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A Community Conversation: Discussing Race and Racism, presented in partnership with The First Church of Christ, Unitarian (Lancaster)
Tuesday, January 26 (2021) from 6 – 8 PM 
This is a virtual ONLINE event – Please register here and a link will be emailed to you a few weeks prior to the event. FREE and Open to the Public

Join us online for a moderated discussion between local leaders.

This forum is meant to create a safe and welcoming environment for conversation, to elevate voices of Black and Brown people, to understand White privilege, to share insights and language for engaging in productive conversations about structural racism, and to open a local dialogue.

We recognize that this conversation is difficult for people in various ways. We invite anybody from anywhere or any background to attend. We hope this conversation will attract people interested in exploring these topics further, no matter what perspective they may have.

We’re taking questions in advance from the public and those who plan to attend our event. Have a question that you want to ask our panel or a panelist? You can submit a question on your registration form or to submit an anonymous question, fill out this form.

An email with the event link will be sent to you a few weeks prior to the event in a reminder email.

The panelists
Sedruola Maruska – Lancaster resident and First Church parishioner
Wil Darcangelo – Minister, First Church of Christ Unitarian and First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Fitchburg
Juliette M. Willoughby Esq., MSW. – International Speaker and Author, Lancaster Resident
Lieutenant Everett Moody – Lancaster Police
Joe Howell – Residential Program Director, Perkins
Laura Friend – Principal, Luther Burbank Middle School

Michael W. Ames – President and CEO, Perkins and RFK Children’s Action Corps

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, and our Supporting Sponsor, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.

Marjatta Moimas “Mindful Living During a Pandemic”

Join us for an updated version of our rescheduled event. In “Mindful Living During a Pandemic” (a trauma-sensitive approach) we’ll practice introductory techniques and learn about the importance of mindfulness during this challenging time with Marjatta Moimas, Qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher.

Marjatta is trained in making meditation safe and inclusive for trauma survivors as well as in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Presenting Sponsors: Shine Initiative and UMassMemorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, and our Supporting Sponsor: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

SCREENAGERS “Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” Film Screening & Discussion
Thursday, February 6 (2020) from 6:30-8:00 PM *Inclement Weather Date of Thursday, February 13
Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
FREE and Open to the Public

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level with “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience” — a film that examines the science behind teen’s emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and most importantly, what can be done in our schools and homes to help them build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age.

Why the sequel to “Screenagers”? Adolescence is an emotionally turbulent time, and yet there are many ways that schools and parents can give teens proven skills to handle the turbulence better. In “Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER,” we follow Delaney as she finds herself at a loss on how to help her own teens as they struggle with their emotional wellbeing. She sets out to understand these challenges in our current screen-filled society, and how we, as parents and educators, can empower teens to overcome mental health challenges and build emotional agility, communication savvy, and stress resilience.

Following the film, a discussion will be facilitated by Sharon Lowry, MSW, Perkins Assistant Director of Education and Bridget Matte, M.Ed, Clinical Coordinator of Perkins’ Day School program.

Important note: You do not have to have seen the first film to learn from this film.

The Conroy Speakers Series presents Dan Habib: “Intelligent Lives” Film Screening & Discussion with the Director
Thursday, November 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM
Perkins – Janeway Education Center, 975 Main Street, Lancaster, MA
FREE and Open to the Public

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes “Intelligent Lives,” a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a discussion with Dan.

Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films “Including Samuel,” “Who Cares About Kelsey?,” and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a six-time New Hampshire photographer of the year and his freelance work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, and the New York Times. In November 2013, Habib delivered a TEDx talk titled “Disabling Segregation” on the benefits of inclusion to students without disabilities. From 2014-2017, he served on President Barack Obama’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. Habib is currently a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. For more information about Dan or the film, visit


Craig Miller: Live, Learn, Grow…A suicide attempt survivor’s story
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age – Film Screening and Discussion
J. Stuart Ablon, Ph.D., The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
Dr. Ruth Potee, The Physiology of Addiction

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series

The Dr. Charles P. Conroy Speakers Series focuses on bringing members of our community together for lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics related to the various programs and services we provide at Perkins. We invite you to attend these free, open to the public, informative sessions. We rely on the generosity of donations to ensure the continuation of these free events. If you’re interested in donating to the Conroy Speakers Series, click here.

In recognition of his dedicated service and numerous accomplishments as Executive Director and CEO of Perkins (1987-2015), the Perkins Board of Trustees named its speakers series in honor of Dr. Charles P. Conroy. During the course of his twenty-eight years at Perkins, Dr. Conroy advanced the quality of services, as well as the number of individuals served. In addition to his impact on Perkins’ growth and services, Dr. Conroy was an involved community member and thought-leader in the fields of education and human services. He was an active member of not-for-profit boards, as well as civic and community agencies