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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.