The Unitarian – April 26, 2016

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Sunday Worship — May 1

Youth Group Sunday
The senior class will share personal reflections on their time at First Church, the junior class will give a musical tribute to the graduating seniors and the sophomore class will share a story for all ages. This is an opportunity to learn what our church community has meant to our youth over the years.

Welcome and Announcements: 9 a.m. Betsy George; 11 a.m. Jackie James

9 a.m. Ushers: Ana Hammock, Sara Oaklander & John Kolterman
11 a.m. Ushers: Connie DiCocco, Katharine Canfield, Karsten Kueppenbender & Mariko Findell

Lay Pastoral Care: 9 a.m. Janet Amphlett; 11 a.m. Tom Neel

The flowers on the Chancel table this Sunday are given by Evelyn Corsini Alcorn and Tony Alcorn to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their marriage at First Church Belmont.

  • Services at 9 & 11 a.m.; childcare is provided.
  • Sunday, May 8 — Coming of Age CeremonyRev. David Bryce
  • Sermon archive

Reflections from Rev. David Bryce, Senior Minister

Last Tuesday (April 13) I spent the day in Boston with other Unitarian Universalists from around the state who were lobbying their representatives in the legislature.
     There is something very energizing about being with other people who share your values and are actively engaging in expressing them.
     Something happens in that setting. When we are with others and are feeding off of each other’s presence, we become much more committed to our goals and much more able to express them.
     We truly are a communal species.
     That doesn’t mean we always like being with other people, or always like the people we find ourselves with; but it does mean that we become more filled with the spirit of optimism and more fully capable of action when we are with others.
     I know that for me that is part or the reason for congregations. While I can find “God” or can connect with the Ultimate Source when I am out in nature on my own, somehow being with others who are engaged in seeking the spiritual deepens my sense of the worship experience.
     I know there are those for whom the solitary connection with the All is what is most important—or even is the only important path to spirituality.
     Solitary moments are important, but I am grateful for–and better suited to–the collective endeavor.
     And I am especially grateful for a collective endeavor like ours which allows me the freedom to explore various beliefs.
     Whether our Unitarian Universalist gatherings take place in Societies, Fellowships, Churches or Congregations they all provide the same opportunity for communal worship. And for that I am deeply thankful.

A Call to the Annual Meeting at The First Church In Belmont: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 4 p.m.

Pursuant to a call by Todd Schatzki, President of the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the election of officers, status of next year’s budget, committee highlights, and the transaction of such other businesses as may lawfully come before the meeting.
     Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.
     Only active adult members, who have had standing as such for not less than seven days prior to the meeting, may vote. No proxies will be accepted: you must attend the meeting in order to vote.
—Downing Cless, Parish Clerk

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Children’s Religious Education: It Takes a Congregation

On Sunday, April 24th our combined grades 1-6 class celebrated a second Jewish holiday this spring: Pesach or Passover. Our lesson began with prayer such as, Baruch atta Adonai, eloheynu meleh ha-olom, she-heh-he-yanu, ve-kiy’manu, ve-higi-an la-z’man hazeh. Praised be Thou, our God, who hast kept us alive and sustained us, and brought us to this season.
Each year during Pesach, Jews around the world engage in embodied ritual, the Passover Seder. During the Seder, which, like many Jewish holidays, is a home-centered tradition, the story of the Jewish people and their journey to freedom (Exodus 1:1-15:21) is re-told and passed down to the younger generation through a set of four questions, prayers, traditional songs, and special foods. The Exodus is a story of an enslaved people throwing off the yoke of bondage and enduring tremendous hardships on their way to the Promised Land.
     The symbolism of the Exodus has also been embraced in the African Diaspora. The well-known African-American spiritual “Go Down Moses” — often sung as part of the Seder — is an example of how the Exodus metaphor was incorporated into American slave culture. A later musical interpretation is reggae legend Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1977 song “Exodus.” The lyrics say, “Exodus, movement of Jah people / Send us another Brother Moses gonna cross the Red Sea Liberation /… Jah come to break down ‘pression, rule equality / Wipe away transgression, set the captives free…” Marley wrote “Exodus” in response to the religious politics in Jamaica during an election year. Marley’s reggae espoused a theology of liberation.
     Theologies of liberation are found throughout the world’s religions. All liberative theologies and ethics of risk are defined and lead from the inside by the oppressed and the marginalized, and the particulars of the context are crucial to its form and substance. All three of the Abrahamic religions — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — view Moses as a liberative leader and use the story of the Exodus to inspire followers to seek freedom.
     Liberation theology as contextualized praxis is most frequently anchored in rereading the texts of the tradition as metaphors for the present historical context of the oppressed and marginalized. Black Liberation Theology is one result. Black Lives Matter is the political equivalent of Black Liberation Theology.
     Catholic liberation theology, which arose in 20th century South America, where Pope Francis served as a priest, is another example of the marginalized and oppressed using their faith to effect systemic change. They look to Jesus as a liberative leader. Jesus was a radical, non-violent revolutionary; his call — his mission — was to free the people from oppressive Roman rule. Jesus did “not see the day of our liberation physically” but he contributed to the struggle. As Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu reminds us, Liberation is Costly (#593 in Singing the Living Tradition): “We must remember that liberation is costly. It needs unity. We must hold hands and refuse to be divided. We must be ready.”
     The Passover Seder is an annual reminder for the Jewish people, their friends and allies who gather around the table with them, that liberation is costly. Each year at the end of the Seder, Jews around the world bring this story from the beginnings of their faith tradition up into the present day. They speak about the costs of enduring as faithful people through the nightmares of the Holocaust. They speak about the hard won freedoms of democracy. They lift up the struggles for freedom from oppression by all people. They remember that black lives matter; that refugees from war-torn countries need safe places to live and work that is meaningful. They affirm the worth and dignity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and promote civil rights for all.
     Despite the plagues and hardships remembered in the Passover Haggadah, it is ultimately a ritual of hope. Liberation is costly, but it brings us to the Promised Land. “Let us be united, let us be filled with hope, let us be those who respect one another” (Desmond Tutu). We can and we will overcome and be free.
     ~ Charlotte Lehmann

