This week at First church September 12 – 18


  September 23 – Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War  7pm, Parish Hall

  September 25 – UUA General Assembly Reflections, 10:15am, Parlor
     Transylvania Trip Report  12:15pm, Parish Hall


  James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Classroom #5

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!


Martin Plass
Every Tuesday, 10-11:30am, Library

The jobseeker buddy group is a small support group for people looking for new or better jobs. We provide encouragement, feedback, ideas, resume suggestions, job leads, unemployment assistance, advice and networking opportuniites to each other.
For more information contact For a list of needed jobs go to


Kathy Lind
Thursday, Sept. 15, 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 and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

The discussion, led by Nicole Bernstein, will be based on readings from the book
The Throwing Madonna (McGraw-Hill, 1983) by William H. Calvin. These readings will be posted (by September 7) on our email “drop site, accessed through the site:

The cited reference is a group of essays describing the development and
organization of the human brain (as it was accepted 30+ years ago), but the ensuing discussion will go further by including current understandings.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, Sept. 15, 8:00pm, 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 with any questions and for location.


Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Sept. 18, 4:00pm, Parlor

This diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4-5:30pm. Contact for more information or to participate.



(Men and Women)
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 12pm

Please join us for the Belmont UU Alliance
Concord River Boat Cruise & Luncheon. Make your reservation early as we are limited to 20 seats. We will carpool from the Church at 12 noon; the cruise leaves the dock at 1:00pm from the South Bridge Boat House, 496 Main St. (route 62), Concord.

Please contact our First Church Administrator, Janice Zazinski (617-484-1054) for reservations by September 10th. Inform Janice of your sandwich choice for lunch: chicken or tuna salad, ham & cheese, sliced turkey, vegetarian. Lunch also includes salad, fruit, dessert and drink.

Please make your $30.00 check payable to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance and deliver or mail it to the Church at First Church Belmont UU , P.O. Box 113, Belmont, MA 02478.


Adult Programs, SAC, UUSC
Friday, Sept. 23, 7pm, Parish Hall

Released as a PBS documentary and airing on 9/20/16,
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War is the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a young Unitarian minister and his wife who undertook secret missions in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents and refugee children at great personal sacrifice.

Those missions by the Sharps, in 1939 and 1940, were the first undertaken by the new Unitarian Service Committee – which was founded by members of The First Church in Belmont. That heroic rescue effort continued until the end of the war.

This film is a powerful reminder of the never-ending refugee crisis which continues to cry out for our attention.

Join the Social Action Committee, UUSC and the Adult Programs Committees for discussion and refreshments following the 90-minute film.


Alice Trexler, Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Lillian Anderson, Downing Cless
Sunday, Sept. 25, 10:15 am, Parlor

Each year in June, UU congregations send members and delegates to participate in General Assembly. It is a way to share information and make collective decisions that affect all of us. Our impressions will give you some idea of the current issues and transmit our excitement about the impact. Join us in the parlor between services!

Transylvania Partner Church Committee
Sunday, Sept. 25, 12:15 am, Parish Hall

On June 30th, thirteen First Church members and friends embarked together on what was to become a profoundly meaningful 10-day pilgrimage with our Transylvanian partners. We invite you to share this experience with us. Come join us for reflections, fellowship, and incriminating videos. Light refreshments provided and gratefully accepted.

Social Action Committee
Sunday, Sept. 25, 7pm, Library

Please join members of the Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious
Council, Belmont Against Racism, the Belmont police department and
graduates of YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end
racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

Jon Svetkey and friends
Wed., Sept. 28, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Welcome back to the start of our fall singing!

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 Hootenanny. 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!


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7:30pm, Library

Our September book will be
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, a slim but memorable and graceful book that will provide us with much to discuss.

In Our Souls at Night, Haruf shows us two lonely neighbors who find unexpected companionship, share reflections on their lives, and scandalize the neighborhood. In developing the quiet story of Addie Moore and Louis Waters, Haruf provides an exquisite meditation on life’s meaning and its ending.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a continuing commitment. Please contact Anne Stuart at with questions and to confirm attendance.

Happy reading!

Adult Programs Committee
Friday, Sept. 30, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Welcome back from summer. Please save the date for this opportunity to share food, talk and laughter with old friends and new. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert + the beverage of your choice.

a Benefit Concert
for Central American Families Seeking Asylum in Massachusetts
Social Action Committee
Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

The Loomers with The Blood Mountain Brothers and a special guest appearance by The Yellow Room
(Jon Svetkey and Heather Quay).

Tickets will be $25 at the door; buy tickets in advance: Donations can be made here:

Bev Freeman, a First Church member, and through the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, is leading a project to help 86 Central American families. These are women and their children who are seeking asylum in the US, and were previously incarcerated in Texas after crossing the border. After their release from prison, these families have migrated to Massachusetts to join a family member or friend for temporary housing.

Bev’s goal is to raise $35,000 to support a case-manager position at the Irish International Immigrant Center, which has long-established relationships with resettlement non-profit agencies and other local services The case manager would immediately extend services to this population.

Bev is happy to hear from people who would like to help these women, especially if you are Spanish-speaking, and she seeks additional ideas and help concerning the fundraising. Donations to IIIC are welcome (see link) and she hopes to see many people at the benefit concert! Contact

FCB Green
Sundays, Oct. 2 and 23, 12:30pm;
Monday, Nov. 7 at 7pm, Library

(Congregational Divestment Vote on November 13)

All members are urged to attend an informational session leading up to the congregational fossil fuel divestment vote. Panelists will discuss the decision processes and financial experiences of other divested UU congregations, as well as UU values in relation to divesting. The attendees will be able to ask questions to further inform their votes on November 13.

Watch for more information and sign-up sheets at fall coffee hours.
Sundays Oct. 2 and 23 at 12:30 and Monday Nov. 7 at 7pm (overlapping a children’s choir practice).

Jane Minasian, Downing Cless, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, Oct. 2, 3:00pm, Library

NO EXIT is Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 play rooted in his emerging philosophic principles of existentialism. In this 45-minute play, three damned souls are locked inside a very plain room in Hell. They had expected physical torture, but instead they discover that “Hell is other people” as Sartre bluntly puts it.

We will read aloud and then discuss this famous modern drama, sometimes translated as NO WAY OUT or VICIOUS CIRCLE or DEAD END.
Refreshments served.

Posted in Adult Program Events, Events, Lillian