Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs Coordinator

This week at First Church October 23 – 29

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“Sabbatical Lessons” – Nov. 5
“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/.

 

WEDNESDAY
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Library
What Love Tells Me by Richard Waring

On October 25, the Book Group will be exploring the poetry
of First Church’s own Richard Waring from his newest book, What Love Tells Me. Richard will join us for this special
evening as we share poems from What Love Tells Me* and learn about the process and power of writing poetry.
Richard has described his book this way:

The varied terrain of love, family, solitude, the natural world, the condition of loss, the spirit of place – all align themselves in poetry. As a letter from the front lines, where the latest changes are taking place, a poem is the frankest and most immediate communiqué that struggles to reenact the original feeling in all its complexity and singularity, lifting the personal into a transcendent music. As a spiritual discipline, poetry foregoes the familiar public domain in search of the unsayable, gesturing beyond words. The questions asked can be dangerous: How do you love? When do you forgive? Do you forgive?

The Book Group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We welcome all who want to join us. There is no ongoing commitment required. For more information about the Book Group, please contact either Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org.

*What Love Tells Me is available in the Minuteman Library network. If you would like to purchase your own copy, you can purchase it from Richard directly by contacting him at rwaring@uubelmont.org, or order it from most local or national booksellers.

 

FRIDAY
“STARSHOT” PROGRAM AND POTLUCK SUPPER
Steve Saar
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00pm potluck, 8pm program, Parish Hall

Exploring a New Earth in 40 Years: Project Starshot, Happening Now!
An Earth-like world has been discovered around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. A daring plan to visit it robotically in about 40 years is underway… with a fleet of micro-craft sailing on
beams of light. Will it succeed? How will it work? What will we find? A real “Star Trek” adventure is underway;

find out all about it!

The Adult Programs Committee invites you to join us for a potluck supper at 7pm followed by the program at 8pm. Plan to bring a dish and a beverage to share.

RSVP to Lillian (landerson@uubelmont.org) to let us know that you are coming to the potluck so we can set up enough tables.

 

SUNDAY
BEYOND FERGUSON: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm, Library

Discussions on how to close the gap on race, social, and class differences seem to be more needed now. The impact of our actions goes far. Join us and learn what we are planning to do, and please share what you would like for us to do together.

This group meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month.

 

COMING UP:
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.

 

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.

 

“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.

 

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

 

“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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Gravitational Waves this Sunday!

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NEW PROGRAM – JUST ADDED!
Gravitational Waves
Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, October 22, 12:30pm, Library

Two years ago the first gravitational waves from a pair of coalescing black holes was detected by the LIGO Observatory. This monumental discovery opened up the era of gravitational wave astronomy, provided impressive confirmation of Einstein’s theory of general relativity and was awarded the 2017 Nobel Physics Prize.

On Monday Oct 16 the LIGO and VIRGO teams announced the detection of gravitational waves from the coalescence of two neutron stars. This event triggered observations from 70 telescopes on planet earth and several more in space (including the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope).

Andrea will give a brief overview of neutron stars, supernovae and gamma ray bursts and tie these phenomena together to explain the significance of this new result. Edwin will add some personal and professional accounts of his friendships with two of the three Nobel Prize winners.

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This week at First Church October 16 – 22

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Fall 2017 brochure

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS  “Starshot” Program and Potluck – Oct. 27
“Sabbatical Lessons” – Nov. 5

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
Lunch and Armenian Museum Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
1:25pm – Tour

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 18 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. Soup, fruit and dessert will be provided.
After lunch we will carpool to the Museum. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

Our guided tour of the Armenian Museum of America will begin at 1:15PM at 65 Main St, Watertown. The Museum has extensive exhibits of the artifacts, history and culture of the Armenian people.

A donation of $3 per person is requested. If you would like payment assistance or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at pathawk4@gmail.com or call 617-489-2058.
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, Oct. 19, 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.

Please join us on a path of living positively and boldly in the New Year. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Christine Stone will lead the Science and Spirituality Group
in the following discussion on “Living With a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich

A spiritual quest often brings the searcher back to a position not far his or her starting point, presumably with a fuller and more nuanced view. C.S.Lewis returned to the Church of England; St. Augustine found his way back into the Christian faith his mother had taught him. It is interesting how spontaneous religious experience
worked out in the life of, as Ehrenreich describes herself, a fourth-generation atheist with a lifelong commitment to figuring out what life was all about. She had the first of these experiences in adolescence and has tried for the rest of her life to date to make sense of it all.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s writing has a delightful scratch-where-it-itches quality, succinctly nailing her points and puncturing absurdities.