Mark Your Calendars – Events of Interest to Families

  • “Pariah,” film showing, 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27th – a Forty to None Day event. The film, “Pariah” will be shown this evening with a discussion of issues related to LGBT youth homelessness following the movie. According to True Colors, “approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT young people make up less than 7% of the general youth population.” The goal of True Colors is to reduce the disproportionate percentage from 40% to none (
  • Stand Up Campaign, 1-4 p.m., Sunday, May 1st at the Belmont Public Library. If you are concerned about the deterioration of public, civil discourse, please join Donna Ruvolo and other concerned citizens for this event.

CRE Volunteer Opportunities for All at FCB

  • Sign up to teach in any of the CRE classes on Sunday mornings: You will need to have recent background check (done by FCB in the last 2 years) or submit a new one using the form on-line:
  • Would your family like to lead the Chalice Lighting during the worship service one Sunday this year? CRE is coordinating this effort to involve families in this element of the worship service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month. Click to sign-up: You will receive an e-mail reminder.
  • Non-parent teacher-volunteers are needed to assist our Childcare Provider, Denise Azar, in the Nursery at 9 and 11 am each Sunday. You can easily sign-up for this volunteer opportunity here: You will receive an e-mail reminder.

Children’s Religious Education Program Registration and Information:
If you haven’t registered your children for CRE, please do so ASAP using the registration link found on the Children’s Religious Education page of the FCB website ( which allows you to register children from birth through 12thgrade. All children must be registered for CRE.

~ Charlotte Lehmann, Acting Director of Children’s Religious Education
Office hours: Tues-Weds, 10am-6pm. E-mail:

UUA General Assembly 2016: June 22 – 26, Columbus, Ohio

What is General Assembly?
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.
     The theme for GA 2016 will be “Heart Land: Where Faiths Connect.” General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, Ohio will assemble leaders and communities of many faiths to worship together, learn from one another, and create a new vision of faith that no longer divides us, but connects us to an interdependent future that works for all.

How do I become one of First Church’s eight delegates?
First Church Membership is required to represent our congregation. For more information about GA go to If you are interested in attending, e-mail Rev. David Bryce at immediately; registration fees increase after May 1.

An Invitation to the Upcoming COA Ceremony

These services are a celebration of the values that we are passing on to the next generation and can also be a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested in learning more about our church community and the role it plays in the lives of our youth. Seventh- and eighth-graders and their families are especially encouraged to join us so they can learn more about what lays ahead for them.

COA Ceremony: Sunday, May 8 – 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
This is a great chance to get a glimpse into ninth grade. The Coming of Age program creates a supportive environment where youth are able to explore big questions, reflect on their beliefs, and ultimately to have the confidence to make decisions based on their values. In this program, participants explore their UU roots alongside the personal beliefs and values that they are developing. Together with adult mentors, youth put their faith into action through community service projects, social action and by working to develop language to express their personal beliefs. The Coming of Age culminates when the youth share their personal credo statements with the congregation at the COA Ceremony.
     Contact Julie Ennis with any questions you might have about our youth programs:

Housing Available

Trudy Eyges has for rent:
     Comfortable, furnished room in lovely house on the Hill; off street parking; central a/c. Quiet and green. Garden work possible. Rent on request. Call Trudy at 617-484-6833.

