Announcing the 2016-17 Speaker Series at SCI

The Seamen’s Church Institute is pleased to announce the commencement of its new Speakers’ Series this fall.  The purpose of the series is to offer informative, entertaining and inspiring presentations relating to the Institute’s mission of service to those in need and to the maritime community.  

The program will feature monthly presentations by individuals distinguished in diverse areas of maritime activity, including recreational, commercial, military and environmental protection.  

The first presentation will be September 14, when noted offshore sailor Bill Biewenga will speak on “Hurricanes At Sea: Structure, Avoidance & Outlook.”  He will be followed on October 12 by CAPT Richard Alexander, USN (ret), who will address “Landmarks in the Development of Navigation.”  On November 9, RADM David Gove, USN (ret) will discuss “The Submarine Force Today:  Mission, Challenges, Opportunities.”  Other scheduled presentations include IYRS’s Warren Barker on boatbuilding, noted sailor Sheila McCurdy on women and sailing, the Reverend Erik Larsen on ministering to merchant mariners, and environmentalist Teresa Crean on rising ocean levels.  Completing the roster will be yachtsman Ken Read, marine artist John McGowan and marine photographer Onne van der Waal.

Presentations will take place at 7 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, September through June, in the Mariners’ Lounge of the Seamen’s Church Institute, 18 Market Square, Newport.  They will be open to the public without charge, though a suggested donation of $10 will help defray costs and fund the Institute’s outreach programs.  Due to limited seating we ask those interested in attending to register in advance by calling (401) 847-4260 or by emailing Assistant Superintendent Megan Bayley at

The SCI looks forward to welcoming many members of our community to this exciting new series, and we hope those attending will also join us in supporting the Institute’s programs of service to the community.

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