This week at First Church – May 11-17

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
May 11- 17, 2015

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New programs coming up!

May 28 – Criminal Justice Reform

June 7 – Creating a More Peaceful Society by
Confronting The Origins of Violence

 

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!

THURSDAY
LIVING WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS
Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 14, 7pm, 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.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 14, 7:30 pm, 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.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT UNITARIAN ALLIANCE LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, May 20, 12 noon, Upper Hall

On Wednesday, May 20, our Alliance lunch and program will be at noon here at First Church in Belmont. This will be a POTLUCK lunch, so please bring your own sandwich and some food /drinks to share. Our program will basically be conversations, ideas for 2015-16 programs, and recommended books, etc.
To confirm your attendance, please call our church administrator, Janice Zazinski at 617-484-1054, ext. 201, or e-mail her.

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, May 21, 7:30 pm, Conference Room

Tony Alcorn will lead a discussion on The China Study by T. Colin and Thomas M. Campbell. Do extensive statistics show that we can eliminate many diseases from the earth by proper diet? Is it our spiritual duty to try? The reading can be downloaded from eftaylor.com/sands

KNITTING CIRCLE
Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 21, 8:00 pm, 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.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 pm, Library

Our book for May is Marisa Silver’s
Mary Coin: A Novel.

Here is a piece about that book from the Booklist review:

“Inspired by Migrant Mother, the iconic Depression-era photograph snapped by Dorothea Lange in 1936, Silver reimagines the lives of both the photographer and the subject….this dual portrait investigates the depths of the human spirit, exposing the inner reserves of will and desire hidden in both women….The luminously written, heart-wrenching-yet never maudlin-plot moves back and forth through time, as history professor Walker Dodge unpeels the layers of the photograph’s hidden truths.”

-Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

 

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

Will Brownsberger, Chair of Senate Judiciary Cmt.
Leslie Walker, Esq., Exec. Director of Prisoners
Legal Services
Thursday, May 28, 7:00 pm, Parish Hall

What is being done in Massachusetts to address mass incarceration?

Light refreshments will be served from 6:30-7:00 pm. Belmont Against Racism will have a brief presentation at 6:45 pm.

Sponsored by the Social Action Committee

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL, AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Dorothy Stoneman
Sunday, May 31, 7:00 pm, Library

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.

CREATING A MORE PEACEFUL SOCIETY BY CONFRONTING THE ORGINS OF VIOLENCE
Ronald Goldman, Ph.D
Sunday, June 7, 12:30 pm, Parish Hall

Why is the U.S. one of the most violent developed countries in the world? We recognize the problems of violence but generally seek to treat its symptoms with, for example, better gun control, security, and protection. While these are important, is there a better way? What about prevention? What makes people violent? You will learn the root causes of violence and how to contribute to peace in your family and society. Be prepared to question some of your cultural assumptions.

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. is a psychological researcher, speaker, and writer. His work includes hundreds of contacts with parents, children, and medical and mental health professionals. He has a particular interest in perinatal psychology and serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health.

For more information see http://www.ronaldgoldmanphd.com

Co-sponsored by Adult Programs and Social Action

Refreshments served.

 

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