First Church Book Group discussion of “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving March 22 at 7:30pm in the Library
Good News from the Middle East with Sheila Katz March 26 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall
Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie March 29 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall
Prison Reform with Leslie Walker April 6 at 7:30pm in the Library
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 email@example.com. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UU BELMONT 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 email@example.com, 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
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
Thursday, March 16, 8:00pm,
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.
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.
GOOD NEWS FROM
THE MIDDLE EAST
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
BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL
AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
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.
PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall
The Major Music piece this spring is Lux Aeterna, by Morten Lauridsen. This 30-minute requiem for choir was composed in 1997, the year Lauridsen’s mother died. She was the one who first taught him piano, and instilled in him a love of music. The five movements of the piece seamlessly integrate the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. In the performance at First Church, Lux Aeterna will be paired with several arias from other requiems to round out the service.
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!
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 email@example.com.
WHAT OCCURS IN MASSACHUSETTS PRISONS WHILE NO ONE IS WATCHING?
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm, Library
Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty. Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services and First Church member will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system. Co-sponsored by SAC.
THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
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 and refreshments.