The Unitarian – October 4, 2016

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Sunday Worship — October 9

Atonement — Rev. David Bryce

Many cultures have practices for atonement, forgiveness and restoration. It is a practice that relieves guilt, brings peace and builds right relationship. But who gets to decide whether someone has atoned enough?

Prelude: Improvisation on We The Heirs of Many Ages
11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Sim Shalom (Grant us Peace), Max Janowsky
Postlude: Minuet Finale from Music for the Royal Fireworks, G.F. Handel (1685 – 1759)
The flowers on the Chancel table this Sunday are given by Eva Patalas in honor of friends and family.
This week’s offering will benefit the Partner Church.

Reflections from Rev. David Bryce, Senior Minister

Rev. David Bryce

Rev. David Bryce

I have been coughing for the last two days.
Well, the last two weeks.
     This is merely a minor annoyance, but it is an annoyance. It keeps me awake at night and is rather wearing and tiring.
     But in the grand scheme of things, I have nothing to complain about.
     This did get me thinking about illness and how quickly it can spread. One person with a cold shakes hand with another and, Voila!, another sick human.
     We know that illness can spread quite rapidly, infusing itself into a population with astonishing speed.
     And it seems that evil can as well.
     Yes, I said evil. We Unitarian Universalists too often avoid talking about evil. It is real. I do not mean by that some entity that embodies evil, nor do I mean that there are evil human beings as such. I think we can all, any one of us, engage in evil acts. That seems especially true when a group that we belong to is behaving in evil ways. Evidence of this is all around us. I think of the vicious war that tore apart some of the Balkan states just a few years ago.
     Immorality (badness) is most certainly contagious.
     So why, I wondered, does it not appear to be the same with other “nesses”; with good-ness, kind-ness and well-ness of spirit?
     Actually, I think it is the same, I think that these too are catching, are contagious.
     One act of kindness or goodness or morality can lead other people to act in similar ways. And if the spread of badness is a saddening and distressing fact about human beings, the ability of goodness to spread is a reassuring fact about us.
     So, a question: What will I do today to spread the contagion of kindness, goodness, morality?

Reverend Bryce’s Spring 2017 Sabbatical

Please visit for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

Seeking Housing — please share!

Do you know someone in the area that has an empty room or two in their home they could share? Our Ministerial Intern, Andrea Spencer-Linzie, is looking for a room or two in the area where she could share living quarters with an individual or family. Please email Andrea at with information. Thank you!

Program and Committee News & Events

Seeking Artisans for the Social Action Fair
First Church’s Social Action Committee is seeking artisans from the First Church community who would like to offer their work for sale at this year’s social action gift fair on December 4. Participation will allow you to market your work at the fair while at the same time supporting the work of the Social Action Committee by sharing the proceeds in a 50/50 split.
     If you’d like to be considered for this opportunity, please submit a letter of application by October 14 with photos of your work to the gift fair co-coordinators, Evelyn Corsini ( and Sara Oaklander (, and we will be happy to consider your participation as we seek to put together a good mix of art work for sale at the fair. Thank you!

Second Friday Coffeehouse 2016 – 17 Season
Coffeehouse Season Tickets!!! Super Thanks!!!! Together we can keep it up the momentum, reach our goal of 70 tickets, and be able to give to all our beneficiaries at a level comparable to last year! With each other’s help, we can hit our goal of 70 tickets, and we can do it as fast as we can! We need to sell 15 more. Remind your friends! If we can do it by October 16, we’ll be done by the next full moon!
     Don’t forget the ticket admits two adults to all shows at roughly $100 off the price at the door? Here’s how to jump on the band wagon of unforgettable music and charitable giving made easy!
     Write a check (fully deductible) for $119 made out to First Church in Belmont with “Coffeehouse” written in the memo line. Submit it in one of three convenient ways:
Mail: Check to First Church in Belmont, 404 Concord Ave., P.O. Box 113, Belmont, MA 02478
Drop-off: In a clearly labeled envelope, put your check (or cash) into the secure drop-box immediately to the left of the door to the church office, Janice’s office.
Face-to-face: Bring your check (or cash) to any Coffee Hour in September or October or to the 10/14 Coffeehouse, or hand it to Janice or a Coffeehouse Committee Member.
     In any case, please include your contact information (name, address, email, phone).  P.S. Do it now, as soon as you can! Thanks! Click here for an updated schedule and list of beneficiaries.

