This week at First Church – May 1 -7


  Renaissance Worlds with Toby Lester   Sunday, May 7 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall

  Belmont UU Alliance Potluck lunch and program  May 17 at 12 noon
  The New World of Genome Editing with Alan Cantor  Sunday, May 21 at 12:30pm in the 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

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 4, 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.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 4 and 18, 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.

Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain.
In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In Da Vinci’s Ghost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square-the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk.

Discussion and refreshments.



Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, 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


All Women and Men Welcome!
Wednesday, May 17, 12:00pm, Lunch Upper Hall; 1pm Program

All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, includinga pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year.

Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.

After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.

Please contact Janice Zazinski at , or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm, 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, May 18, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Stuart Carter will lead a discussion on a reading from the book The Meaning of Human Experience by Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize winning author of numerous publications on science and the humanities. Professor Wilson lays out his science-based alternative to what he terms the “creation myths” of major western religions. A selection from this book is available at the website

Alan Cantor
Sunday, May 21, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Alan will take us through the clinical promise and ethical considerations in this new field. Examples of how gene editing are currently being applied to treat human disease and an understanding of the basic information about genetics will be provided so that we can discuss the implications of this new technology. Refreshments.

Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

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.

Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 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!