This week at First Church – April 13 – 19

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
April 13 – 19, 2015

Spring brochure is here!
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New programs coming up!
April 22 – Lima Climate Discussion

April 26 – Brain Change is Possible

April 28 – The Birth of a Nation

 

 

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., 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!

 

WEDNESDAY
BELMONT UNITARIAN ALLIANCE
Lobster Roll Lunch and Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 15, 12 noon, Upper Hall

This lovely once-a-year Lobster Roll Lunch also includes: salad, chips, and angel-food cake with strawberries and ice cream. The price for this luncheon is $12/person.

Please contact Janice Zazinski (our new 1st Church administrator) right away at 617.484.1054, x201 to register yourself and friends for the lunch so we will have enough Lobster Rolls for everyone.

Our Annual Meeting will begin at noon and in case we have to vote on something, you must be a paid member to vote. If you have not yet paid for your 2014-15 membership, please bring an additional $15 to pay for your membership. Lunch will be served following our annual meeting.

 

A PATH APPEARS IN BELMONT:
A CAMPAIGN TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Nicholas Kristof
Wednesday, April 15, 7:30pm, Belmont High School

We are honored to host best selling author, two time Pulitzer Prize Winner and New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof on April 15th at the Belmont High School at 7:30 P.M.

To reserve (free) seats go to – http://www.apathappearsinbelmont.eventbrite.com/
Mr. Kristof will speak about his latest best selling book- A Path Appears; Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunities which he wrote with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn.
The book describes how ordinary people can make extraordinary differences in the lives of others, both globally and locally. The issues addressed are closer to home then we may think; human sex trafficking, domestic violence, poverty, and hunger.

http://www.apathappearsinbelmont.eventbrite.com/

 

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm, conference room

Jack Dennis will lead us in a discussion of from
Truth and Tension in Science and Religion by Varadaraja Raman. A selection is posted at eftaylor.com/sands
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KNITTING CIRCLE
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 16, 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.

 

COMING UP:
LIMA CLIMATE DISCUSSION OF DECEMBER 2014
Monte Allen
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Tony Alcorn of FCBGreen starts the evening with short remarks on “carbon footprint. Monte Allen, senior development director of CARE, was an official observer of COP20 in Lima. He offers a rare opportunity for a first-hand inside look at meetings that could impact our future. In this presentation, he will explain COPs and the experience of attending them. The perspectives of several other important voices will shared through videos. Finally he will discuss the broad outcomes of COP20 and his hopefulness about the process moving forward. An opportunity for questions follow.

Co-sponsored by FCB Green, Adult Programs and Social Action.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm, Library

The Book Group will meet to discuss
A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. In
A Path Appears the authors provide stories of individuals who have worked in varying ways to make make a difference in the world. Kristof, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, will be speaking at Belmont High School on April 15 at
7:30 p.m. as part of the Social Action Committee’s A Path Appears in Belmont initiative.

Although Kristof’s talk is free and open to the public, you encouraged to reserve tickets here: http://apathappearsinbelmont.webs.com/nicolas-kristof

 

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 24, 7pm, Upper Hall
A lovely way to connect, re-connect and welcome Spring together! Choose an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage of your choice to bring. This is a true pot-luck so there is no need to respond in advance. All are welcome. Childcare provided with advance notice. Contact landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

FROM BRAIN SCIENCE TO
YOUR LIFE:
BRAIN CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
Dr. Laurance M. Hirshberg
Sunday, April 26, 12:30pm, Library
Brain science has shown that the brain is changeable. This key insight is increasingly being used to develop brain training treatments to address a wide range of difficulties, including attention, organization, self control, mood, anxiety, social functioning and learning. This talk will describe several of these new brain training approaches and the research and experience with them in practice.

Dr. Hirshberg is the Director of the NeuroDevelopment Center and a Clincial Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University.

Refreshments served.

 

THE BIRTH OF A NATION:
HOW A LEGENDARY FILMMAKER AND A CRUSADING EDITOR REIGNITED AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR
Dick Lehr
Tuesday, April 28, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
1915 saw the release of D. W. Griffith’s
The Birth of a Nation, both a cinematic masterpiece and a vitriolic racist diatribe. It brought about a backlash led by William Monroe Trotter, a Boston newspaper editor. Our own Dick Lehr’s latest book explores this tumultuous period in American race relations.

Book signing and refreshments.

 

BEYOND FERGUSON: FIFTH POST VIGIL DISCUSSION
Dorothy Stoneman, facilitator
Sunday, April 29, 7:00pm, 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 USA as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and the wider world. Our guests from the YouthBuild program will return to share with us their experiences growing up and facing challenges related to class and racial bias.

We recommend (not required) reading The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander. It provides a highly relevant analysis of some of the profound present-day issues of racism today in the United States. Reading it can deepen our knowledge and discussion.

 

MEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, May 1, 7pm, Upper Hall

All First Church men and friends are invited to bring a beverage of choice AND one of the following: a main dish, salad or dessert. No need to sign up in advance. Just plan to come and have a good time. For more information contact jstaton
@uubelmont.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE!
ALL-CHURCH RUMMAGE SALE
Saturday, May 9
Get ready for some great times and great bargains!
Set up is only 3 Sundays from now! The Sale needs your help over the entire week – sorting and assigning spaces etc.. As you do your spring cleaning and decluttering, please consider donating your useful items for resale. Evelyn Corsini and Nancy Davis are providing coordination this year with the help of a great team of section leaders.

The Rummage Sale brings programs, events, and items to First Church which our budget can’t cover. Proceeds are divided three ways to the Social Action Committee, the Stained-Glass Window Fund., and the Partner Church Committee.

As part of the Social Action Committee, the Sale is currently providing funds for the “A Path Appears” program which is Town-wide and also sponsored by the Belmont Religious Council. What a difference this can make to our community and even further afield! We’re certainly keeping up our reputation as “the action congregation.”

So please check your availability, and sign up for an activity you will enjoy. Look for the sign-up boards after services. Or go to: http://vols.pt/P1Evrp
For newer church members, the Sale is a great way to meet people, but for everyone it’s a chance to catch up with friends, do good things, and have fun, all at the same time! Volunteers are especially needed for set up Sunday, May 3rd and for Saturday, May 9th during and after the Sale. Questions? Please email fcb404@gmail.com

 

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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