Adult Programs Happenings


Mindful Yoga with Jessica Hicks – monthly

Saturdays, Feb. 14, March 14, April 11, May 2- 1:00- 2:30pm; Parish Hall

Slow flow, mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels*. Come experience embodied awareness in motion while stretching and strengthening your body in a supportive community. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice and a love of both the movement and still aspects of yoga practice to share. Jess and her family joined the First Church community last year, and she is thrilled to give back to our community by offering these classes for free. Just bring a mat, a twin-sized blanket if you have one, and a curious mind. *Jess can help you modify all of the movements even if you are practicing in a chair rather than on the floor, and chairs also can be used for support in standing postures for those with limited balance or lower body strength. It really is for every body! Drop-in. To be continued if there is interest. For more information contact


Living Later Life to its Fullest
Bob Weber with Jackie James
Sunday, January 11, 12:30-2pm, Library

What constitutes a spirituality that facilitates living life in all its fullness as we age. Fullness of life involves living well within four dimensions: the body, the mind, the heart, and the spirit. This presentation will explore the fourth dimension, the spiritual— from a psychological perspective, i.e. what it takes to live well interiorly, in solitude, and in community.


Spiritual Renewal through Poetry – Peter Guthrie
Sundays – Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1st from 3-4pm
Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters. We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.


The Breast Cancer Journey – Melanie Deveikas
Tuesdays, Jan. 13, 27, Feb. 10, 24, 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. For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at


The Conversation Project – Have You Had The Conversation?

Rev. Rosemary Lloyd, Thursday, Jan. 22 and Tuesday, Feb. 10
How we die is part of our legacy to our loved ones and our communities. The Conversation Project is dedicated to supporting congregation members in having crucial conversations about the kind of care they would want through the end of life. This 2-part workshop begins with identifying the concerns and values that will ground and guide decision making and includes practice in how to begin The Conversation with a loved one. In part two, participants will share the experience of starting The Conversation and consider the next steps they need to take to insure that their wishes will be respected. For more information contact or visit the website:


The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit and Life

Tom Neel and Martha Read

Thursday, Jan. 29, 7:30pm, Library
Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30pm, Library
Thursday, March 26, 7:30pm, Library

This program is part of the Tapestry of Faith Lifespan Curriculum from the UUA. Members of First Church are familiar with OWL: Our Whole Lives, the program for teens about sexuality. The Wi$dom Path is for adults, and it is about money. Three sessions will include 1) Talking About Money: to lay the groundwork to begin talking about the role of money in our lives and its connection to our well-being; 2) The Meaning of Money in Our Lives: consider how childhood & family values influence us. 3) What cultural teachings about money do we share, and what is unique to the individual?


Explore the Kingdom of the Monarchs- Richard Waring and Kristin Phillips
Sunday, Feb. 1, 12:30pm, Library

The Greek word for butterfly is “psyche,” which translates as “soul.” Many Mexicans see the returning monarchs as the souls of the dead. Join us for a photo tour of monarch butterflies at their overwintering habitat in the mountains of Mexico. Learn about this longest insect migration on earth and the perils this resilient species faces due to global climate change, logging, and pesticides.


Writing Memoir- Martha Spaulding
Sundays, Feb. 15 – March 8; 4-5:30pm; Classroom #5

This workshop is designed to tap into the stories your memory holds. We will write on a wide variety of subjects and share aloud with no feedback. Bring a notebook and writing implements that appeal to you. Limited to 12 participants. Please register with Martha Spaulding at


 3 Scientists Predict the Future—
Jack Dennis, Jon Graves and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, February 15th, 12:30pm, Library
People who predict the distant future have a bad record. H. G. Wells expected that  television would appear in the twenty-third century.  Who would have predicted that by 2014 a young couple could eliminate more than 500 genetic diseases forever from their children’s bloodlines? Jack Dennis (a computer specialist), Jon Graves (a molecular biologist), and Edwin Taylor will make modest predictions about developments in the next five years and join you in thinking about the coming decade.


Spiritual Autobiography – Jeanne O’Farrell
Sundays, March 15, 22, 29,; 4-5:30pm, Classroom #5

This course is based on Dan Wakefield’s book and course, “Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography.”  It is for those who want to write about aspects of their spiritual journey then read what they have written to others. At the end of each session we will regroup for general comments of reflection about the effect of the experience of listening to what others have written. The willingness to write from the heart will make writers of all participants. That will guide them in the  formation of beautiful personal accounts of their journeys that may have been solitary, even secret, but have led them to search for greater meaning in their lives and, ultimately, to make fulfilling connections with others.
No one is pressured into sharing, and everyone is urged into active listening.  It is entirely voluntary and what is read and said is confidential to those who are there to listen. It is a fulfilling process to anyone who comes with an open heart and a desire to quiet the mind through writing so that we can give voice to what the heart is trying to say.
Please register with Jeanne O’Farrell at


 Facilitator’s Training and Group Skills
Rev. David Bryce and Lillian Anderson
Tuesday, March 31 and April 7, 7:30pm, Library
In many types of group situations, especially where people express differing views, good facilitation can make a difference in the success of the experience for everyone. Perhaps you have been eager to try to facilitate a group or lead a project but don’t feel you have the necessary skills. This two part workshop will examine aspects of facilitation, how facilitation is different in a church setting, as well as how to participate and communicate effectively in a group. We will also identify problems that occur in group situations and discover effective ways to handle them.

 Putting Your Affairs in Order

Neil Winston Thursday, April 9, 7:30pm, Library
Are you and those you love adequately prepared  for medical crises and increasing care needs?  Please join First Church member Neal Winston as he discusses estate and asset protection planning, public benefits protections and what legal documents each of us needs to have in place.


Lima Climate Discussion
of December 2014
Monte Allen
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30pm
Parish Hall
Tony Alcorn of FCBGreen starts the evening with short remarks on “carbon footprint”

Monte Allen, senior development director of CARE, was an official observer of COP20 in Lima. He offers a rare opportunity for a first-hand inside look at meetings that could impact our future. In this presentation, he will explain COPs and the experience of attending them. The perspectives of several other important voices will shared through videos. Finally he will discuss the broad outcomes of COP20 and his hopefulness about the process moving forward.
An opportunity for questions follow. Co-sponsored by FCB Green, Adult Programs and Social Action.

From Brain Science to Your Life: BRAIN CHANGE IS POSSIBLE
Sunday, April 26
12:30pm, Library

Brain science has shown that the brain is changeable. This key insight is increasingly being used to develop brain training treatments to address a wide range of difficulties, including attention, organization, self control, mood, anxiety, social functioning and learning. This talk will describe several of these new brain training approaches and the research and experience with them in practice.

Dr. Hirshberg is the Director of the NeuroDevelopment Center and a Clincial Assistant Professor at the Alpert Medical School, Brown University


The Birth of a Nation:

How a Legendary Filmmaker and a Crusading Editor
America’s Civil War

Dick Lehr

Tuesday, April 28
7:30pm, Parish Hall

1915 saw the release of D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation, both a cinematic masterpiece and a vitriolic racist diatribe. It brought about a backlash led by William Monroe Trotter, a Boston newspaper editor.

Our own Dick Lehr’s latest book explores this tumultuous period in American race relations.

Book signing and Refreshments