The Unitarian

The Unitarian – Summer 2017 (7/27/2017)

The Unitarian, Summer 2017 (PDF)

Summer Services: Updates

July 30 — Jon Svetkey + Heather Quay
A Hymnal Hootenanny

August 6 — “Field Trip” to Friends Meeting at Cambridge, a Quaker fellowship
(service begins at 10:30 in Cambridge)

August 13 — Devon Beckett
The Camino Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

August 20 — Jody Renouf and Mark Rosenstein
Blessing of the Animals

August 27 — Milo & Martin Plass
Dealing with generational and political conflicts at home

September 3 (Labor Day weekend) — no service

  • Details at uubelmont.org
  • Services at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall (enter through the Lower Level doors near the bike rack) unless noted otherwise
  • Childcare is available

Sunday, September 10: Multigenerational Service
Our services on September 10, at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary, will be multigenerational water Ingatherings. We will celebrate the opening of the church year with a ceremony in which we each pour a small amount of water into a common vessel. The water we bring represents a part of our summer that we are bringing into the new church year.
     Whether you go on an exotic journey or vacation in your backyard, bring a small amount of water to represent your summer’s spiritual journeys.

All-Things-Summer at the First Church
Click for your handy fridge guide to FCB in the summer.

Welcome Back Reception & Open House, Thursday, September 7
The Fellowship Committee and the Parish Board invite you to reconnect with your friends after a long summer break, meet & greet staff, officers, and new church members, and socialize at this informal gathering!

  • Thursday, September 7
  • 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
  • Appetizers and light refreshments
  • Bring a bottle of wine to share
  • Childcare and entertainment for young kids

Sandy Island Registration is Open, September 15 – 17

The Fellowship Committee invites you to join us for the popular First Church Sandy Island Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to kick back, relax, and meet new and old friends after a long summer. Sandy Island offers recreational opportunities for people of all interests and ages.
     Information and the registration link are online: uubelmont.org/sandy-island-church-retreat/
     Questions? Contact Ariane Frank and Martin Plass at fellowship@uubelmont.org.

The Pilgrim Is Back!

At long last, the Pilgrim Window has been liberated from its plywood cover and its full beauty shines forth! After many months of careful consideration by an engineer and consultants and a few snafus, a specially-designed exterior (storm) window now protects the Tiffany window from potential harsh environmental conditions.
     Gerri Strickler, member of the Committee and Art Conservator, MFA Boston, was responsible for this exterior glazing installation, from start to finish, using her expertise and consuming an inordinate amount of her time. We extend our deep gratitude for her hard work.

Why was an exterior window necessary?

  • Although the glass itself remains chemically stable and in relatively good condition, the window structure was not originally designed to withstand higher wind loads and requires additional protection.
  • New changes in condition to the window within 7 years of a full restoration led the Committee to explore the most appropriate option available and ensure the long-term preservation of the window.

The goals for the exterior glazing design were to:

  • Protect from high wind speeds (as would occur with wind shear) with the least amount of deflection toward the Tiffany window.
  • Prevent excessive heat build-up between the exterior window and the Pilgrim, which could cause softening of the leads and glazing putty, as well as promote degradation of other materials.
  • Protect from projectiles.
  • Reduce ultraviolet radiation, another major factor of degradation, and especially true for a repaired window.

Why did it take so long?

Without an architect managing this project, one Window Committee member had to coordinate all facets with all agents, from identifying a supplier and installer familiar enough with our needs to help design, ably work with our team of consultants, complete the assembly, and to install.

Additional challenges:

  • Identifying the type and thickness of glass which would provide adequate protection within a frame design allowing for minimal disruption of the Tiffany composition.
  • Locating a supplier for a metal frame which could accommodate the thickness of glass we required.
  • Working with an engineer and the installation team to ensure a well-designed, sturdy, and properly ventilated frame for our atypical Window size and building design.
  • Waiting for custom materials.
  • Waiting for custom materials to be re-supplied when suppliers made errors.
  • Working with building professionals and making minor church window frame modifications to ensure proper attachment.

     Special thanks also to Roger Gallagher for his steadfast, essential help with consulting on design and installation.
    Also thanks to many in The First Church who have helped during the three years of this entire project: Committee member: Nanny Almquist. Parish Board presidents: Jeanne Widmer, Carolyn Howard, Todd Schatzki, and Ana Hammock. Legal advice: Grant Monahon. Building consulting: Roger Gallagher and Bob Corning. Administrative assistance: Janice Zazinski. Interior assistance: Luis Carrion.

~ For the Committee, Nancy H. Davis

Among Us
Our deepest condolences to Pat Paul, whose mother passed away the first week of July. Pat’s address is 56 Gorham Road, Belmont, Mass. 02478.

Registration for the Children’s Music Program for the 2017-2018 season is now open!
The Children’s Music Program starts every year with a fully staged musical.
     You may register to start either September 11th with the musical, or November 20th, after the musical finishes. All children in the musical must participate in the choir for the entire school year. The musical this year will be The Gondoliers, by Gilbert and Sullivan.
     To register, please click here

Supporting Undocumented Immigrants, Refugees and Asylum Seekers at FCB
First Church in Belmont has become quite active in working with asylum seekers, refugees and undocumented immigrants. Increasingly we hear questions about how we serve these communities and also what exactly do these terms mean. We hope this piece will help address these questions.
     What all three groups have in common is that they are people who have survived challenging circumstances and made sacrifices to move to another country in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families. Though all immigrants, their circumstances differ significantly and so do the ways that we can support them.

Refugees
According to the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR), refugees are people who have been forced to flee their country and have a well-founded fear of persecution. Most likely, they cannot return home without risk of harm. War and ethnic, tribal and religious violence are leading reasons that refugees flee their countries.
     Once refugees are registered with the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and referred to the US Department of State (DOS), they undergo 2-4 years of interviews by several US government agencies. Once accepted as a refugee, DOS refers the refugee to a resettlement agency, which oversees a 90-day resettlement. They are granted the status of legal residents in the US. Many remain indefinitely, while some stay until conditions in their country improve. After a year they can apply for a green card and then after five years for US citizenship.
     FCB works with the resettlement agency, International Institute of New England (IINE) in Lowell. They provide numerous services for newly arrived refugees including initial housing, case management, referrals to services, English instruction and job placement. As part of a pilot project under Sam James’ leadership, our church has formed three welcome teams working with families from Congo, Somalia and Syria. These teams, consisting of 8 members, meet regularly with the family for 6 months to help with cultural orientation, English instruction and navigation of services around town. Working with these families may be frustrating but is quite rewarding as bonds between the family members and team members are likely to form through the numerous social interactions.
     How To Help: For more information on supporting this initiative or getting involved in the next round of welcome teams, contact Sam James at sjames@uubelmont.org.

Asylum Seekers
First Church in Belmont has been working to support Central American asylum-seeking women and their children through Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC). These asylum-seeking families have crossed the US border to flee violence in their home country and were initially incarcerated in Texas. Once released, many have migrated to all parts of the US to join a friend or family member, and find work and re-settle. 134 families are being served now in the Boston area by IIIC. First Church has supported this effort through providing move-in bins and volunteer help spearheaded by Bev Freeman. FCB has also played a pivotal role in raising funds for the case manager, Sofia Vergara, who was hired in January and supports the refugees. FCB hosted a fundraiser and also helped through grant-writing.
     The process of finding and maintaining a job is difficult for these women until their asylum application is approved, a process which can take 2 – 3 years. Although they have filed asylum applications and are thus documented, unlike refugees, they are not eligible for public benefits. Therefore, cash assistance is needed for partial rent support and legal assistance.
     How To Help: If you can contribute to or help with a fundraising campaign in the near future, contact Bev Freeman at bfreeman@uubelmont.org. If you can supply household goods for the families, please reach Liz Keating, lkeating@uubelmont.org. She will provide a list of what is needed.

Undocumented Immigrants
An undocumented immigrant is a foreign-born person who doesn’t have a legal right to be or remain in the United States. Routes to becoming undocumented include crossing the border into the US without inspection, entering legally on a tourist visa which expires, or submitting an immigration application or petition which is denied and continuing to remain in the US. Many undocumented immigrants have been in the United States for many years, leading productive lives and trying to provide for their family members here in the US and those they left behind. In the current political climate, these immigrants are at risk of being deported and separated from their families.
     The newly formed Sanctuary Committee will work to coordinate First Church’s efforts to support immigrants at risk of deportation who have been accepted into sanctuary in Boston area churches. The committee’s initial organizing meeting will be Wednesday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. To start, the committee will work on developing partnerships with churches offering sanctuary, participate in trainings, and organize our congregation’s efforts. The committee’s regular activities will range from providing services, collecting and delivering supplies, advocacy and education.
     How To Help: If you are interested in joining the committee, please come to the first meeting or contact Eva Patalas at epatalas@uubelmont.org or Liz Keating at lkeating@uubelmont.org.