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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, Oct. 20, 7:30pm, Library

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

 

SUNDAY
ESCALATING INEQUALITY DISCUSSION
Task Group (Lillian Anderson, Ariane Frank, Jackie Neel, Sana Saeed, Nate Sellars)
Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:15pm, Library

What is “Escalating Inequality?
Challenging extreme inequality is a moral imperative. The escalation of inequality undergirds so many injustices which our faith movement is committed to addressing: from economic injustice to mass incarceration; from migrant injustice to climate change; from sexual and gender injustice to attacks on voting rights.

  • It includes the following:
    Economic Inequality: Roots and Realities
    Class and Classism
    Inequality, Class, and Our Congregation
    Interrupting Cycles of Inequality

Join the Task Group to discuss the genesis of the theme, what we hope to accomplish and the implications for programming at First Church.

 

SUNDAY
“BOSTON THEATRE SCENE”  has been cancelled due to a family death and will be rescheduled!
Nancy E. Carroll
Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm, Library

Surviving in the theatre – artistically and financially – is never easy. Nancy has been involved in the Boston theatre scene as a well-known actress for the past thirty years. She will share the struggles and joys of her life in the theatre with us.
Prepare to laugh and to be surprised by her stories. Refreshments.

Nancy’s theatrical credits include Present Laughter, at the Huntington Theatre and on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Big Maggie (Druid Theatre Company) and Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland), Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, A Man Of No Importance at Speakeasy Stage, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie at the Lyric Stage, The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport at the New Repertory Theatre.

 

COMING UP:

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Library
What Love Tells Me by Richard Waring

On October 25, the Book Group will be exploring the poetry of First Church’s own Richard Waring from his newest book, What Love Tells Me. Richard will join us for this special evening as we share poems from What Love Tells Me* and learn about the process and power of writing poetry. Richard has described his book this way:

The varied terrain of love, family, solitude, the natural world, the condition of loss,
the spirit of place – all align themselves in poetry. As a letter from the front lines, where
the latest changes are taking place, a poem is the frankest and most immediate communiqué that struggles to reenact the original feeling in all its complexity and singularity, lifting the personal into a transcendent music. As a spiritual discipline, poetry foregoes the familiar public domain in search of the unsayable, gesturing beyond words. The questions asked can be dangerous: How do you love?
When do you forgive? Do you forgive?

The Book Group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We welcome all who want to join us. There is no ongoing commitment required. For more information about the Book Group, please contact either Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org.

*What Love Tells Me is available in the Minuteman Library network. If you would like to purchase your own copy, you can purchase it from Richard directly by contacting him at rwaring@uubelmont.org, or order it from most local or national booksellers.

 

“STARSHOT” PROGRAM AND
POTLUCK SUPPER
Steve Saar and Andrea Prestwich
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00pm potluck,
8pm program, Parish Hall

Exploring a New Earth in 40 Years: Project Starshot, Happening Now!
An Earth-like world has been discovered around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. A daring plan to visit it robotically in about 40 years is underway… with a fleet of micro-craft sailing on
beams of light. Will it succeed? How will it work? What will we
find? A real “Star Trek” adventure is underway; find out all about it!

Andrea will provide an update to her previous talk, discussing the latest gravitational waves results, as well.

The Adult Programs Committee invites you to join us for a potluck supper at 7pm followed by the program at 8pm. Plan to bring a dish and a beverage to share. RSVP to Lillian (landerson@uubelmont.org) to let us know that you are coming to the potluck so we can set up enough tables.

 

BEYOND FERGUSON: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm, Library

Discussions on how to close the gap on race, social, and class differences seem to be more needed now. The impact of our actions goes far. Join us and learn what we are planning to do, and please share what you would like for us to do together.

This group meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month.

 

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.

 

“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.

 

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This week at First Church October 9 – 15

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Fall 2017 brochure

Belmont UU Alliance – Armenian Museum Tour – Oct. 18
Boston Theatre Scene with Nancy E. Carroll – Oct. 22
“Starshot” Program and Potluck – Oct. 27
“Sabbatical Learnings” – Nov. 5

Next Chapter – group meets monthly on 3rd Mondays beginning on October 16 – 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!

