Do Human Rights Have a Future?
The Helen Fogg lecture series on Sunday, April 12 welcomed Reverend William Schulz. He leads the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) in advancing human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. Previously, he served for 12 years as executive director of Amnesty International USA, until spring of 2006. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Schulz is a former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Schulz has appeared frequently on radio and television news and analysis shows and is the author or contributing editor of several books, including "In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All"; "Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights;" "The Phenomenon of Torture;" and "The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era." The New York Review of Books said in June 2002, "William Schulz has done more than anyone in the American human rights movement to make human rights issues known in the United States."
He graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, received a master's degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a doctor of ministry degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago, and holds eight honorary degrees.
On May 12, 2012, The Fogg Lecture Series of First Parish of Norwell co-sponsored with Old Ship Church in Hingham a presentation and poetry reading by nationally acclaimed Palestinian-American poet, Naomi Shihab Nye. The program was held at the Old Ship Meetinghouse, Hingham. Poet, teacher, and anthologist, Naomi Shihab Nye has written or edited over 30 books. Her collection 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East was a finalist for the National Book Award. She is a two-time winner of the Jane Addams Book Award for Peace & Justice, and a four-time winner of the Pushcart Prize. Naomi is also the recipient of several fellowships, including, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress. She is currently serving on the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. She lives in San Antonio, Texas. Following the very moving program, Naomi signed books and greeted attendees.
by Naomi Shihab Nye from Red Suitcase
A man crosses the street in rain,
Stepping gently, looking two times north and south,
Because his son is asleep on his shoulder.
No car must splash him.
No car drive too near to his shadow.
This man carries the world's most sensitive cargo
But he's not marked.
Nowhere does his jacket say FRAGILE,
HANDLE WITH CARE.
His ear fills up with breathing.
He hears the hum of a boy's dream
deep inside him.
We're not going to be able to live in this world
if we're not willing to do what he's doing
with one another.
The road will only be wide.
The rain will never stop falling.
What is a Good Death? The spirituality and ethics of end-of-life issues was presented by Dr. Michael J. Hartwig on Sunday, October 24th, 2010, followed by a reception hosted by First Parish of Norwell. Donations were accepted at the door to benefit The Campus of Caring – dedicated to building a non-profit hospice home on the South Shore of Boston.
Dr. Michael J.Hartwig is an interfaith ethicist who has consulted widely in the field of applied ethics – business ethics, health care ethics and sexual ethics. He currently teaches part-time at Northeastern University and Emmanuel College and serves as the in-house scholar of the Illume Organization where he collaborates with educational and pastoral leaders to create travel programs that bring people to places of important historical and religious significance – such as Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Italy and other destinations. Contact him at email@example.com. See his art at http://www.michaeljhartwig.com/. Learn about Illume's educational & religious group travel programs at http://www.travelillume.com.
First Parish of Norwell Fogg Lecture Series partnered with UCC Missions and Outreach Team to present Charlie Clements Sunday, October 26th, 2008 at UCC Norwell.
Dr. Charlie Clements, renowned human rights and health advocate and president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, spoke at UCC Norwell as the guest of the UCC Mission and Outreach Ministry Team in collaboration with First Parish of Norwell Fogg Service Committee.
Charlie Clements began his career as a pilot during the Vietnam War and attended medical school after leaving the military service. His reputation as a human rights activist started during the U.S. intervention in El Salvador during the 1980s. At that time he provided health care and preventive medicine to rural communities caught in the cross fire of their civil war. He saw first hand how the policies of our government can exacerbate the oppression of the people in Central America. He served as liaison to the International Committee of the Red Cross for Prisoner of War-related matters. More recently his efforts raise international awareness about access to water as a human rights issue and the danger of landmines.
Charlie Clements has served as a consultant to the Pew Charitable Trusts, is the author of Witness to War, printed in four languages, and served as a special guest at the signing of the peace accords in Mexico City, ending the bloody civil war in El Salvador. Today Dr. Charlie Clements travels frequently around the globe putting into action the dignity and worth of all individuals as president of UUSC. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world envisioning a world free from oppression and injustice, where all can realize their full human rights.