First Church Belmont at General Assembly 2017
Lillian Anderson, Ian Garvie, Sana Saeed, Cam Anderson and Andrea Spencer-Linzie, attended the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans in June, representing the youth program, music, adult programs and ministry.
     We learned a great deal about the current situation as well as the past and heard about our hopes for the future of the denomination. There will be opportunities this fall, beginning on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Library when we share our impressions with the congregation.
     Here is a link to an article about the denomination from NPR that will give you an idea of the scope of some of the changes. http://www.npr.org/2017/06/24/534248664/unitarian-universalists-denounce-white-supremacy-make-leadership-changes.
     For full coverage of the General Assembly go to: http://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2017. I especially recommend the Ware Lecture by Bryan Stevenson and the Sunday morning worship in which our own Sana Saeed participated.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Social Action Committee, V-Day Belmont and Haley House Bakery Café are working together to produce our first ever presentation of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler.

  • August 16 & 17 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury, MA

We guarantee you will find the evening to be entertaining and that you will leave feeling you have contributed to a larger, more important and worthwhile issue of concern. Not only are we bringing together communities of differing cultures, backgrounds and socio economic experiences, ages and colors, but we are jointly supporting the overall message of

STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS

In addition…
     As with all of the Vday events, the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local non-profit. We are continuing our efforts to support the launch of New Beginnings Re-entry Services. These service are targeted for women transitioning back into the community as they leave incarceration. New Beginnings and Haley House have much in common. Haley House Bakery Café has been very successful working with both men and women who have previously been incarcerated. They provide job training and housing as well as other support services for the past 20 or more years.
     Members of First Church who will be participating in this small cast are Kristin Phillips and Jackie Neel. Please come and support this effort. The Bakery Cafe food is delish (dinner available at 6) and you will be sure to LAUGH as well as be stirred by the performances.
     TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW- $10 Per Person, at vaginamonologueshhbc.evenbrite.com or at Haley House Bakery Café in advance or at the door.
     Hope to see many of you there. For more information, contact Jackie Neel at jneel@uubelmont.org.

Belmont UU Alliance Wednesday Lunch and Program Calendar for Fall 2017

  • September 20 — Concord River Cruise & Lunch
  • October 18 — Armenian Museum of America in Watertown
  • November 15 — Belmont Animal Control Officer, John Maguranis
  • December 20 — Rev. Doris Hunter, “UU’s and Interfaith Initiatives”

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, September 1
Please send your announcements, news, events, and other submissions to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, August 30. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory
404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org

Summer office hours, through August 28: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 – 2
The church office will be closed August 7 – 18.

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Easy ways to support & stay in touch with FCB

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Our Facebook page is regularly updated with news, events & programs — facebook.com/uubelmont

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The Unitarian – June 16, 2017 (6/16/2017)

The Unitarian – June 16, 2017 (PDF)

Lay-Led Summer Services begin June 19
9:30 a.m. in the Parish Hall, unless otherwise noted; supervised childcare is provided
Check uubelmont.org or our Facebook page for updates or download a printable PDF.

June 18 — Sam James
What Refugees Are Teaching Us

June 25— Worship Committee, starting at 9:45 a.m.
Live Streaming GA 2017 Sunday Morning Worship

July 2 — Richard Waring & Friends
Leaning on Words & Song — Art as Communion

July 9 — TBA

July 16 — Edwin Taylor
Living On The Edge

July 23 — Rob Kinslow
Finding the Center
Rob Kinslow is pursuing an M.Div. at Andover Newton Theological School. By day he is vice president for life sciences at KHJ Brand Activation, a Boston marketing firm. He lives in Medford with his wife, Janice Zazinski (our church administrator) and dog, Daisy.

July 30 — Jon Svetkey + Heather Quay
A Hymnal Hootenanny

August 6 — Devon Becket
The Camino Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela

August 13, 20, and 27 — TBA

September 3 — Jody Renouf and Mark Rosenstein
Blessing of the Animals

All-Things-Summer at the First Church
Click for your handy fridge guide to FCB in the summer.

Registration for the Children’s Music Program for the 2017-2018 season is now open!
Please use the following link to register for the Youth/Children’s music programs at The First Church in Belmont for the 2017/2018 year. The Children’s Music Program starts every year with a fully staged musical.
     You may register to start either September 11th with the musical, or November 20th, after the musical finishes. All children in the musical must participate in the choir for the entire school year. The musical this year will be The Gondoliers, by Gilbert and Sullivan.
     To register, please click here

Volunteer Sign Up for 2017-2018 Church Year
As we plan for the new church year, we need your volunteer commitment to run the church and keep our congregation strong. Please take a moment to consider how you can contribute your time and talent to the church community next year. You can sign up online at tinyurl.com/fcb-volunteer. Thank you!

Sandy Island Registration is Open!

The boathouse at Sandy Island.

The Fellowship Committee invites you to join us for the popular First Church Sandy Island Retreat. This is a wonderful opportunity to kick back, relax, and meet new and old friends after a long summer. Sandy Island offers recreational opportunities for people of all interests and ages.
     Information and the registration link are online: uubelmont.org/sandy-island-church-retreat/
     Questions? Contact Ariane Frank and Martin Plass at fellowship@uubelmont.org.

From the Andean highlands to your home?
Do you have space in your home, your family, and your heart? David King and Katharine Canfield are finding a host family for a 15-year old female student from La Paz, Bolivia. She speaks English, comes from a wonderful family, and would like to attend a local high school here beginning this fall. She would return to Bolivia in January. Any and all expenses would be paid by her family in Bolivia. Can you help, or do you know someone who could? Please email David King at david_king@harvard.edu, or call 617-834-0978.

Fiscal Year Ends June 30
The end of the church’s fiscal year is Friday, June 30. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the church office by Friday, June 23, in order to be booked to this fiscal year. Please contact Janice at office@uubelmont.org if you have any questions, and thank you!

Adult Programs News

First Church Book Group Pot-luck and Discussion — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
The Book Group will be hosting its Sixth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, swap books we’ve brought, and plan for the coming year.
     Please feel free to come (and bring a friend), even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert. RSVP to astuart@uubelmont.org or kklasson@uubelmont.org if you plan to attend.
     We will be meeting throughout the summer on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
     We will meet again on Wednesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
The Social Action Committee, V-Day Belmont and Haley House Bakery Café are working together to produce our first ever presentation of The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler on August 16 & 17 at 7:30 P.M. at Haley House Bakery Café, 12 Dade Street, Roxbury.
     We guarantee you will find the evening to be entertaining and that you will leave feeling you have contributed to a larger, more important and worthwhile issue of concern. Not only are we bringing together communities of differing cultures, backgrounds and socio economic experiences, ages and colors, but we are jointly supporting the overall message of
STOPPING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS
     In addition, as with all of the V-Day events, the proceeds from the event will be donated to a local non-profit. We are continuing our efforts to support the launch of New Beginnings Re-entry Services for Women transitioning back into the community as they leave incarceration. Haley House Bakery Café has been very successful working with men who have previously been incarcerated.
     Members of First Church who will be performing in this small cast are Patricia Garcia, Kristin Phillips and Jackie Neel. Please come and support this effort. The food is delish (dinner available at 6) and you will be sure to LAUGH. Tickets ($10) are available now at https://vaginamonologueshhbc.evenbrite.com or at Haley House Bakery Café.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt 
Did you know that you contributed almost 200 bags of groceries this year to families served by the Grow Clinic? Do you know what a difference YOU made in the lives of infants and toddlers carrying the diagnosis of Failure To Thrive and to their families? Did you know you’re the absolute best congregation? Sending our heartfelt thanks to you….Your Grow Clinic Committee
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Help Fill Move-In Boxes for Refugees
Since January, Central American asylum women and children have been relocating in the Boston area with the assistance of Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) and the support of First Church Belmont. For these families, it has been a long and difficult journey. These women fled the violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They were incarcerated in Texas for crossing the border. Once released, the women are migrating to different parts of the US, where they can join a family member or friend, settle, hopefully, find jobs.
     Currently, 100 families are in the Boston area. The congregation has been very supportive of the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC). We have raised substantial funds to support a case worker to serve these families to through a Second Friday Coffeehouse and grant writing. Move-In bins collected in the fall have already greeted some new arrivals.
     The Social Action Committee is helping welcome more women by creating more move-in boxes. We encourage you to sign-up for items to donate. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of First Church or at the back door at the home of Liz Keating (122 Larch Road, Cambridge) between now and June 30. For any questions, contact lkeating@uubelmont.org or 617-721-2536. The items needed are:

  • Place Settings: plates (big and small), mugs, glasses, bowls) for 4
  • Set of Pots and Pans (including fry pan, 2 saucepans) MUST BE NEW
  • Mixing and serving bowls
  • Silverware (4-6 people) MUST BE NEW
  • Cutting board (plastic preferred)
  • Colander/Strainer
  • Food storage containers
  • Alarm clock with batteries
  • Pens, pencils, notepads, paper, etc.
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquid dish soap & Laundry Detergent
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Brush
  • Tall Kitchen Trash can and bags

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, July 28
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, July 28. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, July 26. This is our lay-led and summer programs issue. Items may be edited for space and clarity. Please see the special deadlines below:

  • Friday, September 1; deadline, Wednesday, August 30 — First issue of the church year

Church Staff — click here for directory
404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org

Summer office hours, June 26 – August 28: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9 – 2
The church office will be closed June 19 – 23 and August 7 – 18.

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

Easy ways to support & stay in touch with FCB

When you shop at AmazonSmile, First Church in Belmont receives 0.5% of the purchase price.

