Dearest Temple Friends,
It’s with a heavy heart that we are announcing we will be vacating the space we’ve occupied on Central St in Bangor, ME for the last couple of decades. This does not mean that we are closing up shop, it just means our physical space will be changing. This will be in effect as of August 31, 2020. Don’t panic though, the Temple of the Feminine Divine will still exist and be here for our community!
We came to this decision for several reasons. The first reason is funding. We are paying rent for a space that we have been unable to use for many months and we can’t continue to keep doing that indefinitely. We simply don’t have the financial resources to continue this way. The other aspect of this decision is something we’ve talked about in the past and that is the functionality of the space. While we love being in the middle of downtown Bangor, the building itself is not serving our needs. We are located on the second floor of a building with no elevator. Our Temple space is not large enough to accommodate the crowds we sometimes pull, (as was clearly demonstrated by our most fabulous Red Tent we ever had when over 30 people showed up!), and our kitchen space is not suitable for hosting gatherings for meals. We’d also like to be able to host workshops and classes without people needing to be squished together or having to limit attendance to a small handful of people. It’s these reasons that we also rent space from our dear friends at the UU Church of Bangor to host our public rituals. Essentially we are paying rent twice to hold events for our community and this doesn’t make sense, especially now when gatherings need to be put on hold for a while and many are struggling financially.
Going forward we will maintain our online presence. We will host what we can online for the time being or at an alternative, outside space when appropriate. Once the Covid situation is better controlled and things can safely resume again, we will continue to rent space at the UU Church for our public rituals. We will be sorting through and storing items we save with the intent that someday, the Temple will resume in a physical space that meets our needs and the needs of the community. Don’t think for one second that we will fade into the background. This just happens to be the opportunity to make a change we all knew we needed but didn’t want to go through with because, let’s face it, we all have an emotional and nostalgic attachment to the current space. It was our founder, Kay Gardner’s home and we’ve spent years creating an energetic and welcoming atmosphere there. We know that Kay will follow us and we also know that our energy is transferable no matter where we go. We’re pretty good with energy transference!
Our goal is to save up enough money for our future, perfect space. We don’t know where that will be or what that will look like but we know it will happen when the time is right. Until then, we want you to know that we are still here for our community and that we value and love you all dearly. Change makes great things happen. We affirm this will be our future, a great and fabulous change!