Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs Coordinator

This week at First church April 23 – 29

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“Can the Arts Foster Social Change?” – a panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey and Betty Stone – Thursday, april 26, 7:30pm Parish Hall

Options in Aging Care – May 6
Theatre Discussion Series – May 20

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org –
with your suggestion.

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, April 25, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.
“For my money, Michael Ondaatje is the greatest living writer in the English language. . . . The wide-eyed love of the world and its wonders, the kindness he offers to his characters and readers, the elegant lyricism of his sentences, the joy of storytelling-all that is great in his other books is fully present in The Cat’s Table. . . . Mr. Ondaatje restores belief in the beauty and power of literature and, by extension, of humanity. In this dark, terrible world, The Cat’s Table has healing powers.” -Aleksandar Hemon

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.

 

THURSDAY
“CAN THE ARTS FOSTER SOCIAL CHANGE?”
A panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers,
Jon Svetkey, and Betty Stone
Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We live in a time of uncertainty and the arts can both provoke us to action and sharpen our focus about what is important.

Tufts University Associate Professor of Drama Emeritus, longtime collaborator with Underground Railway Theater, and board member of Central Square Theater, Downing Cless, will explore Brecht and activist theaters such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Southern Theater, Teatro Campesino, and locally Underground Railway Theater.
.

First Church Director of RE, Nate Sellers has developed a curriculum to explore existential cinemas and has lectured in film and media studies. Using films such as 12 Angry Men, Philadelphia, The Thin Blue Line, Birth of a Nation,
Cleo from 5 to 7, Do the Right Thing, and others he will discuss the social changes these films inspired.

Songwriter and musician, Jon Svetkey has released 10 albums of original music and with his band, The Loomers, has performed nationally and locally. He’ll explore how music and social action have walked hand in hand, voices raised for decades – Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Enemy
and others.

Photographer Betty Stone, is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Winchester Artists Network.
Images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement may resonate the most for many, but before that critical era and since, photographers have “told the stories” of the disenfranchised to “bear witness” and trigger change.

FRIDAY
WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish 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!

 

SUNDAY

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

Please join Belmont Against Racism, The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont police department and graduates of Youth Build as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

 

COMING UP:

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

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, May 3, 8:00pm, Location TBD

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

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, May 5, 4:00pm, Parlor

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.

OPTIONS IN AGING CARE
Kathy Kemp
Sunday, May 6, 12:15pm, Library

Are you contemplating the “next step” as you age?
Are you worried about a failing parent or partner? It can be confusing and overwhelming to know what help is needed, and how to get that help. Some of us juggle caregiving for both our children and parents. Challenges multiply when you are a distant caregiver or when the situation involves mental illness or memory issues.

Bring your questions. Kathy will offer information and advice for acute situations or planning for the future. She is a member of First Parish Arlington and a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Social Worker.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, May 20, 4:00pm, Parlor

The Women Who Mapped the Stars by Joyce Van Dyke performing at Central Square Theatre from April 19 – May 20th.

Late 1800s, Harvard College Observatory. “Computers” – women employed for half a man’s salary to analyze astronomic data – show us that the universe is larger than we ever dreamed. The thrilling story of five women who changed the way astronomers saw the universe – from scientist to scientist and generation to generation.

The Women Who Mapped the Stars, a world premiere by Joyce Van Dyke, is the untold story of brave women in science who paved the way for previously impossible advances in astronomy.

Performing at Central Square Theatre (CST) April 19 – May 20, 2018
For tickets https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/women-mapped-stars/

Join us for refreshments and a lively discussion.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

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This week at First Church April 16 – 22

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“Can the Arts Foster Social Change?” –  a panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey and Betty Stone – April 26 at 7:30pm
Women’s Spring Potluck Supper – April 27
Implicit Bias – April 29
Options in Aging Care – May 6

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org –
with your suggestion.

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 POTLUCK LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm potluck Lunch, 1pm Program, Parish Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 18 at noon for the Alliance potluck lunch and program.
Please let us know whether you will bring: salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room
Kirk Israel will lead the discussion on “Hidden Motives”

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics.” https://samharris.org/podcasts/119-hidden-motives/

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 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, April 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
DIVESTING YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, April 22, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs? If so, FCBGreen will be offering an educational session on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday, Earth Day, 4/22. This session will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending this informational session.

