This week at First Church – Adult Programs

THE TINY VILLAGE OF IZOTILILLO
  Lanier Smythe
  Sunday, November 15, 12:30pm, Library

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
EINSTEIN’S DREAMS

Sunday, November 15, 3-5pm  RSVP to landerson@uubelmont.org

    Growing Up Trans – PBS Frontline viewing and discussion

   Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7pm in the Parish Hall

    Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life – Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor

   Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:30pm in the Library

 

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, November 12, 7:00pm
Kathy’s house – 68 Fairmont St., Belmont
Due to the musical performance, this meeting will take place
at Kathy Lind’s house.
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.

SUNDAY
THE TINY VILLAGE OF IZOTILILLO
Lanier Smythe
Sunday, November 15, 12:30pm, Library

Our church has a long history with El Salvador. We were a Sanctuary Church in the late 1980s when many refugees sought protection from deportation. Later several members of our church were active in the Sister City movement which paired us with El Higueral in Chalatenango Province, high in the mountains near Honduras. For the last three years Lanier has visited the area and become concerned for the welfare of the citizens of an even smaller village nearby, Izotalillo.

Lanier will share her experience and slides from those visits. Izotalillo, a two hour trek above El Higueral, has about 70 inhabitants who survive as subsistence farmers, growing corn and beans for their own use and more recently coffee as a small cash crop. Come to learn more about how these people work to improve their lives and the lives of their children. Specifically, donations from the Coffeehouse and the Social Action Committee have been used to promote education and a ongoing project related to coffee production. Our aim is to help them help themselves.

Co-sponsored by the Social Action Committee

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
EINSTEIN’S DREAMS
Jane Minasian and Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, November 15, 3-5pm
Jane’s house – 68 Snake Hill Road, Belmont
Due to the musical performance this event will take
place at Jane’s house. PLEASE RSVP TO LILLIAN.
Come join us to discuss your thoughts on Central Square Theatre’s recent production of Einstein’s Dreams,
by Alan Lightman.

Salman Rushdie said “It is at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written.” If you don’t have time to see it, you can always read it, or just come anyway and help us decide what play and format you would like to see for the winter version of our Theatre Discussion Series.

RSVP Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
AND LUNCH
Wednesday, November 18, 12:00pm, Upper Hall
All Women and Men Welcome!

The next Alliance lunch and program will be on Wednesday, November 18 from noon to 2:00 PM. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, chopped fruit, dessert, and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.

The Alliance program will be at 1 PM in the church library. The Belmont Animal Control Officer, John Maguranis, will speak about domestic animals and wildlife in Belmont.

To help us prepare for the number of attendees for this event, please let our First Church administrator, Janice Zazinski, know that you will attend and the number of guests you will bring. Janice’s contacts are: Tel. # 617-484-1054, x.201. Email = Janice Zazinski jzazinski@uubelmont.org.

 

GROWING UP TRANS
A PBS FRONTLINE SHOWING AND DISCUSSION
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7pm, Parish Hall

An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families

Growing Up Trans takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new medical frontier – where it’s now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex. Meet transgender children and their families willing to share stories of the struggles and choices they faced as they considered transitioning.

Panelists and Q & A to follow showing of documentary film.

Co-sponsored by:
Belmont Human Rights Commission
Belmont Gay Straight Alliance Committee
Belmont Against Racism
Belmont/Watertown Amnesty International
Belmont High School Gay Straight Alliance

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, Nov. 19, 7pm, Parish Hall

Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence M. Kraus.

Download an excerpt from http://eftaylor.com/sands

This book is based on a YouTube talk by Kraus:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo

12 STEPS TO A
COMPASSIONATE LIFE
Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, Nov. 22, 12:30pm, Library

“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” by Karen Armstrong. Can “compassion” save human beings from the selfish appeal of the Four F’s…feeding, fighting, fleeing and for want of a more suitable word, reproduction? Karen Armstrong, authority on religion, tells us “yes” and invites us to engage in the twelve steps of practicing compassion as a discipline in our lives.

We will look at these twelve steps and then ask ourselves, do we agree and if so, do we wish to join the Charter for Compassion?
(Reference: CharterForCompassion.org)

 

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

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