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




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

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.


“Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” Sunday, January 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

Poster-Jan2015-UUCM“A triumphant achievement! Shakti Butler has managed to engage white Americans in an honest discussion of race and privilege that has eluded this nation for 3 centuries. This is a film that ALL Americans need to see.”  – Shauna Marshall, Academic Dean, Hastings School of the Law


The Marblehead Ministerial Association invites you to a showing of “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible,” Sunday, January 18th, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 28 Mugford St., Marblehead.


“Make time on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend to address the challenges of diversity and inclusion in our community,” urge members of the Marblehead Ministerial Association, an interfaith clergy group committed to raising awareness of white privilege and racial justice in our community and our nation.


Following the film, there will be a facilitated conversation until 4:00 pm. The church is accessible through the rear patio entrance for those using wheelchairs and scooters for mobility. Childcare will be provided upon request (email: office@uumarblehead.org).

Minutes of Social Action Committee December14, 2014

General announcements

  • If your group has a section on the bulletin board, please keep it updated with news and events.
  • For further discussion on any Social Action topics, the Sunday Seminar is available – contact Hugh Stewart to be added to the schedule.
  • Meetings will be held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Racial Equality

Reverend Wendy has met with the Marblehead Ministerial Committee. They have pledge to address Marblehead’s role to increase racial equality. 

On Sunday, January 18th, from 2-4 pm, our church will host a screening of the documentary “Making Whiteness Visible,” addressing the differences between good intentions and meaningful change.

A group planned to attend an event at the Bethel AME church in Lynn on Monday, December 22nd at 7pm.

UUCM Tricentennials and Meetinghouse Series

Jay Morrison is the head of the Meetinghouse Series / Forum. He is currently putting together a committee to plan events. Mark Klopfer is looking into Cambridge series to determine financial reimbursement for speakers Bob Stallman, flutist, will kick off the meetinghouse series on February 15th.

Hugh Stewart reported that celebrations will begin in September 2015. And beginning in the spring will be talks/walks with local historians (for example, Judy Anderson, and expert of colonial architecture)

Serving dinner at Lifebridge

Jack Weltner reports that the dinners hosted by UUCM’ers and friends 3 times a month are “really pleasant”

Habitat for Humanity Work Group

With the goal to unite group of volunteers into single force, to work on a Saturday or Wednesday. Steve Hodge has made contact with the folks at Habitat, has gotten forms and will reach out to volunteers. He will try to have date; core group; etc by our next meeting

Family Promise at UUCM

The Carbon Monoxide detector has not yet been installed.

Next steps involve: helping our church members become involved in supporting OTHER congregations, holding another training, and helping to connect people to the Family Promise “bullpen” mailing list (announcements about immediate needs of Family Promise participants).

7th Principle Committee

Barbara Brown reports that the committee is brainstorming and planning a project for Earth Day on April 22nd. They will register event with (national) UUA. Someone mentioned they she could try to create a relationship with the MHD conservancy;

Linda Weltner reported that oil company divestment did not seem to be having an impact on the groups who have divested. Children who are born today will suffer the largest consequences;

Anthony Harris mentioned that could provide a Greenpeace documentary for a showing and discussion.


Gordie and Carolyn Corzine went to hear Rabbi Brian Walt as part of a speaker series. They would like to approach him to come here to speak, maybe in Meetinghouse Series. Olive Oil produced by Palestinians remains for sale at cost by Carolyn and Gordie

General thoughts

  • Creating an initiative around children – special needs and environmental issues – Suzanne Messina
  • Creating a system for sign-up, file sheets in a hanging folder, news in MHD paper or Online Patch site

Social Action News

Minutes of Social Action Committee Nov. 9th, 2014

Susan Morrison reported that the Marblehead Ministerial Association is looking at racism and white privilege in this coming year and plans to do some internal training in early Dec. which will precede offering 4 town wide events in 2015. It is hoped to include at least one police officer in that training. A first event might be MLK weekend Jan. 18th.

Dan Tucker and Sue Kirby were both interested in working on Income Inequality and plan to set up a meeting to discuss what might be done. One idea that was brainstormed was to invite Elizabeth Warren to come to a Forum next year to speak about Income inequality. We also talked briefly about Move to Amend and who might support that effort.

Barbara Brown was unable to be present but has negotiated with Mass Sav to come to set up a table on Nov. 16th to educate people about energy efficiency.

Nicki Moore and Cheryl Variam reported that Family Promise is moving forward. Nov. 10th was the expected installation date for the carbon monoxide detectors. There is still a need for more training and recruitment of volunteers. Presently the committee is looking at accumulating single bed sized sheets and blankets and has appealed to the congregation to supply them.

Stephen Hodge is still trying to contact Habitat to arrange for a hands on work group from our church to join them. Don Preston’s name was given as a contact. The sandwich making group has not been active this fall.

Jay Morrison reports that he is working with Hugh Stewart on the 300th Anniversary planning. He will invite Hugh to our next meeting. Possible topics to be presented in Forums as part of the 300th would be racism and Income inequality.

Jack Weltner reported that LifeBridge continues to function well.

Carolyn and Gordie Corzine reported that they attended a moving presentation at the First Parish UU Church in Cambridge, by the Gaza Mental Health Foundation in memory of Eyad el Sarraj who was the first psychiatrist to work in the region. His successor just lost 28 family members in the latest bombing raids by the Israelis, but persists. Noam Chomsky PH.D. and Bill Slaughter MD, Sara Roy Ph.D were presenters.

Everyone was asked to update the Bulletin Board and the Website with news about their current activities.

Next meeting Dec.14th 12-1.

Family Promise Training on October 15th

helpJoin us for our next Family Promise Training on October 15th!

Family Promise is an interfaith non-profit organization committed to meeting the growing need to provide shelter, meals, and comprehensive support to families without homes. Founded in 1986 in New Jersey, Family Promise affiliates now exist in 41 states across the country, with more than 160,000 volunteers contributing their talent and energy. Since its founding, Family Promise has served over 500,000 people (mostly children); nearly 80% of Family Promise clients are successful in securing permanent housing after participating in the program. Family Promise North Shore Boston is the fourth affiliate in Massachusetts, serving families in our area.

The heart of each affiliate is the Interfaith Hospitality Network, religious congregations who furnish sleeping quarters and meals for families participating in the program. On June 1, 2014, at the annual congregational meeting, UUCM voted to join this Interfaith Hospitality Network.

This commitment will require participation from all members of UUCM, as well as supporting congregations. We welcome you to join us!! When hosting the FPNSB families, there are a variety of tasks that will need to be done. Every job, big or small, is important – the success of this effort depends on us all!! Volunteers who have contact with FPNSB families are required to attend a short training class, and submit a CORI form (background check). The next training session is scheduled for October 15th, at 7:00 pm, at UUCM, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead.

Russell Queen, Director of Family Promise North Shore Boston, will present a volunteer training at UUCM on October 15 at 7:00 pm.

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