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

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 15, 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:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
Lunch and Armenian Museum Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
1:25pm – Tour

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 18 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. Soup, fruit and dessert will be provided.
After lunch we will carpool to the Museum. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

Our guided tour of the Armenian Museum of America will begin at 1:15PM at 65 Main St, Watertown. The Museum has extensive exhibits of the artifacts, history and culture of the Armenian people.

A donation of $3 per person is requested. If you would like payment assistance or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at pathawk4@gmail.com or call 617-489-2058.
Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

 

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.

Please join us on a path of living positively and boldly in the New Year. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Christine Stone will lead the Science and Spirituality Group
in the following discussion on”Living With a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich

A spiritual quest often brings the searcher back to a position not far his or her starting point, presumably with a fuller and more nuanced view. C.S.Lewis returned to the Church of England; St. Augustine found his way back into the Christian faith his mother had taught him. It is interesting how spontaneous religious experience
worked out in the life of, as Ehrenreich describes herself, a fourth-generation atheist with a lifelong commitment to figuring out what life was all about. She had the first of these experiences in adolescence and has tried for the rest of her life to date to make sense of it all.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s writing has a delightful scratch-where-it-itches quality, succinctly nailing her points and puncturing absurdities.

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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, Oct. 20, 7:30pm, Library

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

 

“BOSTON THEATRE SCENE”
Nancy E. Carroll
Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm, Library

Surviving in the theatre – artistically and financially – is never easy. Nancy has been involved in the Boston theatre scene as a well-known actress for the past thirty years. She will share the struggles and joys of her life in the theatre with us.
Prepare to laugh and to be surprised by her stories. Refreshments.

Nancy’s theatrical credits include Present Laughter, at the Huntington Theatre and on Broadway, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Big Maggie (Druid Theatre Company) and Return of the Winemaker (Cork Arts Theatre, Ireland), Mothers and Sons, Other Desert Cities, The Savannah Disputation, The Women, Company, A Man Of No Importance at Speakeasy Stage, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Menagerie at the Lyric Stage, The Clean House, Frozen, Sweeney Todd, Kindertransport at the New Repertory Theatre.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7:30pm, Library
What Love Tells Me by Richard Waring

On October 25, the Book Group will be exploring the poetry
of First Church’s own Richard Waring from his newest book, What Love Tells Me. Richard will join us for this special
evening as we share poems from What Love Tells Me* and learn about the process and power of writing poetry. Richard has described his book this way:

The varied terrain of love, family, solitude, the natural world, the condition of loss,
the spirit of place – all align themselves in poetry. As a letter from the front lines, where
the latest changes are taking place, a poem is the frankest and most immediate communiqué that struggles to reenact the original feeling in all its complexity and singularity, lifting the personal into a transcendent music. As a spiritual discipline, poetry foregoes the familiar public domain in search of the unsayable, gesturing beyond words. The questions asked can be dangerous: How do you love?
When do you forgive? Do you forgive?

The Book Group usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the Library. We welcome all who want to join us. There is no ongoing commitment required. For more information about the Book Group, please contact either Anne Stuart at astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org.

*What Love Tells Me is available in the Minuteman Library network. If you would like to purchase your own copy, you can purchase it from Richard directly by contacting him at rwaring@uubelmont.org, or order it from most local or national booksellers.

 

“STARSHOT” PROGRAM AND POTLUCK SUPPER
Steve Saar and Andrea Prestwich
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00pm potluck, 8pm program, Parish Hall

Exploring a New Earth in 40 Years: Project Starshot, Happening Now!
An Earth-like world has been discovered around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. A daring plan to visit it robotically in about 40 years is underway… with a fleet of micro-craft sailing on
beams of light. Will it succeed? How will it work? What will we find? A real “Star Trek” adventure is underway;

find out all about it!

Andrea will provide an update to her previous talk, discussing the latest gravitational waves results, as well.

The Adult Programs Committee invites you to join us for a potluck supper at 7pm .Plan to bring a dish and a beverage to share.  RSVP to Lillian (landerson@uubelmont.org) to let us know that you are coming to the potluck so we can set up enough tables.  No need to rsvp if you are just planning to attend the 8pm program.

 

BEYOND FERGUSON: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, October 29, 7:00pm, Library

Discussions on how to close the gap on race, social, and class differences seem to be more needed now. The impact of our actions goes far. Join us and learn what we are planning to do, and please share what you would like for us to do together.

This group meets monthly on the last Sunday of the month.

