This week at First Church – May 15 – 21

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  The New World of Genome Testing with Alan Cantor  Sunday, May 21 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall

      First Church Book Group will be discussing Lila by Marilynne Robinson on May 24 at 7:30pm in the Library

  Hootenanny/Jam Session with Jon Svetkey on May 31 at 7:30pm in the Parlor

 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


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

Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 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.

Melissa Irion
Friday, May 19, 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.

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.


BEYOND FERGUSON:Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, May 21, 7pm, 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.


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!

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 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.

This is our last meeting this church year.
We will resume on Thursday, October 5, 2017

Liz Keating and Eva Patalas
Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Come learn about the Sanctuary Movement:
The origins of the New Sanctuary Movement
Local and national efforts to support sanctuary and solidarity
The Unitarian Universalist Declaration of Conscience
First Church Bedford (UU)’s recent decision to offer sanctuary
Local churches preparing to support sanctuary
Ways to become involved individually and as a congregation