Bay View Guest Lecturers

2018 Big Read: The Living Great Lakes

The Living Great Lakes

One of the program themes for Worship next summer will be topics involving the environment.  In discussing possible selections for the Big Read in the Education Committee meetings, the book The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis came highly recommended. In honor of one of next year’s themes, and the desire for a good regional read, The Living Great Lakes was selected as the 2018 Bay View Big Read.  This personal journey on the Great Lakes with its historical and adventurous narrative will make you appreciate, respect, understand, and know the waters and the history of the surrounding areas even more.

The Living Great Lakes author, Jerry Dennis, grew up in northern Michigan and for more than thirty years has earned his living writing about nature and the outdoors. His many books, including The Living Great Lakes, The Windward Shore, It’s Raining Frogs and Fishes, and, most recently, A Walk in the Animal Kingdom, have appeared on national bestseller lists, have been translated into six languages, and are taught in colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada. Among the honors he has received are the Michigan Author of the Year Award, the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, The Great Lakes Culture Award, and four Best Book of the Year awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Jerry lives with his wife, Gail Dennis, on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City.

As our guest author, Dennis will speak to Bay View members only on July 18 from 3:30-4:30 in Evelyn Hall. A presentation open to the public will be held in Voorhies Hall from 7:30-8:30 on July 19.  Cost is $10 advanced ticket sales and $15 at the door.  Dennis is looking forward to speaking in Bay View. You may visit him at

2018 American Experience Week: July 2 - July 6

Dr. Akhil Amar

The American Experience Committee is pleased and excited to announce Dr. Akhil Reed Amar as the 2018 American Experience lecturer.  The five-day series will take place July 2-6 in 2018 in Voorhies Auditorium.  His lecture on July 4 will take place at 11:00 following the parade.  The other morning lectures will run from 10-11:00 as usual.

Professor Amar first came to Bay View with his wife and then young family in 2007. He came again in 2012; and, now, he has graciously agreed to return to lecture in Bay View. He comes as the Sterling Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Science at Yale, teaching both in Yale’s School of Law and in its undergraduate College. In 2008 he received Yale’s DeVane Medal for teaching excellence. In 2017 he received the American Bar Association Outstanding Scholar award. He is recognized as among five of the most cited legal scholars in America.  His 2012 book Precedents & Principles as well as his 2015 The Law of the Land can provide a sense of the message he will bring to Bay View and its wider community. We all are honored that Akhil Amar will visit us again.

2018 Worship Speakers

Rev. Dr. Sue Bertolette: August 19 - 23

Rev. Dr. Sue Bertolette

The Rev. Dr. Sue Bertolette is the Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Lansdale, PA.

A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, she has a BS from Eastern College, a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Baptist Seminary, and was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1980.  She received her Doctorate of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary.

She currently serves as chair of the Church Relations Committee for Phoebe Ministries.  Her past service ranges from 18 years as chaplain for the Hospice of the North Penn VNA and serving on the board of the North Penn United Way and the North Penn branch of the American Red Cross. On a regular basis, Sue leads worship and offers programs at several local retirement communities and centers. One of the things she especially enjoys doing is writing a monthly column for the local newspaper. 

Sue and her husband Bob live in Lansdale and love spending time with their grown children, John and Jenny, and their spouses. In her free time, Sue enjoys reading, bicycling and spending time with friends.

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Rev. Tom Swears: August 26

Rev. Tom Swears

The Rev. Dr. Swears is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, having served two parishes, one a new mission congregation in suburban Baltimore, Maryland for seven years and the other in Wilmington, Delaware for twenty-five years as the senior pastor. 

Tom also taught both Homiletics and Spiritual Formation for many years at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and he is the author of The Approaching Sabbath: Spiritual Disciplines For Pastors, and Preaching To Head and Heart. 

He and his wife, Linda, have been Bay View cottage owners since 2005.  They have two grown daughters, Mollie, who is married and a student at Harvard Law School, and Annie, who is a student at Florida State University.

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Rev. Paul Perez: September 2

Rev. Paul Perez

The Rev. Paul Perez is an ordained Deacon in The United Methodist Church. He currently serves as the Director for Mission and Justice Engagement and Leadership Recruitment for the Detroit Conference of The United Methodist Church.

Perez earned his Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University and Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary.

The Rev. Perez was the founding director of Justice for Our Neighbors Southeastern Michigan, a United Methodist related immigration legal aid organization with locations in Detroit, Dearborn, and Ypsilanti and has also served as Director of Program Development at Newburg UMC in Livonia, Michigan.

He is a past member of the board of the United Methodist Student Movement, the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church. He currently serves on the boards of the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, The NOAH Project, Michigan United, and Justice for Our Neighbors Michigan.

Paul lives in Livonia, Michigan with his wife Anne, a high school English teacher, and his three children, Joshua, Sofia, and Charles. 

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