This week at First Church – March 21-27

 

           April 3 – UUA Tour and Refreshments – Registration required.  contact landerson@uubelmont.org
  April 10 – UU Purposes and Principles with Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
  April 10 – Theatre Discussion at 3pm;  “Bootycandy” at Speakeasy Theatre
    April 15 – Potluck and Program – “Gravitational Waves” with Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor

 

 MONDAY

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!

TUESDAY
“FIVE WISHES”
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.”

 

WEDNESDAY
BREAST CANCER WELLNESS JOURNEY
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 mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

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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: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

 

THURSDAY
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

SPEAKERS
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: belmontagainstracism@gmail.com

SPONSORED BY:
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)

COMING UP:

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
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!

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 (landerson@uubelmont.org).

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, April 7, 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? This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 7, 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org.

 

UU PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLES
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.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Andrea Prestwich
Sunday, April 10, 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.

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 10, 3pm, Parlor

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 http://www.speakeasystage.com/bootycandy/ 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.

 

POTLUCK SUPPER AND PROGRAM
“Behind the Headlines: What Gravity Waves Tell Us About the Universe”
Andrea Prestwich & Edwin Taylor
Friday, April 15, 7pm – potluck; 8pm – program
Upper Hall and Parish Hall

Join the Adult Programs Committee for a shared potluck supper (bring whatever you’d like to share + beverage) followed by an interesting program. RSVP for the supper. Childcare will be provided upon request. Please contact landerson@uubelmont.org to sign-up or for childcare.

Winter Brochure is here

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

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