This week at First church March 14 -20


    March 22 – “Five Wishes” 
    April 3 – UUA Tour  Registration required
    April 10 – UU Purposes and Principles
    April 10 – Theatre Discussion – Bootycandy at Speakeasy Theatre


  James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Classroom #7

  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, Feb. 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
and tel. 617-484-1054, x.201.


Kathy Lind
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.

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

Eva Patalas
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


Adult Programs Committee
Tuesday, March 22, 7:30pm, Parlor

We will conclude our series on end of life issues by discussing the FIVE WISHES. 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.

“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.”

Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, Mar. 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


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: or Karl Klasson at to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.


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

For more information, contact:

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)

Jon Svetkey
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!

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 (


Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, April 10, 12:30pm, Library

“Unitarian Universalists can believe anything they want to believe.” WAIT! That is not true. Let’s look at our Principles and recognize again the religious demand they place on our lives. Refreshments served.

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person 2. Justice, equity and
compassion in human relations 3. Acceptance of one another and
encouragement to spiritual growth 4. A free and responsible search for truth
and meaning 5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic
process 6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for
all 7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 10, 3pm, Library

Attend the theatre with friends or on your own and join an informed, lively discussion about the play. Our next discussion will be about the play listed below.

Bootycandy is performing at the SpeakEasy Stage from March 12 – April 9th.

This unconventionally provocative play by Robert O’Hara is over-the-top and definitely bawdy but thought-provoking. Bootycandy was voted by the NYTimes as one of the top 10 plays of 2014.

The play contains strong language, mature themes and full nudity.

Winter Brochure is here

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

FCB Website:
Adult Programs Brochure:Winter Brochure is here

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