Category Archives: Sunday Programs

“When Yesterday was Perfect” with the Reverend Pancheta Peterson

Program for Sunday, January 17, 2021

Pancheta Peterson is weary of listening to stories that begin with the wish to return to a time in America perhaps best described as “the good old days.” Her title speaks to her longing for a relief from such utterances, tone deaf to a context which includes the daily murder of members of the black community. How can we shift the story to maintain consciousness of this and other racist realities that are not new, but deeply embedded in this country’s history? And in shifting the story, can we make space for a more inclusive—and clear-eyed—conversation about the future?

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Reverend Pancheta Peterson is well known to many Cape Codders for her untiring efforts on behalf of social justice while being a calm and measured presence, seeking to engage and inspire participants.  She was an active lay leader in Eastham UMC for about 20 years before being invited to join the staff at First Parish, Brewster, where she served for about 10 years and was ordained as Community Minister.  Passionately interested in Diversity Issues, she was actively involved with Cape Cod schools for many years as a Trained Diversity Specialist.  She was born in Jamaica and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, and her M.A in Diversity Issues from Cambridge College.

Isn’t It Romantic

Program for Sunday, January 10, 2021

On January 10, we’re pleased to offer you a short play written and produced by Candace Perry. Isn’t It Romantic interrogates the white privilege that would imagine a Southern plantation as a romantic setting for a wedding. Yes, destination weddings are still a “thing” and restored plantations are popular—albiet controversial—tourism destinations, as a recent NY Times article attests. Following the performance, there will be a “talk back” with the author and actors, who include Sallie Tighe, Cynthia Harrington, and Racine Oxtoby.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting platform will open at 9:30 for informal socializing. Program will begin promptly at 10:00.

A social worker by profession, Candace Perry began her playwriting career in 1989 when the Provincetown Theatre Company produced her one act, Keepers.  Ten years later, she returned to the Provincetown Theater’s Playwrights’ Lab, and my ten minute play, Meryl Streep, Meryl Streep, was produced featuring the legendary Julie Harris.  Since then, she had more than thirty short plays produced in Provincetown and elsewhere, has written four full length plays, and won many awards.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Provincetown Playwrights’ Lab.

“Is There Hope for Local Newspapers?” with Teresa Parker and Ed Miller

Program for Sunday March 8, 2020

The news about the plight of local journalism is alarming. The losses to civic life, community, and democracy that come with the shuttering of so many papers is real. But there is a part of the story that is under-reported. Many local papers in communities that have reasonably vibrant economies are succeeding. And there is a movement going on across the country to rebuild local journalism, too. Teresa Parker, publisher of the Provincetown Independent and Ed Miller, editor, tell about what they think is missing from the current narrative on journalism’s demise, why they’re launching the Provincetown Independent, and their public benefit mission to bring the Outer Cape into the movement to restore local newsrooms.

Teresa Parker is a founder of the Provincetown Independent, and is the publisher. She ran her own small travel business, Spanish Journeys, on Cape Cod for 15 years. Before that, as a senior manager at the Ernst & Young Center for Business Innovation. She was a founding board member of SPAT, the organization behind the Wellfleet OysterFest, and now enjoys cooking at the 246 Community Kitchen in Wellfleet.

Ed Miller is the editor of the Independent. He has more than 30 years of experience in journalism and publishing as a founder of two independent weekly newspapers, the Harvard Post and the Bolton Common; a book publishing company, the Harvard Common Press; and a magazine, Highwire, which was nominated for two National Magazine Awards. He has been honored by the Educational Press Association of America, has taught writing at Harvard and at Sarah Lawrence College, and has authored or co-authored five books, including How to Produce a Small Newspaper: A Guide for Independent Journalists. During his three-year tenure as associate editor of the Provincetown Banner, it was twice named New England Newspaper of the Year by the New England Newspaper and Press Association.

Provincetown and the Pilgrims

“From Cape Cod to Plymouth and Back Again,” with historian Don Wilding.

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Program for Sunday, February 9, 2020

Since the start of the millennium, Don Wilding has been telling stories of Cape Cod Outer Beach history through lectures, video, and the written word. 

