Tuesday, March 8 – Understanding Hospice
Wednesday, March 9 – Prequel to Major Music
Sunday, March 13 – Transcending the Gender Binary
March 22 – Five Wishes
April 3 – UUA Tour – Registration required
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!
Adult Programs Committee
Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 pm, Parish Hall
In this series we will provide useful information to anyone who might need hospice services for themselves or their loved ones in the future.
Our first program dealt with what is hospice, who gets into it, who pays for hospice care and other basic questions. Part II will focus on the role of the hospice volunteer, hear from several volunteers, and allow time for us to share our own experiences with hospice care.
On March 22nd we will focus on the Five Wishes, which spells out what we specifically want at the end of our lives.
BREAST CANCER WELLNESS JOURNEY
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 8pm; March 23, April 6, 7:30 pm, Parlor
An educational series focusing on life and wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be an education topic for discussion as well as an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment. For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at email@example.com.
PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Wednesday, March 9, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
Join our First Church Music Director, Ian Garvie, who will help us to understand the complexities of Mozart’s Requiem, the music chosen for our Major Music Sunday on March 20th.
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 10, 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.
TRANSCENDING THE GENDER BINARY: HOW TO BE AN ALLY AND AN ACTIVIST
Sunday, March 13, 12:30pm, Parish Hall
How do you gender yourself and others? This workshop utilizes experiential activities to investigate the gender binary through informative conversation and an introductory deconstruction of interlocking forms of systemic oppression. We will explore the connections among gender identity, biological sex, and sexuality in an effort to unravel the complexities and meanings of gender. Participants will be offered tools to aid them in becoming an activist and an ally in the gender justice movement.
Multigenerational Event. Light refreshments.
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Sunday, March 13, 2:30pm, Library
Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Childcare upon request. Snacks provided.
BELMONT ALLIANCE PROGRAM AND LUNCH
Wednesday, March 16, 12pm, Upper Hall
All men and women welcome!
Bring your own sandwich and we will provide soup, beverages, chopped fruit, and cookies. The suggested lunch donation is $1.00 per person.
After lunch Marian Melnick will portray
Fannie Barrier Williams (born 1855, died 1944) an African American woman educator, political activist, and women’s rights advocate from New York.
To help us prepare for the number of attendees for this event, please notify Janice Zazinski that you will attend and the number of guests you will bring.
Janice’s contact information is: email – Janice ZAZINSKI firstname.lastname@example.org
and tel. 617-484-1054, x.201.
FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
(FORMERLY “LIVING WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS”)
Thursday, March 17, 7pm, Tinkham Room
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken Bernstein and Edwin Taylor
Thursday, March 17, 7:30pm, Conference Room
The topic for discussion is Isaiah Berlin, once described as the greatest English intellect of the 20th century. Ken Bernstein will start the discussion with a SHORT biography of Berlin derived from the book by Michael Ignatieff. We will then discuss one of Berlin’s many essays (marked as Berlin.pdf) at Edwin Taylor’s drop site accessed through eftaylor.com/sands.
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Thursday, March 17, 8pm, Location TBD
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-mess 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 for location email@example.com.
Adult Programs Committee
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm, Parlor
We will conclude our series on end of life issues by discussing the FIVE WISHES.
“Five Wishes is an easy-to-use legal document written in everyday language that lets adults of all ages plan how they want to be cared for in case they become seriously ill. It is America’s most popular living will with more than 23 million copies in circulation.
Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it speaks to all a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also helps structure discussions with your family and physician.”
The document includes many of the subjects we have explored in our previous programs (Understanding Hospice, The Conversation Project and Being Mortal).
Eleanor Hobbs, who has used this document in her medical practice, will be available to clarify and answer medical questions.
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm, Library
This month’s selection is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for the Gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin by Daniel James Brown.
Here is Smithsonian Magazine’s praise for Brown’s compelling story of the US men’s 1936 Olympics eight-oar rowing team:
Brown’s book juxtaposes the coming together of the Washington crew team against the Nazis’ preparations for the Games, weaving together a history that feels both intimately personal and weighty in its larger historical implications. This book has already been bought for cinematic development, and it’s easy to see why: When Brown, a Seattle-based nonfiction writer, describes a race, you feel the splash as the oars slice the water, the burning in the young men’s muscles and the incredible drive that propelled these rowers to glory.
The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session. Please contact Anne Stuart at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Karl Klasson at email@example.com to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.
MUSLIMS IN AMERICA: HEARING THEIR STORY
WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW TO COUNTER BIGOTRY
Social Action Committee
Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm, Beth El Temple Center
Ali Asani: Professor of Indo-Muslim & Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University
Shannon Erwin: Attorney & Executive Director, Muslim Justice League
Dr. Asif Razvi: Outreach Committee of the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Belmont Against Racism, Belmont Human Rights Commission, Belmont Religious Council, Beth El Temple Center Social Action Committee, &
The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist Social Action Committee.
Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue,
Belmont, MA (Parking lot entrance on Blanchard Road)
Wednesday, March 30, 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 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. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. We’ll have copies of “Rise Up Singing”.
All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesday of every month!
UUA TOUR AND REFRESHMENTS
Adult Programs Committee
Sunday, April 3, 12:30pm, Library
Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, has a new headquarters at 24 Farnsworth St., Boston. Previously located at 25 Beacon St., right next door to the Statehouse, this move was necessary to provide for a wider range of services.
Join David Bryce and Jim Staton for some light refreshments at First Church before we carpool for the 2pm tour of the building.
Register by contacting Lillian Anderson (email@example.com).
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Adult Programs Coordinator
617-484-1054 Ext. 207
FCB Website: uubelmont.org
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