Author Archives: Judith Whitney-Terry

Oct 8: “Frances Perkins: A Woman’s Work” A One-Woman Staged Reading

Sunday, October 8, 2023 10:00 AM

Join us as actress Jarice Hanson portrays Frances Perkins, the first woman Secretary of Labor.

Best known for her crafting of the Social Security Act, 40-hour work week, and child labor laws, Frances Perkins, along with President Franklin D. Roosevelt, helped lift the country out of the Depression. Perkins was a strong advocate for immigrants, labor unions and women throughout World War II.

Hanson’s presentation focuses on Perkin’s awakening as an activist when she attended Mount Holyoke College that led her to become a social worker.

Jarice Hanson is Professor Emerita from UMass Amherst, and has been active in theater for many years. Jarice is currently researching  and writing about women who have made significant contributions to society.  She says “…each of these women changed their fields and contributed to American culture in unique ways…..Performing their stories shows that history can come alive and enrich our sense of who we are and why things are the way they are.”


Learn more at 10am on Sunday, October 8, 2023 at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham.  Doors open at 9:30. Also on Zoom. Please register for the Zoom call here.



Sept 24: “We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For” with Stephanie J. Briody

“We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For”

Sunday, September 2023

Stephanie J. Briody, Esq is the CEO and Co-Founder of Behavioral Health Innovators, Inc. (BHI).
She will present her call to action for all of us to eliminate the stigma surrounding substance
abuse and mental health by engaging in “real” conversations with teens and families, in
addition to advocacy, fundraising and volunteer support.
BHI provides a continuum of programs, from prevention to recovery, to address the gap in
services for Cape Cod youth 13-24 years old, with a focus on substance use disorder and related
mental health conditions.
Stephanie will provide information about two programs developed by BHI:

  • Recovery Build Alternative Peer Group (APG), and
  • Cape Cod Positive Alternative to School Suspension

Stephanie Briody is a co-founder of BHI and has extensive experience in advocating for
government services and benefits for individuals with cognitive, behavioral and mental health
challenges. She is also licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. She is also a Certified Yoga
Teacher committed to bringing the healing power of yoga to individuals with substance use
disorder and other behavioral health challenges.

“We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” Hopi Elder’s Prophecy, June 8, 2000

Learn more at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 24 at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham. Doors
open at 9:30.

Attend via ZOOM by clicking here to register.

Sept 17: Water Service

Join us as we gather in recognition of water, following the Unitarian Universalist tradition of celebrating water every September.  Anyone who wishes to participate is asked to bring a jar of water from home, the ocean, the bay or any other water source that has significance for you. If you forget to bring water, you can use water from the chapel to symbolize your water.

Each person will then offer words about their water selection.  This can be a few simple words, a poem, or any other form of description you would like.  All the water will be combined in one jar, which will stay in the chapel and will represent all the ways we come together as a community.

Learn more at 10am on Sunday, September 17 at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham. Doors open at 9:30.

This service will not be presented on Zoom.

Aug 20: Our Queer Elders with Katie Castagno


Sunday, August 20, 2023

Please join us as we welcome Katie Castagno, a geologist by day and a musician by night. Drawing on roots in rural New England and collegiate a cappella, Katie writes about people, places, and geological phenomena. Our Queer Elders is a project documenting in song the lives of queer women throughout history. Whether it’s an account of Rachel Carson’s whirlwind romance with Dorothy Freeman, a sweet love song about Mary Oliver, or a campy ditty about the first women to hike Vermont’s Long Trail, Katie will share stories and songs with warm melodies and quick wit. Come join and learn more about our queer elders.

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom. Zoom link below:

Katie Castagno lives in Eastham and recently released an album, Every House I’ve Known, about what it means to call a place home. When not making music, Katie is the director of the Land-Sea Interaction Program at the Center for Coastal Studies and spends most of the time in the salt marsh.

Learn more at 10am on Sunday, August 20 at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham. Doors open at 9:30.




Aug 13: “Edward Hopper’s Eastham” with Bob Seay

“EDWARD HOPPER’S EASTHAM” Presented by Bob Seay

Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 10:00 AM 

Recording available here:

Nauset Fellowship member Bob Seay continues his exploration of Edward Hopper’s sketches, watercolors and oils done in Eastham. Bob reveals the locations of many of Hopper’s subjects and speculates on what attracted him to the town.  This attraction mystified his wife Jo who wrote: “Eastham is his happy hunting ground and it’s the least attractive township on the Cape and could be Westchester or New Jersey.”  Nevertheless, she admitted “It’s incredible what he has unearthed there.”

Bob Seay, an Eastham resident, is the transportation reporter for GBH News. He formerly hosted Morning Edition for GBH News, and has worked as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades. Before joining GBH, Bob was Morning Edition host at Rhode Island Public Radio and the director of community radio station WOMR in Provincetown. For more than 15 years, he was the news and public affairs director at WQRC in Hyannis covering Cape Cod and the islands. Bob has also worked as a host on WBUR.

Live at the Chapel in the Pines and on Zoom. Zoom participants are required to register here.

Learn more at 10am on Sunday, August 13 at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham (the subject of Hopper’s watercolor “Church in Eastham”: 1948).  Doors open at 9:30.


July 30: Reading American Diaries

Join us as Steven Kagle discusses diaries as literature. Diaries are usually studied as
sources of historical or biographical information and not as works of art. Steven will use a few New England diaries to explain how to read diaries as literature an explain their place in American culture.

