Adult Programs Blog

Adult Programs Blog

Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs Coordinator

This week at First Church – April 24 – 30 (4/23/2017)

 

  Divestment Panel Discussion  Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

   Renaissance Worlds with Toby Lester  May 7 at 12:30pm
    Belmont UU Alliance Potluck Lunch and Program  May 17 12 noon

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

WEDNESDAY
HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 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!

BREAST CANCER
WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 26, (conf. room) May 10,
7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s selection is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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.

SUNDAY
DIVESTMENT PANEL DISCUSSION
FCB Green
Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil
fuels. At annual meeting on May 21 we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall.

This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

COMING UP:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 3, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

RENAISSANCE WORLDS
Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain.
In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In Da Vinci’sGhost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square-the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk.

Discussion and refreshments.

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE POTLUCK LUNCH AND PROGRAM
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 jzazinski@uubelmont.org , or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

Spring brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

This week at First church – April 17 – 23 (4/16/2017)

 

 Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring   Friday, April 21  7:30pm  Parish Hall  Bystander Awareness Training with Rana Abdelhamid  Sunday, April 23  12:30pm  Parlor  Divestment Panel Discussion  FCBGreen  Sunday, April 30  12:30pm PH
  Renaissance Worlds with Toby Lester Sunday, May 7  12:30pm  Parish Hall

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

WEDNESDAY
UU BELMONT ALLIANCE
LOBSTER SANDWICH LUNCH
AND PROGRAM
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, April 19,
12 noon Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Please join us for the Alliance Annual Lobster Sandwich Lunch, brief annual reports and program.The lunch includes: lobster roll, salad and dessert. The cost of the lunch is $12.00 per person to be paid by cash or check to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance. Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming. We will need all reservations by Friday, April 14.

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, will present:
“THE LEADERSHIP WHEEL & THE WISDOM OF THE FIVE DIRECTIONS”
The ideas and beliefs behind the Leadership Wheel have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples from all over the world have surprisingly similar beliefs and archetypes to explain how humans walk in this world. The model provided is based on the wisdom of one of the North American Lakota Sioux and their Medicine Wheel. They teach that we are each born into one primary direction on the Wheel and spend our lives ‘walking the wheel’ to gain the wisdom and understanding of all the directions.

All women and men welcome!

 

THURSDAY
FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 20, 7pm, 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.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Jack Dennis will lead the Science and Spirituality group discussion. He will present “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World”.

In this short book Huxley describes his experience from taking a dose of mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. How are such experiences related to our dreams, and what do they tell us about our brains and how they function? The book (24 pages) can be downloaded for free from the web at:

http://www.maps.org/images/pdf/books/HuxleyA1954TheDoorsOfPerception.pdf

and may also be found at http://eftaylor.com/sands/.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 20, 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

FRIDAY
POETRY AND MUSIC
Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,”
lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.

Refreshments.

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.

SUNDAY
BYSTANDER AWARENESS TRAINING
Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30pm, Parlor

What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.

Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE https://www.wise-woman.org, a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

BEYOND FERGUSON:
Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 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.

COMING UP:

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 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!

BREAST CANCER WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 26, (conf. room) May 10,
7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s selection is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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.

DIVESTMENT PANEL DISCUSSION
FCB Green
Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil
fuels. At annual meeting we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall.

This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, May 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.

RENAISSANCE WORLDS
Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain.
In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In Da Vinci’sGhost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square-the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk.

Discussion and refreshments.

This week at First Church – April 10 – 16 (4/10/2017)

 

 Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger  Thursday, April 13 7:30pm  Parish Hall     Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring  Friday April 21 7:30pm 
    Bystander Awareness Training  with Rana Abdalhamid  Sunday April 23 12:30pm
     Divestment Panel Discussion  April 30 12:30pm

 

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

WEDNESDAY

BREAST CANCER WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 12, 26 (conf. room) May 10,
7:30pm, Library 

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

THURSDAY
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

State senator, Will Brownsberger, and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress.

Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee.
We’ll also learn how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change.

Discussion and refreshments. Co-sponsored by SAC and Belmont Against Racism.

COMING UP:

UUBELMONT ALLIANCE
LOBSTER SANDWICH LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, April 19,
12 noon Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Please join us for the Alliance Annual Lobster Sandwich Lunch, brief annual reports and program.The lunch includes: lobster roll, salad and dessert. The cost of the lunch is $12.00 per person to be paid by cash or check to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance. Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming. We will need all reservations by Friday, April 14.

