Upcoming Adult Programs

The Tiny Village of Izotalillo in El Salvador — Lanier Smythe

Sunday, Nov. 15, 12:30 – 2 p.m., Library

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. 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 SAC.

Theatre Discussion Series: Einstein’s Dreams — Jane Minasian and Debbie Dobbins

Sunday, Nov. 15, 3 – 5 p.m., Jane Minasian’s house

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. Contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org for more information.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee

Sunday, Nov. 15, 7 p.m., Library

Please join Belmont Against Racism, The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont police department and graduates of Youth Build as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

“Growing Up Trans”

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Parish Hall

“Frontline” – An intimate look at the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their families. 80 minute program followed by discussion

“Growing Up Trans” takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside a new medical frontier. Meet transgender children and their families willing to share stories of the struggles and choices they faced as they considered transitioning. Co-sponsored by Social Action, Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont Against Racism, Belmont/Watertown Amnesty International, Belmont High School Gay Straight Alliance.

Science and Spirituality — Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor

Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room

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: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo

“Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life” — Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor

Sunday, Nov. 22, 12:30 p.m., 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)

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