Steven Kagle is a former professor of English. He began studying diaries 60 years ago
while working on the diaries of the Adams family, and went on to write and edit five
books and several chapters and articles on American diaries.

Live at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham at 10 on Sunday, 7/23. Doors open at 9:30.
Also on Zoom. You can register for the Zoom call here.


July 23: The Healing Power of Creativity!

Please join us for an experiential celebration of the expressive and creative arts-
Storytelling, poetry, photography, nature connection, mindfulness, movement and
more…All are welcome! Bring the whole family or just yourself and experience the
healing gifts of creativity and art.

Deirdre deer Sullivan is a community organizer/activist and an expressive and creativeart facilitator. She also serves as a counselor/advocate at the Independence House, serving victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Deirdre joyfully lives on the elbow of Cape Cod with her cat, the Little Mystery, and the other wild ones of the Red River and marshlands.

Live at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham at 10 AM. Doors open at 9:30.
Also on Zoom. Register for the Zoom conference here.

July 16: Cape Cod Foster Closet

Join us as Sharon Palmer and Carla Koehl introduce us to the work of the Cape Cod Foster Closet. Cape Cod and the Islands are home to thousands of children who are being raised by a  foster family or grandparent. The Cape Cod Foster Closet is here for them, offering free, often new, footwear, clothing, baby gear, school supplies and much more for infants through age 18. In addition, families can access resources and can find a community among other foster families. Learn how this organization got started, why the demand for its services is so great, and how families are finding resilience.

Sharon Palmer and her husband Andy are Eastham residents and foster parents. They have welcomed 29 children into their home since 2017, some for just a night or two, some for over a year. They felt called to provide support to other local foster families and in early 2021 they formed their nonprofit, Nurturing Foster Families, Inc. In March of that year, they opened the doors to the Cape Cod Foster Closet in Orleans, which provides clothing, footwear, diapers, baby equipment and so much more to foster families, relative caregivers (including grandparents raising grandchildren) and pre-adoptive families. They work closely with the Department of Children and Families as well as other agencies across the Cape and Islands in the hope that caregiver families will feel encouraged and supported. Earlier in her career, Sharon worked in healthcare as an office manager, and Andy was an orthopedic surgeon. When they aren’t busy running the Cape Cod Foster Closet or chasing the toddler they’re currently caring for, they enjoy gardening, golfing and sailing.

Before becoming Community Outreach Director for the Cape Cod Foster Closet in 2022, Carla Koehl (pronounced “kale”) worked in marketing for an Alzheimer’s residential community in Lexington, Mass., where she earned her CDP (Certified Dementia Practitioner) and became a “Dementia Friend”. Earlier in her career, Carla spent more than ten years in journalism, most of it as an Associate Editor for Newsweek magazine in New York. Following that, she started three small businesses, including one focused on move management for seniors, and another on organizational strategies for parents who have children with special needs. She also has served as co-chair of the Natick Special Education Parents Advisory Council. Carla grew up in New York City, is a Red Sox fan by marriage, and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As new empty nesters, Carla, her husband, and their dog, “Bear,” last year made Centerville their fulltime home, and kayaking their part-time hobby.

Live at the Chapel in the Pines in Eastham at 10 on Sunday, 7/16. Doors open at 9:30. Also on Zoom. Register for the Zoom call by clicking here.

July 9: Riding the Radio Airwaves – 3 Stories

Sunday July 9th, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Recording available here:

With their combined 100 years in radio broadcasting, these three Eastham locals come
together to share stories, some of which wound up on the cutting room floor!

Spanning the decades from 1969 to this week, 3 on-air radio broadcasters share a few
memories of exciting behind-the-scenes experiences working with community leaders
from Provincetown to Cambridge, from DC to Truro, England, encounters with “movers
and shakers” from Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Ronald Reagan to Louise Erdrich,
Mike Dukakis, Bruce Springsteen, and Abby Hoffman.

Bob Seay was host for WGBH’s Morning Edition for seven years and is still reporting for NPR. Margot Stage anchored programs for WBUR and WGBH from the 80’s to the
aughts, including All Things Considered. Deb Ullman did morning drive music
programming and hosting in Boston at WBCN, and in Cleveland, Boulder and five other
cities during the 70’s and a jazz program at WOMR, Provincetown, through the 90’s.

Come hear some amazing radio stories and ponder together how radio still matters in
these days when electronic multi-media information streams into our lives from all

Live at the Chapel and on Zoom. Click here to pre-register.

June 25 – “Cape Cod’s History Through the Lens of Energy, Work and Technology” with John Cumbler

10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 25, 2023

John Cumbler will present ways to understand our history through our different uses of its resources based upon different systems of organizing the harvesting and utilization of those resources from pre-white to the present. He has identified three “regimes of resource utilization” on Cape Cod. Given our present crisis of climate change, this provides an interesting perspective.

This presentation will not be available via Zoom.

Originally from Doylestown, PA, John Cumbler is a social and environmental historian and retired professor from the University of Louisville. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was then awarded a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Michigan, Arbor. John has published seven history books, including one on Cape Cod, and two children’s stories. He lives in Wellfleet, MA and serves on the Conservation Committee and the Clean Water Committee. He is also an active rescuer of sea turtles and large marine mammals.