This is from the Maine House record for April 11, 2022. It’s not only a tribute Rita would have cherished, but a reminder of how far we’ve come as a public part of Maine’s religious landscape.

House Advance Journal and Calendar - Monday, April 11, 2022

(5-29) Rita Moran, of Winthrop. Ms. Moran worked as a bookseller, at one time owning Apple Valley Books in Winthrop, and was a political activist, but had also worked as a photographer, union advocate, and trainer of emergency medical technicians in New York State. She was a co-founder of the EarthTides Pagan Network and for many years was a guiding spirit of the Pagan community, which she served as a teacher, celebrant, musician, organizer, ritual writer, and performer. She was a founding board member of the Maine Pagan Clergy Association and was a part of interfaith clergy efforts to advocate for equality for LGBTQ+ people. She attended a Democratic National Convention and served for a time as chair of the Kennebec County Democrats. She was active with the Monmouth Community Players and central Maine library organizations. Ms. Moran will be long remembered and sadly missed by her family and friends and all those whose lives she touched; (SLS 920)
Entry in The House Calendar. Image courtesy Andi Parkinson.