COMING UP:

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.
“For my money, Michael Ondaatje is the greatest living writer in the English language. . . . The wide-eyed love of the world and its wonders, the kindness he offers to his characters and readers, the elegant lyricism of his sentences, the joy of storytelling-all that is great in his other books is fully present in The Cat’s Table. . . . Mr. Ondaatje restores belief in the beauty and power of literature and, by extension, of humanity. In this dark, terrible world, The Cat’s Table has healing powers.” -Aleksandar Hemon

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.

“CAN THE ARTS FOSTER SOCIAL CHANGE?”
A panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey, and Betty Stone
Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We live in a time of uncertainty and the arts can both provoke us to action and sharpen our focus about what is important.

Tufts University Associate Professor of Drama Emeritus, longtime collaborator with Underground Railway Theater, and board member of Central Square Theater, Downing Cless, will explore Brecht and activist theaters such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Southern Theater, Teatro Campesino, and locally Underground Railway Theater.
.

First Church Director of RE, Nate Sellers has developed a curriculum to explore existential cinemas and has lectured in film and media studies. Using films such as 12 Angry Men, Philadelphia, The Thin Blue Line, Birth of a Nation,
Cleo from 5 to 7, Do the Right Thing, and others he will discuss the social changes these films inspired.

Songwriter and musician, Jon Svetkey has released 10 albums of original music and with his band, The Loomers, has performed nationally and locally. He’ll explore how music and social action have walked hand in hand, voices raised for decades – Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Enemy
and others.

Photographer Betty Stone, is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Winchester Artists Network.
Images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement may resonate the most for many, but before that critical era and since, photographers have “told the stories” of the disenfranchised to “bear witness” and trigger change.

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish 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!

 

IMPLICIT BIAS
Ann Dexter
Sunday, April 29, 12:30pm, Library

Implicit bias refers to unconscious associations regarding gender, race, age and other characteristics, both favorable and unfavorable, that affect our actions and decisions. Please join Ann Dexter, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Bentley University, to explore the concept of implicit bias and how it may impact our lives.

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

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.

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

MINDFUL YOGA
Jess Hicks
Saturday, May 5, 4:00pm, Parlor

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.

OPTIONS IN AGING CARE
Kathy Kemp
Sunday, May 6, 12:15pm, Library

Are you contemplating the “next step” as you age?
Are you worried about a failing parent or partner? It can be confusing and overwhelming to know what help is needed, and how to get that help. Some of us juggle caregiving for both our children and parents. Challenges multiply when you are a distant caregiver or when the situation involves mental illness or memory issues.

Bring your questions. Kathy will offer information and advice for acute situations or planning for the future. She is a member of First Parish Arlington and a Certified Geriatric Care Manager and Social Worker.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and

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This week at First Church April 9 – 15

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“The Story of the Universe, Ignoring Details with Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor – Sunday, April 15, 12:30pm, LibraryUU Alliance – “Our Democracy is in Trouble” – April 18 Potluck Lunch at 12noon and program at 1pm in the Parish Hall
“Can the Arts Foster Social Change?” – April 26
Women’s Spring Potluck Supper – April 27
Implicit Bias – April 29

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org –
with your suggestion.

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 GARDEN CLUB MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Native Plants in the Home Garden”
Joanne Vieira
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Founding Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics, Joanne is passionate about native plants and will focus on incorporating native plants into suburban gardens.

This Horticultural Lecture is in memory of Anne Allen, whose family were early members of First Church and wereresponsible for the Tiffany window.

 

SUNDAY
“THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, IGNORING DETAILS”
Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, April 15, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a universe with many wonders…….a multitude of stars with planets, stars that explode, galaxies that host super-massive black holes. In this talk, Ed and Andrea will ignore details and focus on the big picture. What is our universe made of? How did it begin and how will it end?

We’ll show that current evidence points towards a universe that is expanding and started with a hot Big Bang, contains a mysterious substance called Dark Matter and that the expansion is being accelerated by an unknown force called Dark Energy. The end? Death of our Sun and a sky with fewer and fewer stars.

COMING UP:

Postponed from March!
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE POTLUCK LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm potluck Lunch, 1pm Program, Parish Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 18 at noon for the Alliance potluck lunch and program.
Please let us know whether you will bring: salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). 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, April 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room
Kirk Israel will lead the discussion on “Hidden Motives”

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics.” https://samharris.org/podcasts/119-hidden-motives/

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 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, April 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.

 

DIVESTING YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, April 22, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs? If so, FCBGreen will be offering an educational session on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday, Earth Day, 4/22. This session will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending this informational session.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.
“For my money, Michael Ondaatje is the greatest living writer in the English language. . . . The wide-eyed love of the world and its wonders, the kindness he offers to his characters and readers, the elegant lyricism of his sentences, the joy of storytelling-all that is great in his other books is fully present in The Cat’s Table. . . . Mr. Ondaatje restores belief in the beauty and power of literature and, by extension, of humanity. In this dark, terrible world, The Cat’s Table has healing powers.” -Aleksandar Hemon

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.