Belmont Religious Council’s Annual Meeting: Belmont a Partner in Refugee Resettlement

The Belmont Religious Council’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 5, 2016 at the First Church of Belmont from 7 – 8:30 p.m. The theme is a kick-off for a potential consortium of faith and community groups to work together to help resettle refugees coming to Massachusetts. Organizers will provide information and open dialogue about the feasibility of Belmont’s residents becoming a partner in the Resettle Together – Partners in Local Refugee Resettlement program led by the International Institute of New England (IINE).
     IINE’s Director of Partner Engagement, Cheryl Hamilton, will describe the resettlement process and discuss actions concerned Belmontians can take to help locally alleviate the consequences of the world refugee crisis. Cheryl and her staff will speak for 45-minutes, following the BRC’s business meeting, and then there will be Q&A for an additional 30-minutes. At the conclusion, interested people can meet to explore getting to work, i.e., next steps. Participants do not need to be a Belmont citizen or a member of a faith-based organization in order to join in this discussion.

~ Sam James

Payson Park Church invites FCB to its April 30 Gospel Concert to support City Mission

Saturday, April 30, 6 – 8 p.m.

Payson Park Church and Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton are co-sponsoring a gospel concert in honor of the 200th anniversary of City Mission of Boston. This local mission is in the forefront of preventing family homelessness in the Boston area.
     City Mission focuses on direct services to families on the brink of homelessness, service learning programs for cross-cultural sharing and public advocacy centered on combating poverty. The proceeds of this fund-raising concert will go to City Mission as it celebrates “A Good 200 Years of Good.” (
     This will be a lively evening of joyous song and praise music by the choirs of Myrtle Baptist Church and Union Church of Waban, The Wilson Family Gospel Singers and a group of Payson Park singers. The master of ceremony will be The Rev. Dr. Emmett Price III, an expert on African-American music and Christian worship.
     Order tickets online at: Thank you for supporting City Mission!

Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, May 8

Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 20th Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 8 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to and sign up as an individual or as part of the Belmont group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you. Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street. Dorchester, Mass. 02122.
     Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at

Adult Programs News – the Spring Brochure is now online

“Salsa Sensation,” with Patricia Garcia and Laurie Carter Noble
Tuesday, April 26 and May 3, 7-9 p.m., 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!

Film and Discussion: “Pariah”
#40toNoneDay — Jess Hicks
Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 p.m., 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.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., 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 Street Center on Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. 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.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 27, 7:30 p.m., 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!

Women’s Spring Potluck Supper — Adult Programs Committee
Friday, April 29, 7:00 p.m., 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.

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 5, 7:30p.m., 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.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 5, 8 p.m., 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-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 at with any questions.

Men’s Spring Potluck Supper — Jim Staton and the Adult Programs Committee
Friday, May 6, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
Join in the fun and friendship of this gathering. Just bring the beverage of your choice and either an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert to share. Contact Jim at for more information or to sign up.

Jimmy Tingle for President — SAC and A Path Appears in Belmont
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., Belmont High School, Concord Ave.
Unique, funny, pure entertainment. Humor for Humanity and A Path Appears in Belmont are pleased to announce a unique opportunity to FEEL GOOD.
     Funds raised are going to support the top three issues identified in the community surveys collected at the A Path Appears in Belmont events last year, leading up to bringing Nicholas Kristof to Belmont. These are Hunger, Education/Literacy and Homelessness. The three organizations selected are The Belmont Food Pantry, Belmont METCO and Bristol Lodge.
“Jimmy Tingle captures the sweet spot between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. His unique brand of topical yet timeless comedy is as insightful as it is hilarious. Jimmy Tingle will make you laugh, make you think, and make you feel better. Clean, funny intelligent humor for all audiences.” — Comedian and commentator seen on 60 Minutes II and MSNBC
     Tickets $30 each available on or

From the UU Urban Ministry

UUUM Annual Meeting, Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
The UU Urban Ministry has moved this important event to Sunday in the hope that more of our friends will be able to join us. Same great gathering, different day! We’ll see you there! Details at

