Belmont UU Alliance Lunch and Program

Wed., Oct. 21, 11:45am, Upper Hall

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.


Climate Activism in Boston

Alice Trexler and Downing Cless

Sunday, Oct. 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)


First Church Book Group

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.


Hootenanny/Jam Session

Jon Svetkey

Thursday, Oct. 29, 7:30pm, Library

Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer?

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 yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. Bring your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!


Prayer Workshop

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.

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