This week at First Church – February 12 – 18

First Church Book Group – February 28 discussion of Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins
“Unitarian Universalism – Who We Are Today” – March 4 with Doris Hunter

Information about the Minns Lecture Series


“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – -with your suggestion.

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!

Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, 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

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, February 15, 7:30pm, Conf.Rm.

Edwin Taylor will lead a discussion on the book The Last Man Who Knew Everything, The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age
by David N.Schwartz.

1955 Edwin met Fermi at a graduate laboratory at Harvard and shook Fermi’s hand. Edwin has not washed his right hand since then.

Ken Bernstein will e-mail the pdf corresponding to the reading to the members of the Science and Spirituality list and those who contact him at

Book page 150. When Fermi shot neutrons at uranium, he thought he was making heavier nuclei, what he called “trans-uranium” nuclei, for which he got the Nobel Prize. In fact, the neutrons caused the nuclei to “fission,” that is to blow apart into two lighter nuclei with great kinetic energy, creating the explosive power of the first nuclear bomb. Fermi never got over the fact that he got this wrong.

Book page 154. Leo Szilard, one of the “Hungarian Martians,” lived in hotels all the time and considered it beneath his dignity to flush the toilet. Starting at the bottom of book page 154 is the account of Szilard’s sudden vision of a nuclear chain reaction as he waited for the stoplight on a London corner. A second account is attached at the end.

Book page 156. John Archibald Wheeler, then a young twenty-seven year old, appears here for the first time. MANY years later Wheeler was Edwin’s co-author on textbooks about special and general relativity.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, February 15, 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.

Melissa Irion
Friday, February 16, 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. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

David Fillingham
Sunday, February 18, 12:30pm, Library

Former First Church member Patricia Fillingham’s son, David, will discuss, through poetry, writings and objects from his mother’s extraordinary life, how she founded the local publishing house, Warthog Press. Refreshments.



Alliance Lunch and Tufts Art Gallery
Wednesday, February 21, Lunch 12pm, Upper Hall

Carpool to Tufts at 12:50pm – Program begins at 1:15pm

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, February 21 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person.

We will carpool from the Church to Tufts at 12:50 PM – the Program will begin at 1:15pm for about 1 hour.

Please note change of exhibition: “A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas” — Drawing from the hemispheric context of the Americas, and broad questions of civilization and culture, A Decolonial Atlas: Strategies in Contemporary Art of the Americas presents recent works by artists from the United States and Latin America who grapple with continued questions of colonialism and postcolonialism. The exhibition highlights the medium of video, in addition to painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at, or call 617-484-1054 (ext. 201).
Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions:, 617-489-2058

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, Feb. 25, 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.


Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7:30pm, Library

The book for February is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good by Chuck Collins.

Escalating Inequality will be a First Church focus this year, and we are delighted that Chuck Collins will be speaking at here on Friday, March 23rd at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

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.

Jess Hicks
Saturday, March 3, 4:00pm, Library

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, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in.

Doris Hunter
Sunday, March 4, 12:30pm, Library

Let’s look at our diversity and acknowledge strengths and weaknesses as we remember our history and confront the current challenges of this age. Refreshments.

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, March 6, 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.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

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