From Rev. Hinds – Seeking Congregational Leaders
A few months ago we hosted an Anti-Racism Summit at the UU Urban Ministry. More than 140 Unitarian Universalists from around the Boston area, including many of you, attended. It was a very successful and energizing day and we would like to keep the momentum going.
     Here at the UUUM we would like to try forming a UU network of congregational leaders in Anti-Racism work. We imagine quarterly meetings that serve primarily as a way for UU’s to gather around this important issues and figure out how to stand with organizations and groups run by and in support of people of color in Boston. It may be educational or oriented towards action. We will figure it out together. Either way, we hope by coming together lay leaders will create a resource network that will strengthen the capacity of each individual congregation and the movement towards racial justice.
     Can you think of 1-2 people from your congregation that would be a good fit for this group? We are looking for strong, creative, and thoughtful anti-racism leaders from each congregation and I welcome your suggestions.
     Our first meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17th from 6-8pm. Contact for information.

Program & Committee Updates

FCB Green Meeting on Gas Leaks, April 27
Did you know that within its 4.6 square miles Belmont has 80 gas leaks, the oldest dating back to 1996? Only 7 are scheduled to be fixed within the year. The methane they leak is 84 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period, contributing to climate change.
     Who pays for the leaked gas? We, the consumers.
     Join FCB Green Group, Sustainable Belmont, and Mothers Out Front for a gas leaks presentation on April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Belmont Library Assembly Room.

Pilgrim Window Update
Many of you are looking forward to seeing our beloved Window in full daylight. We’re currently waiting for the plans for the exterior glazing frame to be finalized by the fabricator and reviewed by our engineer. Then the frame will be fabricated and installed with protective glazing over the Window. The process has been agonizingly slow, but we’re confident that by doing our research and taking our time, the Window will be protected for and enjoyed by many generations to come.

Grow Clinic!
Thanks for your contributions of vitamins to help nourish the medically fragile infants and toddlers at the Grow Clinic. altFlintstone Chewables. Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. What generosity of spirit and pocketbook! Thanks very, very much!
     Pick up a food list for shopping or bring an April Special Request: Vitamins
     Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Team Monthly Note (April)
From the web site:
In the wake of the Flint lead poisoning disaster, we need to ask ourselves and our elected officials: how can we let this happen? Today, one in five U.S. families are forced to spend more than they can afford — between 5 and 20 percent of their income — on water. Black and Latino communities are often hit hardest by these staggering expenses — and even at these outrageous prices, that water isn’t necessarily safe.
     Sign the petition on in the Advocacy section of “Take Action” to tell the EPA: ensure access to safe, affordable drinking water and adequate sanitation. The Obama Administration won’t do it unless they hear from us.
     UUSC is also working with partners in Michigan, including the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, the Detroit People’s Water Board, and Michigan UU Social Justice Network, to pass legislation led by state representative Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) that aims to begin restoring justice in Flint and prevent water disasters in the future.

~ Alice Trexler for the UUSC Team

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

From the UU Urban Ministry — details at

  • UUUM Annual Meeting, Sunday, May 15 at 1 p.m.
    After many years of holding our Annual Meetings on Thursdays, the UU Urban Ministry is moving this important event to Sunday in the hope that more of our friends will be able to join us. Same great gathering, different day! We’ll see you there!

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Church Staff

Senior Minister: Rev. David Bryce — 617-484-1054, ext. 202;
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Dr. Victor Carpenter — 617-676-6186;
Minister of Music Emerita: Rev. Alfa Joy Radford —
Director of Music: Ian Garvie — 617-484-1054, ext. 206;
Organist & Assistant Music Director: Dylan Sauerwald — 617-484-1054, ext. 206;
Acting Director of CRE: Charlotte Lehmann — 617-484-1054, ext. 205;
Director of Youth Programs: Julie Ennis — 617-484-1054, ext. 204;
Adult Programs Advisor: Lillian Anderson — 617-484-1054, ext. 207;
Church Administrator: Janice Zazinski — 617-484-1054, ext. 201;
Membership Coordinator: Jim Staton — 617-484-1054, ext. 207;
Sexton: Luis Carrion — 617-484-1054

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3

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Mailing:   PO Box 113, Belmont, Mass. 02478

Parish Board, 2015 – 2016

President: Todd Schatzki —
Vice President: Ana Hammock —
Treasurer: Penny Schafer —
Clerk: Downing Cless —
Ex-Officio President: Carolyn Howard —


  • Catherine Claypoole
  • Deveaux Duckworth
  • Betsy George
  • Peter Guthrie
  • Jackie James
  • Sarah Oaklander
  • Jack Weis

Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Lower Hall bulletin board.

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