St. Peter’s Community Speakers Series on Difficult Conversations

Photo by: Manette Pottle

The Community Speakers Series organized by St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is resuming using the media tool Zoom. In February 2020, before the restrictions of Covid-19, the series opened with the first of three planned programs. Now, although we are not able to gather in person, we can gather “face-to-face” using Zoom, which can also be used audio-only.

The first program in this new series will be at 2 pm on Sunday December 13th. The program is titled “Love in a Time of Coronavirus” with presenter Manette Pottle. She will speak to her own experience of the losses, challenges, and unexpected gifts of the pandemic, and what she has learned about maintaining relationships. Attendees will be invited to share their own experiences in small groups followed by a short concluding discussion.

Manette is a member of the St. Peter's community and a documentary film producer with a passion for justice and transformative story-telling. Most recently, she produced the documentary Picture a Scientist, about gender bias and discrimination in the sciences, and was producer on the evangelical environmentalism documentary Behold the Earth. Prior to film production, she produced the Camden International Film Festival, and for many years operated a sustainable landscaping company and farm in Appleton. She earned her B.A. in photography and critical theory at Yale University.

Future programs will cover end of life issues, family conversations, memory and cognitive decline. These topics surround difficult and sensitive issues that are important but often avoided in conversations even with close family members. Future dates will be in 2021 and will be announced later.

The programs are free and open to the public. Reservations please see the "Latest News" announcements at to participate.


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