“CAN THE ARTS FOSTER SOCIAL CHANGE?”
A panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey, and Betty Stone
Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We live in a time of uncertainty and the arts can both provoke us to action and sharpen our focus about what is important.

Tufts University Associate Professor of Drama Emeritus, longtime collaborator with Underground Railway Theater, and board member of Central Square Theater, Downing Cless, will explore Brecht and activist theaters such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Southern Theater, Teatro Campesino, and locally Underground Railway Theater.
.

First Church Director of RE, Nate Sellers has developed a curriculum to explore existential cinemas and has lectured in film and media studies. Using films such as 12 Angry Men, Philadelphia, The Thin Blue Line, Birth of a Nation, Cleo from 5 to 7, Do the Right Thing, and others he will discuss the social changes these films inspired.

Songwriter and musician, Jon Svetkey has released 10 albums of original music and with his band, The Loomers, has performed nationally and locally. He’ll explore how music and social action have walked hand in hand, voices raised for decades – Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Enemy
and others.

Photographer Betty Stone, is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Winchester Artists Network.
Images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement may resonate the most for many, but before that critical era and since, photographers have “told the stories” of the disenfranchised to “bear witness” and trigger change.

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish 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!

 

IMPLICIT BIAS
Ann Dexter
Sunday, April 29, 12:30pm, Library

Implicit bias refers to unconscious associations regarding gender, race, age and other characteristics, both favorable and unfavorable, that affect our actions and decisions. Please join Ann Dexter, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Bentley University, to explore the concept of implicit bias and how it may impact our lives.

 

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

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.

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

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lectur

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This week at First Church April 2 – 8

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Alphabet Rockers – “Interrupting Our Bias” Concert and Workshop – Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Belmont Garden Club Memorial Lecture – April 11
“The Story of the Universe, Ignoring Detals” – April 15
UU Alliance – “Our Democracy is in Trouble” – April 18
“Can the Arts Foster Social Change?” – April 26

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org -with your suggestion.

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, April 3, 7:30pm, Conference Room

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

 

THURSDAY
FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 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.

SUNDAY
ALPHABET ROCKERS
“INTERRUPTING OUR BIAS” Concert and Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd, co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multi-generational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit their web-site http://alphabetrockers.com/music-videos/
for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information on Alphabet Rockers.

Co-sponsored by SAC, Music, RE and UUUrban Ministry, Stand-Up Campaign and Belmont Against Racism.

 

“WHAT MATTERS IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS: SHORT-TERM COUPLES GROUP”
Joe Weiss
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 2:00pm, Library

Explore UU (and other values) that we inherited, chose, lost, and wish to re-discover with other couples. Share how we met and where we are now in our relationships. This will be limited to 6 couples and will resemble a small group ministry miniseries, offering opportunities for further growth within our relationships. To register contact jweiss@uubelmont.org.

 

COMING UP:

BELMONT GARDEN CLUB MEMORIAL LECTURE
“Native Plants in the Home Garden”
Joanne Vieira
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Founding Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics, Joanne is passionate about native plants and will focus on incorporating native plants into suburban gardens.

This Horticultural Lecture is in memory of Anne Allen, whose family were early members of First Church and wereresponsible for the Tiffany window.

 

“THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, IGNORING DETAILS”
Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, April 15, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a universe with many wonders…….a multitude of stars with planets, stars that explode, galaxies that host super-massive black holes. In this talk, Ed and Andrea will ignore details and focus on the big picture. What is our universe made of? How did it begin and how will it end?

We’ll show that current evidence points towards a universe that is expanding and started with a hot Big Bang, contains a mysterious substance called Dark Matter and that the expansion is being accelerated by an unknown force called Dark Energy. The end? Death of our Sun and a sky with fewer and fewer stars.

 

Postponed from March!
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE POTLUCK LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm potluck Lunch, 1pm Program, Parish Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, April 18 at noon for the Alliance potluck lunch and program.
Please let us know whether you will bring: salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). 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, April 19, 7:30pm, Conference Room
Kirk Israel will lead the discussion on “Hidden Motives”

“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Robin Hanson about our hidden motives in everyday life. They discuss selfishness, hypocrisy, norms and meta-norms, cheating, deception, self-deception, education, the evolutionary logic of conversation, social status, signaling and counter-signaling, common knowledge, AI, and many other topics.” https://samharris.org/podcasts/119-hidden-motives/

 

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, April 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.

