This week at First Church April 4 – 10

                       April 15   Potluck and Program     “Behind the Headlines: What Gravity Waves Tell Us About the Universe”;  Andrea Prestwich & Edwin Taylor

    April 24    “Solar Flares”  
  April 26   “Salsa Sensation”  
  April 27   Film and Discussion – “Pariah”    #40toNoneDay
  April 29    Women’s Spring Potluck

  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!


Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, 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


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.

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

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.


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.

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 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.



“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 to RSVP or to sign-up or for childcare.


Wednesday, April 20, 12:00pm, Upper Hall

Please contact Janice Zazinski right away (tel. # 617-484-1054, x. 201) to register yourself and friends for the lunch so that we will have enough Lobster Rolls for everyone. (The final deadline for signing up for a Lobster Roll is Thursday, April 14th.) This lovely once-a-year Lobster Roll Lunch also includes salad and dessert. The price for this luncheon is $12 per person.

Our Annual Meeting will begin at noon and will include voting for new Alliance officers (co-presidents, secretary, etc.). The voting is restricted to paid members of the Alliance. If you have not yet paid for your 2015-16 membership, please bring an additional $15 to pay for your membership at this meeting, so that you can vote.

Lunch will be served following our annual meeting.


Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 21, 7:00pm, 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, April 21, 7:30pm, Conference Room

This month Edwin Taylor will lead a discussion on two books:
Travels with Epicurus by Daniel Klein and
Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle. On the surface, conversation brings advice for living; more deeply, conversation is living itself. Download the reading from:

Steve Saar
Sunday, April 24, 12:30pm, Library

Many stars (including the sun) have “flares”. A flare is a sudden flash of brightness observed near the sun’s surface. BUT flares have potentially HUGE implications for us humans. A really big flare plus CME (a superstorm) has the potential to knock out satellites (e.g. weather satellites and GPS) as well as bring down the electrical grid. It will also lead to spectacular “northern lights” but that will be small consolation if civilization is temporarily brought to its knees! Steve will describe efforts to find out just how often these super flares happen.

Patricia Garcia and Laurie Carter Noble
Tuesday, April 26 and May 3, 7-9 pm, Parish Hall

Join us for two evenings of Cuban music, dance and culture. Cuba has been a pioneer in the visual arts, music and dance throughout its history. Learn about this unique country and its gifts to our own artistic heritage. We will conclude our celebration with a Salsa demonstration and ask all of you to join in the fun. Come dance with us!


Jess Hicks
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Join us for a film and discussion for #40toNoneDay. In the United States an estimated 1.6 million youth are homeless each year, and up to 40% of them identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. #40toNoneDay, a national day to raise awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, invites us all to gather together and get involved to make a difference and work toward bringing an end to homelessness in the LGBT youth community.

On this #40toNoneDay, we will watch “Pariah” – the story of a lesbian teen in the Bronx who learns to balance the open expression of her sexuality among her close friends while keeping it hidden from her religious parents. After the film, we will discuss the impact of this story and how it relates to some of the real-life difficulties some youth in the LGBTQIA+ community face (family rejection, homelessness, poverty, abuse) along with some of the ways communities such as ours can work to foster broader acceptance and understanding and youth resilience. 86 minute film followed by discussion.

Co-sponsored by Youth, CRE, Adult Programs and Social Action.

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. It is this year’s One Book One Belmont selection and Anita Diamant will be speaking in Belmont at the Beech Stree Center on Tuesday, April 26, at 7pm. There are also other events structured around Diamant’s visit. The link to find out about more of them is:

Anita Diamant’s “vivid, affectionate portrait of American womanhood” (Los Angeles Times), follows the life of one woman, Addie Baum, through a period of dramatic change. Addie is The Boston Girl, the spirited daughter of an immigrant Jewish family, born in 1900 to parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, Addie’s intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine-a world of short skirts, movies, celebrity culture, and new opportunities for women.


Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30pm, Parlor

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
Friday, April 29, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Celebrate spring by joining with new friends and old to share food, beverage and fun. Bring a dish to share + a beverage of your choice and encourage all to attend this semi-annual event.

Spring 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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