This week at First Church – October 12 – 18

October 12 – October 18, 2015


  Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
  Sunday, October 18, 12:30pm, Library

Climate Activism in Boston – Oct. 25
  Being Mortal Discussion – Oct. 28
  Hootenanny – Oct. 29
  Prayer Workshop – Nov. 1



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!

Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, October 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Kirk Israel will lead a discussion on his comic book So You’re Going to Die. He and illustrator James Harvey, take us on a tour of thinkers, story tellers, commentators, and philosophers, and draw some of their own skeptical conclusions.

You may download a 19 megabyte version from

OR you can read it online at:
Kirk will bring hard copies of the comic book to the discussion for you to take home.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, October 15, 8:00pm, Classroom #4

Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. If you knit, crochet, quilt, bead or dabble in other low-miss crafts, please come join us. Projects could include creating items 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.

Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, October 18, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a golden age of cosmology. The Hubble Space Telescope can use light deflection by “nearby” galaxies to image-“take pictures of”-galaxies 100 times fainter than before.

Edwin introduces gravity as a lens and how looking outward in space means looking backward in time. Andrea shows Hubble Space Telescope pictures taken directly with its regular mirror lens–then images of galaxies at the edge of the universe that use intermediate galaxies as lenses.

Taken together, these different lenses show how the first galaxies formed, how they changed with time, and the part that black holes play in sculpting galaxies themselves. Are astronomers and astrophysicists motivated by professional prestige or by awe?

Refreshments served.

Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, October 18, 4pm, Conference Room

The newly formed diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members to the First Church as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities.

We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. For more information contact joe weiss


Wednesday, October 21, 11:45 am, Upper Hall
All Women and Men Welcome!

The Alliance lunch will be at 11:45 – 12:35pm at First Church in Belmont. Bring your own sandwich; we will provide beverages, chopped fruit, and dessert. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

The Alliance program will be at Tufts University’s Art Gallery. We will car pool, leaving First Church by 12:45 pm. At Tufts we will have free parking. The tour is about 45 minute long.

To help us prepare for the number of attendees for this event, it is important to notify Janice Zazinski (tel. 617-484-1054, x 201) and let her know that you will attend and the number of guests you will bring.


Downing Cless and Alice Trexler
Sunday, October 25, 12:30pm, Library

Meet representatives of three different climate action groups in our area. Presenting in a round table format, speakers from 350MASS, Mothers Up Front, and Sustainable Belmont will discuss their histories and upcoming projects with questions following. This program coordinates with the environmental campaign of the UUA and UUSC described in, and it is co-sponsored by FCBGreen.

Debora Hoffman: Mothers Out Front (Belmont group)
Tony Alcorn and Tom Neel: Sustainable Belmont
Downing Cless: 350MASS (Cambridge node)

Refreshments Served.

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 7:30pm, Library

Please join us for a discussion of physician/writer Atul Gawande’s powerful book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. In this beautifully written book Gawande, a surgeon and acclaimed writer, examines the ways in which modern medicine fails aging and dying patients, noting that many doctors fail to speak directly to their patients about death and thus miss the opportunity to help their dying patients live their last days, weeks, and months as fully as possible.

The late Oliver Sacks said of Being Mortal, “We have come to medicalize aging, frailty, and death, treating them as if they were just one more clinical problem to overcome. However, it is not only medicine that is needed in one’s declining years but life – a life with meaning, a life as rich and full as possible under the circumstances. Being Mortal is not only wise and deeply moving, it is an essential and insightful book for our times, as one would expect from Atul Gawande, one of our finest physician writers.”

The Book Group is open to all and does not require any commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at or Karl Klasson at if you are interested in participating.

Next month:

November 18 in the Parlor
We will discuss the poetry of Emily Dickinson; we also suggest reading I Never Came to You in White by Judith Farr, which is short novel based on Dickinson’s life and correspondence.


Jon Svetkey and others
Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30pm, Library

Have you ever wanted to just sit around the porch with a bunch of friends singing and strumming songs that you (mostly!) know? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned hootenanny!

Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just bring yourself. We’ll have lots of percussion instruments too.

And if you don’t play an instrument but just like to sing, we’ll find some of your favorite songs and all sing along. Bring your iPad, iPhone etc. so that we can pull up the words and just have a good time.

Most of all bring your enthusiasm. All levels encouraged! Moonshine not provided. But refreshments will be here for you.


Rev. David Bryce
Sunday, Nov. 1, 12:30pm, Library

Many Unitarian Universalists pray; many would like to but don’t know how; many would like to find new ways to pray.

This workshop will explore prayer in a variety of forms. It will be a combination of presentation and practice.


Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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