This week at First Church – Sept. 8-14


September 8 – September 14, 2014

Welcome back!


Theresa Howe, Tom Neel, Ed Yee, 9:30-11am, Library

The jobseeker buddy group is a support group for people that are looking for a new job or to transition into a different job. We typically go around the room and review the activities from the prior week, provide support and ideas for what could be done in our respective job searches, provide each other with referrals, tips, resume critiques, etc. It is a great way to keep the momentum up during a job search and relate to others in a similar situation.

James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Classroom #5

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

Nanny Almquist and Kathy Lind
7pm, Library

Our lives are constantly changing and facing changes that involve illness makes us feel vulnerable. This ongoing support group provides a space and time to understand and process feelings and circumstances related to dealing with serious illness, both for caregivers and people in all stages of discovery and recovery.


Andrea Prestwich
2:30-4pm; Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request. Snacks provided.


Concord River Boat Cruise & Lunch
Wed., Sept. 17, 12:30pm – meet in the church parking lot to carpool

Please contact Susan Street (617.484.1054) to reserve your seat (total seats = 20). Final reservation deadline is September 11/Thursday. The cost is $26 per person. Please make your $26 check/per person payable toBelmont Unitarian Alliance and send it to:
The First Church in Belmont UU, Attn: Belmont Unitarian Universalist Alliance, P. O. Box 113, Belmont, MA 02478-3032.



Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30pm, Conference Room
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor

Edwin Taylor will lead a discussion on Jim Holt’s book Why does the World Exist? This must be the basic existential question. As Leibnitz phrased it: “Why is there something rather than nothing?” Two obvious alternative answers: (1) God made the Universe from nothing, or (2) If nothing existed, this question would not be asked. A brief 25 pages of reading: John Updike’s take on the question, a meditation on our inevitable “Return to Nothingness,” and an evening stroll across a Paris bridge. For the reading, go to and download the file WhyWorldExist.pdf


Thursday, Sept. 18, 8-9:30pm, Cl #4
Nancy Davis and Eva Patalas

Come join us in the fun and fellowship of knitting with a genial group. Projects could include knitting for non-profit organizations such as Caps for Kids, making small gifts for the Holiday Fair or working on personal projects. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary. Contact Eva with any questions.

Sunday, Sept. 21 12:30 pm, Parlor
Catherine Stalberg

When David Bryce told us in June, “Your summer assignment is to go on a pilgrimage,” did any of you follow his suggestion? If so, what did you do? Was it physical, did you travel? Was it emotional/mental/spiritual, perhaps with no traveling? Has your pilgrimage ended, and if so how? Was it in any way a UU pilgrimage? What did you learn from it?

Join Catherine Stalberg in sharing your summer stories. Those who wish to listen only are welcome too.

Refreshments provided.
Sunday, Sept. 21 4-5:30 pm, Parlor
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss

Men’s Group Welcomes New Members
The newly formed diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members to the First Church as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group.
We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities.
This week we will examine, among other emergent topics “What do men need, and many times do not get, in intimate relationships?”

For more information contact Joe Weiss ( or Will Cordis (

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30pm, Library
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart

Brooklyn by Colm Toíbín.

In its review of Brooklyn, The New Yorker said: Tóibín’s brief novel, following his bravura rendering of the life of Henry James in “The Master,” seems modest at first. A diligent young woman with few opportunities in nineteen-fifties Ireland is packed off by her family to Brooklyn . . . Tóibín creates a narrative of remarkable power, writing with a spareness and intensity that give the minutest shades of feeling immense emotional impact. Seen through his protagonist’s cautious eyes, even hackneyed tropes of Brooklyn life, such as trips to Ebbets Field and Coney Island, take on a subtle strangeness. Purging the immigrant novel of all swagger and sentimentality, Tóibín leaves us with a renewed understanding that to emigrate is to become a foreigner in two places at once.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a continuing commitment. Please contact Anne Stuart at: to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating.


Friday, September 26, 7pm, Upper Hall
Adult Programs Committee

A warm welcome to all First Church women and friends who would like to join us to share a meal together. This is a true potluck so bring whatever you like to eat and a beverage to drink. This is a wonderful opportunity to see old friends and make new ones and find out what is happening within our community.
RSVP’s to so we’ll know how many places to set.


Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30pm, Library
Rachel Greenberger

Community Table is a two-year-old social innovation developed by Food Sol at Babson College ( for sparking relevant and actionable community interactions on important topics connected to food. Community Table is always one circle, one conversation, one speaker at a time, all voices made equal. Food Sol believes that if you eat, you are a food expert and that everyone has agency in the food system. The theme of our Community Table will be “Eating Our Values” and UU member Martha Spaulding’s daughter Rachel Greenberger, Director of Food Sol, will facilitate.
Limited to 25 people. To register contact


Lillian Anderson

Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207


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