 

Our Facebook page is regularly updated with news, events & programs — facebook.com/uubelmont

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Second Friday Coffeehouse is on Facebook! Like the page, check out upcoming shows and “share” great music for great causes with your friends!

The Unitarian – June 9, 2017 (6/9/2017)

The Unitarian – June 9, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday Worship, June 11 — Flower Communion

Prelude: No. 5 Moderato from Les Cinq Doigts by Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971); Simon Andrews, piano
9 a.m. Junior Choir Anthem: Round and Round the Earth is Turning, a traditional round
11 a.m. Chancel Choir Anthem: An Die Musik by Franz Schubert, arr. Henry Coleman
9 a.m. Junior Choir Anthem: Tree Song by Ken Medema, arr. Robert Sterling; with Chuck Claus, recorder
11 a.m. Chancel Choir Anthem: Ave Maria by Mark Baltz
Offertory: “Oh for the Wings of a Dove,” from Hear My Prayer by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
     9 a.m.: Melanie Bacaling, soprano, and Simon Andrews, organ
     11 a.m. Senior Choir, Melanie Bacaling, soprano, and Simon Andrews, organ
Postlude: Ellacome by Albert L. Travis (b. 1940); Simon Andrews, organ
The flowers on the Chancel Table this Sunday are given in loving memory of Carl Steven Feske, from Carlee Blamphin and Steven Feske.

All-Church Picnic: Sunday, June 11
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual All-Church Picnic immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, June 11. There will be delicious food, including burgers, chicken, hot dogs and vegetarian options, lots of yummy salads and, of course, dessert. The cost is $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 years, and $20 for families.

Salad Contest
Don’t miss the annual First Church Salad Contest! Bring your favorite salad to share at the picnic – green salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, all types are welcome. Please bring your salad to the kitchen the day of the picnic and enter your name on the list to be part of the contest. Then at the picnic everyone will vote for their favorite. We serve almost 200 people at the picnic, so the more salads, the better!

Volunteers
If you have any questions, or would like to help out, please e-mail or call Melissa Irion at melissa_irion@yahoo.com or 617-571-9391.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

It’s hard to believe, but I’m coming up to the end of my internship here at FCB. This Sunday’s Flower Communion will be my last worship service here. I will be around through the end of June, with a short 6 day hiatus in New Orleans for the General Assembly.
     I am so grateful for my journey with you over these last 10 months. Thank you for being a teaching congregation. You have the privilege in shaping new UU ministers. I have felt welcomed, supported, encouraged and challenged here. And, it was a marvelous way to start my journey with you at Sandy Island….laughing, praying, and playing together … fertile soil in which to grow.
     As you may have gathered by now, I love poetry. And so Marge Piercy is helping me here to share my thoughts with you through her poem “The seven of pentacles”.

Under a sky the color of pea soup
she is looking at her work growing away there
actively, thickly like grapevines, or pole beans
as things grow in the real world, slowly enough.
if you tend them properly, if you mulch, if you water,
if you provide birds that eat insects a home and winter food,
if the sun shines and you pick off caterpillars,
If the praying mantis comes and the ladybugs and the bees,
then the plants flourish, but at their own internal clock.

     You were gracious when I stumbled, shared your stories with me, let me in to know you in joy and grief, and encouraged me to push the limits. I grew in understanding and wisdom, in terms of who I am, and how to continue to grow in spirit, in community, in how to minister. I even figured out how to whittle down the sermon length! It was a good thing to learn. And, as you have heard me so many times, we are stronger when we live, pray and work together in covenanted community. Where we help one another, learn together, act together, hear one another into speech, and vision together. I am grateful for what I have learned, I am grateful for what I’ve been able to share with you, and I am grateful to know you as friends on a shared journey.

Connections are made slowly, sometimes they grow underground.
You cannot tell always by looking what is happening.
More than half a tree is spread out in the soil under your feet.
Penetrate quietly as the earthworm that blows no trumpet.
Fight persistently as the creeper that brings down the tree.
Spread like the squash plant that overruns the garden.
Gnaw in the dark and use the sun to make sugar.

     The history and the bonds among you build a foundation for a community that is strong and able. I wish for you an invigorating vision for your community and your collective impact on the world around you. You’ll have to go deep and wide for sustainable justice making. Always know that you are surrounded by friends in FCB, in Belmont, in the Region and the UU Association who work together with you side by side.

Weave real connections, create real nodes, build real houses.
Live a life you can endures: make love that is loving.
Keep tangling and interweaving and taking more in,
a thicket and bramble wilderness to the outside but to us
interconnected with rabbit runs and burrows and lairs.

     You are in my heart. You are part of me. I am better for it. You have allowed me to minister with you, for which I am deeply moved and grateful. You have been part of shaping me into a minister. May our journeys intersect again in the years to come.

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:
reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.

     Peace to you my friends, and may your harvest be bountiful indeed.
~ Andrea

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
On Sunday, June 4th, 27 performers came together for the first annual Community Concert in the Parish Hall. The program featured eight young musicians in our community, and was a wonderful illustration of the wide variety of musical talent that we have in the First Church community.
     There were folk musicians, classical musicians of all ages, and even some contemporary songs. Thank you to all of the performers, it was a beautiful concert. And thanks to the generous donations from the rather large audience, we raised $926, which will go to support the SPARK Center at the Boston Medical Center.
     The SPARK Center is an organization which helps many impoverished children in the Boston area with healthcare, nutrition, education, and childcare – services that their families are unable to provide themselves. Located in Mattapan, the SPARK Center provides an essential service for some of the area’s most impoverished families. The Community Concert marks the 39th annual benefit concert that the music program has held to support this charity, showing our strong commitment to enrich the lives of as many people as possible through the musical talents of our church community. Thank you to each and every one of you who helped!

Registration for the Children’s Music Program for the 2017-2018 season is now open!
Please use the following link to register for the Youth/Children’s music programs at The First Church in Belmont for the 2017/2018 year. The Children’s Music Program starts every year with a fully staged musical.
     You may register to start either September 11th with the musical, or November 20th, after the musical finishes. All children in the musical must participate in the choir for the entire school year. The musical this year will be The Gondoliers, by Gilbert and Sullivan.
     To register, please click here

Volunteer Sign Up for 2017-2018 Church Year
As we plan for the new church year, we need your volunteer commitment to run the church and keep our congregation strong. Please take a moment to consider how you can contribute your time and talent to the church community next year. You can sign up online at tinyurl.com/fcb-volunteer. Thank you!

Judi Curcio (left) and Christine Dudley-Marling (right) wearing their red “Ask Me Anything about Sanctuary” T-shirts from the Sanctuary Committee at First Parish in Bedford, flanked by presentation organizers Eva Patalas (far left) and Liz Keating (far right).

The Sanctuary Movement at FCB
The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of faith and immigrant communities working to protect immigrants facing deportation by literally offering sanctuary to people who are at risk of being deported.
     There are two levels of sanctuary that can be offered.
Level 1- These churches offer physical sanctuary in the church building. In Massachusetts, there are ten Level 1 sanctuary churches of various faiths.
Level 2 – These congregations commit as an institution to support the Level 1 sanctuary congregations in their region.
     The UUA is very committed to the Sanctuary Movement and encourages congregations and individuals to sign the Declaration of Conscience (http://www.uua.org/loveresists/declaration-conscience). The Declaration reads in part “We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.” The UU churches in Massachusetts that have signed this declaration include:

  • First Parish in Bedford
  • Arlington Street Church, Boston
  • Community Church of Boston
  • First Parish in Brookline 
  • First Parish Cambridge UU
  • First Church in Jamaica Plain UU
  • UU Church of Medford

     Of these, the First Parish in Bedford has gone through a discernment process and declared itself a Level 1 Sanctuary church. Whether First Church Belmont should sign the declaration and become a Level 2 supporting congregation is on the agenda for the next Parish Board meeting.
     On Sunday June 4 at 12:30, members of the First Parish in Bedford spoke to us about their experience of becoming a Level 1 sanctuary church. In the event that an individual or family were to seek sanctuary at their church, they would require the support of nearby congregations and individuals for a wide variety of needs including groceries, transportation, emotional support, entertainment and overnight stays.
     The Sanctuary subcommittee of the Social Action Committee is forming to develop a framework for offering help to Level 1 sanctuary churches in the area. This committee will meet regularly initially in the fall and then on an as needed basis.
     If you are interested in joining the Sanctuary subcommittee, or in being available to help during the summer, please contact Eva Patalas (epatalas@uubelmont.org) or Liz Keating (lkeating@uubelmont.org).
     A second presentation about the Sanctuary movement will be held on September 24 at 12:30 in the Library.
     Further information on actions organized by immigrant communities and their faith allies: Sanctuary-Solidarity-Overview-5-2-17.

