Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs Coordinator

This week at First Church – January 15 – 21

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Spiritual Renewal through Poetry – January 7, 14, 21, 28
“Requiem for the American Dream” – January 25
Theatre Discussion Series – January 29

Sermon Talk Back – February 4

 

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

WEDNESDAY
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Sana Saeed: Islam and Unitarian Universalism
Wednesday, January 17, 12:00pm, Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 17 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Hall.

Sana Saeed is the Youth Director at First Church, and she is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Born in Manchester, UK into a Pakistani home, she moved to the US when she was sixteen. Sana has seven years of experience working on youth leadership development, religious discrimination, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution with organizations including the Interfaith Alliance, the UUA, the Interfaith Youth Action Group, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and more.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 (ext. 201).

Please email or call Alice Trexler, Alliance Program, with any questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Jan. 18, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Kirk Israel will be leading a discussion on Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion”.

The history of the intense division between “left” and “right” in the United States has a long history. Haidt uses research backing a “moral foundations” theory, exploring the fundamental priorities that drive well-meaning people to very different outlooks and assumptions of how the righteous life should be lived.

A pdf of the selected portions will be e-mailed to those on the
e-mailing list of the group.

Those not on that list can contact Kenneth Bernstein at klbernstein1@verizon.net

 

FRIDAY
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

 

SUNDAY
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL THROUGH POETRY
Peter Guthrie
Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 3pm, Parlor

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.

 

COMING UP:
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:30pm, Library

Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion
Celebrated, iconic, and indispensable, Joan Didion’s first work of nonfiction, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, is considered a watershed moment in American writing. First published in 1968, the collection was critically praised as one of the “best prose written in this country.”

More than perhaps any other book, this collection by one of the most distinctive prose stylists of our era captures the unique time and place of Joan Didion’s focus, exploring subjects such as John Wayne and Howard Hughes, growing up in California and the nature of good and evil in a Death Valley motel room, and, especially, the essence of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, the heart of the counterculture. As Joyce Carol Oates remarked: “[Didion] has been an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time, a memorable voice, partly eulogistic, partly despairing; always in control.”

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.

 

“REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM” Documentary with Noam Chomsky
Discussion moderated by Will Brownsberger
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

How did we become a nation that is so far removed from our core beliefs?

In this extraordinary 2016 documentary, “Requiem for the American Dream”, Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality.

Join members of the Adult Programs and Social Action Committees to view this 75 minute film which will be followed by a discussion moderated by State Senator Will Brownsberger. Refreshments served.

This program is part of the First Church’s ongoing theme of “Escalating Inequality”

 

BEYOND FERGUSON: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations

Social Action Committee
Sunday, January 28, 7pm, 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.

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Monday, Jan. 29, 7:00pm, Central Square Theatre

“Every Tongue Confess” by Marcus Gardley
is the fifth play in The God’s Closet Reading Series presented by The Front Porch Arts Collective, in residence at Central Square Theater. The reading will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7pm and tickets are free.

First Church has reserved 15 seats for this reading and we will carpool from the church parking lot. If you would like to reserve a place please contact Lillian Anderson (landerson@uubelmont.org).

About “Every Tongue Confess”:
In the backwater town of Boligee, Alabama, the summer heat is rising higher, driving the townsfolk to distraction and conjuring the spirits of the past to walk the earth. Wrapped in the combustible music of a Deep South juke joint and the sweat-soaked gospel of a revivalist church tent, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Based upon biblical stories and events in the town’s history, Every Tongue Confess awakes a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape.” https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/events/every-tongue-confess/

 

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, February 3, 4 – 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, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in. Meets monthly.

 

SERMON TALK BACK
Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, February 4, 12:30pm, Library

Edwin and Doris will continue the conversation about the theme of being a stranger in one’s own land and wish to hear about your experience with this abyss of misunderstanding and dislike. Refreshments served.

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, February 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.

 

First Church Women’s Retreat
March 9 – 11, 2018
Rolling Ridge Conference Center

Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register promptly if you’re interested. Registration begins January 2, and we will be able to accommodate 30 women only.

