Speakers This Month
SPEAKERS IN AUGUST 2017
Special notes on next service.
Rabbi Michael Sternfield will be our speaker with a sermon title of “Why Jewish people fast on Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement) and why it would be a good idea for everyone.” Music: Barbara Jensen
When Justice Returns
Rev. Thomas Poole will be our speaker with a discussion calling for citizens of faith to recast all socio-political activity in service to “justice” rather than partisan or ritualistic positioning. Music: Tasha Robinson
“A Troubadour’s Pursuit of the Elusive American Spirit”
Bill Schustik will be our speaker and musician. Bill says: “I hope to share, sing and explore a modest selection of songs from the past and present that – to my way of thinking – seem to frame various aspects of American aspiration and conflict.”
Bill Schustik’s passion for American history and performing for audiences of all ages has led him to become involved in numerous educational programs and performances in schools across the country.
Below is a letter from Deane L. Root, Director, Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh on Bill’s participation in their National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Teaching Institute, “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Music” in the summer of 2004. It provides insight, not only on the power of Bill’s performances, but also on his impact in the field of education.
Below that is an article first published in “Art Beat,” The quarterly newsletter of the Sarasota County Arts Council. Bill served as Artist in Residence in the Arts Council’s “Artists in Schools” program and the article gives a sense of the unique way Bill brings history to life for children and young adults.
University of Pittsburgh
August 31, 2004
The twenty-four teachers who participated in our NEH Summer Teaching Institute, “Voices Across Time: Teaching American History Through Music,” have now all returned home and most have started their teaching year already, putting what they learned here in Pittsburgh to use in their own classrooms.
You got us all off to a terrific start the first week. One of the favorite photos circulating the last week was our Interlocked teacher, Amy, dressed in pirate’s garb, and throughout the five weeks teachers held up your presentations as a standard against which they measured our other performers.
We are beginning to get the participants’ (anonymous) evaluations of the Institute sent on to us from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and they are terrifically enthusiastic. Here is the best example of the comments:
“There were so many good performers. Bill Schustik, is a shanty singer and had to be the most entertaining of all the performers. He not only performed for us for two days, he came to Dr. Whitmer’s house and performed and gave us a lecture on pirate history. It was wonderful. In fact I have already spoken to my administrator about having him come and perform for our school.”On behalf of all our NEH Institute participants and our staff, please accept my heartfelt thanks for a job superbly well done. You have positively affected the teaching in schools as far apart as Alaska, California, Texas, Michigan, Florida, and Massachusetts. Here’s hoping this is just the start of even greater things to come.
—Story by Wendy Cloutier, “Art Beat”
“The Truth of the Matter”
Rev. Katy Korb will talk about the importance of truth in these “post-truth” and “alternative facts” days, how we discern it, and how Unitarian Universalists believe. Music: Barbara Jensen