 

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.

 

“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.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

NEXT CHAPTER
Rick Hawkins
3rd Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16, 7:30-9pm, Conference Room

The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering retirement or are in a major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. Monthly on the third Monday from October – June. Contact Rick to participate rhawkins@uubelmont.org.

 

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 2 – 8

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Fall Program Brochure

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
October 2 – 8, 2017

Belmont UU Alliance – Oct. 18
Boston Theatre Scene with Nancy E. Carroll – Oct. 22
“Starshot” Program and Potluck – Oct. 27

Registration required for the following programs:
Difficult Conversations – 4 sessions
starting on October 10

Next Chapter – group meets monthly on 3rd Mondays beginning on October 16

 

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/.

 

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.

 

THURSDAY
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 5, 8:00pm, Location TBD

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

 

FRIDAY
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
THIS MONTH’S SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND IN NOVEMBER!

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.

 

COMING UP:

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 15, 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.

 

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
Lunch and Armenian Museum Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
1:25pm – Tour

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 18 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. Soup, fruit and dessert will be provided.
After lunch we will carpool to the Museum. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

Our guided tour of the Armenian Museum of America will begin at 1:15PM at 65 Main St, Watertown. The Museum has extensive exhibits of the artifacts, history and culture of the Armenian people.

A donation of $3 per person is requested. If you would like payment assistance or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at pathawk4@gmail.com or call 617-489-2058.
Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

 

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, Oct. 19, 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.

Please join us on a path of living positively and boldly in the New Year. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

 

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Christine Stone will lead the Science and Spirituality Group in the following discussion on
“Living With a Wild Dog by Barbara Ehrenreich”.

A spiritual quest often brings the searcher back to a position not far his or her starting point, presumably with a fuller and more nuanced view. C.S.Lewis returned to the Church of England; St. Augustine found his way back into the Christian faith his mother had taught him. It is interesting how spontaneous religious experience
worked out in the life of, as Ehrenreich describes herself, a fourth-generation atheist with a lifelong commitment to figuring out what life was all about. She had the first of these experiences in adolescence and has tried for the rest of her life to date to make sense of it all.

Barbara Ehrenreich’s writing has a delightful scratch-where-it-itches quality, succinctly nailing her points and puncturing absurdities.

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30pm, Library

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

 

“BOSTON THEATRE SCENE”
Nancy E. Carroll
Sunday, Oct. 22, 12:30pm, Library

Surviving in the theatre – artistically and financially – is never easy. Nancy has been involved in the Boston theatre scene as a well-known actress for the past thirty years. She will share the struggles and joys of her life in the theatre with us. Prepare to laugh and to be surprised by her stories. Refreshments.

 

“STARSHOT” PROGRAM AND POTLUCK
Steve Saar and Andrea Prestwich
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00pm potluck, 8pm program
Parish Hall

Exploring a New Earth in 40 Years: Project Starshot, Happening Now!
An Earth-like world has been discovered around the nearest star, Proxima Centauri. A daring plan to visit it robotically in about
40 years is underway… with a fleet of micro-craft sailing on
beams of light. Will it succeed? How will it work? What will we
find? A real “Star Trek” adventure is underway; find out all about it!

Andrea will provide an update to her previous talk, discussing the
latest gravitational waves results, as well.

The Adult Programs Committee invites you to join us for a potluck supper at 7pm followed by the above program at 8pm. Plan to bring a dish and a beverage to share.

RSVP to Lillian (landerson@uubelmont.org) to let us know that you are coming to the potluck.

 

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.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

NEXT CHAPTER
Rick Hawkins
3rd Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16,
7:30-9pm, Conference Room

The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering retirement or are in a major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. Monthly on the third Monday from October – June. Contact Rick to participate rhawkins@uubelmont.org.

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This week at First Church, Sep 25-Oct 1

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Fall 2017 brochure

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
September 25 – October 1, 2017

Men’s Fall Potluck Supper – Oct. 6
Mindful Yoga – Oct. 7 has been cancelled
Belmont UU Alliance – Oct. 18

Registration required for the following programs:
Difficult Conversations – 4 sessions
starting on October 10

SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
group meets monthly starting on October 3rd

Next Chapter – group meets monthly on 3rd Mondays beginning on October 16

 

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, 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.

 

FRIDAY
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.

 

SUNDAY
“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 the six principles: Resilience, Surrender, Gratitude, Generosity, Mystery, and Awakening.

Refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

 

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 1, 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:

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.

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, Oct. 5, 8:00pm, Location TBD

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

 

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
THIS MONTH’S SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND IN NOVEMBER!

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.

 

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE
Lunch and Armenian Museum Tour
Wednesday, October 18, 12pm, Upper Hall
1:25pm – Tour

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 18 at noon for the Alliance lunch and program. Bring a sandwich. Soup, fruit and dessert will be provided.
After lunch we will carpool to the Museum. The suggested donation for the meal is $2.

Our guided tour of the Armenian Museum of America will begin at 1:15PM at 65 Main St, Watertown. The Museum has extensive exhibits of the artifacts, history and culture of the Armenian people.

A donation of $3 per person is requested. If you would like payment assistance or have any questions, please contact Pat Hawkins at pathawk4@gmail.com or call 617-489-2058.
Contact Janice Zazinski at jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054
( ext. 201) to let us know you are coming.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!
SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
Joslyne Decker
1st Tuesdays of every month, beginning October 3, 6:30 – 9pm, Parlor

Last year Joslyne Decker facilitated a small group at First church called “Reflecting on Racism”. The group had many meaningful, intense, and inspiring conversations. Over the summer Joslyne was able to attend a week-long professional development training to enhance her ability to facilitate groups around diversity and inclusion: SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). The National SEED Project is a peer-led program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity https://www.nationalseedproject.org. She is excited to bring a SEED group to First Church!

A SEED group is not a lecture series. Instead, the facilitation task is to help us reflect on our own experiences with community, diversity, and connection through experiential, interactive activities as well as conversations often stimulated by films and readings. SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege-and challenges us to push for change. The group will explore topics such as gender, race, class, and ability.

Joslyne will be facilitating the seminars on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the parlor, beginning on October 3rd. A light dinner will be provided. Registration and regular attendance is required. If you are interested, please contact Joslyne Decker (joslyne13@gmail.com) by September 29, as space is limited.

 

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.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

NEXT CHAPTER
Rick Hawkins
3rd Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16,
7:30-9pm, Conference Room

The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering retirement or are in a major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. Monthly on the third Monday from October – June. Contact Rick to participate rhawkins@uubelmont.org.

 

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This week at First Church September 18 – 24

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Fall 2017 brochure

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
September 18 – 24, 2017

 

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

Registration required for the following programs:
Difficult Conversations – 4 sessions
starting on October 10

SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
group meets monthly starting on October 3rd

Next Chapter – group meets monthly on 3rd Mondays beginning on October 16

 

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
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.

 

THURSDAY
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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

The General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UnitarianUniversalist 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.

BEYOND FERGUSON: BRIDGING CULTURAL, CLASS,
AND RACIAL SEPARATION
Social Action Committee
Sunday, Sept. 24, 12:30pm, Library

Discussions on how to close the gap on race, social, and class differences seem to be more needed now. The impact of our actions goes far. Join us and learn what we are planning to do, and please share what you would like for us to do together.

We are planning on having a potluck dinner for our first gathering this fall. Please bring a dish to share and something to drink. Contact Patricia Garcia if you are planning to join and what you can bring. In case you are traveling and it is difficult to bring something to share, don’t let that keep you from joining!

Patricia_Garcia@post.harvard.edu

 

COMING UP:

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.

 

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 the six principles: Resilience, Surrender, Gratitude, Generosity, Mystery, and Awakening.

Refreshments. Books will be available for purchase.

 

MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Oct. 1, 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.

 

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.

 

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!
SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)
Joslyne Decker
1st Tuesdays of every month, beginning October 3, 6:30 – 9pm, Parlor

Last year Joslyne Decker facilitated a small group at First church called “Reflecting on Racism”. The group had many meaningful, intense, and inspiring conversations. Over the summer Joslyne was able to attend a week-long professional development training to enhance her ability to facilitate groups around diversity and inclusion: SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity). The National SEED Project is a peer-led program that creates conversational communities to drive personal, organizational, and societal change toward greater equity and diversity https://www.nationalseedproject.org. She is excited to bring a SEED group to First Church!

A SEED group is not a lecture series. Instead, the facilitation task is to help us reflect on our own experiences with community, diversity, and connection through experiential, interactive activities as well as conversations often stimulated by films and readings. SEED equips us to connect our lives to one another and to society at large by acknowledging systems of oppression, power, and privilege-and challenges us to push for change. The group will explore topics such as gender, race, class, and ability.

