This week at First Church – March 6 – 12


  Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett  Sunday, March 12, 12:30pm, Library     Theatre Discussion Play  reading of Bertolt Brecht’s short play “The Exception and The Rule” Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor   UU Belmont Alliance Lunch and Program Genealogy in the Computer Age with Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis     March 15 at 12 noon lunch and 1pm program, Upper Hall
  First Church Book Group discussion of “Waking Up White”  March 22 at 7:30pm
  “Good News from the Middle East” with Sheila Katz    March 26 at 12:30pm, Parish Hall

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!


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 to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to

Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
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.

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

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.


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.


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, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

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

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.

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 with any questions and for location.

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: or Karl Klasson at to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Sheila Katz
Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm Parish Hall

Sheila H. Katz’s newest book, Connecting with the Enemy, reveals how thousands of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have worked together to end violence and forge connections between their peoples. The stories from her book will inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world. Discussion to follow.

Co-sponsored with SAC. Refreshments

Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 26, 7:00pm Library

Please join Belmont Against Racism, The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont police department and graduates of Youth Build as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

On Sunday March 26 we will have special guests. Our V-Day beneficiary Stacey Borden, founder of New Beginnings, will join us and bring some of her clients who are willing to share their stories. New Beginnings is dedicated to help women transitioning from incarceration. We will be honored with their presence and look for ways for future collaboration together.

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parlor

Are you a closet guitar hero with no band?
A great shower singer?

Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!

Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at

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:

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.