Short-Term Use of a Car Needed
Andrea Spencer-Linzie’s 23 year old car has finally died. If you have a car that isn’t used much, Andrea would like to borrow it for grocery shopping and other errands during her last couple of weeks through the end of June. She’ll be away at the General Assembly from June 20-25. Of course she will pay for gas and light maintenance as necessary. You can connect with Andrea at andreaspencerlinzie@gmail.com

Many thanks to everyone who helped with ushering during 2016-17!
Ushers this year included the 75 individuals (67 adults and 8 youth ushers) listed below. During the course of the year there are 74 Sunday services, as well 4 Christmas Eve services. Thus, many people served at multiple services during each term. Our appreciation to:

Adult Ushers – Lee Ackerson, Bethany Allen, Monte Allen, Pam Andrews, Jessie Bennett, Cheryl Brown, Katharine Canfield, Alan Cantor, Sarah Cliffe, Priscilla Cobb, Lauren Corning, Martha Courant, Kathy Crawley, Lauraine Dalton, Ann Dexter, Connie DiCocco, Dianthe Eisendrath, Margaret Ekland, Paul Estin, David Fung, Susan Galli, Laurie Graham, Denis Green, Nicole Griffin, Peter Guthrie, Ana Hammock, James Hencke, George Henman, Laura Hill, Debora Hoffman, Carolyn Howard, Jeanne Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Bayard Klimasmith, Leslie Kolterman, Anjali Kumar, Marianne Leahy, John Little, Bruce Logan, Diane Malcolmson, Margaret Marks, Judy McSwain, Claudia Nasson, Sandy Nayak, Sara Oaklander, Kathy Olofson, Eva Patalas, Hanspeter Pfister, Martin Plass, Eugene Pool, Andrea Prestwich, Cindy Primett, Martha Read, Cae Saar, Thomas Schieber, Dave Scott, Lanier Smythe, Martha Spaulding, Jim Staton, Barbara Terry, Mark Thurber, Alice Trexler, Andree Vezina, David Warner, Marion Westgate, Sean Westgate, and Leslie Wolf

Youth Ushers – Nico Albano, Molly Calkin, Josh Crocker, Emma Jones, Will Keating, Maddy Keaveney, Georgia Kermond, Brendan Walsh, and Jasper Wolf.

Housing Available in Belmont
Comfortable furnished room available in Trudy Egyes’ home “on the hill.” She’s searching for a student or professional and garden work is possible to offset rent. Call Trudy at 617-484-6833.

Fiscal Year Ends June 30
The end of the church’s fiscal year is Friday, June 30. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the church office by Friday, June 23, in order to be booked to this fiscal year. Please contact Janice at office@uubelmont.org if you have any questions, and thank you!

Adult Programs News
We have just concluded a church year filled with interesting programs thanks to all of you and the work of the adult programs committees.
     Our year-end appreciation party is next Monday, June 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall. We’ll have refreshments and it will be an opportunity to thank you personally. Some of our programs continue during the summer -Meditation every Monday night, Book Group, Hootenanny, Parenting Kids with Challenges — so please do join us.
     I am looking forward to attending the UUA General Assembly in New Orleans and will be bringing back lots of ideas for next year!
~ Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs Advisor

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m., Kathy Lind’s house – 68 Fairmont St., Belmont
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Library
Does your child have special challenges? Has he/she been diagnosed with Aspergers, ADHD, or sensory problems? We will offer support and share experience in a non-judgmental space. Snacks provided. We will be meeting throughout the summer so please join us.

First Church Book Group Pot-luck and Discussion — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
The Book Group will be hosting its Sixth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, swap books we’ve brought, and plan for the coming year.
     Please feel free to come (and bring a friend), even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert. RSVP to astuart@uubelmont.org or kklasson@uubelmont.org if you plan to attend. We will be meeting throughout the summer on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
We will meet again on Wednesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. in the Parlor.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt 
Did you know that you contributed almost 200 bags of groceries this year to families served by the Grow Clinic? Do you know what a difference YOU made in the lives of infants and toddlers carrying the diagnosis of Failure To Thrive and to their families? Did you know you’re the absolute best congregation? Sending our heartfelt thanks to you….Your Grow Clinic Committee
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Help Fill Move-In Boxes for Refugees
Since January, Central American asylum women and children have been relocating in the Boston area with the assistance of Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC) and the support of First Church Belmont. For these families, it has been a long and difficult journey. These women fled the violence in their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They were incarcerated in Texas for crossing the border. Once released, the women are migrating to different parts of the US, where they can join a family member or friend, settle, hopefully, find jobs.
     Currently, 100 families are in the Boston area. The congregation has been very supportive of the Irish International Immigrant Center (IIIC). We have raised substantial funds to support a case worker to serve these families to through a Second Friday Coffeehouse and grant writing. Move-In bins collected in the fall have already greeted some new arrivals.
     The Social Action Committee is helping welcome more women by creating more move-in boxes. We encourage you to sign-up for items to donate. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of First Church or at the back door at the home of Liz Keating (122 Larch Road, Cambridge) between now and June 30. For any questions, contact lkeating@uubelmont.org or 617-721-2536. The items needed are:

  • Place Settings: plates (big and small), mugs, glasses, bowls) for 4
  • Set of Pots and Pans (including fry pan, 2 saucepans) MUST BE NEW
  • Mixing and serving bowls
  • Silverware (4-6 people) MUST BE NEW
  • Cutting board (plastic preferred)
  • Colander/Strainer
  • Food storage containers
  • Alarm clock with batteries
  • Pens, pencils, notepads, paper, etc.
  • Light bulbs
  • Liquid dish soap & Laundry Detergent
  • Kitchen/Bathroom Cleaner, Toilet Bowl Brush
  • Tall Kitchen Trash can and bags

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, June 16
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, June 16. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, June 14. This is our lay-led and summer programs issue. Items may be edited for space and clarity. Please see the special deadlines below:

  • Friday, July 28; deadline, Wednesday, July 26 — Midsummer issue
  • Friday, September 1; deadline, Wednesday, August 30 — First issue of the church year

Church Staff — click here for directory
404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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The Unitarian – June 2, 2017 (6/2/2017)

 The Unitarian – June 2, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday Worship, June 4

Sermon : Being Both; Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs

9 a.m. Prelude: Cantate Domino by Giuseppe Pitoni (1647-1743); Nova Choir

11 a.m. Prelude: Gnossienne No. 3 by Erik Satie (1866-1925); Simon Andrews, piano

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: The Road Not Taken by Randall Thompson; words by Robert Frost

Offertory: Love Right Now by Jon Svetkey; performed by Jon Svetkey & Jeff Isen

Postlude: Step Inside by Jon Svetkey; performed by Jon Svetkey & Jeff Isen

The flowers in the Chancel are given by Alfa Radford in memory of her sister, Marguerite Shaw.

Upcoming Services

  • June 11: Flower Communion — Each person is asked to bring a flower to leave behind, and each will leave with a different flower. If you can, please bring an extra flower or twelve for those who will forget! Followed by the Annual Picnic!
  • Lay-Led Worship Services start Sunday, June 18, in the Parish Hall

All-Church Picnic: Sunday, June 11
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual All-Church Picnic immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, June 11. There will be delicious food, including burgers, chicken, hot dogs and vegetarian options, lots of yummy salads and, of course, dessert. The cost is $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 years, and $20 for families.

Salad Contest
Don’t miss the annual First Church Salad Contest! Bring your favorite salad to share at the picnic – green salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, all types are welcome. Please bring your salad to the kitchen the day of the picnic and enter your name on the list to be part of the contest. Then at the picnic everyone will vote for their favorite. We serve almost 200 people at the picnic, so the more salads, the better!

Volunteers
We will have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour listing different opportunities for people to help with this fun annual event — volunteers needed to run games for kids, grill, sell tickets, set-up, clean-up, shop, etc. If you have any questions, or would like to help out, please e-mail or call Melissa Irion at melissa_irion@yahoo.com or 617-571-9391.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

In other parts of this Unitarian issue is news about the UUA General Assembly being held in New Orleans. It’s so exciting that at least 4 of us from First Church Belmont will be attending, and others plan to participate online. Attending a General Assembly is invigorating, provocative, inspiring, educational and well, sometimes tiring. It is a wonderful means of learning from others, gathering together as UUs committed to standing on the side of love, creating a just world, and helping each other.
     First Church Belmont has a deep history, and we are especially proud of our part in creating the UU Service Committee.
     There is a reason that most religious denominations and organizations have connecting structures. It’s because we learn from each other, inspire each other and create meaning and justice together. It keeps us strong. It helps to create community. When we work together, we’re better.
     I write today to encourage us as a congregation to think about the ways that we are connected, boosted, supported, challenged, inspired, and motivated to be more than we are.
     I am very happy that the Program Council chose to implement a congregation-wide study and action program on escalating inequality. In learning and working together over time, we will forge stronger bonds and we will be well equipped to create significant change and impact in the way that we lead our lives, not only in FCB, but in the world around us.
     And as we look beyond our own community, there are many others who are ready to join us. There are 53 UU congregations in the greater Boston area. There are 231 UU congregations and 4 districts in the New England Region.
     The New England Region has 9 staff members with deep and varied experience in UU life, traditions, programs. They are there to help us in any way that we envision our future for our congregation and how we shape the world around us.
     We are better together. To shape the world in a deep way, a significant way, in a broad way, in a lasting way we need to work in concert with others who have the same goals.
     I hope we can take advantage of the ties that bind us within the Unitarian Universalist world. When FCB undertakes is work on escalating inequality, we will benefit from the wisdom and interaction of others who are also working on these issues. We’ll be smarter, more prepared, and we will be surrounded by others who are walking with us and supporting us on this journey.
     It is a strength to reach out to others. I envision FCB as a thriving, caring community, connected with friends and allies, working together to make strong coalitions and relationships. May we be fearless in working together and reaching out to one another. Let’s go deep. Let’s go wide. When we do, then we will not be moved from our vision of a just, loving and sustainable world.

