This week at First Church – September 22 – 28

September 22 – September 28, 2014

Welcome back!
Fall Adult Program Brochure


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., Library

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!

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.




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. 30, 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. There are still a few spaces left.
To register contact
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Oct. 2, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.

KNITTING CIRCLE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nancy Davis and Eva Patalas

Thursday, Oct. 1, 8pm, Classroom #4

Come join us in the fun and fellowship of knitting with a genial group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. 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.


Friday, Oct. 3, 7pm, Upper Hall
Jim Staton

Come and share food and experiences with new friends and old.
All First Church men are welcome to bring a dish of their choice (appetizers, main dish, salad or dessert) AND a beverage to share.
Please rsvp to Jim at or sign up at coffee hour.


Sunday, Oct. 5, 12:30pm, Library
Rev. Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor

When you get to Heaven, as Universalism predicts you will, you can hobnob with St. Francis and Michelangelo. Do you expect to see Hitler there?
The murderous Joseph Stalin?

Hosea Ballou, the greatest theologian of Universalism movement, strongly asserted that we receive just reward for virtue and just punishment for sin during our life on earth, not in the afterlife. “On the dissolution of the body and carnal mind at death, the soul immediately is transformed by the overwhelming power of God’s love and is ushered into the heavenly state?”

Do you agree? Should we go to purgatory for a quick cleanup first? Do traces of the Universalist belief still live in our First Principle: The worth and dignity of every person?

Refreshments served.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
Jack Cole

Following an introduction by First Church member Tom Neel, retired undercover DEA agent Jack Cole will discuss the class and racial bias underlying our drug laws and how his very personal involvement in carrying out those laws led him to have a dramatically different point of view.

LEAP:Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a group of former law enforcement officers that works to education the public and to change our way of thinking about the unintended harmful consequences that result from the war on drugs and to reduce the incidence of death, disease, crime and addiction by ending drug prohibition. Co-sponsored by Social Action and Youth



Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Fall 2014

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