October Coffeehouse to benefit The Barton Center
The October 14th Second Friday Coffeehouse is a benefit for The Barton Center, whose mission is to improve the lives of children with insulin-dependent diabetes through education, recreation, and support programs which inspire and empower. Performing are two dynamic Singer-Songwriters, both of whom are returning to the Coffeehouse:

  • Carl Cacho is a Boston Music Award Nominee, Rose Garden Coffeehouse Singer/Songwriter Competition Winner, and finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival, Telluride Troubadour and Boston Folk Festival songwriter contests. His album was one of the Top 10 on Folk Radio.
  • Brian Doser is equally at home playing rousing, upbeat songs or tender, wistful lullabies, Brian will pull you into his world with his rich, gruff baritone voice, expressive guitar playing and wry sense of humor.

Belmont Serves: Monday, October 10
Please join your neighbors in Belmont’s 8th annual day of service on the Monday of Columbus Day weekend. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Meet at St. Joseph Parish Hall (corner of Common & School Streets) and proceed from there to project sites for a family-friendly day of community service.
     Projects include: collecting & sorting donations for Belmont Food Pantry, Clay Pit Pond clean-up, sorting & labeling winter clothing for refugee assistance, and painting and other indoor & outdoor maintenance projects around town. To register & for more information: Schedule of Events:

  • 8:30 a.m.: All volunteers sign-in at the St. Joseph Parish Hall
  • 9:00 a.m.: Service projects begin
  • 12 noon: Service projects end
  • 12:30 p.m.: Pizza and ice cream celebration at the St. Joseph Parish Hall

We received a request to help at the registration. Please e-mail if you can help.

Donate to Belmont Food Pantry with Belmont Serves
Belmont Serves (Monday, October 10) makes it easy to donate to the Belmont Food Pantry. Here’s how it works:

  • A grocery bag will be delivered to your door with instructions.
  • Fill the bag with non-perishable items (canned goods, paper items, toiletries).
  • Leave full bag on your doorstep/front porch before 8:30 a.m. on Monday October 10.
  • Volunteers will pick up the bag from your doorstep and deliver it to the Belmont Food Pantry!

Thanks for participating!!

Belmont Re-Settle Together
Your help is needed in October to support refugee families who are re-settling in Lowell. Please consider assisting neighboring families in any of these ways:

  • Donate winter clothing. Needed: gently used and new, indoor and outdoor, for men, women and children: coats, gloves/mittens, scarves, boots, snow pants, sweaters, warm socks, turtlenecks, etc.
  • Donate rummage sale items. All proceeds from the October 15th sale at Plymouth Congregational Church will go to the International Institute of New England, which supports immigrants and refugees in rebuilding their lives.
  • Donations can be dropped off at Plymouth Church, on Pleasant Street, from Monday to Sunday, 9am-3pm, October 3rd – 9th. Please label bags “Clothing Drive” or “Rummage Sale.”
  • Join us on October 10th (Columbus Day, Belmont Serves) from 9 to 12:30 to sort donations at Plymouth Church. Please contact Katharine Canfield if you can join.
  • Attend the rummage sale: Saturday, October 15th, 9 to 2, Plymouth Church.
  • Questions? Contact Katharine Canfield,

Putting Our Dollars Where Our Values Are: A Church-wide Conversation on Fossil Fuel Divestment
Sunday, October 23, 12:30 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m., Library 
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.
     Watch for more information and sign-up sheets at fall coffee hours. We’ll meet on Sunday, October 23 at 12:30 and Monday Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. (overlapping a children’s choir practice).

Looking for Elder Companion
Bea de Muinck Keizer’s daughter is looking for someone who can be a companion to Bea once or twice a week.
     This spring Bea moved into assisted living at Neville Place in Cambridge and although she likes her new home, she does not drive anymore and is looking for additional companionship during the week.
     She would very much enjoy someone who is engaging, has patience with her forgetfulness, and who has a car, to come by for 2 to 3 hours, 2 days a week, and either keep her company or take her where she might like to go (grocery store, bank, CVS, library, etc).
     Hours are flexible, but should be during the day (before 5 p.m.). Ideal part-time job for a college student, retiree or a parent who may have some time during the day when kids are at school.
     Hourly rate $15/hr. plus gas mileage (at federal mileage rate). Please contact her daughter Juliana Spofford via or call 508-735-6011 if you are interested or know of someone who might be.