 

DIVESTING YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, April 22, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs? If so, FCBGreen will be offering an educational session on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday, Earth Day, 4/22. This session will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending this informational session.

 

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 25, 7:30pm, Library

This month’s book is The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje.

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.

“CAN THE ARTS FOSTER SOCIAL CHANGE?”
A panel discussion with Downing Cless, Nate Sellers, Jon Svetkey, and Betty Stone
Thursday, April 26, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

We live in a time of uncertainty and the arts can both provoke us to action and sharpen our focus about what is important.

Tufts University Associate Professor of Drama Emeritus, longtime collaborator with Underground Railway Theater, and board member of Central Square Theater, Downing Cless, will explore Brecht and activist theaters such as Bread and Puppet Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Free Southern Theater, Teatro Campesino, and locally Underground Railway Theater.
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First Church Director of RE, Nate Sellers has developed a curriculum to explore existential cinemas and has lectured in film and media studies. Using films such as 12 Angry Men, Philadelphia, The Thin Blue Line, Birth of a Nation,
Cleo from 5 to 7, Do the Right Thing, and others he will discuss the social changes these films inspired.

Songwriter and musician, Jon Svetkey has released 10 albums of original music and with his band, The Loomers, has performed nationally and locally. He’ll explore how music and social action have walked hand in hand, voices raised for decades – Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, James Brown, The Clash, Bob Marley, Public Enemy and others.

Photographer Betty Stone, is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and the Winchester Artists Network.
Images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement may resonate the most for many, but before that critical era and since, photographers have “told the stories” of the disenfranchised to “bear witness” and trigger change.

 

WOMEN’S SPRING POTLUCK SUPPER
Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Parish 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!

 

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

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This week at First Church March 26 – April 1

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Alphabet Rockers  – “Interrupting Our Bias” Concert and Workshop Sunday,April 8 at 12:30pm in the Parish Hall
Belmont Garden Club Memorial Lecture – April 11
The Story of the Universe – April 15

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org –
with your suggestion.

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/.

PARENTING ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30pm, Library
(post-poned from March 13)
Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)
If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact veera.mylapore@gmail.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY
FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30pm, Library
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.

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:
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, Conference Room

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

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 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.

ALPHABET ROCKERS
“INTERRUPTING OUR BIAS”Concert and Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd,
co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multi-generational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit their web-site http://alphabetrockers.com/music-videos/
for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information on Alphabet Rockers.

Co-sponsored by SAC, Music, RE and UUUrban Ministry, Stand-Up Campaign and Belmont Against Racism.

 

“WHAT MATTERS IN OUR RELATIONSHIPS: SHORT-TERM COUPLES GROUP”
Joe Weiss
Sundays, April 8, 15, 22, 12:30pm, Library

Explore UU (and other values) that we inherited, chose, lost, and wish to re-discover with other couples. Share how we met and where we are now in our relationships. This will be limited to 6 couples and will resemble a small group ministry miniseries, offering opportunities for further growth within our relationships. To register contact jweiss@uubelmont.org.

 

BELMONT GARDEN CLUB MEMORIAL LECTURE
“NATIVE PLANTS IN THE HOME GARDEN”
Joanne Vieira
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Founding Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics, Joanne is passionate about native plants and will focus on incorporating native plants into suburban gardens.

This Horticultural Lecture is in memory of Anne Allen, whose family were early members of First Church and wereresponsible for the Tiffany window.

 

“THE STORY OF THE UNIVERSE, IGNORING DETAILS”
Andrea Prestwich and Edwin Taylor
Sunday, April 15, 12:30pm, Library

We live in a universe with many wonders…….a multitude of stars with planets, stars that explode, galaxies that host super-massive black holes. In this talk, Ed and Andrea will ignore details and focus on the big picture. What is our universe made of? How did it begin and how will it end?

We’ll show that current evidence points towards a universe that is expanding and started with a hot Big Bang, contains a mysterious substance called Dark Matter and that the expansion is being accelerated by an unknown force called Dark Energy. The end? Death of our Sun and a sky with fewer and fewer stars.

