Minutes of the Social Action Committee Meeting, November 8, 2015


Attendees: Alissa Manning, Jean Hamburg, Trish Sullivan, Susan Morrison, Jay Morrison, Carolyn Corzine. (Reported in absentia, Chris Krom, Linda Weltner).

Family Promise: Chris Krom reports that here is hope that we will be able to host our first family in January although no date is set as yet. Mark Wilhelm reported that he has, what he hopes will be, a final meeting with Bob Ives to obtain a Special Occupancy Report on Thursday at 2 PM. As soon as that permit is in hand the project can go forward.

Seventh Principle: Linda Weltner has obtained an electric bill from Christina Aubin and forwarded it to Jeff Cohen who will offer advice to the church about the usefulness of installing solar panels on the church roof. She is next going to meet with the Historic District Commission to determine their attitude toward the project.

Nepal Disaster Response: Jack Weltner and Jean Hamburg have met with Trish Sullivan to consider which resources might be tapped to provide transport for accumulated clothing, and assist with a Capital Campaign to raise funds for the projected rehab facility. Trish presented a slide presentation to the Harbor Rotary that was well received. She also sent a letter to the Carter Foundation. Other contacts have been made with Julia Fitz-Randolph, and alumni from Northeastern. She was advised to get a “fiscal agent” that is larger than UUCM to manage the Capital Campaign. Alissa offered to explore possibilities at MGH. Christina will be asked to put up a heading on the bulletin board for Nepal actions.

Racism: Susan Morrison reported that after the second showing of Making Whiteness Visible next Sunday, the 15th, the racism team will make some plans for the Jan. 31st event. Debby Irving will speak about her book Waking Up White, and there will be an effort to organize readings of the book in advance.

Justice in the Middle East: Carolyn Corzine announced a half day workshop organized by Mass Peace Action to be held at Harvard next Sat. Nov. 14th from 12:30 – 4:30 called A New Day: Organizing to Change US Policy on Israel and Palestine. She invited others to attend with her and Gordie. Transportation and dinner afterwards to be planned.

Communication: Alissa Manning raised the question about what we should be promoting on our web page, and how best to format the information. She reported that the UUA has just issued a new template for websites. We are using a 2014 layout. A small task force has been identified, including Jane Kasler, Mary Gardner, Nicki Moore and Kathy Sands Boehmer , Linda Enrico, and herself will be working on establishing the steps to be followed to market church events i.e. best practices. There was a discussion about whether we should publicize events that don’t arise here at UUCM. It was agreed that we should have a different way of listing events that match our list of topics of interest but take place in other venues as “Recommended Activities or Other Related Activities.”

Carolyn Corzine   Corrections and Edits Please.



Nedret Andre, an award winning Boston based artist who is well known on the North Shore, will unveil a 50-piece project of new work at Stetson Gallery throughout the month of November. The exhibit, “Imagine Seagrass 2015: 50 Ways to Say Seagrass”, will be celebrated at an opening reception on Sunday, Nov. 8, 12-2 p.m., at the Gallery located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.

Nedret Andre’s seagrass project began several years ago as an outgrowth of her passion for all aspects of the environment and nature.
“My fascination with seagrass habitats began last year when I stumbled on a book by Fred Short called Seagrass. I discovered that seventy percent of marine life depend on seagrass, that it is vital to the survival of endangered marine life. The interconnectedness of a vast number of species sheltered, fed and protected by seagrass habitats is an inspiration for my abstract landscapes. My work suggest clues to seagrass habitats. Color, mark making and patterns play an important roles in my paintings. I use saturated and soft colors to evoke sensations of something familiar, of home, nature, and water. I intend to bring viewers’ attention to the importance of sea grass globally in the survival of endangered marine sea life.

interiorsm-1“Seagrass for me represents diversity; it is about the interconnectedness of many living organisms,” Nedret says of her project to create 50 paintings interpreting Seagrass. “Around 100 million years ago, grass from land adapted to seawater and submerged. Today there are 50-60 different flowering seagrass species across the globe. I am fascinated by how this ordinary green thing can have such an amazing impact. For example, seagrass helps with sedimentation and stabilization of the shoreline during storms, and holds down CO2. Seagrass meadows are feeding grounds for different species, they provide shelter and are a food source for turtles, manatees and more. I began to wonder what “home” might be like for these creatures, so I created a rhythmic underlying structure to geometric “Interior” painting.”
The result of Nedret’s study and focus is a stunning collection of small paintings, each representing a different aspect of her view of seagrass.

Nedret Andre is a graduate of Mass. College of Art with an MFA from Maine College of Art. She is widely respected for her interpretative paintings, as well as for her skills as a teacher. Her solo and group shows (she is featured in two shows in November in addition to the Stetson Gallery exhibit!) have attracted attention throughout the Boston and North Shore area. She is an active art instructor at schools including Wentworth Institute of Technology, Newbury College, Montserrat, and Salem State.Her work is in many collections, including Lando & Anastasi, Cambridge, The deCordova Corporate Art Loan Program, Lincoln, Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Fiduciary Trust, Boston, Danvers Bank, Danvers, and Children’s Hospital Boston.

Stetson Gallery is located at 28 Mugford St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (1 p.m. Monday), during church events, and during me&thee coffeehouse concerts. For further information about UUCM and Stetson Gallery, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215. Inquiries about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery may be directed to Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org.