On Sunday, June 10, the Keene Unitarian Universalist Church and AIDS
Services for the Monadnock Region will hold its annual dedication of the
Starr Memorial Garden, formerly known as the AIDS Cobblestone Memorial
Garden. The ceremony will be held after the morning service at 12:00 Noon
in the Garden, located by following the path that leads behind the church
sanctuary at 69 Washington Street, Keene, NH.

The combined missions of both organizations serve a common intention to be
open and affirming while exhibiting kindness, compassion and love to all who
seek solace. Cobblestones for loved ones may be purchased at a suggested
donation of $50; sliding scale begins at $30. Inscription is 3 lines and 36
characters including spaces. Email with engraving text no later than June 1

The AIDS Cobblestone Memorial Garden was originally dedicated by ASMR on the
corner of Spruce and Carroll Streets in September 2000. The Garden was
created as a way to remember the lives of individuals who have died from
AIDS, and the medical and spiritual caregivers who worked to make a
difference in their lives. In 2003 cobblestones were removed for safety

As a welcoming congregation, the UU Church aligned itself naturally with
AIDS Services. Relocation of the Garden in 2007 announced a collaborative
partnership to create a contemplative sacred space. The name was changed to
the Starr Memorial Garden to reflect agency/church collaboration, honoring
Unitarian minister Deane Starr who died from AIDS on November 6, 1996. His
son, Paul, died from AIDS in 1992.

The Keene Unitarian Universalist Church is a welcoming congregation that has
served the Keene community since 1824. 603-352-1719,

AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region celebrates 23 years of serving people
living with HIV/AIDS in Cheshire County, southern Sullivan County and
western Hillsborough County. 603-357-6855, Funded, in
part, by the City of Keene and the Monadnock United Way.