The Unitarian – June 16, 2017

The Unitarian – June 16, 2017 (PDF)

Lay-Led Summer Services begin June 19
9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, unless otherwise noted; supervised childcare is provided
Check or our Facebook page for updates or download a printable PDF.

June 18 — Sam James
What Refugees Are Teaching Us

June 25— Worship Committee, starting at 9:45 a.m.
Live Streaming GA 2017 Sunday Morning Worship

July 2 — Richard Waring & Friends
Leaning on Words & Song — Art as Communion

July 9 — TBA

July 16 — Edwin Taylor
Living On The Edge

July 23 — Rob Kinslow
Finding the Center
Rob Kinslow is pursuing an M.Div. at Andover Newton Theological School. By day he is vice president for life sciences at KHJ Brand Activation, a Boston marketing firm. He lives in Medford with his wife, Janice Zazinski (our church administrator) and dog, Daisy.

July 30 — Jon Svetkey + Heather Quay
A Hymnal Hootenanny

August 6 — Devon Becket
The Camino Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

August 13, 20, and 27 — TBA

September 3 — Jody Renouf and Mark Rosenstein
Blessing of the Animals

All-Things-Summer at the First Church
Click for your handy fridge guide to FCB in the summer.

Registration for the Children’s Music Program for the 2017-2018 season is now open!
Please use the following link to register for the Youth/Children’s music programs at The First Church in Belmont for the 2017/2018 year. The Children’s Music Program starts every year with a fully staged musical.
     You may register to start either September 11th with the musical, or November 20th, after the musical finishes. All children in the musical must participate in the choir for the entire school year. The musical this year will be The Gondoliers, by Gilbert and Sullivan.
     To register, please click here

Volunteer Sign Up for 2017-2018 Church Year
As we plan for the new church year, we need your volunteer commitment to run the church and keep our congregation strong. Please take a moment to consider how you can contribute your time and talent to the church community next year. You can sign up online at Thank you!

Sandy Island Registration is Open!

The boathouse at Sandy Island.

The Fellowship Committee invites you to join us for the popular First Church Sandy Island Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to kick back, relax, and meet new and old friends after a long summer. Sandy Island offers recreational opportunities for people of all interests and ages.
     Information and the registration link are online:
     Questions? Contact Ariane Frank and Martin Plass at

From the Andean highlands to your home?
Do you have space in your home, your family, and your heart? David King and Katharine Canfield are finding a host family for a 15-year old female student from La Paz, Bolivia. She speaks English, comes from a wonderful family, and would like to attend a local high school here beginning this fall. She would return to Bolivia in January. Any and all expenses would be paid by her family in Bolivia. Can you help, or do you know someone who could? Please email David King at, or call 617-834-0978.

Fiscal Year Ends June 30
The end of the church’s fiscal year is Friday, June 30. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the church office by Friday, June 23, in order to be booked to this fiscal year. Please contact Janice at if you have any questions, and thank you!

Adult Programs News

First Church Book Group Pot-luck and Discussion — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
The Book Group will be hosting its Sixth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, swap books we’ve brought, and plan for the coming year.
     Please feel free to come (and bring a friend), even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert. RSVP to or if you plan to attend.
     We will be meeting throughout the summer on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., 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!
     We will meet again on Wednesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Social Action Committee, V-Day Belmont and Haley House Bakery Café are working together to produce our first ever presentation of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler on August 16 & 17 at 7:30 P.M. at Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury.
     We guarantee you will find the evening to be entertaining and that you will leave feeling you have contributed to a larger, more important and worthwhile issue of concern. Not only are we bringing together communities of differing cultures, backgrounds and socio economic experiences, ages and colors, but we are jointly supporting the overall message of
     In addition, as with all of the V-Day events, the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local non-profit. We are continuing our efforts to support the launch of New Beginnings Re-entry Services for Women transitioning back into the community as they leave incarceration. Haley House Bakery Café has been very successful working with men who have previously been incarcerated.
     Members of First Church who will be performing in this small cast are Patricia Garcia, Kristin Phillips and Jackie Neel. Please come and support this effort. The food is delish (dinner available at 6) and you will be sure to LAUGH. Tickets ($10) are available now at or at Haley House Bakery Café.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: Questions to

Grow Clinic!alt 
Did you know that you contributed almost 200 bags of groceries this year to families served by the Grow Clinic? Do you know what a difference YOU made in the lives of infants and toddlers carrying the diagnosis of Failure To Thrive and to their families? Did you know you’re the absolute best congregation? Sending our heartfelt thanks to you….Your Grow Clinic Committee
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Help Fill Move-In Boxes for Refugees
Since January, Central American asylum women and children have been relocating in the Boston area with the assistance of Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) and the support of First Church Belmont. For these families, it has been a long and difficult journey. These women fled the violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They were incarcerated in Texas for crossing the border. Once released, the women are migrating to different parts of the US, where they can join a family member or friend, settle, hopefully, find jobs.
     Currently, 100 families are in the Boston area. The congregation has been very supportive of the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC). We have raised substantial funds to support a case worker to serve these families to through a Second Friday Coffeehouse and grant writing. Move-In bins collected in the fall have already greeted some new arrivals.
     The Social Action Committee is helping welcome more women by creating more move-in boxes. We encourage you to sign-up for items to donate. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of First Church or at the back door at the home of Liz Keating (122 Larch Road, Cambridge) between now and June 30. For any questions, contact or 617-721-2536. The items needed are:

  • Place Settings: plates (big and small), mugs, glasses, bowls) for 4
  • Set of Pots and Pans (including fry pan, 2 saucepans) MUST BE NEW
  • Mixing and serving bowls
  • Silverware (4-6 people) MUST BE NEW
  • Cutting board (plastic preferred)
  • Colander/Strainer
  • Food storage containers
  • Alarm clock with batteries
  • Pens, pencils, notepads, paper, etc.
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquid dish soap & Laundry Detergent
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Brush
  • Tall Kitchen Trash can and bags

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, July 28
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, July 28. Please e-mail items to by noon on Wednesday, July 26. This is our lay-led and summer programs issue. Items may be edited for space and clarity. Please see the special deadlines below:

  • Friday, September 1; deadline, Wednesday, August 30 — First issue of the church year

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Summer office hours, June 26 – August 28: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 – 2
The church office will be closed June 19 – 23 and August 7 – 18.

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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