An award-winning writer and editor for Massachusetts newspapers for 30 years, Don pens the popular “Shore Lore” history column for the Cape Codder newspaper of Orleans, and is the author of two books, “Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How ‘The Outermost House’ Inspired a National Seashore,” and “A Brief History of Eastham: On the Outer Beach of Cape Cod,” from The History Press. T

“Make a UU Turn!” Reflections of the Reverend Edmund Robinson

Program for Sunday, February 23, 2020

Several years ago, Beth Avery of the Chatham Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, designed and had printed a bumper sticker advertising that congregation with the legend “Make a UU Turn!.”  This program tries to tease out what the words mean in the context of the ongoing UU movement. Reverend Robinson’s sermon is part of Nauset Fellowship’s ongoing series exploring what Unitarian Universalism means to us and might mean to those interested in joining the fellowship congregation.

Beth Avery’s Bumper Sticker

Reverend Edmund Robinson recently retired from the position of minister of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Chatham, after eleven and half years there.  He has also served congregations in Staten Island, NY and Wakefield and Belmont, MA.  Before entering the ministry, he was a trial lawyer in South Carolina.   He lives in Brewster with his wife Jacqueline Schwab, awaiting the next turn of events in his life.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

with Melissa Lowe

Melissa Lowe has been working “for the love of nature” her entire professional career which spans almost 30 years and several environmental education and research organizations. In September 2019, she became the new Sanctuary Director for Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, only the third person to hold that title since the sanctuary was established in 1958. Please join us for a conversation with Melissa to get to know her better, find out what projects she has been engaged with during her first 6 months on the job, and share your thoughts on what the new year holds “for the love of nature” in our community.

Thom Dutton performs “The Beasts of Bethlehem”

Program for Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Beasts of Bethlehem is a cycle of Christmas songs for alto and harp, composed by Carol Wood and based on poems by the great American poet X. J. Kennedy

Harpist Thom Dutton

Shortly after earning his B.Mus. degree in 1982, Thom Dutton was a featured singer at a wedding. It happened that his accompanist was a harpist, and that was his first enchantment with the harp. He moved from New York to Massachusetts the following year; unable to transport his piano with him, he began playing the harp instead. Thus began a span of thirty years playing the harp at more than 1,400 performances.

Over the years, Thom Dutton has been recognized with multiple awards. His honors include the Judge’s Overall Performance Award for Outstanding Musicianship at the New England Regional Folk Harp Competition and twice silver medalist at the Mid-Atlantic Folk Harp Competition. He has also received awards for playing incidental music for live theatrical productions: The Evelyn Lawson Award from the Association for Community Theater Excellence for “Eleemosynary” and a Certificate of Recognition Honoring Outstanding Achievement from the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters for “Three Tall Women”. Thom has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs and has published more than a dozen books of harp music.

“The Ecological Animal” with Deborah Ullman

Program for Sunday, November 24, 2019

Deborah Ullman presents a story of human evolution and culture, with implications for reclaiming our interdependence with all life forms today. She suggests practical ways to re-tool for a post fossil- fueled world based in healthy, diverse relationships and communities, incorporating some videos and personal narrative.

Deborah is a Gestalt Therapist, supervisor, trainer, and coach, as well as Cape Cod Director of Get Empathy, an initiative of the international Relational Movement. She has published 2 books as lead author. She grew up in Eastham descended from 12 generations of English Separatists residing here.

“The State of the Seashore” with Superintendent Brian Carlstrom

Program for Sunday, November 17, 2019

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about 2019 accomplishments at Cape Cod National Seashore such as the repair and reopening of the parking area at Herring Cove Beach and the completion of the rehab of the Head of the Meadow Bike Trail. Find out about current and future projects such as the rehab of the historic station at Coast Guard Beach in Eastham and the rehab project at Highland Light about to get underway.

During his 30-year National Park Service career, Brian Carlstrom has served as a park ranger, recreation planner, natural resource specialist, legislative affairs specialsit, and superintendent. Before coming to Cape Cod in 2018, Superintendent Carlstrom served in the National Park Service Washington Office as Deputy Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science.

Tim Sweeney & the Zen of Uke

Program for Sunday, November 10, 2019

Join Tim as he returns to the Chapel in the Pines to inform and entertain on the humble yet dynamic ukulele.  He will present a brief history of this lovely little instrument, celebrate it in song, and correlate its essence with the basic tenets of zen buddhism.