Winter brochure is here
ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
January 12 – 18, 2015
New programs to watch for in January!
The Conversation Project
The Navajo Nation
The Wi$dom Path
PBS special – A Path Appears
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
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!
THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24
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.
Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, Melanie has worked in a variety of clinical settings. In 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer. Upon completion of treatment, Melanie developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. She is passionate about wellness and prevention thus in 2014, Melanie left Spaulding and began working with Wellness Synergy founder, Dr. Elizabeth Frates to create an organization focused on wellness education. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.
For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at email@example.com.
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
7:30pm, Conference Room (or the Library)
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 eftaylor.com/sands.
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”).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL THROUGH POETRY
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.
SECOND POST VIGIL
Dorothy Stoneman and SAC
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.
THE ALLIANCE LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 21, 12pm, Upper Hall
All women and men welcome!
The Alliance lunch begins at 12:00 and the program at 1:00 PM.
Our program will be Serge Paul-Emile’s demonstration and talk about the Flute and its history.
To help us prepare for the number of attendees, please call Susan Street (tel: 617-484-1054, x. 201) and let her know that you will attend and also the number of guests you will bring. Bring your own sandwich; we will provide soup, beverage, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.
THE CONVERSATION PROJECT (Part I)
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 email@example.com or visit the website: theconversationproject.org.
Part II will take place on Tuesday, February 10th.
THE NAVAJO NATION
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.
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
THE WI$DOM PATH:MONEY, SPIRIT AND LIFE
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?
A Path Appears – PBS Film Series
Thursday, January 29, 7-9 pm – Part One
St. Joseph Church, 130 Common St., Belmont
Moderated by Jeff Shea – Massachusetts Teacher of the Year 2015
based on the book A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
This film series features Boston’s own My Life My Choice.
Each episode explores tough issues facing women and girls around the world. It shows us the harsh realities of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, slave labor, and lack of access to education, resources, and opportunities.
We will meet women who have survived addiction and abuse. Learn about their work and dreams, what they’ve endured and what they have accomplished. Innovative programs that have evolved to achieve remarkable results in empowering their lives are highlighted.
Parental discretion advised.
This is one of several events supported by A Path Appears in Belmont , culminating in a talk by Nicholas Kristof on April 16th at Chenery Middle School 7:30 pm
Part Two: February 5th The First Church 404 Concord Ave 7 P.M.
Part Three: February 12th Temple Beth El 2 Concord Avenue 7 P.M.
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 email@example.com
Adult Programs Coordinator
617-484-1054 Ext. 207
FCB Website: uubelmont.org
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015
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