Guest Speakers

We are blessed at UUFES that—because our minister serves at ¾ time—guest speakers, ministers and lay worship leaders stand in our pulpit throughout the year. As a result, Sunday services at UUFES offer a uniquely broad experience.

Rev. Wendy von Courter

 

Susan Bruce

 

Maggie Fogarty

 

Alan Jafferis


We count on our own minister to tell us stories, often punctuated with poetry and current events, that help us see ourselves and the world around us in a new light. Our guest and lay leaders come in many flavors. A lofty intellectual might give your brain a high-powered workout—some people love that. A speaker with a passion for justice might expand your horizons and take you down a road you’ve never travelled—some people love that. A mystical speaker might baffle you in the moment, yet the message then resonates for days.

UUFES has been fortunate to hear varied and inspiring messages from guest and lay speakers, including:

Program Year 2019-2020

Program Year 2018-2019
07/15/18 Andy Izenson and Cal Trumann, “Pray for the Dead and Fight Like Hell for the Living: Bringing Ancestral Healing to the Struggle”
08/12/18 Jackson Gillman, “Songs & Stories for a Small Planet”
09/02/18 Charlot Lucien, “We Share More Values and Aspirations Than Eyes Can See”
09/23/18 Rev. Marshall Davis, “What We Can Learn From The New Atheism”
10/21/18 Bonnie Hurd Smith, “What We Were Born to Do and How Shall We Do It”
10/28/18 Rev. Dr. Wendy von Courter, “We Just Disagree: How to Get Along When We Don’t Agree”
11/18/18 Henry Katzman, “Extreme Circumstances and Morality, Thoughts from the Imperfect”
12/16/18 Cheryl Suchors, “Finding Home in the Wilds”
12/30/18 UUFES Member Roderick Forsman, “Remembering and Anticipating: Two Faces of Time”
01/13/19 Regi Carpenter, “Recovery, One Step at a Time”
01/27/19 Donna San Antonio, “Becoming a White Ally: Stories of Mentoring Toward Social Justice”
03/17/19 UUFES Members Kathy Burnell, Ingrid Albee & Barbara Lubin, “In the Flow”
04/14/19 Gary Strichartz, “The Marriage of Reason and Faith”
06/02/2019 Richard Posner, “We Pilgrims, Through the Ages”
06/09/2019 “Gently into the Morning” – Presented by the Sunday Services Committee
06/21/2019 Susan Bruce, “Speaking Up and Taking Action”

Program Year 2017-2018


07/09/17 Mikhail Horowitz and Gilles Malkine, “’Tis a Gift To Be Complex”
07/23/17 Beryl & Vernon Domingo, “Advocating for Transgender Rights–A Family Story”
08/27/17 Arnie Alpert, “Restistance and Resilience”
09/03/17 Ernesto “Eroc” Arroyo-Montano, “Holistic Liberation: Healing Justice as Political Warfare”
10/08/17 Caya Simonsen, “Defending Water and Life: Reflections on my time in Guatemala”
10/22/17 David Paige, “Risking Honest Talk in Public Spaces”
11/05/17 Andy Davis, “Surfing in La Libertad”
01/21/18 James Verschueren, “A Humanist Considers the Holy”
01/28/18 Julie Lanoie, “The Inheritance of What We Hold”
02/18/18 The Monday Book Group, “Reflections on Waking Up White by Debby Irving”
03/18/18 “The Cosmic Maple”
04/08/18 Chris Crass, “Renewal and Revival for Collective Liberation”
04/22/18 Rod Forsman, “Celebration of Earth Day 2018”
05/06/18 Andy Davis. “White Sands to Black Lives: A Reflection on Rage, Privilege and the Possibility of Redemption”
05/27/18 Marianne Jackson. “Expecting the Unexpected”
06/24/18 Magdalena Garcia Domingo, “Indigenous Education in Guatemala”

Program Year 2016-2017
06/26/16 Roberta Barry of NH PFLAG (Parents and Friends of LGBTQ People)
08/24/16 M’Ellen Kennedy, UU and Sufi minister speaking about her love of Islam
09/04/16 Greg Greenway, folk singer and civil rights activist
11/06/16 Ray Stineford, member of North Sandwich Society of Friends
11/27/16 James Verschueren, member of South Church UU in Portsmouth
01/08/17 Aaron Jafferis, hip hop singer, poet, ARTS Tamworth artist in residence
02/05/17 Douglas Rooks, journalist and author
03/05/17 Dr. Gary Strichartz, chaplain and medical school teacher, researcher
03/26/17 Peter Stevens, writer and architect
05/07/17 Maggie Fogarty, Co-Director of NH Program of AFSC
05/14/17 Eva Castillo, Director of NH Alliance for Immigrants and Refugees
06/11/17 “Ravens v. Chickens . . . Birds v. Farmers?” Lay Worship Leader Margaret Rieser(/span>
06/25/17 “Encountering Paul Tillich” Professor Robert Dole, Guest Speaker

Links to written copies of their messages are highlighted above, when provided by the speaker.