This Week’s Announcements & Events

From the September 8 issue of The Unitarian

From the Social Action Committee

We hope you had a great summer!

Belmont Against Racism, The FCB Social Action Committee, and The Beyond Ferguson Circle Discussion group invite the FCB congregation to gather with the Teen Empowerment Youth in Roxbury on Sunday, September 13, from 4 – 5:30 p.m.

We will meet at First Church at 3 p.m. to carpool to Center for Teen Empowerment, 384 Warren Street, Roxbury (traveling time approx. 30 mins). Please let us know if you will be able to join us so we can plan carpooling and set up at the Roxbury Teen Empowerment center; email

Proposed Agenda:

  • Intro: Welcoming Belmont guest to Roxbury, review the agenda
  • Warm up question: State your name and a word that describes you
  • Interactive Activity: Wind Blows with words
  • Brainstorm Issues that youth face
  • Question asked to Group: if you could change one of the issues, which one would have a big impact on the rest of the issues and why?

Love and light,
Patricia Garcia, Social Action Committee Chair, The First Church in Belmont, UU; 617-866-9366
James Mackey, Leader, Center for Teen Empowerment
Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and CEO, Youth Build USA, Inc.

11th Annual Sandy Island Retreat, Sep. 18-20

Please join us for the popular First Church Sandy Island Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to kick back, relax, and meet new and old friends after a long summer. Recreational opportunities for people of all interests and ages. Registration has started but there are a few spaces left. Questions:

Belmont Alliance Concord River Boat Cruise & Lunch — Wednesday, September 16

Sign up now! We will meet for car-pooling at 12:30 pm in the 1st Church parking lot and drive to the South Bridge Boat House, 496 Main St. (Route #62), Concord. The cruise (with lunch) departs at 1:30 p.m. Please contact church administrator, Janice Zazinski (617-484-1054) to reserve your seat (total seats 20). Final reservation deadline is Thursday, September 10. The cost is $30 per person. Please inform Janice of your choice of sandwich: tuna salad, ham & cheese, sliced turkey, chicken salad, or veggie wrap. Also included in the lunch is summer salad, fruit, dessert, and a drink. Please make your $30 check/per person payable to: Belmont Unitarian Universalist Alliance and send it to the church (address on page 6).

Awesome First Performance — Second Friday Coffeehouse

First Church will welcome Anand Nayak and Polly Fiveash to perform a beautiful set of sweet harmonies, original soulful lyrics, and gorgeous guitar-playing. Anand and Polly have roots in Belmont and Cambridge, and they will bring it on home on Friday, September 18 right here in the Parish Hall. For the opener, they will be joined by And Then There Was One, a solo performer of emotionally-layered and fragile melodies, set with equal amounts of energy in her up-tempo rock. The featured beneficiary will be First Church’s own Partner Church Committee, and it all happens on Friday, September 18 at 7:30. $10 / $5 for Seniors/Students.

Have you ever thought that you might like to travel to Transylvania?

Save the date: Sunday September 27 after the 11 a.m. service, we will have an informational question-and-answer session about our planned trip for the summer of 2016. Watch for more details in September!

Belmont Against Racism & Belmont World Film co-present “The Aryans, ” September 28

German filmmaker and actress Mo Asumang, whose father was born in Africa, sets out to get to the bottom of right-wing movements worldwide, as well as their complete misinterpretation of the word “Aryan” as the tall, blond, blue-eyed master race promulgated by French philosopher Gobineau.

        Asumang travels to the area where the real Aryans originally came from, now part of Iran. During this personal journey into the madness of racism, she not only meets German neo-Nazis, the US’s self-proclaimed leading racist, the notorious Tom Metzger, and Ku Klux Klan members, but also scholars, a neo-Nazi infiltrator, a Holocaust survivor, and a number of Germans who have been led to believe that they are certified Aryans (

Q&A with filmmaker Mo Asumang following the film.

  • Monday, September 28, 7pm
  • Studio Cinema, 376 Trapelo Road, Belmont
  • Tickets and info: org
  • org & 617-484-3980

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