If you’ve never taken part in this event before, you will find that it creates new friendships and connections and strengthens existing ones. We share our thoughts, explore our spirituality, laugh together, and enjoy community meals prepared by the staff. You’ll have the opportunity to join in group activities and to spend some quiet time in reflection and self-restoration. The response from last year’s attendees was overwhelmingly positive.

The theme we’ve chosen for 2018 is Creativity.

Cost: The cost for the weekend is $262 per person, which covers two nights’ stay and 6 meals together with craft supplies and incidentals. Some scholarship assistance is available, on a confidential basis by contacting Lillian Anderson (landerson@uubelmont.org).

If you wish to attend the retreat, we must have your registration form and a nonrefundable payment of $262 by January 29.

Women’s Retreat Planning Committee
Niti Seth, Martha Spaulding, Hayat Weiss

 

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First Church Women’s Retreat – March 9-11 at Rolling Ridge Conference Center

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First Church Women’s Retreat
March 9 – 11, 2018 at Rolling Ridge Conference Center

Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register promptly if you’re interested. Registration begins January 2, and we will be able to accommodate 30 women only.

If you’ve never taken part in this event before, you will find that it creates new friendships and connections and strengthens existing ones. We share our thoughts, explore our spirituality, laugh together, and enjoy community meals prepared by the staff. You’ll have the opportunity to join in group activities and to spend some quiet time in reflection and self-restoration. The response from last year’s attendees was overwhelmingly positive.

The theme we’ve chosen for 2018 is Creativity.

Cost: The cost for the weekend is $262 per person, which covers two nights’ stay and 6 meals together with craft supplies and incidentals. Some scholarship assistance is available, on a confidential basis by contacting Lillian Anderson (landerson@uubelmont.org)
If you wish to attend the retreat, we must have your Retreat registration form 2018 and a nonrefundable payment of $262 by January 29.

Retreat Planning Committee

NIti Seth, Martha Spaulding, Hayat Weiss

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This week at First Church – January 8 – 14

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Spiritual Renewal through Poetry – January 7, 14, 21, 28
Belmont UU Alliance – January 17
“Requiem for the American Dream” – January 25
Theatre Discussion Series – January 29

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, 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
SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
THROUGH POETRY
Peter Guthrie
Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 3pm, Parlor

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.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Sana Saeed: Islam and Unitarian Universalism
Wednesday, January 17, 12:00pm, Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 17 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Hall.

Sana Saeed is the Youth Director at First Church, and she is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. Born in Manchester, UK into a Pakistani home, she moved to the US when she was sixteen. Sana has seven years of experience working on youth leadership development, religious discrimination, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution with organizations including the Interfaith Alliance, the UUA, the Interfaith Youth Action Group, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and more.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call
617-484-1054 (ext. 201).

Please email or call Alice Trexler, Alliance Program, with any questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Jan. 18, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Kirk Israel will be leading a discussion on Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion”.

The history of the intense division between “left” and “right” in the United States has a long history. Haidt uses research backing a “moral foundations” theory, exploring the fundamental priorities that drive well-meaning people to very different outlooks and assumptions of how the righteous life should be lived.

A pdf of the selected portions will be e-mailed to those on the e-mailing list of the group.

Those not on that list can contact Kenneth Bernstein at klbernstein1@verizon.net

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Jan. 18, 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.

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 7:30pm, Library

Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion

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.

 

“REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM” Documentary with Noam Chomsky
Discussion moderated by Will Brownsberger
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

How did we become a nation that is so far removed from our core beliefs?

In this extraordinary 2016 documentary, “Requiem for the American Dream”, Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality.

Join members of the Adult Programs and Social Action Committees to view this 75 minute film which will be followed by a discussion moderated by State Senator Will Brownsberger. Refreshments served.

This program is part of the First Church’s ongoing theme of “Escalating Inequality”

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Monday, Jan. 29, 7:00pm, Central Square Theatre

“Every Tongue Confess” by Marcus Gardley is the fifth play in The God’s Closet Reading Series presented by The Front Porch Arts Collective, in residence at Central Square Theater. The reading will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7pm and tickets are free.

