This week at First church – January 30 – February 5

 

   Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett  February 12 at 12:30pm
   Mindful Yoga with Jess Hicks   February 12 at 2:30pm
   UU Alliance Lunch and Program with Mark Rosenstein  February 15 at noon

  Women’s Retreat
  March 31 – April 2, 2017
  Retreat information and registration form

  “Reflecting on Racism from the Inside Out” information at the end of this announcement!

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION
  James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

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/.

THURSDAY

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:30pm, 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, Feb. 2, 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.

FRIDAY

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30pm, Parlor
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.

COMING UP:

FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, February 12, 12:30pm, Library

Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect. Jeremy will share some of his own experiences
in the system and help us to understand why children need foster care, who is in foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent. Refreshments.

Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays, February 12, all of March, April 2, 9, 23, 2:30 pm, Parish Hall

Mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice to share. Just bring a mat, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To be continued if there is interest.
For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org.

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome!
Wednesday, February 15, 12 noon Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Please join us on Wednesday, February 15 for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

The Fijian People and Their Coral Reefs will be presented by Mark Rosenstein, an amateur marine biologist and avid scuba diver and underwater photographer. After ten trips to Fiji, he has visited several villages there as well as spending many hours studying the reefs. He will present a brief overview of the history and culture, then the coral reefs that surround the islands and creatures that live on them, illustrated with many colorful photos.

Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

 

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, February 15, 7pm, 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, February 16, 7:30pm,
Conference Room

Elizabeth Archer will lead a discussion of “Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith.

The author gives vivid accounts of the behavior and particular intelligence of cephalopods. “The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”

Selected pages can be downloaded from: http://eftaylor.com/sands

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Feb. 16, 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.

Last chance to register for this new program!

REFLECTING ON RACISM FROM THE INSIDE OUT
Joslyne Decker
(First Tuesdays) Feb. 7, Mar. 7, April 4,
May 2, June 6, 7pm, Parlor

This group will function as a non-judgmental, supportive space for those open to learning, self-reflection, personal change, and honest conversation around race and racism.
Goals include increasing our understanding of racism and learning how to leverage our privilege to end it.

Registration is required as the class is limited to 12 participants. Regular attendance requested, first session required. Occasional short reading assignments.

For information or with questions, please contact Joslyne at joslyne13@gmail.com.

Co-sponsored by Social Action Committee