Joslyne will be facilitating the seminars on the first Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the parlor, beginning on October 3rd. A light dinner will be provided. Registration and regular attendance is required. If you are interested, please contact Joslyne Decker (joslyne13@gmail.com) by September 29, as space is limited.

 

 

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.

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

NEXT CHAPTER
Rick Hawkins
3rd Mondays, beginning on Oct. 16,
7:30-9pm, Conference Room

The Next Chapter group will consider major emotional, social, and spiritual issues for those of us who are either considering retirement or are in a major transition. We will explore our hopes, fears, losses, gains, surprises, barriers, and struggles throughout these transitions. Monthly on the third Monday from October – June. Contact Rick to participate rhawkins@uubelmont.org.

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This week at First Church September 11 -17

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Fall 2017 brochure

ADULT PROGRAMS WEEKLY ANNOUNCEMENTS
September 11 – 17, 2017

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!

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.

Contact Melissa with questions.

SUNDAY
MEN’S SUPPORT GROUP
Will Cordis and Joe Weiss
Sunday, Sept. 17, 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:

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

The General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UnitarianUniversalist 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.

 

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 the 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.

 

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.

 

 

Fall brochure is here!

 

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

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This week at First Church – May 29 – June 4

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  Do you have a program idea for next year?  We’d love to hear about it. Contact landerson@uubelmont.org

  Hootenanny with Jon Svetkey  Wednesday  May 31  7:30pm  Parlor  

  The Sanctuary Movement  Sunday, June 4 at 12:30pm Parish Hall

  First Church Book Group potluck and discussion  Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm

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

  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, May 31, 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!

We will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of the month – June 28 and July 26

THURSDAY
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 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.

This is our last meeting this church year.
We will resume on Thursday, October 5, 2017

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, June 1, 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
THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT
Liz Keating and Eva Patalas
Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Come learn about the Sanctuary Movement:
The origins of the New Sanctuary Movement
Local and national efforts to support sanctuary and solidarity
The Unitarian Universalist Declaration of Conscience
First Church Bedford (UU)’s recent decision to offer sanctuary
Local churches preparing to support sanctuary
Ways to become involved individually and as a congregation

COMING UP:

FACING ILLNESS TOGETHER
Kathy Lind
Thursday, June 15, 7:00pm, Kathy Lind’s house,
68 Fairmont St., Belmont

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.

This is our last meeting until we reconvene in September.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 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.

We will continue to meet throughout the summer. Contact Melissa with questions.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
POTLUCK AND DISCUSSION
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7pm, Upper Hall

The Book Group will be hosting its Fifth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, and plan for the coming year.

Please feel free to come (and bring a friend) — even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert.

RSVP to astuart@uubelmont.org or kklasson@uubelmont.org
if you plan to attend.

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This week at First Church – May 22 -28

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  Do you have a program idea for next year?
  We’d love to hear about it.
  contact Lillian at landerson@uubelmont.org.

 

  Hootenanny/Jam Session with Jon Svetkey  Wednesday,  May 31 at 7:30pm in the Parlor
  The Sanctuary Movement  Sunday, June 4 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall
  First Church Book Group potluck and discussion  Wednesday, June 28 at 7pm in the Upper 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
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson.

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.

COMING UP:

HOOTENANNY/JAM SESSION
Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 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!

We will continue to meet on the last Wednesday of the month – June 28 and July 26

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 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.

This is our last meeting this church year.
We will resume on Thursday, October 5, 2017

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, June 1, 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.

THE SANCTUARY MOVEMENT
Liz Keating and Eva Patalas
Sunday, June 4, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Come learn about the Sanctuary Movement:
The origins of the New Sanctuary Movement
Local and national efforts to support sanctuary and solidarity
The Unitarian Universalist Declaration of Conscience
First Church Bedford (UU)’s recent decision to offer sanctuary
Local churches preparing to support sanctuary
Ways to become involved individually and as a congregation

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 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.

We will continue to meet throughout the summer. Contact Melissa with questions.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
POTLUCK AND DISCUSSION
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7pm, Upper Hall

The Book Group will be hosting its Fifth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, and plan for the coming year.

Please feel free to come (and bring a friend) — even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert.

RSVP to astuart@uubelmont.org or kklasson@uubelmont.org
if you plan to attend.

Categories: Adult Programs Blog