Our Lyceums will be a bit different this year since we’ve opted for the one-service model. The Lyceums will run from 9:00-9:50am on most Sundays. Occasionally we will have the Lyceum after the service when we need more time, and potential broader community participation.
We look forward to another year of thought-provoking and exciting programs. Below is what is planned so far.
Dorothy Africa, Meredith McCulloch, Dave Packer, Ginny Packer (chair),
Doris Smith (vice chair), and Phil Vitiello
October 4: “Pluto Unveiled!” with Alan MacRobert. This summer, the former "9th planet" went from being a tiny pinpoint to an active world full of surprises – ragged ice mountains, a young, Texas-size plain of frozen nitrogen, flowing glaciers of the same stuff, a thin atmosphere with multi-layers of haze in the sunset, ground fogs, and lands coated with dark tarry stuff... one of them named Cthulhu. Alan MacRobert, First Parish astronomer and a senior editor of Sky & Telescope magazine, presents a talk and slide show on the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the latest stunning pix fresh in from NASA.
October 11: To Be Determined – More information soon.
October 18: “Star Island – Off the Grid” with Ron Cordes. Star Island is home to 400 people – staff & guests – from early June to mid-September every summer. And now, it is completely off the grid, generating its own electricity, enough to power 20 private homes. In the past that was done with diesel generators, which burned some 20,000 gallons of diesel, fuel a year. This past summer Star went on-line with a large array of solar panels and, for most of the time, shut off its generators. Ron will talk about what they did, how they did it, what it cost, and what problems they ran into along the way. Cathy and Ron have been going to Star every summer since 1981. Ron has been on the Facilities committee there for 30 years, including two years as Chair, and recently served an eight-year term on the Star Island Corporation Board of Directors.
October 25: “Up Close and Personal with Josh Leach, Our New Student Minister.” FP is very fortunate to have Josh Leach with us as our student minister. Come hear him share a bit about himself and answer our questions.
November 1: “The Stigma of Mental Illness: What It is and What To Do About It” with Dolly Sadow, a practicing psychologist, who sees stigma as the biggest obstacle to recovery from mental illness. She will guide us in a talk about an issue which impacts so many of us and our families.