 

Postponed from March!
BELMONT UU ALLIANCE LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, April 18, 12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 21 at noon for the Alliance Pot Luck lunch and program. Please let us know whether you will bring: salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.  The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

DIVESTING YOUR
PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, April 22, 12:30pm, Library

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs?
If so, FCBGreen will be offering two educational sessions on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday 3/25 and again on Earth Day 4/22. Both sessions will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending one of these informational sessions.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

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This week at First Church March 19-25

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FCB Spring 2018 brochure

Belmont UU Alliance – “Our Democracy is Broken” – Wednesday, March 21, 12 Lunch 1pm Program

Parenting Adolescent Girls – March 27
First Church Book Group – March 28
Alphabet Rockers – April 8
Belmont Garden Club Memorial Lecture – April 11

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

 

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org – with your suggestion.

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 LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 21,
12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 21 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. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic
“Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.P

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

FRIDAY
CHUCK COLLINS LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Adult Programs and Social Action Committees
Friday, March 23, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins-the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists-grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality. He is based at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes extensively inequality. His previous books include 99 to 1 and Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.). His new book is Born on Third Base.

Book signing and refreshments.

This program is part of First Church’s ongoing theme of addressing issues of Escalating Inequality.

 

SUNDAY
DIVESTING YOUR PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, March 25, 12:30pm, Library

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs?
If so, FCBGreen will be offering two educational sessions on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday 3/25 and again on Earth Day 4/22. Both sessions will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

This article from the New York Times offers a good primer to get acquainted with the subject of SRI.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending one of these informational sessions.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Library

Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy performs at Central Square Theatre
March 1 – April 1.

1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty.

Tickets available at https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/guards-at-the-taj/

Here is a link to an interesting article.
http://indianewengland.com/2018/03/guards-taj-opens-opens-central-square-theater-cambridge/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

Beyond Ferguson:Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 25, 7:00pm, Library
Please join Belmont Against Racism, The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont police department and graduates of Youth Build as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

COMING UP:

PARENTING ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 27, 7:30pm, Library
(post-poned from March 13)
Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)
If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact veera.mylapore@gmail.com for more information.

FIRST CHURCH BOOK GROUP
Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, March 28, 7:30pm, Library
Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.

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.

 

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, Conference Room

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

 

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, April 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.

 

ALPHABET ROCKERS
“INTERRUPTING OUR BIAS”
Concert and Workshop
Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd,
co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multi-generational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit their web-site http://alphabetrockers.com/music-videos/
for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages. Admission is free and all are welcome.

For more information on Alphabet Rockers.

 

BELMONT GARDEN CLUB MEMORIAL LECTURE
“NATIVE PLANTS IN THE HOME GARDEN”
Joanne Vieira
Wednesday, April 11, 7:00pm, Parish Hall

Founding Director of Horticulture, Tower Hill Botanic Garden and a frequent lecturer on a variety of horticultural topics, Joanne is passionate about native plants and will focus on incorporating native plants into suburban gardens. This Horticultural Lecture is in memory of Anne Allen, whose family were early members of First Church and wereresponsible for the Tiffany window.

 

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

WinterWinter brochure is here brochure is here!

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

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First Church “Moth” Hour – Friday, March 16 at 7:30pm

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We have some wonderful stories and storytellers lined up for Friday’s event in the Parish Hall.  You won’t want to miss this fun event of refreshments and stories that will enrich our community.  Ian Garvie and Richard Waring will MC the evening.

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This week at First Church March 12 – 18

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UU Alliance – Lunch and program “Our Democracy is Broken” – April 21
Chuck Collins Talk and book signing – March 23
Theatre Discussion Series – March 25
Alphabet Rockers – April 8

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org
with your suggestion.

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/.

PARENTING ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm, Library

Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)
If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact veera.mylapore@gmail.com for more information.

WEDNESDAY
PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

This spring, the Senior Choir will be performing two wonderful pieces as part of the enduring Major Music tradition – J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Though both of these pieces are somewhat short, they are some of the most thrilling music the composers wrote. Join Ian Garvie for a talk about the pieces, how they came to be composed, and what to listen for.

THURSDAY
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Richard Eastwick will be the presenter.
Please view the 27 minute episode and join us. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTQooPwQeAk&t=30s
In the episode Richard would like the group to view and discuss, Kuhn focuses on the question, “Did God Create Time.” The answers are thought provoking and worthy of being the focus of our Thursday, March 15 meeting.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn has been a scientist, an entrepreneur, and an expert on China with 25 books to his name. In addition, he is the creator, producer, writer, and host of “Closer to Truth,” a series of public television shows featuring interviews with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars where he poses life’s biggest and toughest questions. For more on Kuhn or the show, check out Wikipedia or the “Closer to Truth” website.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 15, 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
FIRST CHURCH “MOTH” HOUR
Ian Garvie and Richard Waring
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Join us for First Church’s own “Moth Hour”, an evening of unscripted, first-person storytelling in five to six minutes.

Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities and differences between ourselves and others.

For more information or to sign up come to our table at coffee hour or see or e-mail Richard (rwaring@nejm.org) or Ian (igarvie@uubelmont.org).

Don’t you just love a good story? We have lots of them within our own community. Plan to attend and share a fun evening of stories and refreshments.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 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. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

COMING UP:

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 21,
12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 21 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. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic
“Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.P

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

 

CHUCK COLLINS LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Adult Programs and Social Action Committees
Friday, March 23, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins-the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists-grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality. He is based at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes extensively inequality. His previous books include 99 to 1 and Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.). His new book is Born on Third Base.

Book signing and refreshments.

This program is part of First Church’s ongoing theme of addressing issues of Escalating Inequality.

 

DIVESTING YOUR
PERSONAL PORTFOLIO
FCB Green – John Keller and John Kolterman
Sunday, March 25, 12:30pm, Library

Socially Responsible Investing with FCBGreen.
Would you like to better align your personal investments to match your social, moral and ethical beliefs?
If so, FCBGreen will be offering two educational sessions on Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), to be held on Sunday 3/25 and again on Earth Day 4/22. Both sessions will be 12:30-2pm in the Parish Hall and will be led by John Keller and John Kolterman.

Society is demanding that companies serve a social purpose and should benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers and the communities in which they operate. If you’d like to learn how you might align your own investments accordingly, please consider attending one of these informational sessions.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Library

Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy performs at Central Square Theatre
March 1 – April 1.

1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty.

Tickets available at https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/guards-at-the-taj/

Here is a link to an interesting article.
http://indianewengland.com/2018/03/guards-taj-opens-opens-central-square-theater-cambridge/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

Beyond Ferguson:Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations
Social Action Committee
Sunday, March 25, 7:00pm, Library
Please join Belmont Against Racism, The First Church in Belmont Social Action Committee, the Belmont Religious Council, the Belmont police department and graduates of Youth Build as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, April 3, 7:30pm, Conference Room

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

ALPHABET ROCKERS
Kaitlin McGaw and Tommy Shepherd
Sunday, April 8, 12:30pm, Parish Hall

Kaitlin McGaw (Eloise and Bob McGaw’s daughter) and Tommy Shepherd,
co-founders of Alphabet Rockers, nationally known as the premiere children’s hip hop artists who focus on social change and racial justice, are based in Oakland, California. They will be joining us on Sunday, April 8th to participate in both worship services, the children’s RE program, and an after-church multi-generational program. Their passion is to create positive messages and modern beats to help children love who they are, fight bias, and celebrate difference.

Their Grammy-nominated album “Rise Shine #Woke”, created to interrupt racial bias and lift up the voices of young changemakers, has songs that bring joy to tough topics. Visit their web-site http://alphabetrockers.com/music-videos/ for more information. This participatory program will inspire and energize people of all ages.

 

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

Winter brochure is here !

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

FCB Website: uubelmont.org

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This week at First Church – March 5 – 11

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SAVE THE DATE – APRIL 8TH
ALPHABET ROCKERS ARE COMING!

Parenting Adolescent Girls – March 13
Prequel to Major Music – March 14
First Church “Moth” Hour – March 16
Chuck Collins – Lecture, discussion and book signing – March 23

Information about the Minns Lecture Series

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org –
with your suggestion.

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, March 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.

COMING UP:

PARENTING ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm, Library

Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.
Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.
Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)
If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact veera.mylapore@gmail.com for more information

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

This spring, the Senior Choir will be performing two wonderful pieces as part of the enduring Major Music tradition – J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Though both of these pieces are somewhat short, they are some of the most thrilling music the composers wrote. Join Ian Garvie for a talk about the pieces, how they came to be composed, and what to listen for.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Richard Eastwick will be the presenter.
Please view the 27 minute episode and join us. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTQooPwQeAk&t=30s
In the episode Richard would like the group to view and discuss, Kuhn focuses on the question, “Did God Create Time.” The answers are thought provoking and worthy of being the focus of our Thursday, March 15 meeting.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn has been a scientist, an entrepreneur, and an expert on China with 25 books to his name. In addition, he is the creator, producer, writer, and host of “Closer to Truth,” a series of public television shows featuring interviews with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars where he poses life’s biggest and toughest questions. For more on Kuhn or the show, check out Wikipedia or the “Closer to Truth” website.

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 15, 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.