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, will present:
“THE LEADERSHIP WHEEL & THE WISDOM OF THE FIVE DIRECTIONS”
The ideas and beliefs behind the Leadership Wheel have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples from all over the world have surprisingly similar beliefs and archetypes to explain how humans walk in this world. The model provided is based on the wisdom of one of the North American La

kota Sioux and their Medicine Wheel. They teach that we are each born into one primary direction on the Wheel and spend our lives ‘walking the wheel’ to gain the wisdom and understanding of all the directions.

All women and men welcome!

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 20, 7pm, 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.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Jack Dennis will lead the Science and Spirituality group discussion. He will present “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World”.

In this short book Huxley describes his experience from taking a dose of mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. How are such experiences related to our dreams, and what do they tell us about our brains and how they function? The book (24 pages) can be downloaded for free from the web at:

http://www.maps.org/images/pdf/books/HuxleyA1954TheDoorsOfPerception.pdf

and may also be found at http://eftaylor.com/sands/.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 20, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

POETRY AND MUSIC
Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,”
lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.

Refreshments.

 

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!  PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.

 

BYSTANDER AWARENESS TRAINING
Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30pm, Parlor

What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.

Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE https://www.wise-woman.org, a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

BEYOND FERGUSON:
Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 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.

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 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!

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s selection is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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.

 

DIVESTMENT PANEL DISCUSSION
FCB Green
Sunday, April 30, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil
fuels. At annual meeting on May 21 we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall.

This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

This week at First Church – April 3 – 9 (4/2/2017)

 

  Prison Reform with Leslie Walker –  Thursday, April 6 at 7:30pm in the Library

  Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger – Thursday April 13 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall
   Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring  April 21
   Bystander Awareness Training  April 23

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

THURSDAY
WHAT OCCURS IN MASSACHUSETTS PRISONS WHILE NO ONE IS WATCHING?
Leslie Walker
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm, Library

Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty.

Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services and First Church member will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system.

Co-sponsored with SAC and the Belmont Against Racism. Refreshments.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, April 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 6 and 20, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

SUNDAY
THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from
March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sunday, April 9, 2:30pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To
be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org

COMING UP:

BREAST CANCER
WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room)
May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

State senator, Will Brownsberger, and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress.

Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee.
We’ll also learn how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change.

Discussion and refreshments. Co-sponsored by SAC.

UUBELMONT ALLIANCE
LOBSTER SANDWICH LUNCH
AND PROGRAM
Nicole Bernstein and Alice Trexler
Wednesday, April 19,
12 noon Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Please join us for the Alliance Annual Lobster Sandwich Lunch, brief annual reports and program.The lunch includes: lobster roll, salad and dessert. The cost of the lunch is $12.00 per person to be paid by cash or check to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance. Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming. We will need all reservations by Friday, April 14.

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern, will present:
“THE LEADERSHIP WHEEL & THE WISDOM OF THE FIVE DIRECTIONS”
The ideas and beliefs behind the Leadership Wheel have stood the test of time for over 5,000 years. Indigenous peoples from all over the world have surprisingly similar beliefs and archetypes to explain how humans walk in this world. The model provided is based on the wisdom of one of the North American Lakota Sioux and their Medicine Wheel. They teach that we are each born into one primary direction on the Wheel and spend our lives ‘walking the wheel’ to gain the wisdom and understanding of all the directions.

All women and men welcome!

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, April 20, 7pm, 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.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 20, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Jack Dennis will lead the Science and Spirituality group discussion. He will present “The Doors of Perception” by Aldous Huxley, author of “Brave New World”.

In this short book Huxley describes his experience from taking a dose of mescaline, a hallucinogenic drug. How are such experiences related to our dreams, and what do they tell us about our brains and how they function? The book (24 pages) can be downloaded for free from the web at:

http://www.maps.org/images/pdf/books/HuxleyA1954TheDoorsOfPerception.pdf

and may also be found at http://eftaylor.com/sands/.

POETRY AND MUSIC
Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,”
lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.

Refreshments.

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.

BYSTANDER AWARENESS TRAINING
Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30pm, Parlor

What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.

Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE https://www.wise-woman.org, a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

BEYOND FERGUSON:
Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 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.

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 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!

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s selection is “Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain.

