We hope that you can join us this fall in one or more of our programs. Our fall program brochure is full of ongoing and new one-time events; sign up below for the Adult Programs newsletter:


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Report from General Assembly – Sept. 24
Women’s Fall Potluck Supper – Sept. 29
“Spiritual Audacity” – Oct. 1
Men’s Fall Potluck Supper – Oct. 6
Mindful Yoga – Oct. 7

Difficult Conversations – 4 sessions
starting on October 10 – registration required

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!  Meets weekly.

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

The jobseeker buddy group is a small support group for people looking for new or better jobs. We provide encouragement, feedback, ideas, resume suggestions, job leads, unemployment assistance, advice and networking opportuniites to each other.
For more information contact mplass@uubelmont.org. to be sure they are meeting. For a list of needed jobs go to
http://uubelmont.org/jobseekers-buddy-group/.

FRIDAY
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Sept. 15, 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 3rd Friday.

Contact Melissa with questions.

SUNDAY

Men’s Support Group
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Sept. 17, 4pm, Conference Room
This diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities. Meets 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4-5:30pm. Contact jweiss@uubelmont.org for more information or to participate.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
CONCORD RIVER BOAT CRUISE AND LUNCH
All women and men welcome
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12pm

Please join us for the Belmont UU Alliance Concord River Boat Cruise & Luncheon Wednesday, September 20th. Make your reservation early as we are limited to 18 seats. We will carpool from the Church at 12 noon; the cruise leaves the dock at 1:00pm from the South Bridge Boat House, 496 Main St. (route 62), Concord. Contact our First Church Administrator, Janice Zazinski, at jzazinski@uubelmont.org or (617-484-1054).
The deadline for registrations September 12th.

Inform Janice of your sandwich choice for lunch: chicken or tuna salad, ham & cheese, sliced turkey, vegetarian. Lunch also includes salad, fruit,
dessert and drinks.

Please make your $35.00 check payable to the Belmont Unitarian Alliance and deliver or mail it to the Church at First Church Belmont UU , P.O. Box 113, Belmont, MA 02478. If you would like payment assistance, or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at 617-489-2058 or email at pathawk4@gmail.com.

 

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:00pm, 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.

Meets monthly on the third Thursday.

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Kirk Israel will lead us in the discussion of an excerpt from “Mr g” by Alan Lightman.

Alan “Einstein Dream’s” Lightman’s book “Mr g” is a fabulistic telling of the story of the making of the Universe, drawing from multiple influence to make a new creation myth that is in keeping what science and rationality suggest our reality is made of. It is a portrait of an omnipotent and omniscient god, but one who is more of an artist than a micromanager, and in that presentation the book touches on aspects of free will in a universe made of cause and effect and how a universe made by a compassionate god could still have bad things happening to good people.

Group members are encouraged to acquire and read the full work (a brisk 225 pages) but excerpts can be downloaded at
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s0eud7evcbmoipf/mrg_excerpts.pdf?dl=0

Meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday.

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Sept. 21, 8:00pm, Location TBD

Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. If you knit, crochet, quilt, bead or dabble in other low-mess crafts, please come join us. Projects could include creating items for non-profit organizations such as Caps for Kids, making small gifts for the Holiday Fair or working on personal projects. Everyone is welcome and no commitment is necessary. Contact Eva with any questions.

Meets on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

 

2017 UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY REPORT/
SANCTUARY MOVEMENT
Sunday, Sept. 24, 12:30pm, Library

The General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association where attendees worship, witness, sing, learn, connect, and make policy through the democratic process.

“Resist and Rejoice” in New Orleans was a powerful experience. The combination of the extraordinary events within our own denomination and the upheavals in our society combined to encourage honest discussion about the issue of white supremacy. Adult Programs Director, Lillian Anderson, Music Director, Ian Garvie, Director of Youth Programs, Sana Saeed, as well as youth group member, Cam Anderson will share their impressions.
Here are some links from the GA Website http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2017 to inspire you – http://smallscreen.uua.org/videos/ga-2017-203-co-presidents-panel-discussion

One of the important issues discussed at GA was the Sanctuary Movement. We will meet and hear from Alfredo Garcia, a Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School. He will speak about the context in which undocumented immigrants find themselves.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7:30pm, Library

In September, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen, we will be reading her classic, Sense and Sensibility, which tells the story of two sisters and their very different approaches to love and marriage.

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.

Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

 

WOMEN’S FALL
POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, Sept. 29, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

All women are invited to share food, friendship and fun as we come together once again to connect and re-connect. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert AND a beverage to share. No RSVP necessary. And bring your friends too!

Contact Lillian Anderson landerson@uubelmont.org with questions.

 

“SPIRITUAL AUDACITY”
Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom
Sunday, October 1, 12:30pm, Library

Why do some people flourish and others do not?
Jim’s spiritual memoir, SPIRITUAL AUDACITY:
Six Disciplines of Human Flourishing, addresses this question from a Unitarian Universalist minister’s perspective.

Through study and spiritual curiosity, mystic and theologian Rev. Dr. Jim Sherblom unearthed disciplines in his journey from wealth and power to wisdom and purpose. With humor and grace, Sherblom elucidates six principles: Resilience, Surrender, Gratitude, Generosity, Mystery, and Awakening.

Refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

 

NOTE: NEW DAY OF THE WEEK!

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, October 3, 7:30pm, Conf. 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.

Meets monthly on the 1st Tuesday.

 

MEN’S FALL POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, October 6, 7:00pm, Upper Hall

All are welcome. Join old friends and new to connect and re-connect. Bring a dish to share (appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert) and beverage of your choice. Contact jstaton@uubelmont.org with questions.

 

MINDFUL YOGA                                                                                                                        

Jess Hicks
Saturday, October 7, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Library

Mindful yoga for adults of all ages, abilities, and experience levels. Jess is a registered yoga instructor with a lifetime of practice to share. Just bring a mat, and a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
Rick Hawkins
4 Tuesdays, October 10, 24, Nov. 14, 28,
7:30pm, Library

Learning to successfully work through interpersonal conflict may be the single most important skill for personal, family, and career success. It may also be the most difficult skill to learn and do well. We will focus on how to approach interpersonal conflict from a win-win position so that both peoples’ needs are met and so that the conflict strengthens the relationship rather than weaken it. It is important that participants attend all sessions. Contact Rick to register – rhawkins@uubelmont.org.

For most of us, our relationships with others are one of the things we value most. We spend a lot of time in relationships. Misunderstandings, impasses, and conflicts are inevitable. Learning to successfully work through interpersonal conflict may be the single most important skill for personal, family, and career success. It may also be the most difficult skill to learn and do well. The focus of this workshop will be on the skills needed to have difficult conversations with significant others, friends, peers, parents, children, and people you work with, including your boss. We will focus on how to approach interpersonal conflict from a win-win position so that both peoples’ needs are met and so that the conflict strengthens the relationship rather than weaken it. It is important that participants attend all sessions. Although not essential, participants will get more out of the workshop if they have read Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen.

 

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org