 

FIRST CHURCH “MOTH” HOUR
Ian Garvie and Richard Waring
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Join us for First Church’s own “Moth Hour”, an evening of unscripted, first-person storytelling in five to six minutes.

Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. Refreshments.

For more information or to sign up come to our table at coffee hour or see or e-mail Richard (rwaring@nejm.org) or Ian (igarvie@uubelmont.org).

Refreshments served.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 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. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 21,
12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
Program “Our Democracy is in Trouble”

All men and women are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 21 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. The program will begin in the Parish Hall at 1pm.

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group, Reclaim Our Democracy, will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.P

R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please email or call Pat Hawkins, Alliance Program, with any questions: pathawk4@gmail.com, 617-489-2058

CHUCK COLLINS
LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Adult Programs and Social Action Committees
Friday, March 23, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins-the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists-grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality. He is based at the Institute for Policy Studies and writes extensively inequality. His previous books include 99 to 1 and Wealth and Our Commonwealth (with Bill Gates Sr.). His new book is Born on Third Base.

Book signing and refreshments.

This program is part of First Church’s ongoing theme of addressing issues of Escalating Inequality.

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Library

Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy performs at Central Square Theatre
March 1 – April 1.

1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty.

Tickets available at https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/guards-at-the-taj/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

WinterWinter brochure is here 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 February 26 – March 4

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Unitarian Universalism – Who We are Today with Rev. Doris Hunter – Sunday, March 4 at 12:30pm in the Library

Parenting Adolescent Girls – March 13
Prequel to Major Music – March 14
First Church “Moth” Hour – March 16
Chuck Collins Talk and book signing – March 23

THE ADULT PROGRAMS COMMITTEE WANTS TO KNOW….

“What is the one group, event, or program you’d like to see in the adult programs’ offerings that is currently not happening?”

Please reply to Lillian Anderson – landerson@uubelmont.org – with your suggestion.

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, Feb. 28, 7:30pm, Library

The book for February is Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good by Chuck Collins.

Escalating Inequality will be a First Church focus this year, and we are delighted that Chuck Collins will be speaking at here on Friday, March 23rd at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.

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.

 

THURSDAY

FIBER ARTS FELLOWSHIP
Eva Patalas
Thursday, March 1 and 15, 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, March 3, 4:00pm, 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.

 

SUNDAY
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM – WHO WE ARE TODAY
Doris Hunter
Sunday, March 4, 12:30pm, Library

Let’s look at our diversity and acknowledge strengths and weaknesses as we remember our history and confront the current challenges of this age. Join us for a lively discussion. Refreshments.

COMING UP:
CARING FOR OLDER ADULTS
Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Tuesday, March 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.

PARENTING ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Veera Mylapore
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30pm, Library

Connecting with other parents of adolescent daughters for sharing, visioning, brainstorming and building a support network to help navigate this time in ours and our kids’ lives.
The target audience is current parents of adolescent girls, but parents of formerly adolescent girls would be most welcome for guidance and support! ☺
Discussing – Anything! No subject is off the table. Examples are – friendships, technology, fashion, sports, sexuality, relationships, changing bodies, school, media, the world, self-image, gender identity.

Format – Informal discussion and sharing. Depending on interest, we might have special speakers join us for future meetings.

Takeaways – A network of parents who care, to whom we can reach out for inspiration and thoughts during challenging times and/or to celebrate victories, sharing wisdom about the latest research on girl development/educational paradigms, and sharing local resources as well (e.g. media girls, title IX running club, girls who code, alexa café summer camp, sallie ride science camp…)

If there is interest in continuing the group we will meet again on March 27 and/or April 24.
Contact veera.mylapore@gmail.com for more information

PREQUEL TO MAJOR MUSIC
Ian Garvie
Wednesday, March 14, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

This spring, the Senior Choir will be performing two wonderful pieces as part of the enduring Major Music tradition – J.S. Bach’s magnificent Cantata #126, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Though both of these pieces are somewhat short, they are some of the most thrilling music the composers wrote. Join Ian Garvie for a talk about the pieces, how they came to be composed, and what to listen for.

SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY
Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, March 15, 7:30pm, Conference Room

Richard Eastwick will be the presenter.
Please view the 27 minute episode and join us. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTQooPwQeAk&t=30s
In the episode Richard would like the group to view and discuss, Kuhn focuses on the question, “Did God Create Time.” The answers are thought provoking and worthy of being the focus of our Thursday, March 15 meeting.

