The Fisher House Memorial will host Symposium on Sunday July 22, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, on the subject of religious divides. Michael McVaugh, board member at the Fisher House, will speak about the division in Blue Hill that resulted in a significant percentage of Jonathan Fisher's congregation leaving to form the Blue Hill Baptist Church. Gary Vencill, retired pastor and another board member, will give broader historical background from the early nineteenth century to the divisions that took place in the Blue Hill and Castine Congregational Churches. Alison Dibble will talk about what was happening on the Baptist side of the divide, and Lynn Parsons will speak on the schism in Castine that resulted in the formation of a Unitarian Church there. Following an intermission, there will be a panel featuring Elaine Hewes, Emily Blair Stribling, & Vicki Woods with a discussion of schisms happening and threatening to happen in denominations today.
The Symposium will be held at the Blue Hill Public Library, with a reception to follow at the House. All are welcome. For more information, call the Fisher House at (207) 374-2459 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.