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Living with purpose: Sustainable Practices

Program for Sunday March 15, 2020

Madhavi Venkatesan started the Sustainable Practices film series in the fall of 2017 and screened Divide in Concord in the spring of 2018. The film documents the first plastic water bottle ban in the U.S., in Concord, Massachusetts and this screening was a turning point for Sustainable Practices Ltd. The film’s embodiment of all the elements of sustainability literacy, stewardship, environmental activism and courage inspired and helped the group understand what is needed to make the individual behavioral and system-wide economic changes required of us today. In many ways, Divide in Concord influenced the Sustainable Practices Cape Plastic Bottle Ban campaign and the filings of the 2019 Municipal Plastic Bottle Ban and the 2020 Commercial Single-use Plastic Water Bottle Ban. Madhavi will share information about these efforts, along with the motivation for the environmental activism that defines the actions of Sustainable Practices.

Madhavi Venkatesan is the executive director of Sustainable Practices Ltd.  She earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Madhavi resides in Brewster and is on the faculty of Northeastern University in Boston.

“Disentangling Whales”

Program for Sunday, January 12, 2020

Scott Landry has been working at the Center for Coastal Studies for over 20 years on whale research and conservation. He will discuss our current understanding of how entanglement in fishing gear impacts individual whales and whale populations.

Scott directs the Marine Animal Entanglement Response (MAER) program at the Center for Coastal Studies, in Provincetown Massachusetts. Scott trained with David Mattila and Stormy Mayo starting in 1999, later helping to coordinate and train responders for the Atlantic Large Whale Disentanglement Network. The MAER team responds to entangled whales and sea turtles off southern New England, a region with a diverse and high number of entanglement sightings, year-round.

Andrea Aldana presents “Lower Cape Housing and Community Development Initiatives”

Program for Sunday, January 26, 2020

The Community Development Partnership (CDP) is a nonprofit community development corporation helping people live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape since 1992. CDP supports a vibrant year-round economy by working with small business owners, including fishermen and shellfishermen. Andrea Aldana, CDP’s Director of Housing Advocacy explains what CDP is doing to preserve and create affordable housing opportunities. Get a big picture overview of the affordable housing crisis on the Lower Cape, what is being done about it and how you can be a part of the solution.

Andrea Aldana was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida, a first generation US-born daughter of Colombian immigrants. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from New York University with a minor in Environmental Science. She first joined the Community Development Partnership in 2011 as a volunteer, then as Office Manager and now as the Director of Housing Advocacy. Her primary focus is supporting the creation of affordable housing by managing the Lower Cape Community Housing Partnership. She also manages CDP’s homeownership education program including the in-person First Time Homebuyer Workshops and Online Homeownership education. Andrea serves on CHAPA’s (Citizen’s Housing and Planning Association) Policy Leadership Council and is on the Board of the Wellfleet Farmer’s Market.

The “LOST WAX” Casting of Bronze Sculpture

Program for Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sculptor Robert Marcus discusses two different methods for making bronze sculptures by “Lost Wax” casting methods, sharing his aesthetic considerations in using these methods to create sculptures.

Robert Marcus enjoys the texture, appearance and strength of bronze, and most of his sculptural ideas find their final form in bronze metal. Marcus is inspired by the flowing curves of the human form and the negative spaces they create. His work ranges from wall reliefs of wistful biomorphic shapes to life-size bronze abstractions, often including playful topological shapes. Bob’s sculptures have won prizes in competitions and shows over many years in the New Jersey-New York area, and many of his pieces are in private collections in this country and in Canada.

The Value and Challenges of Multi-generational Theatre

Program for Sunday, December 8, 2019

Nina Schuessler and Tamara Harper will discuss the value and challenges of multi-generational theatre and education.

From a production of Anne of Green Gables

Since its inception 68 years ago, Cape Cod Theatre Company – Home of the Harwich Jr. Theatre’s core work has been to use theatre as a vehicle for educating and entertaining young people and adults on Cape Cod. The theatre mounts eleven main stage shows each season for family audiences; these include classics, musicals, new work and dramas that range from Hans Christian Andersen to Roald Dahl and Shakespeare to Sondheim. These productions provide artists and audience members alike with opportunities that inspire the imagination, develops the creative spirit and fosters and empathetic response.