Robert Lawrence Kuhn has been a scientist, an entrepreneur, and an expert on China with 25 books to his name. In addition, he is the creator, producer, writer, and host of “Closer to Truth,” a series of public television shows featuring interviews with leading scientists, philosophers, theologians, and scholars where he poses life’s biggest and toughest questions. For more on Kuhn or the show, check out Wikipedia or the “Closer to Truth” website.

FIRST CHURCH “MOTH” HOUR
Ian Garvie and Richard Waring
Friday, March 16, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

Join us for First Church’s own “Moth Hour”, an evening of unscripted, first-person storytelling in five to six minutes.

Stories affirm who we are and allow us to experience the similarities and differences between ourselves and others. Refreshments.

For more information or to sign up come to our table at coffee hour or see or
e-mail Richard (rwaring@nejm.org) or Ian (igarvie@uubelmont.org).

Refreshments served.

PARENTING KIDS WITH CHALLENGES
Melissa Irion
Friday, March 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. Meets monthly on the 3rd Friday.

BELMONT UU ALLIANCE MEMBERS AND FRIENDS LUNCH AND PROGRAM
Wednesday, March 21,
12:00pm Lunch, 1pm Program, Upper Hall
“Our Democracy is in Trouble”

Fred Van Deusen from the First Parish in Concord social justice group Reclaim Our Democracy will be presenting on the topic “Our Democracy Is in Trouble”. Fred will trace the roots of escalating inequality to the dysfunction we see in our federal government, and we will discuss what we as citizens can do about it.

Reclaim Our Democracy is an inclusive, collaborative, multi-partisan movement to limit and control the corrupting influence of money on elections and politicians. Our goal is to reclaim our democratic rights as citizens of the United States of America to have a government that truly represents and supports the needs and desires of all people.

Please bring your own sandwich. We will provide soup, fruit, dessert and beverages. The suggested lunch donation is $2.00 per person. R.S.V.P. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or 617-484-1054 (ext. 10). Please contact Alice Trexler with questions: alice.trexler@tufts.edu; 781-643-8032

 

CHUCK COLLINS
LECTURE AND DISCUSSION
Adult Programs and Social Action Committees
Friday, March 23, 7:30pm, Parish Hall

With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide-and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide, and suggests re-engaging the wealthy to rebuild communities for a resilient future.

Chuck Collins-the great-grandson of one of America’s iconic industrialists-grew up in the one percent, gave his inheritance away at 26, and became one of the nation’s leading thinkers and activists on solving inequality.

Book signing and refreshments.

 

THEATRE DISCUSSION SERIES
Downing Cless and Jane Minasian
Sunday, March 25, 4:00pm, Library

Guards at the Taj, Rajiv Joseph’s dark comedy performs at Central Square Theatre March 1 – April 1.

1648, India. At morning’s first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn’s first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship, and duty.

Tickets available at https://www.centralsquaretheater.org/shows/guards-at-the-taj/

Join us for a lively discussion and refreshments.

Minns Lecture Series

The Minns Lectures, Spring 2018
The Religiously Complex Congregation in the Religiously Complex World

March 3 | 6:30 p.m.
First Parish in Cambridge, MA
1446 Massachusetts Avenue

April 7 | 6:30 p.m.
First Church in Boston, MA
66 Marlborough Street

May 5 | 6:30 p.m.
King’s Chapel Parish House in Boston, MA
64 Beacon Street

Lecture One: Living a Multireligious Life
Lecture Two: Nuancing the “Nones”
Lecture Three: Beyond Chrismukkah

Often, we see statistics about religion and contemporary life like these: Americans are less likely to go to church, more likely to develop religious lives that pull from multiple religious traditions, and increasingly likely to marry outside of their own religious traditions or to have parents who come from more than one religious tradition. The religious “nones” are on the rise. What do all of these changes mean for how Americans actually experience their lives? What are the ramifications for our increasingly religiously diverse society? And how do these changes shape with Unitarian Universalist communities and identities?

Professor Samira K. Mehta
is a scholar of religion and the politics of the American Family. She is particularly interested in how families create meaning, about their practices, identities, and senses of morality and how, in turn, outside forces (religious leaders and institutions, politicians, and creators of popular culture) construct the American family through theology, legislation, and public discourse. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: Christian-Jewish Interfaith Families in the United States (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming March 2018), asks these questions in terms of Christian-Jewish interfaith families from 1965 to the present. Her new project, God Bless the Pill? Contraception, Sexuality, and American Religion, considers the role of liberal religious actors in increasing women’s access to contraception in the second half of the twentieth century.

Register here

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Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

617-484-1054 Ext. 207

landerson@uubelmont.org

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