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.

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible

On Sunday, November 15th, the Marblehead Task Force Against Discrimination, the Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, together, will present the film, “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.”

Following the screening, Rev. Wendy von Courter, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, in Marblehead, and a national leader in the UU racial justice movement, and Nikki Moore, a member of the Marblehead Racial Justice Team, will facilitate a conversation on themes from the film.

The event is open to the public, free of charge, and will begin at 2:00 p.m., at the Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead, MA 01945

“Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” was produced by World Trust, an organization dedicated to addressing the challenges of diversity and inclusion. It includes personal stories revealing what is often required to move through the stages of denial, defensiveness, guilt, fear, and shame, into making a solid commitment to ending racial injustice.

The 50-minute film features leading activists for racial justice, including American anti-racism activist and writer Tim Wise and Peggy V. McIntosh, Associate Director at Wellesley Centers for Women. McIntosh gained notoriety for her work on white privilege, “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

“It’s so important we continue to show this film,” says Rev. von Courter. “Some are turned off by the word ‘privilege,’ believing themselves to have led anything but privileged lives. But what this film does is help us see how entire systems privilege people who are white. It isn’t about blame or shame or whether we as individuals believe we are not racist or are ‘colorblind.’ It’s truly about understanding how the black experience in our country, our schools, our stores and our lives is very different solely based on the color of their skin. I encourage everyone to attend and learn more.”

Traces of the Trade

Traces of the Trade: 
A Story From The Deep North 
Sunday, Oct 18, 2-4 pm

In this 86-minute-long film, Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide.


The film is being offered by the Marblehead Racial Justice Team and will also include a brief commentary from David Pettee, a local UU who also traced his history back to the slave trade and went on to meet some African American descendants related to him through that history. This event is FREE and open to everyone!

EYEWITNESS GAZA: From Disaster to Resilience With Alice Rothchild

Physician, activist, filmmaker, author of “Broken Promises, Broken Dreams,” and producer of the documentary film, “Voices Across the Divide.”


Boy sitting in rubble in eastern Khan Unis in the Gaza Strip                                             Photo by Alice Rothchild


Sunday, October 25, 3-5 pm
Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Avenue



from farmers to psychiatrists – try to rebuild their lives amidst such extreme devastation and political challenges.

Can the root causes of the conflict be addressed, or is the next deadly outbreak of violence only a matter of time?


Presented by the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice together with the Cape Ann Forum

Co-sponsored by the First Universalist Church of Essex, First Church in Salem, UU, Jewish Voice for Peace, Boston, Merrimack Valley People for Peace, Salem Peace Committee, the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, and Veterans for Peace Samantha Smith Chapter 45



Tours of historic downtown to celebrate UUCM’s Tricentennial

Marblehead Painting
“Marblehead” By Maurice Prendergast [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Celebration of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead’s Three Hundredth Anniversary begins its fall program with a walking tour of the old town. Teaming with Old North Church, who is celebrating the 300th anniversary of Rev. Barnard’s installation, the tour will include comments about how our congregation separated from Old North, and comments on the buildings that were already in place in the early 1700s. Marblehead historian Judy Anderson will conduct the tours.

Over two weekends in October, the tour will illustrate how Marblehead evolved geographically southward, from the tip of the mainland peninsula around the Little Harbor at the foot of the Burial Hill, down along the main harbor, to what would become the center of town by the early and then the mid-1700s. The tour will highlight the importance of the Old Town House as a significant early civic building in America. This venerable historic and architecturally high-style structure will be viewed especially in relation to the two meeting houses that preceded it

The walking tour is offered in honor of 300th anniversaries for the town’s three early churches: Marblehead’s Old North Church Congregational (originally the “First Church,”gathered in 1635 and officially established in 1684), whose most notable and long-serving minister arrived in 1715 and became a catalyst for revival of the overseas fish trade that created Marblehead’s economic prosperity up to the Revolution; the Unitarian Universalist Church (formerly the “Second Church,” established in 1716), which became Unitarian a century later under a progressive young minister who championed essential social services for the community; and a third church, St. Michael’s Anglican (then Episcopal after the Revolution), which marked its Tercentenary last year.

The two 18th-century Congregational churches were one until 1716, when two capable candidates for an associate pastor position prompted a division of the congregation. One would lead a new church in the rapidly growing community. Two decades later, he would be appointed president of Harvard College and would serve there for thirty-two years. The other would serve the founding congregation and the community for more than half a century. They would die within a year of each other, in 1769 and 1700, at age 80 and 89. But each witnessed the full flourishing of the commercial seaport whose well-being both had nurtured and to which each had come exactly three centuries ago.

