This week at First Church – January 5-11

Winter brochure is here

January 5 – 11, 2015


New programs to watch for in January!

The Conversation Project
The Wi$dom Path


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!


Kathy Lind
7:00pm, 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.
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
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.

Jessica Hicks
Saturdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
10:30-12 noon; Parish Hall

Slow flow, mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels*. Come experience embodied awareness in motion while stretching and strengthening your body in a supportive community. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice and a love of both the movement and still aspects of yoga practice to share.
Jess and her family joined the First Church community last year, and she is thrilled to give back to our community by offering these classes for free. Just bring a mat, a twin-sized blanket if you have one, and a curious mind. *Jess can help you modify all of the movements even if you are practicing in a chair rather than on the floor, and chairs also can be used for support in standing postures for those with limited balance or lower body strength. It really is for every body! Drop-in. To be continued if there is interest. For more information contact




Bob Weber with Jackie James
12:30-2pm, Library

What constitutes a spirituality that facilitates living life in all its fullness as we age. Fullness of life involves living well within four dimensions: the body, the mind, the heart, and the spirit. This presentation will explore the fourth dimension, the spiritual- from a psychological perspective, i.e. what it takes to live well interiorly, in solitude, and in community.
Refreshments served.

Andrea Prestwich
2:00- 3:30pm, 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.
Peter Guthrie
Sundays, Jan. 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1; 3-4pm; Parlor

Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.

Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24
7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.
For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, January 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Nicole and Ken Bernstein will lead a discussion based on Harold Kushner’s book, Living a Life That Matters.
The reading can be found at

Several years ago the Science & Spirituality Group discussed the book, Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl with an afterward by Harold S. Kushner published in 1959. The book was inspired by Frankl’s research into the question of what personal characteristic senhanced survivability of individuals imprisoned in Nazi concentration camps. His conclusion was that those individuals who took responsibility for their own lives and tried to find meaning in their experiences were most likely to survive.

In 2001 Living a Life That Matters by (retired) Rabbi Harold S.Kushner was published. This book extended Frankl’s work by investigating “the successful life” or “a life that mattered.” Kushner drew on his cultural identity (Jewish, Western) often but not exclusively to illustrate an individual’s struggles between two opposing forces of his/her psyche (being kind vs. being cruel, being charitable vs. being greedy) by references to the Old Testament and taking as a premise the existence of a beneficent, omniscient, etc.God. The reader can easily read through these descriptions as allegorical. Kushner’s conclusion is that success can be attained by the willing engagement in the struggle, accepting the result that sometimes the “bad side” wins and sometimes the “good.” The refusal to engage in the struggle or perhaps attempting to excise the “bad impulses” invariably fails (see S. Freud on “suppression”).


Eva Patalas
Thursday, January 15, 8:00pm, 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.


Dorothy Stoneman and SAC
Sunday, January 18, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

The Social Action Committee in collaboration with Adult Programs invite you to attend our second post vigil discussion circle to talk about our awareness of minorities injustice and our responsibility to take action.

Dorothy Stoneman is inviting youth from YouthBuild program to share with us their experiences in Boston.



Rev. Rosemary Lloyd
Thursday, January 22, 7:30pm, Library

How we die is part of our legacy to our loved ones and our communities. The Conversation Project is dedicated to supporting congregation members in having crucial conversations about the  kind of care they would want through the end of life. This 2-part workshop begins with identifying the concerns and values that will ground and guide decision making and includes practice in how to begin The Conversation with a loved one.

In part two, participants will share the experience of starting The Conversation and consider the next steps they need to take to insure that their wishes will be respected. For more information contact or visit the website:
Part II will take place on Tuesday, February 10th.




Shelly Lowe, Ex. Dir.
Harvard University Native American Program
Sunday, January 25, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Please join the Youth Group, Social Action Committee and Adult Programs for a presentation by Shelly Lowe and a few of her students. Shelly will speak to some of the current issues that the Navajo Nation is facing.
The Youth Group hopes you’ll join them for this educational opportunity before their Service-Learning Trip to the Navajo Nation in AZ this February.

Shelly C. Lowe is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She is Bilagaana, born for Náneesht’ézhí Tách’iinii. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tábaha. She grew up in Ganado, AZ on the Navajo Reservation.

Refreshments served.



Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wed., January 28, 7:30pm, Library

The First Church Book Group will meet to discuss
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson.

The New Yorker called Out Stealing Horses a quiet but compelling novel,” observing that Petterson’s “spare and deliberate prose has astonishing force.” Trond Sander, a widower in his sixties, is seeking solitude in a rustic cabin in a remote section of Norway when he finds instead the brother of his childhood friend. This encounter causes him to confront memories of the turbulent summer of 1948, the connections between the two families, and how the ramifications of the events of that summer rippled throughout his life and important relationships.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at if you are interested in participating.

Tom Neel and Martha Read

Thursday, January 29, 7:30pm, Library
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30pm, Library
Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm, Library

This program is part of the Tapestry of Faith Lifespan Curriculum from the UUA. Members of First Church are familiar with OWL: Our Whole Lives, the program for teens about sexuality.
The Wi$dom Path is for adults, and it is about money.
Three sessions will include 1) Talking About Money: to lay the groundwork to begin talking about the role of money in our lives and its connection to our well-being; 2) The Meaning of Money in Our Lives: consider how childhood & family values influence us. 3) What cultural teachings about money do we share, and what is unique to the individual?
Martha Spaulding
Sundays, Feb. 8 – March 1; 4-5:30pm, Cl.#5

This workshop is designed to tap into the stories your memory holds. We will write on a wide variety of subjects and share aloud with no feedback. Bring a notebook and writing implements that appeal to you. Limited to 12 participants.
Please register with Martha Spaulding at
Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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