This week at First Church March 12 – 18

UU Alliance – Lunch and program “Our Democracy is Broken” – April 21
Chuck Collins Talk and book signing – March 23
Theatre Discussion Series – March 25
Alphabet Rockers – April 8

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

Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm, Library

Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)
If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact for more information.

Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

This spring, the Senior Choir will be performing two wonderful pieces as part of the enduring Major Music tradition – J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Though both of these pieces are somewhat short, they are some of the most thrilling music the composers wrote. Join Ian Garvie for a talk about the pieces, how they came to be composed, and what to listen for.

Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Richard Eastwick will be the presenter.
Please view the 27 minute episode and join us. See it at:
In the episode Richard would like the group to view and discuss, Kuhn focuses on the question, “Did God Create Time.” The answers are thought provoking and worthy of being the focus of our Thursday, March 15 meeting.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn has been a scientist, an entrepreneur, and an expert on China with 25 books to his name. In addition, he is the creator, producer, writer, and host of “Closer to Truth,” a series of public television shows featuring interviews with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars where he poses life’s biggest and toughest questions. For more on Kuhn or the show, check out Wikipedia or the “Closer to Truth” website.

Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 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.

Ian Garvie and Richard Waring
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Join us for First Church’s own “Moth Hour”, an evening of unscripted, first-person storytelling in five to six minutes.

Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities and differences between ourselves and others.

For more information or to sign up come to our table at coffee hour or see or e-mail Richard ( or Ian (

Don’t you just love a good story? We have lots of them within our own community. Plan to attend and share a fun evening of stories and refreshments.

Melissa Irion
Friday, March 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.


Wednesday, March 21,
12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 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. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic
“Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.P

R.S.V.P. to, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions:, 617-489-2058


Adult Programs and Social Action Committees
Friday, March 23, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins-the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists-grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality. He is based at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes extensively inequality. His previous books include 99 to 1 and Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.). His new book is Born on Third Base.

Book signing and refreshments.

This program is part of First Church’s ongoing theme of addressing issues of Escalating Inequality.


FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, March 25, 12:30pm, Library

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs?
If so, FCBGreen will be offering two educational sessions on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday 3/25 and again on Earth Day 4/22. Both sessions will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending one of these informational sessions.

Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Library

Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy performs at Central Square Theatre
March 1 – April 1.

1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty.

Tickets available at

Here is a link to an interesting article.

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

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

Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, April 3, 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.

Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd
Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd,
co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multi-generational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit their web-site for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages.


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.

Register here

Winter brochure is here !

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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