Tour participants will gain an understanding of the evolution of the town’s built environmentfrom the 1600s to the 1840s. Beyond that, they will learn more about Marblehead’s social and architectural history within the context of civic, spiritual and humanitarian developments during the dynamic town’s first two centuries.

Tour Details

The same 90-minute walking tour will be given four times over two weekends. No reservations are needed.

DATES: Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 17 at 9:00 a.m.; Sunday, October 18 at noon.

WHERE: Tours will start at the gazebo on top of Old Burial Hill. End at the UU Church at 28 Mugford Street. (Important note: Sunday, October 18 only, meet at the UU Church, 28 Mugford St., and end at the Burial Hill, where the town’s government and church congregations began.)

COST: Suggested contribution of $5 or $10 to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Old North Church, or a website about Marblehead architecture. (Participants can choose.)

For more information, call 781-631-1762, email MarbleheadTours@aol.com, or visit www.MarbleheadTours.com.


The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit "Love Makes a Family," on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October
The Galluccio Family, one of twenty families featured in photos and text in the exhibit “Love Makes a Family,” on exhibit in Stetson Gallery throughout September and October

Stetson Gallery in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead reopens for the 2015-2016 gallery season with a beautifully moving exhibit, “Love Makes a Family.” The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Sunday, Sept. 13, from Noon-2 p.m.

“Love Makes a Family” is a photo-text exhibit featuring the images and words of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their families. The exhibit consists of 20 museum-quality framed photographs accompanied by interview text panels. “Love Makes a Family” will be on exhibit throughout September and October.

Interviews by Peggy Gillespie and photos by Gigi Kaeser bring to life and light the experiences of diverse families with gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender adults, dads or moms, grandparents, and teens. Together, the words and images in “Love Makes A Family” make visible, in a positive way, the love and caring in these families. The exhibit contributes to the process of dismantling the destructive power of prejudice and intolerance, thus making the world a safer place for all people.

The exhibit was created by Family Diversity Projects, a non-profit organization devoted to educating the public about issues related to the diversity of family life. Family Diversity Projects creates photo-text exhibits and books in order to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping, name-calling, and harassment of people who are discriminated against due to race, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, and mental or physical ability.

Because FDP is a not-for-profit organization, it requests a donation minimum from all venues, plus a commitment to cover the significant costs it incurs to ship the exhibit to the venue. Stetson Gallery will therefore be conducting a fund raising effort to raise the funds FDP has requested. Checks may be made payable to UUCM, with Stetson Gallery in the memo line. The co-curators appreciate all donations!

The exhibit is directly connected with the principles of UUCM, a certified Welcoming Congregation.

The opening reception for Love Makes a Family will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, from 12-2 p.m. 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, visit uumarblehead.org, or call 781-631-1215.

To inquire about exhibiting in Stetson Gallery, contact curators Anthony and Jo Ann Silva at Stetson@uumarblehead.org

RSVP to Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake ~ September 12, 4 pm


RSVP by Thursday, September 10th.

Each year on the Saturday before our In-Gathering service we gather together for the Gail Doliber Family Lobster Bake Church Picnic.

Named after a treasured UUCMer, the picnic will be held from 4 pm until dusk on the church patio. It’s a great way to catch up with everyone and meet newcomers. Feel free to being along a friend as well!

Clam chowder, corn chowder, salad, drinks & dinnerware are provided.

Lobster may be ordered for $25

For scholarship funds please contact Rev. Wendy at revwendyvon@gmail.com or 231-884-6434.

Everyone is welcome to bring anything they’d like to eat or share (sandwiches, etc). Desserts to share are particularly welcome!

Sign Up for the Work Day at UUCM – April 25 from 9 am -12 pm

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Workday at the UUCM, sponsored by the Buildings and Grounds Committee- April 25 from 9-12. Hopefully the snow and ice will be gone and we can start to clean up the outside (and the inside if there are enough volunteers) before the guests from Family Promise visit us in mid May. There will be a major repair effort to the front of Stetson (if it has not been done beforehand), but another task is to put the yard back together after the winter’s damage is revealed.

Usually, and unfortunately, not many people are able to show up for these events, but we remain hopeful that trend will change with the weather. As is true with so many projects, the more people who appear the more work can be accomplished. It is a struggle, especially after such a stretch of challenging weather, to see the old building in need of so much maintenance; but we must continue to whittle away at the list. At this stage it will not cost us much money, just time and energy, and we all have those tools.

Thanks for your anticipated participation.

UU Church of Marblehead Family Promise Training February 12, 2015

Russell Queen, Director of Family Promise North Shore Boston, will present a volunteer training at UUCM on February 12th at 7:00 pm.

This is the short required training class for all those interested in assisting in the Family Promise program to aid families in our communities who are experiencing homelessness. Please join us, using the link below to register.