First Church has reserved 15 seats for this reading and we will carpool from the church parking lot. If you would like to reserve a place please contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

About “Every Tongue Confess”:
In the backwater town of Boligee, Alabama, the summer heat is rising higher, driving the townsfolk to distraction and conjuring the spirits of the past to walk the earth. Wrapped in the combustible music of a Deep South juke joint and the sweat-soaked gospel of a revivalist church tent, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Based upon biblical stories and events in the town’s history, Every Tongue Confess awakes a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape.” https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/events/every-tongue-confess/

 

Give yourself a gift for the new year and join a Small Group Ministry (SGM) group!

Joining a small group ministry (SGM) is a powerful wayto explore important topics with a small group of people over time. (SGM) is a program that gives First Church members the opportunity to build relationships with one another while exploring topics related to spiritual and life issues.

Facilitators Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg meet monthly on the fourth Monday at 7:30pm in the conference room
and they are eager to add a few new members. Their next meeting is on Monday, January 22, 2018.

If you are interested in joining please contact Joan at lion_of_the_mountains@yahoo.com.

AND
If Monday night is not possible for you we also have groups that meet on
1st & 3rd Tuesdays evenings
1st & 3rd Thursdays evenings
1st & 3rd Friday late afternoons

If you are interested in finding out more about SGM’s please contact Lillian Anderson, adult programs advisor at landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

First Church Women’s RetreatRetreat registration form 2018
March 9 – 11, 2018
Rolling Ridge Conference Center

Places are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register promptly if you’re interested. Registration begins January 2, and we will be able to accommodate 30 women only.

If you’ve never taken part in this event before, you will find that it creates new friendships and connections and strengthens existing ones. We share our thoughts, explore our spirituality, laugh together, and enjoy community meals prepared by the staff. You’ll have the opportunity to join in group activities and to spend some quiet time in reflection and self-restoration. The response from last year’s attendees was overwhelmingly positive.

The theme we’ve chosen for 2018 is Creativity.

Cost: The cost for the weekend is $262 per person, which covers two nights’ stay and 6 meals together with craft supplies and incidentals. Some scholarship assistance is available, on a confidential basis by contacting Lillian Anderson (landerson@uubelmont.org).

If you wish to attend the retreat, we must have your Retreat registration form 2018 and a nonrefundable payment of $262 by January 29.

Women’s Retreat Planning Committee
Niti Seth, Martha Spaulding, Hayat Weiss

 

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This week at First Church – December 18 – 24

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Winter brochure is here!

Mindful Yoga – January 6
Spiritual Renewal through Poetry – January 7, 14, 21, 28

Look for our next newsletter on January 7, 2018
Happy Holidays!

 

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!

We will not meet on December 25 and January 1st.
See you again on January 8th.

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/.

WEDNESDAY

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Doris Hunter: “UU’s and Interfaith Initiatives”.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 12:00pm, Lunch;
1pm Program, Upper Hall

 

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 20 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program.
Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person.
Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

At 1:00 pm, The Rev. Doris Hunter will discuss the International Association for Religious Freedom which began as the first interfaith organization over one hundred years ago. It has developed into a dedicated interfaith outreach with chapters in the US, Europe, Asia, and including our own US chapter. She will discuss the history of IARF and some of its unique chapters in Asia.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 (ext. 201).

Please email or call Alice Trexler, Alliance Program, with any questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, Library
Bill Zinn will be the presenter

Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended the understanding of human decision making by demonstrating the systematic errors and biases of human intuition. Their work created the field of behavioral economics.

Michael Lewis, the best selling author of Money Ball and the Big Short, explores the collaboration of these two intellectual giants in The Undoing Project. For the December discussion group we will read Chapter 6: The Mind’s Rules, which investigates some of the pitfalls of human decision making.

 

COMING IN JANUARY

SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
THROUGH POETRY
Peter Guthrie
Sundays, January 7, 14, 21 and 28, 3pm, Parlor

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.

