Meetinghouse Lecture Series

The Social Action Committee is offering to the community at large, a forum for the exploration of social justice issues of current concern. Each lecture will feature a speaker who speaks with authority on the topic under consideration, and offers an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.


This series normally takes place on Sunday afternoons at 4 PM on an occasional, as announced basis. The Meetinghouse Lecture series originated as part of the celebration of our 300th anniversary on Meetinghouse Lane is in keeping with our Unitarian Universalist values.

June 6, 2021  3:15 to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom
Marblehead & Affordable Housing.
What's Up?

It's a profound question that impacts us all! Where are we now with affordable housing? Where are we going? As a community we have questions, concerns, and opinions.

Join us for a deep dive into the past, present, and future of affordable housing in our beautiful, historic town. We'll begin with a short video exploring the history of housing segregation in the U.S. due to government regulation. Then on to…

- How is housing regulated and organized here in Marblehead?

- What are the factors behind the lack of racial diversity?

- How do we address the needs of people in our community?

- Finally, how can we come together to find equitable solutions to complex housing issues?


Louis Meyi, Teri McDonough and Kurt James, Marblehead Housing Production Plan Implementation Committee

The speakers prepared a glossary to explain the many terms used in this presentation. Please click here to see it. 

Presenter's files

Previous Meetinghouse Lecture Events

Feb 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom


Join us to view four fascinating one-hour films, Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. You will come away with a solid understanding of how the themes of Reconstruction, when African Americans enjoyed a brief "moment in the sun", and Redemption, the backlash that followed, persist to this day.


Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


Feb 3, 2019


We will give the history of the US relationship with the Central American countries from which most of the refugees are coming. They will also talk about the situation for immigrants here in MA and what we can do to support them. There will also be a refugee present at the presentation whose identity will not be advertised in advance.


Dr. Alexandra Pineros Shields Director of ECCO and Dr. Aviva Chomsky Professor at Salem State College


Oct 21, 2018

Why are communities replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day?

We will focus on Indigenous People, i.e. American Indians and their treatment by European colonizers of this country, both in New England and across the country. The speaker will unsettle our national mythology about our relationship with the people who preceded us on this continent. A long term goal is to get the town to rename Columbus Day, Indigenous People Day.


Mahtowin Munro of UAINE (United American Indians of New England)


May 06, 2018

Black Lives Matter

You are invited to take a deep look at the Black Lives Matter movement. When the Ku Klux Klan rallied in Charlottesville, Chris was on the front lines in support of Black Lives. It is his core belief that "we owe it to ourselves to understand this modern-day civil and human rights movement.”


Christopher D. Sims. He is a spoken-word artist, activist, author and public speaker who uses his voice to inform, inspire and encourage.


Feb 11, 2018

All Climate Change is Local

Climate change is a global phenomenon, but its impacts play out on very local scales. Specifically, effects of global warming are the result of weather events, which are in turn “trained” by climate. Making sense of global climate change therefore requires a global perspective, and an understanding of how impacts ripple across our hyper-connected planet. Professor Helmuth will discuss how a “systems thinking” approach can help guide strategies for climate adaptation. Participants will also take part in a novel gaming scenario exploring the often conflicting needs of stakeholders trying to prepare for climate impacts in coastal towns and cities like Marblehead and Boston.


Hosted by Sustainable Marblehead


Nov 05, 2017

The Occupation of the American Mind

The 3rd offering of the Meetinghouse Series will be a showing of the film "The Occupation of the American Mind" on Sunday afternoon Nov 5th at 4PM. It is an important look at the way in which the news about the Israel/Palestinian conflict is presented to the American public, and how it may influence the political environment for policymakers. The film is produced by MediaEd and features many experienced Middle East observers and journalists.


Sut Jhally followed by discussion


Feb 05, 2017

A Syrian Mother Tells Of Human Tragedy (and Her Family's Flight To Safety)

She is an articulate, English speaking, mother of two children, aged 9 and 6. She will describe incredible resilience as a war refugee and what it's like to live "life away from home." Members of audiences who have heard her presentation were quoted: "This is someone just like us."


Amira Elamri has served as an Elementary School Teacher in Syria and a Preschool Teacher in the US, and she is grateful to be alive. She will share her heart rending story of escape from Damascus three years ago at the Marblehead Unitarian Universalist Church on February 5th, 2017 at 4PM.


Nov 13, 2016

"Between the Bars"

Presentation by Susan Tordella and Meghann Perry called "Between the Bars" an exploration of Mass Incarceration.


YouTube video by Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow" Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"