This week at First Church – April 10 – 16


 Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger  Thursday, April 13 7:30pm  Parish Hall     Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring  Friday April 21 7:30pm 
    Bystander Awareness Training  with Rana Abdalhamid  Sunday April 23 12:30pm
     Divestment Panel Discussion  April 30 12:30pm


 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


Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 12, 26 (conf. 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

Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

State senator, Will Brownsberger, and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress.

Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee.
We’ll also learn how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change.

Discussion and refreshments. Co-sponsored by SAC and Belmont Against Racism.


Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, April 19,
12 noon Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Please join us for the Alliance Annual Lobster Sandwich Lunch, brief annual reports and program.The lunch includes: lobster roll, salad and dessert. The cost of the lunch is $12.00 per person to be paid by cash or check to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance. Contact Janice Zazinski at, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming. We will need all reservations by Friday, April 14.

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, will present:
The ideas and beliefs behind the Leadership Wheel have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples from all over the world have surprisingly similar beliefs and archetypes to explain how humans walk in this world. The model provided is based on the wisdom of one of the North American La

kota Sioux and their Medicine Wheel. They teach that we are each born into one primary direction on the Wheel and spend our lives ‘walking the wheel’ to gain the wisdom and understanding of all the directions.

All women and men welcome!

Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 20, 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.

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Jack Dennis will lead the Science and Spirituality group discussion. He will present “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World”.

In this short book Huxley describes his experience from taking a dose of mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. How are such experiences related to our dreams, and what do they tell us about our brains and how they function? The book (24 pages) can be downloaded for free from the web at:

and may also be found at

Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 20, 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.

Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,”
lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.



Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.


Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30pm, Parlor

What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.

Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE, a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 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.

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 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!


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s selection is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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.


FCB Green
Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil
fuels. At annual meeting on May 21 we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall.

This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.