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, January 2, 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.

 

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, January 6, 4 – 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, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in.

 

Give yourself a gift for the new year and join a Small Group Ministry (SGM) group!

Joining a small group ministry (SGM) is a powerful wayto explore important topics with a small group of people over time. (SGM) is a program that gives First Church members the opportunity to build relationships with one another while exploring topics related to spiritual and life issues.

Facilitators Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg meet monthly on the fourth Monday at 7:30pm in the conference room
and they are eager to add a few new members.
Their next meeting is on Monday, January 22, 2018.

If you are interested in joining please contact Joan at lion_of_the_mountains@yahoo.com.

AND
If Monday night is not possible for you we also have groups that meet on
1st & 3rd Tuesdays evenings
1st & 3rd Thursdays evenings
1st & 3rd Friday late afternoons

If you are interested in finding out more about SGM’s please contact Lillian Anderson, adult programs advisor at landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

 

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This week at First Church, December 4 – 10

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UU Alliance – December 20
Science and Spirituality – December 21

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’
or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you.

 

THURSDAY
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Dec. 7, 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.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Doris Hunter: “UU’s and Interfaith Initiatives”.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 12:00pm, Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

 

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 20 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program.
Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person.
Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

At 1:00 pm, The Rev. Doris Hunter will discuss the International Association for Religious Freedom which began as the first interfaith organization over one hundred years ago. It has developed into a dedicated interfaith outreach with chapters in the US, Europe, Asia, and including our own US chapter. She will discuss the history of IARF and some of its unique chapters in Asia.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call
617-484-1054 (ext. 201).

Please email or call Alice Trexler, Alliance Program, with any questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Dec. 21, 7:30pm, Library
Bill Zinn will be the presenter

Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky upended the understanding of human decision making by demonstrating the systematic errors and biases of human intuition. Their work created the field of behavioral economics.

Michael Lewis, the best selling author of Money Ball and the Big Short, explores the collaboration of these two intellectual giants in The Undoing Project. For the December discussion group we will read Chapter 6: The Mind’s Rules, which investigates some of the pitfalls of human decision making.

 

 

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This week at First Church November 27 – December 3

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Belmont UU Alliance – December 20

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

WEDNESDAY
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm, Library

Our November 29* book is Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, which was a New York Times 2016
Notable Book and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

Here is a bit more about Hope Jahren and her book:

Hope Jahren was born and grew up in small-town southeastern Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and in 1999 she was hired by Johns Hopkins University and went on to become the first woman ever to be promoted with tenure within their Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (est. 1876). In 2008 she was hired to build the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories at the University of Hawaii. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and in 2005, Popular Science named her one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists in the United States.

“Gratifying, spirited . . . a moving chronicle of an eminent research scientist’s life . . . It takes a passionate geobiologist with the soul of a poet to make us swoon in the face of computational amplitude . . . Jahren’s aim is to make the reader appreciate the fascinations of studying flora, to infect us with the same enthusiasm that has driven her ever since she was a child hanging around in her father’s lab, falling hard for the sensuous allures of the slide rule.

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.

 

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

The Mass No. 13 in B-flat major, was composed by Joseph Haydn in 1801.

On December 10th, as part of the long Major Music Service tradition, the Senior Choir will be performing Joseph Haydn’s Mass #13, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra. The Schöpfungsmesse, or ‘Creation Mass’, derives its nickname from a notorious musical reference to his own famous oratorio The Creation.

Join us for an evening lecture where Ian will explain the history, influences,
and impact of this joyful mass.

 

SATURDAY
MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 – 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, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in. Meets on the first Saturday of each month.

 

COMING UP:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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, Dec. 7, 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.

 

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Doris Hunter: “UU’s and Interfaith Initiatives”.
Wednesday, Dec. 20, 12:00pm, Lunch; 1pm Program, Upper Hall

 

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 20 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program.
Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person.
Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

At 1:00 pm, The Rev. Doris Hunter will discuss the International Association for Religious Freedom which began as the first interfaith organization over one hundred years ago. It has developed into a dedicated interfaith outreach with chapters in the US, Europe, Asia, and including our own US chapter. She will discuss the history of IARF and some of its unique chapters in Asia.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call
617-484-1054 (ext. 201).

