This week at First Church October 10 – 16

 

  Folk Music in the Digital Age with Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik – October 12, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

  Spiritual Pilgrimages with Rev. Jim Sherblom – October 16, 12:30pm, Library

  Potluck and Program with Simon Andrews – October 21, 7:30pm, Upper Hall
  Approaching the Election with Mike Widmer – October 25, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION
  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!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, 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 mplass@uubelmont.org. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
http://uubelmont.org/jobseekers-buddy-group/.

WEDNESDAY
FOLK MUSIC IN THE DIGITAL AGE
Jim Wooster and Scott Alarik
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7:30pm, 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.

Scott covered the folk beat for the Boston Globe for many years and has also been a contributor on the public radio show “Here and Now.” He will have copies available of his most recent book, “Revival: A Folk Music Novel.”

SUNDAY
SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGES
Reverend Dr. Jim Sherblom
Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:30pm, 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.

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 16, 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 jweiss@uubelmont.org for more information or to participate.

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE LUNCH AND TOUR
TUFTS ART GALLERY
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 12:00pm, Upper Hall

All Women and Men Welcome!
Bring a sandwich and contribution of one dollar to 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.

Please contact jzazinski@uubelmont.org or call at 617-484-1054

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 20, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 20, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

We will meet to discuss Eugen Herrigel’s
“Zen in the Art of Archery”. This book, written by a westerner in Japan studying archery under a master, explores achieving an experiential understanding of Zen, with themes of discipline, focused practice, the student/master relationship, and the “thoughtless” control of one’s body via the breath.

Excerpts will be sent out in the weeks ahead of the class and will be posted on the Science & Spirituality drop site. Please contact Ken (klbernstein1@verizon.net ) if you wish to be placed on our list.

POTLUCK AND PROGRAM
Adult Programs Committee
Program – Simon Andrews
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

Join the Adult Programs Committee for an all-church potluck supper. RSVP with what you’ll bring to landerson@uubelmont.org.

Our program speaker is our new organist, Simon Andrews. He’ll share with us a little of what inspires him, musically and professionally.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 – 9pm, 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.

PUTTING OUR DOLLARS WHERE OUR VALUES ARE: CONVERSATION ON FOSSIL FUEL DIVESTMENT
FCB Green
Sunday, Oct. 23, 12:30 pm, Library

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. Refreshments

APPROACHING THE ELECTION
Mike Widmer
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

As we approach the denouement of these past crazy months of election campaigning, Mike Widmer, who has had a long career in politics and government, will reflect on what he sees and how he interprets the current political landscape.

What might the election results be and what can we anticipate in a new presidency? Following his remarks, there will be time for discussion

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm, Library

Our October selection, Nothing to Be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes, was designated by the New York Times as a Best Book of the Year.

If the fear of death is “the most rational thing in the world,” how does one contend with it? An atheist at twenty, an agnostic at sixty, Barnes looks into the various arguments for and against and with God, and at the bloodline whose archivist, following his parents’ death, he has become-another realm of mystery, wherein a drawer of mementos and his own memories (not to mention those of his philosopher brother) often fail to connect.

Deadly serious, masterfully playful, and surprisingly hilarious, Nothing to Be Frightened Of is a riveting display of how this supremely gifted writer goes about his business and a highly personal tour of the human condition and what might follow the final diagnosis.

The Book Group is always open to new members and does not require a continuing commitment. Please contact Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org with questions and to confirm attendance.
Happy reading!

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey and friends
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Bring your instruments, your voice and your enthusiasm and be prepared to have some fun.

We have “Rise Up Singing” books but iPads, iPhones etc. help us find lyrics to songs. Refreshments.

All levels welcomed!

EXPERIENCING THE PYRAMIDS
Edwin Taylor
Sunday, Oct. 30, 12:30pm, Library

Strictly speaking, the Pyramids is not a religious subject, but the journey is full of implications, both personal and cultural. The pamphlet “Experiencing the Pyramids” describes Edwin Taylor’s 1978 two-day visit to the Pyramids of Giza. On the first day a guide taught Edwin the system of baksheesh (bribes) used to enter passageways usually forbidden to the public. Refreshments

Fall brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

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