Spring 2017 brochure

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

This week at First Church – March 27 – April 2 (3/27/2017)

 

 Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie  Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall   Prison Reform with Leslie Walker  April 6, 7:30pm, Library
  Theatre Discussion Series of “Precious Little” with Downing Cless, Jane Minasian  April 9   12noon, Library;
  Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger   April 13  7:30 pm, Parish Hall;
  Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring   April 21  7:30pm  Parish Hall;

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

WEDNESDAY

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

The Major Music piece this spring is Lux Aeterna, by Morten Lauridsen.
This 30-minute requiem for choir was composed in 1997, the year Lauridsen’s mother died. She was the one who first taught him piano, and instilled in him a love of music. The five movements of the piece seamlessly integrate the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. In the performance at First Church, Lux Aeterna will be paired with several arias from other requiems to round out the service.

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, March 29, 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!

BREAST CANCER
WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

SUNDAY
MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To
be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org

COMING UP:

WHAT OCCURS IN MASSACHUSETTS PRISONS WHILE NO ONE IS WATCHING?
Leslie Walker
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm, Library

Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty.

Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services and First Church member will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system.

Co-sponsored with SAC. Refreshments.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, April 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 6 and 20, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from
March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets: https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/precious-little/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Will Brownsberger
Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

State senator, Will Brownsberger, and other local politicians are working for Criminal Justice Reform, which recently has been described as an area ripe for progress.

Will will update us on mass incarceration, restorative justice, the overuse of solitary confinement and other issues being worked on by the Judiciary Committee.
We’ll also learn how we can be supportive of legislative efforts to effect change.

Discussion and refreshments. Co-sponsored by SAC.

POETRY AND MUSIC
Richard and Sam Waring,
with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by
Sam, includingworks by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel.

In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,” lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander.

Refreshments.

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE!

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 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.

The group will now be meeting on the third Friday of the month.

Spring brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

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This week at First church – March 13 – 19 (3/12/2017)

 

First Church Book Group discussion of “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving  March 22 at 7:30pm in the Library
  Good News from the Middle East with Sheila Katz   March 26 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall
  Prequel to Major Music with Ian Garvie  March 29 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall 
  Prison Reform with Leslie Walker  April 6 at 7:30pm in the Library

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION
  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!

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

SUNDAY
MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To
be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org

WEDNESDAY
UU BELMONT ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome
Wednesday, March 15,
12:00 Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY In the Computer Age

Are you interested in identifying or finding out more about your ancestors? Do you have a stash of information on your family that you are looking to organize or share? Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis, both avid amateur genealogists, will provide an introduction to researching your family history. This talk will cover how computers have made accessing, storing and sharing information easier. It will also briefly cover selected sources for information, both those available on-line and those to visit in person.

Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on the following:
Assuming you are at the midpoint of your life, and you do not believe in any sort of personal afterlife, how would your life and values change if you discovered that the earth would be totally destroyed by a collision with a
very large asteroid or comet when you are 90 years old? Questions similar to this one are posed and explored in Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler. Moreover, his conclusions are thoroughly thought provoking even if you don’t agree with many of his specifics.

Please join us as we explore the stimulating ideas in this book. Excerpts from Scheffler’s book can be downloaded at eftaylor.com/sands

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, March 16, 7pm, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 16, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

COMING UP:

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March. 22, 7:30pm Library

This month’s book is Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

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.

GOOD NEWS FROM
THE MIDDLE EAST
Sheila Katz
Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm Parish Hall

Sheila H. Katz’s newest book, Connecting with the Enemy, reveals how thousands of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have worked together to end violence and forge connections between their peoples. The stories from her book will inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world. Discussion to follow.

Co-sponsored with SAC. Refreshments

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL
AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 26, 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.

On Sunday March 26 we will have special guests. Our V-Day beneficiary Stacey Borden, founder of New Beginnings, will join us and bring some of her clients who are willing to share their stories. New Beginnings is dedicated to help women transitioning from incarceration. We will be honored with their presence and look for ways for future collaboration together.

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 29, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

The Major Music piece this spring is Lux Aeterna, by Morten Lauridsen. This 30-minute requiem for choir was composed in 1997, the year Lauridsen’s mother died. She was the one who first taught him piano, and instilled in him a love of music. The five movements of the piece seamlessly integrate the musical essence of ancient modes, Renaissance polyphony, Romanticism, and modern dissonance. In the performance at First Church, Lux Aeterna will be paired with several arias from other requiems to round out the service.

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, March 29, 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!