Please email or call Alice Trexler, Alliance Program, with any questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

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This week at First Church November 20 – 26

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First Church Book Group – November 29
Prequel to Major Music – November 29
Mindful Yoga – December 2

 

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

SUNDAY
BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Social Action Committee
Sunday, November 26, 7pm, 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. Meets monthly.

 

COMING UP:

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm, Library

Our November 29* book is Hope Jahren’s memoir,
Lab Girl, which was a New York Times 2016
Notable Book and winner of the National Book Critics
Circle Award for Autobiography.

Here is a bit more about Hope Jahren and her book:

Hope Jahren was born and grew up in small-town southeastern Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and in 1999 she was hired by Johns Hopkins University and went on to become the first woman ever to be promoted with tenure within their Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (est. 1876). In 2008 she was hired to build the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories at the University of Hawaii. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and in 2005, Popular Science named her one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists in the United States.

“Gratifying, spirited . . . a moving chronicle of an eminent research scientist’s life . . . It takes a passionate geobiologist with the soul of a poet to make us swoon in the face of computational amplitude . . . Jahren’s aim is to make the reader appreciate the fascinations of studying flora, to infect us with the same enthusiasm that has driven her ever since she was a child hanging around in her father’s lab, falling hard for the sensuous allures of the slide rule.

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.

 

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

The Mass No. 13 in B-flat major, was composed
by Joseph Haydn in 1801.

On December 10th, as part of the long Major Music Service tradition, the Senior Choir will be performing Joseph Haydn’s Mass #13, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra. The Schöpfungsmesse, or ‘Creation Mass’, derives its nickname from a notorious musical reference to his own famous oratorio The Creation.

Join us for an evening lecture where Ian will explain the history, influences,
and impact of this joyful mass.

 

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, Dec. 2, 4 – 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, or a twin-sized blanket, and a curious mind. Drop-in. Meets on the first Saturday of each month.

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 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, Dec. 7, 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.

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This week at First Church November 13 – 19

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Save the Date!
Women’s Retreat – March 9-11, 2018

First Church Book Group – November 29
Prequel to Major Music – November 29

 

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, 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
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12:00pm Lunch, Upper Hall
1pm Program, Parish Hall

“Living with Coyotes”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 12 noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

Belmont Animal Control Officer (ACO), John Maguranis, will speak about “Living With Coyotes”. The program will be at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
John Maguranis has been Belmont’s Animal Control Officer for 15 years .
As ACO John: rescues injured animals, reunited lost pets with owners, provides some adoption services and provides public education. John is a wildlife expert and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote, a nation coaliton of scientists and educator working to promote coexistence between people and coyotes: projectcoyote.org.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
(ext. 201).Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

THURSDAY
FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Nov. 16, 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.

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

Rick Eastwick will be leading a discussion focused on the Bhagavad Gita.
For those who have one of the copies of the Gita given out at the last meetings, Rick recommends reading pages 25 to 64 and 169 to 171.

The importance of the “Bhagavad Gita” to Hinduism would be hard to overstate. For our discussion, Rick would like to focus on the “Gita” in light of its great importance to Mahatma Gandhi. He finds it fascinating to reflect on how this treatise, which focuses on why and how to fight a violent battle in an ancient mythological tale, could become so important to the foremost proponent of non-violence in his darkest hours. And although he does not believe in reincarnation, the caste system, or the law of karma, Rick still finds much wisdom in this ancient poem.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 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 with any questions.

 

FRIDAY
PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided.

Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

 

SUNDAY
“EXPRESSIONS THROUGH FOOD:
A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Rachel Greenberger
Sunday, Nov. 19, 12:30pm, Library

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it may be worth considering: How do you express yourself through food?

Community Table is a gentle design for sparking rich interactions on important topics connected to food. Always one circle and one conversation, the attendees steer the discussion.

