FEBRUARY 03, 2019



Please join us this Sunday morning as Fellowship leader, and Past Fellowship President, William 'Bill' Edwards, will share the story of the Day of the Innocents.

In the New Testament, the Massacre of the Innocents is the incident in the nativity narrative of the Gospel of Matthew in which Herod the Great, king of Judea, orders the execution of all male children two years old and under in the vicinity of Bethlehem.

     Most modern biographers of Herod, and probably a majority of biblical scholars, dismiss Matthew's story as an invention. The Church has claimed the children murdered in Jesus's stead as the first Christian martyrs, 
Although now 'celebrated' in many countries, the Day of the Innocents is marked by playing tricks or silly jokes.  Although King Herod is long gone, the suffering of innocents remains very much with us in present day. 

Please join us after today's service for our First Sunday Potluck.  There is always plenty and we encourage you to stay and share our fellowship.
Rev. Paul Beedle is the settled minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans.
Prepared for Unitarian Universalist ministry at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Reverend Paul  was ordained in 1999 and came to serve FUUNO in August 2013.
Paul was raised in the Presbyterian Church, and likes to say he was predestined to become a Unitarian Universalist.  He earned a BA in Economics from Cornell University (1983) and an MBA at Washington University in St. Louis (1985) before  pursuing careers in banking, arts administration and retail. He has always been keenly interested in music, history, psychology and religion.
Rev. Beedle is especially interested in issues of economic and racial justice, and continues to learn from and network with New Orleanians who are involved in activism and organizing in these areas of concern.