BREAST CANCER
WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

WHAT OCCURS IN MASSACHUSETTS PRISONS WHILE NO ONE IS WATCHING?
Leslie Walker
Thursday, April 6, 7:30pm, Library

Massachusetts has a laudably low per 100,000 incarceration rate. However, what occurs and does not occur fuels a high repeat crime rate, and keeps former prisoners in poverty. Leslie Walker, Executive Director of Prisoners’ Legal Services and First Church member will discuss proposed solutions and recommendations for our community, and our criminal justice system. Co-sponsored by SAC.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets: https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/precious-little/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

This week at First Church – March 6 – 12 (3/5/2017)

 

  Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett  Sunday, March 12, 12:30pm, Library     Theatre Discussion Play  reading of Bertolt Brecht’s short play “The Exception and The Rule” Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor   UU Belmont Alliance Lunch and Program Genealogy in the Computer Age with Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis     March 15 at 12 noon lunch and 1pm program, Upper Hall
  First Church Book Group discussion of “Waking Up White”  March 22 at 7:30pm
  “Good News from the Middle East” with Sheila Katz    March 26 at 12:30pm, Parish Hall

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

SUNDAY
Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 pm, Library

Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect.

Jeremy will share some of his own experiences in the system and help us to understand why children need foster care, who is in foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent or mentor in these youth’s lives.
Co-sponsored by SAC.

Refreshments served.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To
be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor

We will read together Bertolt Brecht’s
“The Exception and the Rule”.

Brecht is generally considered to be the greatest political playwright of the 20th century and also one of the most innovative in stylistic conventions.

This short play tells the story of a rich merchant who is increasingly cruel to his porter and guide as he tries to get them to travel faster. To this simple parable, Brecht adds songs, a chorus, and ironic juxtapositions that provoke thought.

We will explore how this early play shaped the content and form of Brecht’s masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, that in turn have had profound influence on theater and film of the last 50 years.

We will provide copies for the reading. If you would like to read the play in advance here is the the Exception and the Rule.

COMING UP:

UUBELMONT ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome
Wednesday, March 15,
12:00 Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY In the Computer Age

Are you interested in identifying or finding out more about your ancestors? Do you have a stash of information on your family that you are looking to organize or share? Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis, both avid amateur genealogists, will provide an introduction to researching your family history. This talk will cover how computers have made accessing, storing and sharing information easier. It will also briefly cover selected sources for information, both those available on-line and those to visit in person.

Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on the following:
Assuming you are at the midpoint of your life, and you
do not believe in any sort of personal afterlife, how would your life and values change if you discovered that the earth would be totally destroyed by a collision with a
very large asteroid or comet when you are 90 years old? Questions similar to this one are posed and explored in Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler. Moreover, his conclusions are thoroughly thought provoking even if you don’t agree with many of his specifics.

Please join us as we explore the stimulating ideas in this book. Excerpts from Scheffler’s book can be downloaded at eftaylor.com/sands

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, March 16, 7pm, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 16, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March. 22, 7:30pm Library

This month’s book is
Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

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.

GOOD NEWS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Sheila Katz
Sunday, March 26, 12:30pm Parish Hall

Sheila H. Katz’s newest book, Connecting with the Enemy, reveals how thousands of ordinary Palestinians and Israelis have worked together to end violence and forge connections between their peoples. The stories from her book will inspire and encourage anyone grappling with social change, peace and war, oppression and inequality, and grassroots activism anywhere in the world. Discussion to follow.

Co-sponsored with SAC. Refreshments

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL
AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 26, 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.

On Sunday March 26 we will have special guests. Our V-Day beneficiary Stacey Borden, founder of New Beginnings, will join us and bring some of her clients who are willing to share their stories. New Beginnings is dedicated to help women transitioning from incarceration. We will be honored with their presence and look for ways for future collaboration together.

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, March 29, 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!

BREAST CANCER
WELLNESS JOURNEY
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, March 29, April 12, 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30pm, Library

An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.

Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.

For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from March 2 – 26, 2017.  Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets: https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/precious-little/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

This week at First Church – February 27 – March 5 (2/26/2017)

 

  The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett  March 5 at 12:30pm in the Library
  Foster Care in Massachusetts (re-scheduled) with Jeremy Lockett   March 12 at 12:30pm
  Theatre Discussion Series Reading of Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Exception and The Rule”  March 12 at 4pm
  Genealogy in the Computer Age  with Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis  UU Belmont Alliance March 15 at 12noon
  “Waking Up White” First Church Book Group discussion  March 22 at 7:30pm

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

THURSDAY
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm, Conference Rm

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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 2 and 16, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

FRIDAY
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 3, 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 first Friday.