From the Membership Committee
Ushers Needed
Please consider helping out with the worship services by signing up to be an usher. You can sign up online ( or on the Ushering sign up poster in the Upper Gathering Hall during coffee hour. Thanks for your help.

Grow Clinic!alt
A child’s brain develops more in the first three years of life than it will at any other time. Without the proper nutrition, a child’s brain will develop far less quickly than it should, and a child is also far more susceptible to infections and illnesses that can result in avoidable hospital stays.

  • September and October: Protein Power!!! (peanut butter, canned tuna or chicken, canned stews, infant strained chicken/beef/turkey). Collection baskets are in the Lower Hall and Sanctuary vestibule.

Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

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.

Bedford UU Members have apartment to rent
Members of First Parish in Bedford — a family with one gentle dog — have a beautiful in-law apartment for rent which is attached to their home in Bedford.

  • 1-bedroom 650 sq. ft. apartment for rent to a single tenant. Apartment is fully furnished; it can be rented furnished, partially furnished or unfurnished.
  • No pets, no smoking
  • RENT: $1400 (utilities included), Good credit required. Available after 10/1/16, may be flexible
  • Click for details and/or contact rental agent (617) 921-8677

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Adult Programs News

The Fall 2016 Adult Programs brochure is online.

Next Chapter Support/Discussion Group
Are you thinking about retirement, about to retire, are retired, or considering (or in) some other major transition in your life? The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering or are in a major transition.
     We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. The members of the group will decide on the topics for each session based on our life experiences. We will use a format similar to Small Group Ministries that will include a 2-4 minute check-in at the beginning of each session followed by individual sharing about one’s personal experiences regarding the topic.
     After everyone has had the opportunity to share we will have a more open, free flowing discussion regarding the topic and other issues raised as a result of the individual sharing.
     We will meet from October – June on the second Tuesday of each month for two hours from 7-9 PM. Facilitator: Rick Hawkins. For more information or to sign up contact Registration is required.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War
If you missed this program, we have two copies of the DVD that are available to borrow from the church office. Stop by the office and you can sign them out for a week with Janice. You might also enjoy the following panel discussion including an introduction by Ken Burns:

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.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, October 6, 8:00 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-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 with questions and for location.

Men’s Fall Potluck Supper
Friday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
All men are welcome to join their friends for food, fun and discussion. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage to share. No RSVP necessary but contact Jim Staton ( with any questions.

Folk Music in the Digital Age — Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Jim Wooster, Executive Director of Passim in Harvard Square will be joined by veteran folk music reporter Scott Alarik for a discussion on how folk music has changed over the past sixty years, from the folk revival of the nineteen sixties to the modern, digital music industry. This will be a chance to hear from two people who have a keen understanding of the subject from the inside. Refreshments.

Spiritual Pilgrimages — Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom
Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:30 p.m., Library
Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom is an author, mystic, investor, entrepreneur, and ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. While on sabbatical he engaged in spiritual pilgrimages with Sufis in Turkey and Taoists in China. He has tales to tell from those travels.

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch and Tour — Tufts Art Gallery
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 11:45 a.m., Upper Hall
All Women and Men Welcome!
Bring a sandwich and contribution of $1 towards the remainder of the meal. After lunch we’ll carpool to the nearby Tufts Art Gallery to view “Mortal Things: Portraits Look Back and Forth,” an exhibition about the changing role of artists and subjects and portraiture as a means for examining individual, social, and institutional identities. R.s.v.p. to or call at 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m., 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.

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Next issue: October 11

The next issue of The Unitarian is Tuesday, October 11. Please send announcements, news, events, and other submissions to by noon on Wednesday, October 5. Submissions may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff
Senior Minister: Rev. David Bryce — 617-484-1054, ext. 202;
Intern Minister: Andrea Spencer-Linzie — 617-484-1054, ext. 207;
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 and Assistant Music Director: Simon Andrews — 617-484-1054, ext. 206;
Acting Director of CRE: Nate Sellers — 617-484-1054, ext. 205;
Director of Youth Programs: Sana Saeed — 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

The church office will be closed Monday, October 10.

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Parish Board, 2016 – 2017
President: Ana Hammock —
Vice President: Catherine Claypoole —
Treasurer: Penny Schafer —
Clerk: Downing Cless —
Ex-Officio President: Todd Schatzki —


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