garden was moved to the grounds of the church and the name was changed to the Starr Memorial Garden, honoring Unitarian Universalist Minister Deane Starr who died from AIDS on Nov. 6, 1996. His son, Paul, died from AIDS in 1992.
Cobblestones will be dedicated in the names of Jean Venuti and Patricia A. Hall.
“We are grateful to have this pleasant garden spot, dedicated to the memory of the much beloved Rev. Deane Starr,” said Rev. Michael F. Hall, church minister. “Here, people can sit and reflect on the people that they love and the relationships that they have cherished — our lives are built upon such connections.”
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