SUNDAY
THE CAMINO PILGRIMAGE
Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Library

Join Devon for a living room version of her pilgrimage, walking 70 miles along Roman roads, following the yellow arrows and scallop shells which point The Way.

Organizing tips and resources for making your own Buen Camino will be offered.
Refreshments.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays in March, April 2, 9
2:30pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in. To
be continued if there is interest. For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org

COMING UP:

Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 pm, Library

Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect.

Jeremy will share some of his own experiences in the system and help us to understand why children need foster care, who is in foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent or mentor in these youth’s lives.
Co-sponsored by SAC.

Refreshments served.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor

We will read together Bertolt Brecht’s
“The Exception and the Rule”.

Brecht is generally considered to be the greatest political playwright of the 20th century and also one of the most innovative in stylistic conventions.

This short play tells the story of a rich merchant who is increasingly cruel to his porter and guide as he tries to get them to travel faster. To this simple parable, Brecht adds songs, a chorus, and ironic juxtapositions that provoke thought.

We will explore how this early play shaped the content and form of Brecht’s masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, that in turn have had profound influence on theater and film of the last 50 years.

We will provide copies for the reading. If you would like to read the play in advance here is the the Exception and the Rule

UUBELMONT ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome
Wednesday, March 15,
12:00 Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

GETTING STARTED IN GENEALOGY In the Computer Age

Are you interested in identifying or finding out more about your ancestors? Do you have a stash of information on your family that you are looking to organize or share? Miriam Baker and Nancy Davis, both avid amateur genealogists, will provide an introduction to researching your family history. This talk will cover how computers have made accessing, storing and sharing information easier. It will also briefly cover selected sources for information, both those available on-line and those to visit in person.

Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Rick Eastwick will lead a discussion on the following:
Assuming you are at the midpoint of your life, and you
do not believe in any sort of personal afterlife, how would your life and values change if you discovered that the earth would be totally destroyed by a collision with a very large asteroid or comet when you are 90 years old? Questions similar to this one are posed and explored in Death and the Afterlife by Samuel Scheffler. Moreover, his conclusions are thoroughly thought provoking even if you don’t agree with many of his specifics.

Please join us as we explore the stimulating ideas in this book. Excerpts from Scheffler’s book can be downloaded at eftaylor.com/sands

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, March 16, 7pm, 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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 16, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March. 22, 7:30pm Library

This month’s book is Waking Up White by Debby Irving.

Waking Up White is the book Irving wishes someone had handed her decades ago. By sharing her sometimes cringe-worthy struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, she offers a fresh perspective on bias, stereotypes, manners, and tolerance.

As Irving unpacks her own long-held beliefs about colorblindness, being a good person, and wanting to help people of color, she reveals how each of these well-intentioned mindsets actually perpetuated her ill-conceived ideas about race.

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.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES:
“PRECIOUS LITTLE”
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, April 9, 12:00pm Library

Performing at Central Square Theatre from March 2 – 26, 2017 Precious Little is Madeleine George’s irreverent exploration of one of out most fundamental questions: when does too much knowledge get in the way of our basic instincts?

A research linguist, Brodie, receives genetic testing results: her unborn child may never be able to learn a language. Her girlfriend’s unsympathetic; her genetic counselor’s a rookie; her own uncompromising intellect betrays her. Her search for guidance takes her to unexpected places.

To order tickets: https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/precious-little/

Join us for a lively discussion.

This week at First Church – February 20 – 26 (2/19/2017)

 

  “Frayed Lives” with Debra Michlewitz  February 26 at 12:30pm in the Library
   The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett   March 5 at 12:30pm in the Library
  Foster Care in Massachusetts with Jeremy Lockett (re-scheduled)   March 12 at 12:30pm
   Theatre Discussion Series Play reading event  March 12 at 4pm

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

WEDNESDAY
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm Library

This month’s book is Americanah by Chimamand Ngozi Adichie.

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.

 SUNDAY
“FRAYED LIVES”
Debra Michlewitz
Sunday, Feb. 26, 12:30pm, Library

“As a first generation American in a Brooklyn household cobbled together from fragments surviving the Holocaust, Debra describes her experience as ‘a stranger in a strange land'”. Her memoir paints the panorama of a family record while depicting the desperation of refugees of war.