Cape Cod Theatre Company / Harwich Jr. Theatre also offers a broad range of classes that educate, empower, and inspire students of all ages and from all backgrounds to explore and expand their creative talents and aspirations, to experience and appreciate live theatre, and to develop and nurture a lifelong love of the performing arts.

The Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Jr. Theatre is a nationally recognized, year-round cultural landmark of education and entertainment. For performance details, tickets, class registration, and additional information about Cape Cod Theatre Company events, please visit:  

Why A Unitarian Fellowship?

Program for Sunday, December 15, 2019

Judith Whitney-Terry, a 4th generation Unitarian, will talk about the history of Unitarian Universalism and why some members choose a Fellowship over a Parish/Church. Is there a difference? And what makes up Unitarian Universalism? The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism will also be discussed.

If you are curious, or if you have been thinking about joining Nauset Fellowship UU, this program will answer some of your questions and provide an opportunity for you to ask others.

Observing, Photographing and Learning from Wellfleet Harbor’s Ospreys

Program for Sunday October 27, 2019

Also known as fish hawks, osprey are some of the most predictable birds on earth, as they have distinct routines that they follow every year. That’s one reason we love them so. The osprey found on Cape Cod leave every September and head south to Central and South America. By the end of October, the osprey’s inhabiting the nest at Wellfleet Harbor will have left us for warmer waters.

But we can still enjoy them thanks to the compelling images captured by photographer Larry Newman.

For the past five years, photographer Larry Newman has been chronicling these raptors to better understand the nuances of their habits and life cycle. He’ll be sharing astounding pictures of these magnificent birds to illustrate some of the anecdotes and insights gleaned from this patient, long term observation.

The Harper and the Minstrel

Jay and Abby Michaels to perform Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.

Music from the past sung and played on a variety of traditional plucked, bowed, hammered and woodwind instruments.

The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful ayres and ballads, but are quite adept at jigs, reels & dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of music ranging from medieval Spain’s 13th century Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of Elizabethan era English lutenist John Dowland to 17th Century Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan to the music of Sting, the Beatles and much more.

Immediately following this performance, there will be a special Open House celebrating the 95th birthday of NFUU member Jari Rapaport. Please stay or stop by to join in wishing her many more!

Cape Cod Modern: Lecture and Book Signing

Program for Sunday October 13, 2019

Starting in the late 1930s, in the back woods of Wellfleet and Truro, a group of self-taught American designers collaborated with some of Europe’s most influential avant-garde architects to create the outer Cape’s unique modern houses. This illustrated lecture by Peter McMahon will discuss the vibrant community that developed there – which included Walter Gropius, Florence and Hans Knoll, Eero Saarinen and Saul Steinberg – and the distinctive architectural style that emerged. Join us to explore this story and current efforts by the Cape Cod Modern House Trust to save a group of important abandoned houses, and to re-purpose them as a platform for new creative work.

Peter McMahon is the Founding Director of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, incorporated in 2007 to archive, restore and celebrate the Outer Cape’s outstanding modern architecture and the creative culture that surrounded it.  He is co-author, along with Christine Cipriani, of Cape Cod Modern. Mid-Century Architecture and Community on the Outer Cape, (2014, Metropolis Books), winner of the 2015 Historic New England Book Prize. His design practice in South Wellfleet, MA, focuses on sustainable, modern architecture and restoration of mid-20th century buildings. His summer house in Wellfleet has been featured in House Beautiful and Outside Architecture

Befriending and Helping Your Brain

Program for Sunday September 22, 2019

We can influence the function of our brain in very positive ways. Current neuroscience research into the brain has given us a much more complete portrait of brain functioning than has ever before been possible.  In this program we’ll focus on where memory is stored in the brain and how we can nurture and build this area through movement and the foods we eat. With a little knowledge and effort, our brain and our memory can be well cared for! 

Wellfleet resident Jaya Karlson is a Somatic Therapist, Buddhist Minister, certified Gestalt coach and renown cheesemaker. She has a deep and investigative interest in understanding how the human brain operates. In this presentation, Jaya will share findings from recent research and from a lifetime teaching meditation, qigong and hatha yoga.