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August 11 to 18, 2018
Your Chairs for LOAS 1, 2018 are
Aram and Jennifer Khavari

The Khavari Family: Miles, Aram, Jenn & Mia

"Just Breathe"

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Theme Speaker:
Sam Kean

Sam Kean is the New York Times bestselling author of Caesar's Last Breath, The Disappearing Spoon, The Dueling Neurosurgeons, and The Violinist’s Thumb, all of which were named Amazon top science books of the year. The Disappearing Spoon was a runner-up for the Royal Society of London's book of the year for 2010, and The Violinist's Thumb and The Dueling Neurosurgeons were nominated for the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing in 2013 and 2015, as well as the AAAS/Suburu prize. He is editing the 2018 edition of Best American Nature and Science Writing, and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Psychology Today, and Slate, among other publications, and he has been featured on NPR's “Radiolab,” “Science Friday,” “All Things Considered,” and “Fresh Air.” His books have been translated into seventeen languages around the world.

Sam's Twitter Handle: @sam_kean

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Minister of the Week:
Rev. John Gibbons
First Parish of Bedford, UU

RTev. John GibbonsJohn Gibbons came to Bedford in 1990 after a decade as minister to the Unitarian Congregation in Mendon and Uxbridge, MA. Ordained in 1980, he is a graduate of the Harvard Divinity School and holds an undergraduate degree in religion and political science from Tufts University. He is married to Sue Baldauf, a family therapist; and they have one son, Eric.  In previous lifetimes John was a public school teacher, union organizer, counselor at a halfway house for teenage girls, apprentice to a Mexican curandera (healer-woman), and a salesman of pansies and parsley.

He is very involved in Bedford and metropolitan Boston, a participant in interfaith roundtables, chaplain to the Bedford Minutemen, a founding member of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the Tuckerman Coalition, and the Interfaith Alliance. He also participates actively in the life of the Unitarian Universalist Association, is past president of the UU Partner Church Council, former board chair of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and is current chair of UUSC's Ministerial Leadership Network. First Parish Bedford was recognized as a "breakthrough congregation" in 2012 by the UUA.

John regards the church as the last, best and most improbable hope for humanity.

Registrar: Patti Emmons

Patti Emmons - Registrar


Your Youth Team

Youth Coordinator:
Kristin Tlili

Kristin Tlili - Youth Coordinator      Floater: tbd

Name: Malaga Group
Meets at: Baby Barn
LeadersJackie Shapiro, Madeleine Emers & Grace Gordon
... ...
Name: Lunging Group
Meets at: The Louisa's Barn
Leaders: Amy McAvoy & Steve Goodman
... ...
Name: Cedar Group
Meets at: Lawrence Hall
Leaders: Ellie Emers & Anne McPherson
Name: Duck Group
Meets at: Parker
Leaders: Madeleine Bergstrom & Hop Bergstrom 

Name: Smuttynose Group
Grades:  Junior High grades
Meets at: Brookfield
Leaders: David Garvoille & ...


Name: Appledore Group
Grades:  High School grades
Meets at: Marshman
Leaders: Ken Keech & Andrew Kensley




Workshops and Starbursts:

Week long classes offered daily

Linnea Bardarson

     Let’s sing it out on Star Island. Songs – old and new – gospel, folk, spirituals, songs of social justice, a’capella and accompanied. Some will be easy, some more challenging. We’ll have fun learning them. Seasoned chorister or “only-in-the-shower” types – this workshop is for everyone who loves to sing.

Everybody is a Star –
one big circle goin’ round and round.
-Sly and the Family Stone

     Linnea Bardarson leads a 20-voice choir at First Church and Parish, Dedham MA, where she has served as Music Director since 2007. A classical pianist by training, she fell in love the banjo a few years ago, and is at her happiest when making music with others.



Single, 45 Minute Mini-Workshops to fill in your days






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