Spirit, Soul & Art

Grif Bates, retired M.D. and artist, will discuss similarities and differences between spirit and soul, using some of his own artwork as a jumping off point. Grif began painting in the summer of 1957, just before he began medical school. Renowned Philadelphia artist Paul Gorka was one of his teachers at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He balanced art and medicine until he retired from medicine in 1998. Since then, he has been able to paint full time. He has exhibited widely in Pennsylvania, Vermont, New York and Maryland, including many one-person shows.

Thank You Very Much

Join us for an upbeat service replete with music and poetry, as UUs Maxwell “Max” Ochs and his life-partner Suzanne Ochs focus on the importance of gratitude in and for our lives. Max is a fingerstyle
acoustic guitarist and folklorist who has recorded for Takoma records among other labels since the mid-1960’s. His friendship and association with guitarist John Fahey led to many music collaborations, including one with Mississippi John Hurt, who spent weeks teaching Ochs folk blues guitar-picking styles. For over a
decade Max curated the folk music series at 333 Coffeehouse in Annapolis, MD. His last full album, Hooray for Another Day (2008), includes readings of poems, one of which is a tribute to his cousin, legendary protest singer/songwriter Phil Ochs. Max continues to write, perform and record songs in the folk and blues tradition.

Ask Dr. Hooker−the Perennial Problems of Congregations

In a search for guidance for today, Dave brings to light a recently discovered trove of letters to and from the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hooker, a mid-17th century congregational consultant, who was based in Hartford, Connecticut. A graduate of Princeton University, the Harvard Law School, and Wesley Theological Seminary, Dave was an attorney in the Voting Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division from 1975 to 2000. Dave and his wife, the Rev. Kerry Mueller, were the co-ministers for the UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, Arkansas, from 2006 to 2011, and the co-ministers, part time, for the Unitarian Universalists of Gettysburg, from 2012 to 2017. Now retired, they are members of the Main Line Unitarian Church, in Devon.