Annual SPARK Benefit Concert — this Sunday, June 4
The music program has one last concert for you!
     On Sunday, June 4th we welcome musicians from all parts of the community for a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be violinists, singers, guitarists, harpsichordists, pianists, students, teachers, and more.
     Children are welcome to come to this fun, family-oriented concert.
     Admission will be by suggested donation, and for the first time, cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the SPARK Center — the Pediatric division of Boston Medical Center. I look forward to seeing you all there!
~ Ian Garvie

In Memoriam – Meg O’Brien

Meg O’Brien

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of longtime First Church member Meg O’Brien, who passed away peacefully on May 19 in Jacksonville, Florida.
     She is survived by her sons, Thomas Peter O’Brien and Robert H.N. O’Brien, and her grandsons Timothy O’Brien, Benjamin O’Brien, Jonathan O’Brien, and Matthew Recalde.
     Her burial will be private at Highland Meadow Cemetery, Belmont on June 9. Meg’s memorial service will be held here at the First Church in Belmont on June 10th at 11:00 a.m.
     Meg’s full obituary is online at www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000185591633

Volunteer Sign Up for 2017-2018 Church Year
As we plan for the new church year, we need your volunteer commitment to run the church and keep our congregation strong. The Membership Committee is distributing the bright green Volunteer Sign up forms on your pews this Sunday.
     Please take a moment to consider how you can contribute your time and talent to the church community next year and fill out your form. The volunteer forms are available at church and on our website and can be mailed to the church or emailed to a member of the Membership committee who are all listed on the form.
     You can also sign up online at tinyurl.com/fcb-volunteer. Thank you!

UU General Assembly: June 21 – 25, New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     Delegates must be FCB members, and there is the possibility of partial subsidy which can be discussed with Andrea Spencer-Linzie. If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

First Church Theme for 2017/2018 – “Escalating Inequality”
“Escalating Inequality” is the theme that has been chosen by the Program Council for the next church year. “Escalating Inequality” was selected by the 2014 General Assembly as the 2014-2018 Congregational Study/Action Issue. The Study Guide at http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/escalating_inequality.pdf.pdf provides UU congregations with materials and guidance for beginning or deepening their exploration of economic justice, helping to navigate this complex and inspiring subject with many ways to engage at personal, congregational, local, state, national, and global levels. Hard copies of the study guide are available in Lillian’s box in the conference room.
     A Task Group has been formed to shepherd the coordination of programming and currently Ariane Frank, worship, Jackie Neel, SAC, Sana Saaed, youth director, Nate Sellers, RE and Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs have volunteered but we’d love to have your input. We have had one meeting and we have plans for the use of a logo, developing bulletin boards and a banner which will be in place for the fall. The Adult Programs Committee is reviewing books for a common read and hope to announce the title soon so that it might be available for summer reading.
     If you’d like to be involved or would like more information contact landerson@uubelmont.org.

Housing Wanted!
Our family of three is looking to buy a home in Belmont, but we realize we may need to rent while we search. If you know of an apt/condo/home in Belmont for rent, starting in July, Aug. or Sept, we’d be grateful for any suggestions.
     We’re looking for two (or three) bedrooms; ideally, within walking distance of the middle school and Belmont center. Thank you!
~ Leslie Talmadge and Brian and Lauren Kopperl; letalmadge@gmail.com; 617 686 3166

Fiscal Year Ends June 30
The end of the church’s fiscal year is Friday, June 30. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the church office by Friday, June 23, in order to be booked to this fiscal year. Please contact Janice at office@uubelmont.org if you have any questions, and thank you!

Adult Programs News

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m., Kathy Lind’s house – 68 Fairmont St., Belmont
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., 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.

First Church Book Group Pot-luck and Discussion — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, June 28, 7 p.m., Upper Hall
The Book Group will be hosting its Sixth Annual Potluck Supper when we will enjoy summer salads and desserts, talk about books, swap books we’ve brought, and plan for the coming year.
     Please feel free to come (and bring a friend), even if you have not participated in the group during the past church year. All are welcome. Please bring a salad, cold entree, or dessert. RSVP to astuart@uubelmont.org or kklasson@uubelmont.org if you plan to attend.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, June 28, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Sanctuary Movement — Liz Keating and Eva Patalas
Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities, protecting and standing with immigrants facing deportation. Come and learn about Sanctuary and about how we can get involved as individuals and as a congregation.

Belmont Muslim Friends invites you to the first Belmont Community Iftar
Iftar is the meal eaten by Muslims at sunset to break their fast
Saturday, June 10; 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall
The Belmont Muslim Friends is a Belmont-based coalition of Muslims working to foster ties and promote a sense of unity between the Muslim community and the town of Belmont. Belmont Muslim Friends promotes tolerance, acceptance, and understanding of all faiths within the Belmont community.
     On June 10 (3rd week of Ramadan) we invite all our faith friends and people from the community to join us for an interfaith Iftar at the First Church in Belmont’s Parish Hall.
     There are a few remaining slots for First Church members. If you would like to attend the event, please contact Priscilla Cobb (prilcobb@gmail.com). The evening will include a call to Prayer and a full meal prepared by Belmont Muslim Friends.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt 
Did you know that you contributed almost 200 bags of groceries this year to families served by the Grow Clinic? Do you know what a difference YOU made in the lives of infants and toddlers carrying the diagnosis of Failure To Thrive and to their families? Did you know you’re the absolute best congregation? Sending our heartfelt thanks to you….Your Grow Clinic Committee
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, June 9
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, June 9. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, June 7. This is the last “regular” issue of the church year. Please see the special deadlines below:

Unitarian Issue

Deadline

Notes

Friday, June 16

Wednesday, June 14

Lay-led summer services and summer programs issue

Friday, July 28

Wednesday, July 26

Midsummer issue

Friday, September 1

Wednesday, August 30

First issue of the church year

Church Staff — click here for directory

404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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The Unitarian – May 26, 2017 (5/26/2017)

The Unitarian – May 26, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday, May 28 — Memorial Day; one service at 10:30 a.m. 

  • Bring photos, framed or not, of loved ones who have passed away to display on our Memorial Table.

Sermon: Life’s Ebb-tides; Andrea Spencer-Linzie

Prelude: Alla Siciliana by Alexandre Guilmant (1837 – 1911); Simon Andrews, organ

Solo: from Eight Epitaphs by Theodore Chanler (1902 – 61); Chuck Claus, baritone and Simon Andrews, piano

Offertory: Farewell to the Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davis (1934 – 2016); Simon Andrews, piano
This week’s offering will benefit the UU Urban Ministry.

Postlude: Ceremonial Rondeau from Abdelazar by Henry Purcell (1659-95); Simon Andrews, organ

The flowers in the Chancel are given by Heather Quay and Jon, Ian and Claire Svetkey in the memory of their dear friend, Farish Jenkins, Jr.

Upcoming Services

  • June 4: Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs
  • June 11: Flower Communion — Each person is asked to bring a flower to leave behind, and each will leave with a different flower. If you can, please bring an extra flower or twelve for those who will forget! Followed by the Annual Picnic …

All-Church Picnic: Sunday, June 11
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual All-Church Picnic immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, June 11. There will be delicious food, including burgers, chicken, hot dogs and vegetarian options, lots of yummy salads and, of course, dessert. The cost is $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 years, and $20 for families.

Salad Contest
Don’t miss the annual First Church Salad Contest! Bring your favorite salad to share at the picnic – green salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, all types are welcome. Please bring your salad to the kitchen the day of the picnic and enter your name on the list to be part of the contest. Then at the picnic everyone will vote for their favorite. We serve almost 200 people at the picnic, so the more salads, the better!

Volunteers
We will have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour listing different opportunities for people to help with this fun annual event — volunteers needed to run games for kids, grill, sell tickets, set-up, clean-up, shop, etc. If you have any questions, or would like to help out, please e-mail or call Melissa Irion at melissa_irion@yahoo.com or 617-571-9391.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Many of you may know already that our previous president of the UUA, Peter Morales, resigned March 30 amid deep dissatisfaction in hiring policies throughout the UUA that reflected racism, sexism, and white supremacy.
     The UUA Board of Trustees put a plan together to create an interim presidency that will be carried out by the appointment of the Rev. Sofía Betancourt, the Rev. William G. Sinkford, and Leon Spencer to lead the Association until the next President is elected on June 24 at the General Assembly in New Orleans.
     While the resignation of President Peter Morales may seem like a crisis, I think it is an opportunity to decide to not continue on the same old path.
     The reality is that racism is as deep as any other roots of US American history Racism shapes all of our lives. Even within the liberal progressive Unitarian Universalist Association, leaders, processes, and structures are still impacted by racism and white privilege.
     This is an opportune time for us as Unitarian Universalists to look deeper into our traditions and our present practices. To be able to create a new future, we need to understand our past and our present, including how race continues to create privilege for some and discrimination and oppression for others.
     The theme of Escalating Inequality that we will be studying and acting upon over the next year or two can help us understand our history, to look deeper into our own families and community history, and to understand ourselves better so that we can see clearly how some of us benefit from racism and how we can work to eliminate it.
     We are not yet a unified “we the people” when so many continue to be discriminated in being hired, how much they are paid, where they get to live, whether the housing is safe, the quality of the schools, and whether there is access to fresh and nutritious food.
     We are not yet a unified “we the people” when African Americans are 13% of the US population but comprise 40% of the incarcerated population.
     The spotlight that is now shining on the UUA is an opportunity. The ever-present reality that racism is still rampant in our communities, our congregations, our denomination, reminds us that we still have a lot of work to do.
     We as a community, as Unitarian Universalists, and as a nation have an opportunity to stay awake, to “not sleep through the revolution” as Martin Luther King urged so many decades ago.
     May we continue to stand in love with one another, and may we have the courage to dig deep and uproot racism in our time.

