This week at First Church April 2 – 8

Alphabet Rockers – “Interrupting Our Bias” Concert and Workshop – Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Belmont Garden Club Memorial Lecture – April 11
“The Story of the Universe, Ignoring Detals” – April 15
UU Alliance – “Our Democracy is in Trouble” – April 18
“Can the Arts Foster Social Change?” – April 26

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“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 – landerson@uubelmont.org -with your suggestion.

MONDAY
MEDITATION
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!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
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 mplass@uubelmont.org. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
http://uubelmont.org/jobseekers-buddy-group/.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
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.

 

THURSDAY
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 5, 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.

SUNDAY
ALPHABET ROCKERS
“INTERRUPTING OUR BIAS” Concert and Workshop
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 http://alphabetrockers.com/music-videos/
for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information on Alphabet Rockers.

Co-sponsored by SAC, Music, RE and UUUrban Ministry, Stand-Up Campaign and Belmont Against Racism.

 

“WHAT MATTERS IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS: SHORT-TERM COUPLES GROUP”
Joe Weiss
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 2:00pm, Library

Explore UU (and other values) that we inherited, chose, lost, and wish to re-discover with other couples. Share how we met and where we are now in our relationships. This will be limited to 6 couples and will resemble a small group ministry miniseries, offering opportunities for further growth within our relationships. To register contact jweiss@uubelmont.org.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT GARDEN CLUB MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Native Plants in the Home Garden”
Joanne Vieira
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Founding Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics, Joanne is passionate about native plants and will focus on incorporating native plants into suburban gardens.

This Horticultural Lecture is in memory of Anne Allen, whose family were early members of First Church and wereresponsible for the Tiffany window.

 

“THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, IGNORING DETAILS”
Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, April 15, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a universe with many wonders…….a multitude of stars with planets, stars that explode, galaxies that host super-massive black holes. In this talk, Ed and Andrea will ignore details and focus on the big picture. What is our universe made of? How did it begin and how will it end?

We’ll show that current evidence points towards a universe that is expanding and started with a hot Big Bang, contains a mysterious substance called Dark Matter and that the expansion is being accelerated by an unknown force called Dark Energy. The end? Death of our Sun and a sky with fewer and fewer stars.

 

Postponed from March!
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE POTLUCK LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm potluck Lunch, 1pm Program, Parish Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 18 at noon for the Alliance potluck lunch and program.
Please let us know whether you will bring: salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP. 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.

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room
Kirk Israel will lead the discussion on “Hidden Motives”

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics.” https://samharris.org/podcasts/119-hidden-motives/

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 20, 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.

 

DIVESTING YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, April 22, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

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 an educational session on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday, Earth Day, 4/22. This session will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

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 this informational session.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.

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: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

“CAN THE ARTS FOSTER SOCIAL CHANGE?”
A panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey, and Betty Stone
Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We live in a time of uncertainty and the arts can both provoke us to action and sharpen our focus about what is important.

Tufts University Associate Professor of Drama Emeritus, longtime collaborator with Underground Railway Theater, and board member of Central Square Theater, Downing Cless, will explore Brecht and activist theaters such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Southern Theater, Teatro Campesino, and locally Underground Railway Theater.
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First Church Director of RE, Nate Sellers has developed a curriculum to explore existential cinemas and has lectured in film and media studies. Using films such as 12 Angry Men, Philadelphia, The Thin Blue Line, Birth of a Nation,
Cleo from 5 to 7, Do the Right Thing, and others he will discuss the social changes these films inspired.

Songwriter and musician, Jon Svetkey has released 10 albums of original music and with his band, The Loomers, has performed nationally and locally. He’ll explore how music and social action have walked hand in hand, voices raised for decades – Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Enemy and others.

Photographer Betty Stone, is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Winchester Artists Network.
Images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement may resonate the most for many, but before that critical era and since, photographers have “told the stories” of the disenfranchised to “bear witness” and trigger change.

 

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

All women are invited to share food, friendship and fun as we come together once again to connect and re-connect.

Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage to share.

No RSVP necessary. And bring your friends too!

 

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