This week at First Church – March 16-22

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
March 16 – 22, 2015

Spring brochure is here!
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New programs!
Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural
and Racial Separations

Facilitator Training and Group Skills

Getting Your Affairs In Order

 

MONDAY 
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.

MEDITATION
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!

WEDNESDAY
PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
7:30pm, Parish Hall

Inspired by The Messiah during his second London visit, Haydn vowed to compose his own oratorio. Based largely on Paradise Lost, “The Creation” is a masterpiece of the form, both luminous and powerful.

THURSDAY
KNITTING CIRCLE
Eva Patalas
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.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
7:30pm, Classroom #5

Rick Eastwick will continue our discussion of E. O. Wilson’s book
The Meaning of Human Existence, examining three chapters: Chapter 4. The New Enlightenment, Chapter 5. The All-Importance of the Humanities, Chapter 10. A Portrait of ET.

SUNDAY
“FIELDS OF BLOOD” – The relationship between religion and violence
Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
12:30pm, Library

Karen Armstrong’s book “Fields of Blood”- The relationship between religion and violence” notes that not until the 1700s was religion ejected from political life in the West. “When, therefore, people claim that religion has been responsible for more than any other human institution, one has to ask, “More than what?” . . . John Locke believed that the separation of church and state was the key to peace.” Modern wars have proved him wrong too. What is the source of the evil of war? Doris and Edwin will start our discussion.

Refreshments served.

 

WRITING YOUR SPIRITUAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Jean O’Farrell
Sundays, March 22, 29
4-5:30pm, Classroom #5

This course is based on Dan Wakefield’s book and course, “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.” The willingness to write from the heart will make writers of all participants. That will guide them in the formation of beautiful personal accounts of their journeys that may have been solitary, even secret, but have led them to search for greater meaning in their lives and, ultimately, to make fulfilling connections with others.
No one is pressured into sharing, and everyone is urged into active listening. It is entirely voluntary and what is read and said is confidential to those who are there to listen. It is a fulfilling process to anyone who comes with an open heart and a desire to quiet the mind through writing so that we can give voice to what the heart is trying to say.
All are welcome to attend.

FIRST CHURCH MEN’S GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
4-5:30pm, Parlor

Welcome to all First Church men who are interested in meeting and getting to know others to share experiences, issues, and joys from the heart on a regular basis. The group meets every other Sunday at 4pm. If you are interested but cannot attend this meeting contact either Will Cordis (wcordis@uubelmont.org) or Joe Weiss (jweiss@uubelmont.org)

COMING UP:

THE BREAST CANCER JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Tuesday, March 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.

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 mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March 25, 7:30pm, Library

The First Church Book Group will discuss James Howard Kuntsler’s dystopian novel World Made by Hand. Kunstler has written nonfiction books describing the potential dire results of climate change and the decline of oil production, and in
World Made by Hand he explores the deterioration of civilization that could be brought on by these changes. After roads crumble and other infrastructure is lost, people return to raising their own food, crafting what they need, and depending on horses for transportation.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org if you are interested in participating or would like to be on their mailing list.

THE WI$DOM PATH
Tom Neel and Martha Read
Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm, Library

The Wi$dom Path is for adults, and it is about money. Some of our topics will include 1) The Meaning of Money in Our Lives: consider how childhood & family values influence us. 2)What cultural teachings about money do we share, and what is unique to the individual? All are welcome. For more information contact Tom at tneel@uubelmont.org.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Dorothy Stoneman
Sunday, March 29, 7pm, Parish Hall

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department and graduates of YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world. This is the fourth post vigil discussion circle and is facilitated by Dorothy Stoneman, founder of YouthBuild USA.

 

FACILITATOR’S TRAINING AND GROUP SKILLS
Rev. David Bryce and Lillian Anderson
Tuesdays, March 31 and April 7, 7:30pm, Library

In many types of group situations, especially where people express differing views, good facilitation can make a difference in the success of the experience for everyone. Perhaps you have been eager to try to facilitate a group or lead a project but don’t feel you have the necessary skills. This two part workshop will examine aspects of facilitation, how facilitation is different in a church setting, as well as how to participate and communicate effectively in a group. We will also identify problems that occur in group situations and discover effective ways to handle them.

 

GETTING YOUR AFFAIRS IN ORDER
Neil Winston
Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm, Library

Are you and those you love adequately prepared for medical crises and increasing care needs? Please join First Church member Neal Winston as he discusses estate and asset protection planning, public benefits protections and what legal documents each of us needs to have in place.

 

 

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207
landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org
Adult Programs Brochure: Winter 2015

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