Lead A Summer Worship Service
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-484-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

A quick recap on all things Annual Meeting,by Ana Hammock, Parish Board President
The Stewardship Committee had a fantastic year: We achieved 95% of our goal with confirmed pledges for FY2018 totaling $579,660. We have seen an increase in pledge amounts per household (YAY) but a decrease in number of households pledging (L). Important questions/concerns raised at the meeting:

  • Why are there fewer pledges?
  • Is membership declining?
  • It is the collective responsibility of the community to bring in new members, maintain members, and work to understand why some might be leaving the church.

     The Finance Committee and the Investment Subcommittee gave a comprehensive report on where we are today and the outlook for our finances in the future. We believe we will end our calendar year with a $4K deficit. Costs continue to go up year after year (mainly personnel). Pledge totals (despite the hard work done by the Stewardship Committee) are essentially flat. Recommendations to improve our finances include growing membership and launching a capital campaign. A relatively balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved (in no small degree owing to an increased contribution from our endowment fund). Important questions/concerns raised at the meeting:

  • We need to understand why new members are not joining the church and staying at the church (especially families and young individuals)
  • How can we attract young members into various leadership roles at the church?

     The Nominating Committee announced the proposed candidates for the Parish Board, the Finance & Investment Committees, and the Nominating Committee. All slates were approved.
     Special Mention: A HUGE THANK YOU to Scott Johnson—chair of the Finance Committee—who completed his very extended term as chair and was a huge support to the PB president throughout the year. Also a thank you to outgoing Board members Catherine Claypoole, Sara Oaklander, Peter Guthrie, and Downing Cless for all their hard work. A Thank You to Roger Read and Eva Patalas—chairs of the Stewardship Committee and Nominating Committee-who are stepping down after working tirelessly to help us meet budget and fill open slates.
     We have a task force working hard to unite our committees for the coming year under one theme: Escalating Inequality. Much more to come, and stay tuned!
     The Resolution to Divest was approved, with 69 members voting yes and 30 no. I am not able to capture from memory all the heartfelt comments that were made in this portion of the meeting. I was moved by the level of thoughtful discussion generated. Thank you to all those who participated and shared their opinions. THANK YOU.
     Given that the resolution was approved, there will be a follow-up vote in the fall to consider fossil-fuel divestment.
     Finally—these are not minutes—just an attempt to keep everyone in the loop. I am hopeful that you will read this and say, “Ana, I can help generate more buzz about our community and drive up new membership—and here is how.” By the way, many people did just that during or before the Annual Meeting. You can see that our church is considering many interesting/challenging issues right now. If you want to get more involved, just let me know: ahammock@uubelmont.org.

Annual SPARK Benefit Concert — June 4
As the year rapidly ends and we all set our sights on the summer, the music program has one last concert for you!
     On Sunday, June 4th we welcome musicians from all parts of the community for a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be violinists, singers, guitarists, harpsichordists, pianists, students, teachers, and more.
     Children are welcome to come to this fun, family-oriented concert.
     Admission will be by suggested donation, and for the first time, cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the SPARK Center — the Pediatric division of Boston Medical Center. I look forward to seeing you all there!
~ Ian Garvie

In Memoriam – Meg O’Brien

Meg O’Brien

Our deepest condolences to the family and friends of longtime First Church member Meg O’Brien, who passed away peacefully on May 19 in Jacksonville, Florida.
     She is survived by her sons, Thomas Peter O’Brien and Robert H.N. O’Brien, and her grandsons Timothy O’Brien, Benjamin O’Brien, Jonathan O’Brien, and Matthew Recalde.
     Her burial will be private at Highland Meadow Cemetery, Belmont on June 9. Meg’s memorial service will be held here at the First Church in Belmont on June 10th at 11:00 a.m.
     Meg’s full obituary is online at www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000185591633

First Church Theme for 2017/2018 – “Escalating Inequality”
“Escalating Inequality” is the theme that has been chosen by the Program Council for the next church year. “Escalating Inequality” was selected by the 2014 General Assembly as the 2014-2018 Congregational Study/Action Issue. The Study Guide at http://www.uua.org/sites/live-new.uua.org/files/escalating_inequality.pdf.pdf provides UU congregations with materials and guidance for beginning or deepening their exploration of economic justice, helping to navigate this complex and inspiring subject with many ways to engage at personal, congregational, local, state, national, and global levels. Hard copies of the study guide are available in Lillian’s box in the conference room.
     A Task Group has been formed to shepherd the coordination of programming and currently Ariane Frank, worship, Jackie Neel, SAC, Sana Saaed, youth director, Nate Sellers, RE and Lillian Anderson, Adult Programs have volunteered but we’d love to have your input. We have had one meeting and we have plans for the use of a logo, developing bulletin boards and a banner which will be in place for the fall. The Adult Programs Committee is reviewing books for a common read and hope to announce the title soon so that it might be available for summer reading.
     If you’d like to be involved or would like more information contact landerson@uubelmont.org.

Housing Wanted!
Our family of three is looking to buy a home in Belmont, but we realize we may need to rent while we search. If you know of an apt/condo/home in Belmont for rent, starting in July, Aug. or Sept, we’d be grateful for any suggestions.
     We’re looking for two (or three) bedrooms; ideally, within walking distance of the middle school and Belmont center. Thank you!
~ Leslie Talmadge and Brian and Lauren Kopperl; letalmadge@gmail.com; 617 686 3166

A huge UU “Thank You!” from the Coming of Age group from Bloomfield, Michigan, who camped out in our Parlor during their recent UU Heritage Trip to Boston.

Fiscal Year Ends June 30
The end of the church’s fiscal year is Friday, June 30. All requests for reimbursement must be submitted to the church office by Friday, June 23, in order to be booked to this fiscal year. Please contact Janice at office@uubelmont.org if you have any questions, and thank you!

Adult Programs News

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you. This will be the last session until October 5th.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m., Kathy Lind’s house – 68 Fairmont St., Belmont
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Sanctuary Movement
Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities, protecting and standing with immigrants facing deportation. Come and learn about Sanctuary and about how we can get involved as individuals and as a congregation.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt Last Chance for Good Deeds!
Please remember to add something for the GROW CLINIC in your cart this week. You’ll be glad you did.
     May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, June 9
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, June 9. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, June 7. This is the last “regular” issue of the church year. Please see the special deadlines below:

Unitarian Issue

Deadline

Notes

Friday, June 16

Wednesday, June 14

Lay-led summer services and summer programs issue

Friday, July 28

Wednesday, July 26

Midsummer issue

Friday, September 1

Wednesday, August 30

First issue of the church year

Church Staff — click here for directory

404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3
The church office will be closed Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day.

Parish Board, 2017 – 2018
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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The Unitarian – May 19, 2017 (5/19/2017)

The Unitarian – May 19, 2017 (PDF)

A Call To The Annual Meeting at The First Church in Belmont — Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4 p.m.
Pursuant to a call by Ana Hammock, President of the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the election of officers, status of next year’s budget, a resolution on divestment, and the transaction of such other businesses as may lawfully come before the meeting.
     Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.
     Only active adult members, who have had standing as such for not less than seven days prior to the meeting, may vote. No proxies will be accepted: you must attend the meeting in order to vote. — Downing Cless, Parish Clerk
     Ana Hammock adds: Are you ready to vote on divestment? Looking for more information? If so visit http://uubelmont.weebly.com/. If you are interested in voting on this important decision come to the Annual Meeting. No Proxy votes will be accepted. Come one, come all!

Annual Meeting materials are online.

Sunday May 21 — New Member Sunday

Prelude: Prelude in G Flat Op. 16 No.3 by Alexandre Skryabin (1872 – 1915); Simon Andrews, organ

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: Choose Something Like A Star by Randal Thompson (1899 – 1994)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: “Take Care of this House” from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, by Leonard Bernstein

11 a.m. Youth Choir Anthem: Like as the Hart Desireth the Waterbrooks by Herbert Howells

Offertory: “Lullaby,” from The Consul by Gian Carlo Menotti; Irina Kareva, alto, Simon Andrews, piano

9 a.m. Postlude: Voluntary : Allegro by John James (d. 1745); Simon Andrews, organ

11 a.m. Postlude: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; Youth Choir

The flowers in the Chancel are given by John Howe and Teresa Masterson-Howe.

