This week at First Church – February 27 – March 5

 

  The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett  March 5 at 12:30pm in the Library
  Foster Care in Massachusetts (re-scheduled) with Jeremy Lockett   March 12 at 12:30pm
  Theatre Discussion Series Reading of Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Exception and The Rule”  March 12 at 4pm
  Genealogy in the Computer Age  with Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis  UU Belmont Alliance March 15 at 12noon
  “Waking Up White” First Church Book Group discussion  March 22 at 7:30pm

  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, March 2, 7:30pm, Conference Rm

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, March 2 and 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.

FRIDAY
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 3, 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.

Meets monthly on the first Friday.

SUNDAY
THE CAMINO PILGRIMAGE
Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Library

Join Devon for a living room version of her pilgrimage, walking 70 miles along Roman roads, following the yellow arrows and scallop shells which point The Way.

Organizing tips and resources for making your own Buen Camino will be offered.
Refreshments.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, 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

COMING UP:

Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 pm, 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 or mentor in these youth’s lives.
Co-sponsored by SAC.

Refreshments served.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor

We will read together Bertolt Brecht’s
“The Exception and the Rule”.

Brecht is generally considered to be the greatest political playwright of the 20th century and also one of the most innovative in stylistic conventions.

This short play tells the story of a rich merchant who is increasingly cruel to his porter and guide as he tries to get them to travel faster. To this simple parable, Brecht adds songs, a chorus, and ironic juxtapositions that provoke thought.

We will explore how this early play shaped the content and form of Brecht’s masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, that in turn have had profound influence on theater and film of the last 50 years.

We will provide copies for the reading. If you would like to read the play in advance here is the the Exception and the Rule

UUBELMONT ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome
Wednesday, March 15,
12:00 Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY In the Computer Age

Are you interested in identifying or finding out more about your ancestors? Do you have a stash of information on your family that you are looking to organize or share? Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis, both avid amateur genealogists, will provide an introduction to researching your family history. This talk will cover how computers have made accessing, storing and sharing information easier. It will also briefly cover selected sources for information, both those available on-line and those to visit in person.

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

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on the following:
Assuming you are at the midpoint of your life, and you
do not believe in any sort of personal afterlife, how would your life and values change if you discovered that the earth would be totally destroyed by a collision with a very large asteroid or comet when you are 90 years old? Questions similar to this one are posed and explored in Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler. Moreover, his conclusions are thoroughly thought provoking even if you don’t agree with many of his specifics.

Please join us as we explore the stimulating ideas in this book. Excerpts from Scheffler’s book can be downloaded at eftaylor.com/sands

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, March 16, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 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.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March. 22, 7:30pm Library

This month’s book is Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session.

Please contact Anne Stuart at: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets: https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/precious-little/

Join us for a lively discussion.

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