Virtual IA Conference 2020

WELCOME TO VIRTUAL IA 2020

Below are our offerings for Virtual IA 2020.  You are welcome to join any session you like.  Sessions will be held using the free Zoom online meeting service.  Using Zoom on a computer with a webcam (either a desktop or laptop), rather than through a phone or tablet, will provide the best experience.  If you have never used Zoom before, feel free to join us on Friday, July 24th, to try it out before sessions start on Saturday, July 25.

Each session below has a link to the zoom meeting that will be open at the indicated time.  For meeting security, all zoom meetings will have a password that will be emailed separately to the IA mailing list.  Most sessions will have unlimited participants, no registration required.  For those sessions, there is an optional registration link if you would like automatic reminders and calendar invitations sent to your email address.  Some sessions will have a limited number of spots available to the first number of people to register.  Those sessions have a required registration link below.

If you have any questions about the offerings, technical support, or other issues please send email to VirtualIA2020@gmail.com . Conferees are welcome to create their own events and share with the community through this Google Doc: CONFEREE ORGANIZED EVENTS.

Friday, July 24

12-5pm.  Open access hours for technical support

Committee members Gretchen Donehower and Iyabo Obasanjo available to help anyone who has never used zoom. More…

Saturday, July 25

11am.  Youth Program Morning Circle

We’ll come together for some favorite songs and announcements and then break-out into groups to connect with our leaders and age group friends! Sunscreen and hand washing optional. 😉

4pm.  Virtual Fire & Water

No fire, no water, we just liked the name. More…

5pm.  Happy Hour

Hello you wonderful IAers! More…

8pm. Chapel

Led by IA Committee Chair Iyabo Obasanjo

Sunday, July 26

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians: Two of A Kind (David and Jenny Heitler-Klevens)

11am.  Community Meeting/Talk on the Rocks

Joe Watts, the CEO of Star Island Corporation will give us up to date information on how our beloved Island is faring without us this summer.

2pm. COVID-19: Understanding the Disease Impacts

Dr. Daniel Griffin is a physician-scientist, educator, researcher, clinician and author and board certified in Infectious Disease with expertise in Global Health. He practices in New York and is at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19. He will provide us with insight on the pandemic from the trenches. This will be a thrilling exposure into COVID-19 pandemic from an expert.

Recording of Talk

4pm.  Workshop: Compassionate Communication: A Source of Hope in Difficult Times

With Ellen and Barry Johnson-Fay. More…

Monday, July 27

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians: The Polson Family

11am.  Workshops

Lifelines Senior Women’s Group

Led by Anne Howe and Eleanor Jaffe. A continuation of last year’s community offering. New participants welcome. More…

Senior Men’s Group

Drawing from personal experiences, this will be a conversation designed to renew acquaintances, or to meet each other for the first time, in some depth: What brings you to this “place” (broadly defined) at this time in your life? Facilitated by Brad Howe

8pm. Chapel, “Men and Women”

Kenneth Torquil MacLean is a longtime IA Week shoaler and his chapel will focus on our experience of gender.

Recording of Talk

Tuesday, July 28

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians: Dan and Susan Hotchkiss

Recording of Event

11am.  Multigenerational art project

Led by Wendy Stasolla, (See detailed description for materials to collect in advance.) More…

4pm.  Compassionate Communication: A Source of Hope in Difficult Times

With Ellen and Barry Johnson-Fay

7:30pm.  Book Discussion

The Yellow House:  A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom, discussion led by Suellen and Nina Peluso More…

Wednesday, July 29

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians

Recording of Event

11am.  Workshops

Lifelines Senior Women’s Group.

Led by Anne Howe and Eleanor Jaffe. A continuation of last year’s community offering. New participants welcome.

Senior Men’s Group

Drawing from personal experiences, this will be a conversation designed to renew acquaintances, or to meet each other for the first time, in some depth: What brings you to this “place” (broadly defined) at this time in your life? Facilitated by Brad Howe

7:30pm. Timely Topic: George Floyd, Systemic Racism and the 8th Principle

Bruce Pollack-Johnson & Paula Cole Jones lead an interactive presentation about systemic racism and the 8th Principle that has been proposed for UUs to commit to dismantling it. More…

Thursday, July 30

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians: Stew and Beth Armstrong

11am Workshops

Narrative Healing: Poetry as Transformation

With Holly Wren-Spaulding and Lisa Weinert. More…

Senior Men’s Group

Drawing from personal experiences, this will be a conversation designed to renew acquaintances, or to meet each other for the first time, in some depth: What brings you to this “place” (broadly defined) at this time in your life? Facilitated by Brad Howe.

4pm. Compassionate Communication: A Source of Hope in Difficult Times

with Ellen and Barry Johnson-Fay

7pm. Pandemic Talk

Dr. Iyabo Obasanjo, IA Committee Chair and expert in global health, will present on the epidemiology and global population dynamics of Covid19.

Friday, July 31

9am.  Morning Music

Start your day off with IA musicians

11am.  Youth/Family Chapel

Youth and families (and anyone else) will connect in community to reflect on our summer experiences and Star memories.  Led by Katie Bender, Youth Program Coordinator

4:00pm. Timely Topic: The Double Horseshoe Theory of Class Politics

Ted Ballou invites us to discuss a new interpretation of recent changes in society and its implications for progressive activism.  See the IA Chalkboard for details and links to readings.

5pm.  Happy Hour

Hello you wonderful IAers! More…

7pm.  Chapel

Rev. Rali Weaver is the minister of the First Church and Parish in Dedham and will speak on the faith-based empowerment of women throughout the world. More…