Community Table is a signature program of Food Sol at Babson College (co-founded and directed by Martha Spaulding’s daughter Rachel).
At Food Sol we believe that if you eat food, you can make a difference in the food system. http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/the-lewis-institute/food-sol/Pages/home.aspx

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:00pm, Library

KISS by Guillermo Calderón playing October 26 – November 19, 2017
at ArtsEmerson in Boston.
To order tickets https://artsemerson.org.

Discount tickets are available on Goldstar https://www.goldstar.com/events/boston-ma/kiss-tickets

When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
“The true meaning of the title will shock you.”

See the play and join us for a lively discussion. Refreshments.

 

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Nov. 19, 4:00pm, 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:

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CLASS, CULTURAL
AND RACIAL SEPARATIONS
Social Action Committee
Sunday, November 26, 7pm, 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. Meets monthly.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, November 29, 7:30pm, Library

Our November 29* book is Hope Jahren’s memoir, Lab Girl, which was a New York Times 2016
Notable Book and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography.

Here is a bit more about Hope Jahren and her book:

Hope Jahren was born and grew up in small-town southeastern Minnesota. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996, and in 1999 she was hired by Johns Hopkins University and went on to become the first woman ever to be promoted with tenure within their Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (est. 1876). In 2008 she was hired to build the Isotope Geobiology Laboratories at the University of Hawaii. She is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences. She has been the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and in 2005, Popular Science named her one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists in the United States.

“Gratifying, spirited . . . a moving chronicle of an eminent research scientist’s life . . . It takes a passionate geobiologist with the soul of a poet to make us swoon in the face of computational amplitude . . . Jahren’s aim is to make the reader appreciate the fascinations of studying flora, to infect us with the same enthusiasm that has driven her ever since she was a child hanging around in her father’s lab, falling hard for the sensuous allures of the slide rule.

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.

 

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

The Mass No. 13 in B-flat major, was composed by Joseph Haydn in 1801.

On December 10th, as part of the long Major Music Service tradition, the Senior Choir will be performing Joseph Haydn’s Mass #13, accompanied by a professional chamber orchestra. The Schöpfungsmesse, or ‘Creation Mass’, derives its nickname from a notorious musical reference to his own famous oratorio The Creation.

Join us for an evening lecture where Ian will explain the history, influences, and impact of this joyful mass.

 

 

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This week at First Church November 6 – 12

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“Living with Coyotes” – Nov. 15
“Expressions Through Food” – Nov. 19
Theatre Discussion Series – Nov. 19

 

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 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.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12:00pm Lunch, Upper Hall
1pm Program, Parish Hall

“Living with Coyotes”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 12 noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

Belmont Animal Control Officer (ACO), John Maguranis, will speak about “Living With Coyotes”. The program will be at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
John Maguranis has been Belmont’s Animal Control Officer for 15 years .
As ACO John: rescues injured animals, reunited lost pets with owners, provides some adoption services and provides public education. John is a wildlife expert and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote, a nation coaliton of scientists and educator working to promote coexistence between people and coyotes: projectcoyote.org.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
(ext. 201).Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Nov. 16, 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.

 

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

Rick Eastwick will be leading a discussion focused on the Bhagavad Gita.
For those who have one of the copies of the Gita given out at the last meetings, Rick recommends reading pages 25 to 64 and 169 to 171.

The importance of the “Bhagavad Gita” to Hinduism would be hard to overstate. For our discussion, Rick would like to focus on the “Gita” in light of its great importance to Mahatma Gandhi. He finds it fascinating to reflect on how this treatise, which focuses on why and how to fight a violent battle in an ancient mythological tale, could become so important to the foremost proponent of non-violence in his darkest hours. And although he does not believe in reincarnation, the caste system, or the law of karma, Rick still finds much wisdom in this ancient poem.

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 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 with any questions.

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided. Meets monthly on the
3rd Friday.

 

“EXPRESSIONS THROUGH FOOD: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Rachel Greenberger
Sunday, Nov. 19, 12:30pm, Library

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it may be worth considering:
How do you express yourself through food?

