Programs take place on the second Wednesday of the month, in the Lower Meeting House. Lunch and business meeting begin at noon followed by the speaker's presentation at 1pm. Bring a bag lunch; drinks and desserts are provided. All are welcome.
November 8, 2017: Our Cuba Trip 2016
Lee McLaughlin & Maureen Adams
Cuba is a Caribbean island nation under communist rule. It has sugar-white beaches and is dotted with tobacco fields, which play a part in the production of the country’s legendary cigars. The capital, Havana, is lined with pastel houses, 1950s-era cars and Spanish-colonial architecture in the 16th century.
We love Cuba for its uniqueness, creativity and survivalist spirit; but, above all, we love the people of Cuba. Despite 60 years of setbacks, it remains an upbeat and open place, with salsa music, dance and romance around every corner.
Cuba is like a prince in a poor man’s coat; behind the sometime shabby facades, gold dust lingers. It’s these rich dichotomies that make travel here the exciting, exhilarating roller-coaster ride it is. Trapped in a time warp and reeling from an economic embargo that has grated for more than half a century, this is a country where you can wave goodbye to everyday assumptions and expect the unexpected.
We are looking forward to sharing our love of Cuba and the Cuban people.
October 11, 2017: “A Plum Island Mystery.”
Marise Fraser tells the story of 1896 when a young woman dies suddenly on Plum Island. A mystery just in time for Halloween.
September 13, 2017: Facts versus Fiction About Islam
American Muslims have actively contributed to all facets of American life and culture for the past 80 years. Why then is so little known about this group? According to the PEW Research Center, nearly half of U.S. adults (49%) do not personally know a Muslim. As the recent U.S. political rhetoric has called for stringent measures against Muslims, the need to understand and separate the religious teachings of Islam from the radical actions of “fringe groups” is critical in ensuring the future of 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. Afroz Khan, a resident of Newburyport, MA and member of the Islamic Center of Boston Wayland will present a general overview of Islam and what it means to be a Muslim. A short video will be shown, highlighting Facts versus Fiction about Islam.
After the presentation, audience participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their perspectives for an open discussion on this topic.