Save the Date! – Women’s Retreat
March 31 – April 2, 2017
Creative Writing Workshop with Joslyne Decker – January 8 12:30pm
Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry with Peter Guthrie – January 8 3-4pm
Feminism & Reproductive Justice with Andrea Spencer-Linzie – January 15 12:30pm
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!
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 12:00pm, Lunch,
Upper Hall, 1pm Program
All Women and Men Welcome!
Please join us on Wednesday, December 14 for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich and soup, fruit and dessert will be provided. The suggested donation for the meal is $1-2.
Nicole Bernstein will present “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain for Artists and Non-Artists”. The participants will be shown how to see differently when they draw pictures leading to results they might not have expected. Please bring a photo of a person whose image you would like to create.
Contact Janice Zazinski at email@example.com, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.
FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Thursday, Dec. 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.
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Dec. 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room
We will meet on Thursday, December 15 (NOTE that we will be back to our regular schedule, meeting on the 3rd Thursday) at 7:30 in the Conference Room.
Bill Zinn will lead the discussion based this on excerpts from
Why the World Exists? by Jim Holt.
The author interviewed scientists, philosophers, and theologians to answer the question posed by the title. We will focus on the views of one scholar who seeks to use his deep faith in the existence of God to explain the scientific evidence of the origins of the universe.
The excerpts can be downloaded from the Sci & Spi drop site accessed through:
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Thursday, Dec. 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
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and for location.
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES Melissa Irion Friday, Dec. 16, 9:15am, Library
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, January 5, 7:30 pm, 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.
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Friday, January 6, 7:30pm, 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. Snacks provided.
CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
Sunday, January 8, 12:30 – 2pm, Library
This workshop will focus on generating new writing material from writing prompts. Participants are invited to share their work after each writing period and the group will be guided in offering positive feedback. Participants are never required to follow a prompt and there is no pressure to read aloud. Write what needs to be written. This is a supportive and safe environment to try out writing or
to deepen your craft.
Joslyne has been leading workshops for 5 years and is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. The workshops are for everyone, from people who are terrified to pick up a pen to published authors. We all start from the same place – a blank page.
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL THROUGH POETRY
Sundays – January 8, 15, 22, 29
3:00 – 4:00 pm, Parlor
Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.
Sunday, January 15, 12:30pm, Library
Join our ministerial intern as we
examine these issues using feminist theology and our UnitarianUniversalist principles as our guides.