Community Table is a gentle design for sparking rich interactions on important topics connected to food. Always one circle and one conversation, the attendees steer the discussion.

Community Table is a signature program of Food Sol at Babson College (co-founded and directed by Martha Spaulding’s daughter Rachel).
At Food Sol we believe that if you eat food, you can make a difference in the food system. http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/the-lewis-institute/food-sol/Pages/home.aspx

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:00pm, Library

KISS by Guillermo Calderón playing October 26 – November 19, 2017
at ArtsEmerson in Boston.
To order tickets https://artsemerson.org.

Discount tickets are available on Goldstar https://www.goldstar.com/events/boston-ma/kiss-tickets

When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
“The true meaning of the title will shock you.”

See the play and join us for a lively discussion. Refreshments.

 

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Nov. 19, 4:00pm, 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.

 

 

Fall 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 October 30 – November

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“Living with Coyotes” – Nov. 15
“Expressions Through Food” – Nov. 19
Theatre Discussion Series – Nov. 19

MONDAY
MEDITATION
James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library

In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life!

TUESDAY
JOBSEEKER BUDDY GROUP
Martin Plass
Tuesdays as needed, Library

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

 

THURSDAY
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Nov. 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 with any questions.

 

SATURDAY
MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, November 4, 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.

This will be held on the first Saturday of the month all year.

 

SUNDAY
“SABBATICAL LEARNINGS: PEOPLE AND CIRCUMSTANCES”
Rev. David Bryce
Sunday, November 5, 12:45pm, Library

While respecting confidentiality, David will reflect on the people he met, the circumstances they found themselves in and some thoughts about what could, or should be, done by us.
Refreshments served.

 

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Nov. 5, 4:00pm, 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:

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 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.

 

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 12:00pm Lunch, Upper Hall
1pm Program, Parish Hall

“Living with Coyotes”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, November 15th, at 12 noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. Lunch will be in the Upper Gathering Space.

Belmont Animal Control Officer (ACO), John Maguranis, will speak about “Living With Coyotes”. The program will be at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall.
John Maguranis has been Belmont’s Animal Control Officer for 15 years .
As ACO John: rescues injured animals, reunited lost pets with owners, provides some adoption services and provides public education. John is a wildlife expert and the Massachusetts representative for Project Coyote, a nation coaliton of scientists and educator working to promote coexistence between people and coyotes: projectcoyote.org.

R.S.V.P. to Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
(ext. 201).Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

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

Rick Eastwick will be leading a discussion focused on the Bhagavad Gita.
For those who have one of the copies of the Gita given out at the last meetings, Rick recommends reading pages 25 to 64 and 169 to 171.

The importance of the “Bhagavad Gita” to Hinduism would be hard to overstate. For our discussion, Rick would like to focus on the “Gita” in light of its great importance to Mahatma Gandhi. He finds it fascinating to reflect on how this treatise, which focuses on why and how to fight a violent battle in an ancient mythological tale, could become so important to the foremost proponent of non-violence in his darkest hours. And although he does not believe in reincarnation, the caste system, or the law of karma, Rick still finds much wisdom in this ancient poem.

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Nov. 17, 7:30pm, Library

Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided. Meets monthly on the
3rd Friday.

 

“EXPRESSIONS THROUGH FOOD:
A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION
Rachel Greenberger
Sunday, Nov. 19, 12:30pm, Library

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it may be worth considering:
How do you express yourself through food?

Community Table is a gentle design for sparking rich interactions on important topics connected to food. Always one circle and one conversation, the attendees steer the discussion.

Community Table is a signature program of Food Sol at Babson College (co-founded and directed by Martha Spaulding’s daughter Rachel).
At Food Sol we believe that if you eat food, you can make a difference in the food system. http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/the-lewis-institute/food-sol/Pages/home.aspx

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2:00pm, Library

KISS by Guillermo Calderón playing October 26 – November 19, 2017
at ArtsEmerson in Boston.
To order tickets https://artsemerson.org.

When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
“The true meaning of the title will shock you.”

See the play and join us for a lively discussion. Refreshments.

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