Upcoming Services

  • May 28: Memorial Day; one service at 10:30 a.m. Bring photos, framed or not, of loved ones who have passed away to display on our Memorial Table.
  • June 4: Sana Saeed, Director of Youth Programs
  • June 11: Flower Communion — Each person is asked to bring a flower to leave behind, and each will leave with a different flower. If you can, please bring an extra flower or twelve for those who will forget! Followed by the Annual Picnic …

All-Church Picnic: Sunday, June 11
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the annual All-Church Picnic immediately following the 11:00 service on Sunday, June 11. There will be delicious food, including burgers, chicken, hot dogs and vegetarian options, lots of yummy salads and, of course, dessert. The cost is $5.00 for adults, $5.00 for children 4-12 years, and $20 for families.

Salad Contest
Don’t miss the annual First Church Salad Contest! Bring your favorite salad to share at the picnic – green salads, pasta salads, fruit salads, all types are welcome. Please bring your salad to the kitchen the day of the picnic and enter your name on the list to be part of the contest. Then at the picnic everyone will vote for their favorite. We serve almost 200 people at the picnic, so the more salads, the better!

Volunteers
We will have a sign-up sheet at coffee hour listing different opportunities for people to help with this fun annual event — volunteers needed to run games for kids, grill, sell tickets, set-up, clean-up, shop, etc. If you have any questions, or would like to help out, please e-mail or call Melissa Irion at melissa_irion@yahoo.com or 617-571-9391.

UU General Assembly: June 21 – 25, New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association. First Church has eight delegate positio ns and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees increase after May 1.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     Delegates must be FCB members, and there is the possibility of partial subsidy which can be discussed with Andrea Spencer-Linzie. If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

Lead A Summer Worship Service
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-484-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

Divestment Information for the Annual Meeting
Please visit uubelmont.org/fcb-green-sanctuary-committee/ to read up on divestment material prepared by FCBGreen.

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
As the year rapidly ends and we all set our sights on the summer, the music program has one last concert for you! On Sunday, June 4th we welcome musicians from all parts of the community for a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. There will be violinists, singers, guitarists, harpsichordists, pianists, students, teachers, and more. Children are welcome to come to this fun, family-oriented concert.
     Admission will be by suggested donation, and for the first time cash, check, and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will benefit the SPARK Center — the Pediatric division of Boston Medical Center. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Gloria’s Give-Away!
Please check out Gloria’s bookshelf in the Lower Gathering Hall. You will find several great books that did not sell at the Rummage Sale, nor were they wanted by the Brattle Bookshop. You can give an older, distinguished book a new home on your bookshelf. Unclaimed volumes will be donated to the Belmont Library at the end of our church year.
     Thanks from your Rummage Sale Committee.

News from Our Partner Church in Désfalva
We have recently been informed that the longtime minister at our partner church in Désfalva, Transylvania, Rev. Sándor Szentgyörgyi, has moved on to take another position. The Désfalva congregation is now engaged in a ministerial search, which is expected to take 6 months to a year. In the meantime, they will be served by an interim minister, who is also serving in four other congregations. The lay leadership is expected to take on an expanded role during this time of transition, and the Partner Church Committee will support them as they work through the process.
     We will continue our scholarship program and our other regular exchanges with Désfalva through the transition and beyond. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the work of the committee, contact partnerchurch@uubelmont.org.

Adult Programs News

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., 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.

The New World of Genome Editing — Alan Cantor
Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Alan will take us through the clinical promise and ethical considerations in this new field. Examples of how gene editing are currently being applied to treat human disease and an understanding of the basic information about genetics will be provided so that we can discuss the implications of this new technology.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m., 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 YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson & Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., Library
This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session. Please contact Anne Stuart at: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you. This will be the last session until October 5th.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

The Sanctuary Movement
Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities, protecting and standing with immigrants facing deportation. Come and learn about Sanctuary and about how we can get involved as individuals and as a congregation.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt Stock The Shelves For Summer!
Here are a few of “their favorite things”… Baby Foods (Stages 1 & 2). Enfamil with Iron. Vegetable or Corn Oil. Boxed Infant Cereals. Cheerios. Flintstone Chewable Vitamins. Parmalat Milk.
     May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Community News

Share your “Belmont story” in a town-wide oral history project
The Belmont Story Project, the town’s local, oral-history recording project, is seeking participants. If you have a Belmont connection and a story, they would like to hear from you. 
     For more information contact Nancy McColm nmccolm@minlib.net, or 617-993-2870. You can also find out more on the library’s website belmontpubliclibrary.net/about/belmont-story-project.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, May 26
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, May 26. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, May 24. Please see the special deadlines below:

Unitarian Issue

Deadline

Notes

Friday, June 9

Wednesday, June 7

This is the last “regular” issue of church year

Friday, June 16

Wednesday, June 14

Lay-led summer services and summer programs issue

Friday, July 28

Wednesday, July 26

Midsummer issue

Friday, September 1

Wednesday, August 30

First issue of the church year

Church Staff — click here for directory

404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3
.

Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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The Unitarian – May 12, 2017 (5/12/2017)

The Unitarian – May 12, 2017 (PDF)

A Call To The Annual Meeting at The First Church in Belmont — Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4 p.m.
Pursuant to a call by Ana Hammock, President of the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the election of officers, status of next year’s budget, a resolution on divestment, and the transaction of such other businesses as may lawfully come before the meeting.
     Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.
     Only active adult members, who have had standing as such for not less than seven days prior to the meeting, may vote. No proxies will be accepted: you must attend the meeting in order to vote. — Downing Cless, Parish Clerk
     Ana Hammock adds: Are you ready to vote on divestment? Looking for more information? If so visit http://uubelmont.weebly.com/. If you are interested in voting on this important decision come to the Annual Meeting. No Proxy votes will be accepted. Come one, come all!

Sunday Worship —May 14

Coming of Age Sunday

Prelude: Bagatelles by Robert Vandall (1944 – 2017); Mariko Findell, piano

9 a.m. Musical Interlude: On A Rouen Melody by Sir Peter Hurford (b. 1930); Simon Andrews, organ

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: How Did the Rose by Joan Szymko

Offertory: Traümerei by Robert Schumann (1810 – 56); Mariko Findell, piano

The flowers in the Chancel are given by Anne and Bob Selman, to all the mothers, fathers, families of birth and of friendship, old and young, teachers and caregivers, lifelong and casual, we give our very deepest awe, gratitude, and celebration for being the village raising our world’s children!

Upcoming Services

  • Sunday, May 21: New Member Sunday
    • Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.: Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall
  • Sunday, May 28: Memorial Day — one service at 10:30 a.m.

UU General Assembly: June 21 – 25, New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association. First Church has eight delegate positio ns and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees increase after May 1.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     Delegates must be FCB members, and there is the possibility of partial subsidy which can be discussed with Andrea Spencer-Linzie. If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

Opportunity To Lead Summer Worship Services
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-484-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

Divestment Information for the Annual Meeting
Please visit uubelmont.org/fcb-green-sanctuary-committee/ to read up on divestment material prepared by FCBGreen.

Stewardship Drive Update
A heartfelt thanks to all First Church members and friends who pledged or contributed to the 2017 March Stewardship Drive. Thanks to your generosity, we have reached $577,860, which is 95% of our goal. Please join us at First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, May 21, 4:00 p.m. to hear more details about the Stewardship Drive results.
~ With gratitude, The Stewardship Committee

Rummage Sale Recap
The 74th Rummage Sale was such a roaring success! Many hands really do make light work. Because of the contributions from First Church and the tireless labor of many volunteers, we raised approximately $10,000!!! There are still consignment items yet to be accounted for, so we won’t know an exact total until later. The cooperative spirit and camaraderie made the entire experience a hugely positive one for our community. At times there was a feeling of an old-fashioned barn raising—something that too rarely happens in this fast-paced, plugged-in world. And it was fun! A special thank-you goes to Lynn Peterson Read for her work as our third co-chairperson.
     We are very pleased that we met the goals we originally set for this year’s sale, including increasing the benefit for non-profits and providing free-shopping for our refugee family partners. It was beautiful to watch them walk out with their arms full of “gifts” for their new homes. In addition, many non-profit organizations benefited from our recycling of leftovers after the sale ended.
     The profits from this year’s Sale will go to maintain the beautiful stained glass windows in our sanctuary; will provide needed funds for our Partner Church in Transylvania; and will allow the Social Action Committee to continue with vital social justice projects. We were also able to buy a new hand-cart for Luis and replace one of the many wobbly card tables used by the Coffee House.
     We thank our volunteers and the First Church community from all the parts of our hearts!
               Kathy Crawley and Priscilla Cobb

Lisa Bastoni

The Second Friday Coffeehouse on May 12 — tonight!
The Second Friday Coffeehouse on May 12 will feature singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni, accompanied by Jeff Butcher. The opening act is Roger Miller, John Mc Gah, and Chuck Greene. The featured beneficiary is Belmont Against Racism.