A retired English teacher, Debra is now a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Her book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon and will be available for purchase. Refreshments.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATION
Social Action Committee
Sunday, Feb. 26, 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.

This group meets monthly.

COMING UP:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm, Conference Rm

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.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 2 and 16, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 3, 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 first Friday.

THE CAMINO PILGRIMAGE
Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Library

Join Devon for a living room version of her pilgrimage, walking 70 miles along Roman roads, following the yellow arrows and scallop shells which point The Way.

Organizing tips and resources for making your own Buen Camino will be offered.
Refreshments.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays, all of March, April 2, 9, 23,
2:30 pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in.
For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org.

Rescheduled from Feb. 12th
FOSTER CARE IN MASSACHUSETTS
Jeremy Lockett
Sunday, March 12, 12:30 pm, Library

Dare Family Services’ primary mission is to find, train and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect.

Jeremy will share some of his own experiences in the system and help us to understand why children need foster care, who is in foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent or mentor in these youth’s lives.
Co-sponsored by SAC.

Refreshments served.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Sunday, March 12, 4pm, Parlor

We will read together Bertolt Brecht’s “The Exception and the Rule”.

Brecht is generally considered to be the greatest political playwright of the 20th century and also one of the most innovative in stylistic conventions.

This short play tells the story of a rich merchant who is increasingly cruel to his porter and guide as he tries to get them to travel faster. To this simple parable, Brecht adds songs, a chorus, and ironic juxtapositions that provoke thought.

We will explore how this early play shaped the content and form of Brecht’s masterpieces like The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage and Her Children, that in turn have had profound influence on theater and film of the last 50 years.

We will provide copies for the reading. If you would like to read the play in advance here is the the Exception and the Rule.

Winter brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

This week at First Church – February 13 – 19 (2/13/2017)

 

   First Church Book Group Discussion of “Americanah”  February 22 at 7:30pm
  “Frayed Lives” with Debra Michlewitz   February 26 at 12:30pm 
  The Camino Pilgrimage with Devon Beckett   March 5 at 12:30pm

  MONDAY
  MEDITATION

  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!

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

WEDNESDAY

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
All Women and Men Welcome!
Wednesday, February 15,
12 noon Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

Bring a sandwich. The Alliance will provide soup, fruit and dessert. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

“The Fijian People and Their Coral Reefs” will be presented by Mark Rosenstein, an amateur marine biologist and avid scuba diver and underwater photographer. After ten trips to Fiji, he has visited several villages there as well as spending many hours studying the reefs. He will present a brief overview of the history and culture, then the coral reefs that surround the islands and creatures that live on them, illustrated with many colorful photos.

Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

THURSDAY
FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, February 16, 7pm, 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.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, February 16, 7:30pm,
Conference Room

Elizabeth Archer will lead a discussion of “Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea, and The Deep Origins of Consciousness” by Peter Godfrey-Smith.

The author gives vivid accounts of the behavior and particular intelligence of cephalopods. “The octopus is the closest we will come to meeting an intelligent alien.”

Selected pages can be downloaded from: http://eftaylor.com/sands

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Feb. 16 and March 2, 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
epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions and for location.

COMING UP:

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is Americanah by Chimamand Ngozi Adichie.

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.

“FRAYED LIVES”
Debra Michlewitz
Sunday, Feb. 26, 12:30pm, Library

“As a first generation American in a Brooklyn household cobbled together from fragments surviving the Holocaust, Debra describes her experience as ‘a stranger in a strange land'”. Her memoir paints the panorama of a family record while depicting the desperation of refugees of war.

A retired English teacher, Debra is now a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Her book is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Refreshments.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATION
Social Action Committee
Sunday, Feb. 26, 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.

This group meets monthly.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, March 2, 7:30pm, Conference Rm

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.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 3, 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 first Friday.

THE CAMINO PILGRIMAGE
Devon Beckett
Sunday, March 5, 12:30pm, Library

Join Devon for a living room version of her pilgrimage, walking 70 miles along Roman roads, following the yellow arrows and scallop shells which point The Way.

Organizing tips and resources for making your own Buen Camino will be offered.
Refreshments.

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Sundays, all of March, April 2, 9, 23,
2:30 pm, Parish Hall

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, and a twin-sized blanket, if you have them, and a curious mind. Drop-in.
For more information contact jhicks@uubelmont.org.

Winter brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

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