Adult Programs – November 16 – 22

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

   Prequel to Major Music – Dec. 2
   Holiday Fair – Dec. 6

 

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

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!

WEDNESDAY
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.

 

First Church Book Group   Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30pm, Parlor

We invite you to read some of Dickinson’s more than 1700 beguiling poems and bring one or two to share with us. You can find Dickinson’s poems in collections and anthologies in many libraries. I have been reading a few poems each night at bedtime; here are two that caught my eye:

12
The morns are meeker than they were –
The nuts are getting brown –
The berry’s cheek is plumper –
The Rose is out of town.

The Maple wears a gayer scarf –
The field a scarlet gown –
Lest I should be old fashioned
I’ll put a trinket on.

77
I never hear the word “escape”
Without a quicker blood,
A sudden expectation,
A flying attitude!

I never hear of prisons broad
By soldiers battered down,
But I tug childish at my bars
Only to fail again!

Also, we recommend Judith Farr’s slim novel I Never Came to You in White: A Novel about Emily Dickinson.

 

THURSDAY
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, 7:30pm, 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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 19, 8pm, 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.

 

SUNDAY
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). Refreshments served.

 

COMING UP:

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wed., Dec. 2, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Join First Church Music Director, Ian Garvie as he helps us understand and appreciate the complexity of our Christmastime Major Music Service -The Magnificat, Wq 215, by C. P. E. Bach.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30pm, conference room

Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.

 

HOLIDAY FAIR
Social Action Committee
Sunday, Dec. 6, 10:30am – 1:30pm, Parish Hall

Does your Holiday shopping need a shot in the arm? Looking for a unique gift that will indisputably receive ooohs and ahhhs? Trying desperately to spend your hard earned money on gifts that benefit something other than large corporations? Come to the Holiday Gift Fair and buy gifts that give twice. Experience the pleasure of
knowing your purchasing power is really working to help people in so many ways. Discover unique gifts that support fragile situations and worthy causes. There are
wonderful gifts for everyone on your list, so please join us at this festive occasion

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org
Adult Programs Brochure:Fall brochure is here

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