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  • Ripley Presents: Stephen P. Kiernan & “Universe of Two”

    “Universe of Two”
    Author Reading & Book Signing + Integrated Organ Concert

    Friday, October 14, 7:30 p.m.
    In-Person and Livestreamed

    In our historic Sanctuary   |   Free Will Offering

    No Tickets or Reservations Required!

    Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/qXrhMWAfHtY

    Please join us for a unique and moving event featuring celebrated author Stephen P. Kiernan, as he reads from his novel Universe of Two, with organist Jeffrey Mead.

    From the critically acclaimed author of “The Baker’s Secret” and “The Curiosity” comes a novel of conscience, love, and redemption—a fascinating fictionalized account of the actual mathematician Charles B. Fisk, a gifted mathematician who was drafted into Manhattan Project and ordered against his morals to build the detonator for the atomic bomb. With his musician wife, he spent his postwar life seeking redemption—and they found it together.

    Universe of Two combines riveting historical drama with a poignant love story. Stephen Kiernan has conjured a remarkable account of two people struggling to heal their consciences and find peace in a world forever changed.

    And why does the church’s organ figure into this event? Because mathematician Charles Fisk was also a skilled musician and organ builder, responsible for the church’s beautiful Fisk Organ, Opus 50. FCC Organist, Jeffrey Mead, will weave J. S. Bach’s beloved Toccata and Fugue in d (BWV 565), best suited to Fisk’s organ, into Kiernan’s talk. We will also have an opportunity to sing together!

    “Ultimately, Universe of Two is a love story. It carries within it a powerful story of hope without minimizing the weight of the effects of war. It is an honest, compelling tale of the human cost of war and the fight that occurs when war ends, and redemption begins.” (Review, New York Journal of Books).

    Live and livestreamed. Free Will Offering taken at the door.

    For more information,  contact Jane Ring Frank, Minister of the Arts at 857-919-0983.


    Livestream Link: https://youtu.be/qXrhMWAfHtY