Fellowship Spring Hike — Saturday, May 13, 2-5 pm
Pack up your kids, put on your hiking boots and join us for the Fellowship Spring Hike at Belmont’s Rock Meadow & Beaver Brook -1:45pm – meet at FCB Parking Lot or come at 2:00 pm to Lone Tree Hill Parking Lot at 248 Mill Street, Belmont
     This year we will hike through Lone Tree Hill, Rock Meadow and into Beaver Brook. The hike will take us over meadows, hills, along streams, through pine alley and passed the infamous Lone Tree. On the way back we will stop for a snack at Martin’s house.
     The hike is ~3-4 miles, easy terrain, will take about 2 hours plus a snack break and is suitable for kids and older people capable of walking in the woods (bring some water). Rain date is May 20. Please RSVP to fellowship@uubelmont.org.
     For last minute questions, call Martin Plass at 617-484-1237.

Adult Programs News

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch & Program — All Women & Men Welcome
Wednesday, May 17; 12 noon Lunch in the Upper Hall; 1 p.m. Program
All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, including a pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year. Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.
     After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.
R.s.v.p. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) with what you will bring.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., Tinkham Room
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Science and Spirituality — Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Stuart Carter will lead a discussion on a reading from the book The Meaning of Human Experience by Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous publications on science and the humanities. Professor Wilson lays out his science-based alternative to what he terms the “creation myths” of major western religions. A selection from this book is available at the website eftaylor.com/sands

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., 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.

The New World of Genome Editing — Alan Cantor
Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Alan will take us through the clinical promise and ethical considerations in this new field. Examples of how gene editing are currently being applied to treat human disease and an understanding of the basic information about genetics will be provided so that we can discuss the implications of this new technology.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m., 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 YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson & Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., Library
This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session. Please contact Anne Stuart at: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

Caring for Older Adults — Miriam Baker and Deborah Blumberg
Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Many people are juggling jobs, families and their parents’ or other family members’ increasing medical needs, frequent emergencies and ongoing need for care. How do we cope with the needs of our loved ones and find some balance in our own lives? What do we need to learn as we take on this task? How do we find information and community? If you find yourself in this position, you are welcome at this group for discussion and support. This is a drop-in group so please attend when it is convenient for you. This will be the last session until October 5th.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, May 14
Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org and sign up as an individual or as part of the “Team Belmont” group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you.
     Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at prilcobb@gmail.com.
     The Peace Institute, founded in 1994 after the murder of 15-year-old Louis D. Brown, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people and the community about the value of peace and assisting survivors of homicide victims with immediate crisis management services and ongoing support to continue to make Louis’ vision a reality. It was co-founded by Louis’ mother, Chaplain Tina Chery. For more information: ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

The Sanctuary Movement
Sunday, June 4, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
The Sanctuary Movement is a growing movement of immigrant and faith communities, protecting and standing with immigrants facing deportation. Come and learn about Sanctuary and about how we can get involved as individuals and as a congregation.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt Stock The Shelves For Summer!!!
Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. Canned Fruits Packed in Syrup. Canned Vegetables. Carnation Instant Breakfast. Peanut Butter. Thanks for your generosity!
     May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

UUSC Team Note for May/June
Visit uucsj.org (UU College of Social Justice within UUSC) for information on cross cultural, Immigration, and environmental justice trainings, trips, and resources. Find downloadable courses for individual or group use as related to any of these topics. For example, the environmental justice course begins with an examination of Naomi Klein’s book, This Changes Everything.
     The author of the lesson asks that we reflect on US capitalism and its foundational link to fossil fuels. In the meantime, Klein asserts that such a foundation cannot be changed without “heavy duty interventions.” During this first lesson, students consider how UU values can shape a better response to climate change. First Church will have an opportunity to vote on a small step in this direction at the annual meeting.

Community News

First Parish in Concord invites you to “Requiem for the American Dream” — Monday, May 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
Followed by discussion moderated by State Senator Mike Barrett
In this 2016 documentary Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality.
     Join us to view this 75 minute film which will be followed by discussion. Home-made refreshments included. Free and open to the public at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord.
     For more information about our group, please visit ReclaimOurDemocracy.org.

Share your “Belmont story” in a town-wide oral history project
The Belmont Story Project, the town’s local, oral-history recording project, is seeking participants. If you have a Belmont connection and a story, they would like to hear from you. 
     For more information contact Nancy McColm nmccolm@minlib.net, or 617-993-2870. You can also find out more on the library’s website belmontpubliclibrary.net/about/belmont-story-project.

Picadilly Farm to offer a discount to FCB community on CSA shares
Announcing a new option for summer veggie lovers: CSA produce boxes delivered to First Church on Thursdays, from Picadilly Farm! For $735 paid in advance, reserve 23 deliveries, June through mid November. The entire share is grown on Jenny and Bruce Wooster’s (brother to parishioner Jim Wooster!) family farm, and is certified organic. To learn more and then sign up, visit www.picadillyfarm.com.
     If you sign up by May 15, type SPRING into the coupon field to receive $20 discount. Shareholders support every aspect of operating our farm — from paying a living wage, to caring for the soil with the long view in mind, to growing our food with organic and other best practices. Since 2006, we thank you!

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, May 19
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, May 19. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, May 17. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory
404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3
.

Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

Easy ways to support & stay in touch with FCB

Buy your Mother’s Day gifts at AmazonSmile, and First Church in Belmont receives 0.5% of the purchase price.

 

Our Facebook page is regularly updated with news, events & programs – no account needed. facebook.com/uubelmont

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The Unitarian – May 5, 2017 (5/5/2017)

The Unitarian – May 5, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday Worship —May 7

Escalating Inequality — Andrea Spencer-Linzie

Prelude: Improvisation; Simon Andrews, organ

9 a.m. Nova Choir Anthem: With A Voice Of Singing by Martin Shaw (1875 – 1958)

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Hugo Distler (1908 – 42)

Offertory: Every Night and Every Morn, words by William Blake, music by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roger Miller and Gerri Strickler

Postlude: Waiting for a Miracle by Bruce Cockburn; Roger Miller and Gerri Strickler

The flowers in the Chancel are given by Mary Beekman and David Warner in celebration of the lives of their parents.

Upcoming Services

  • Sunday, May 14: Coming of Age Sunday
  • Sunday, May 21: New Member Sunday
    • Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.: Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall
  • Sunday, May 28: Memorial Day — one service at 10:30 a.m.

A Call To The Annual Meeting at The First Church In Belmont — Sunday, May 21, 2017, 4 p.m.
Pursuant to a call by Ana Hammock, President of the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that the Annual Meeting of The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the Parish Hall for the election of officers, status of next year’s budget, a resolution on divestment, and the transaction of such other businesses as may lawfully come before the meeting.
     Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.
     Only active adult members, who have had standing as such for not less than seven days prior to the meeting, may vote. No proxies will be accepted: you must attend the meeting in order to vote. — Downing Cless, Parish Clerk

UU General Assembly: June 21 – 25, New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association. First Church has eight delegate positio ns and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees increase after May 1.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     Delegates must be FCB members, and there is the possibility of partial subsidy which can be discussed with Andrea Spencer-Linzie. If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

The book The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett is a study of the effects of inequality on society. It is not so much one’s income level that impacts one’s condition of health and wellbeing, but rather the relative inequality within the society.
     The more unequal the society is the more likely that the people on the bottom suffer ill-health. In most of the charts and graphs used in the book, the US is the country with the widest inequality. The US is the wealthiest country financially in the world, but the poorest country in terms of health and well-being because of the wide inequality throughout the US.
     Benjamin M. Friedman, the William Joseph Maier Professor of Political Economy at Harvard, and formerly Chairman of the Department of Economics, has stated that “The gap between rich and poor has been growing for the past 30 years in most of the world’s advanced economies, and especially in the US.”
     What does this mean for us as a country? As a community? As a congregation? How do we live our first principle of the” inherent worth and dignity of each person,” when we have created such an unequal society? Our society is not unequal because people have different talents and skills. It is unequal because we have structured our society so.
     We should not be timid about this crisis. As a people, as UUs, what do we prioritize? How do we sift through the slogans and anger to zero in on what it means to be worthwhile, and to live with dignity?
     And then, what do we do?
     I believe the work of uncovering the history of inequality in our country is crucial if we are ever going to steer in a new direction of justice and equity. We need to expose the structural underpinnings that continue to support and replicate the state of inequality in our country: racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, and more.
     And then, as religious people, we dream, and vision, and educate, and legislate, and proclaim. We hold the course in order to build a new way for all of us.

The 74th Annual All-Church Rummage Sale Was A Tremendous Success
It was well organized and everything ran smoothly. The donations were beautiful and high quality and lots of money was made to support the Partner Church, the Tiffany Window and Social Action Initiatives.
     Please thank Kathy Crawley and Priscilla Cobb for their amazing and untiring leadership. They are two gems. Many people spent hours and hours preparing for the big day. Much was sold, some was given to refugee families and charity organizations. Nothing was wasted; all leftovers were donated to be used by others.
     So proud to be part of this congregation.
~ Jackie Neel

Ushers Needed for Spring Term, through June 11
Many thanks to everyone who has helped with ushering at First Church. We have had a great response to ushering for this spring term and only have one slot left to fill:

  • 6/4 – 9:00 1 slot

    You can sign up at tinyurl.com/springushers; e-mail me at mthurber@verizon.net; or sign up on the poster at coffee hour. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. Thanks again for all your help.

Opportunity To Lead Summer Worship Services
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-48-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

Livia Racz to Receive Steward of Partnership Award
The Partner Church Committee is proud to announce that Livia Racz has been selected to receive a Steward of Partnership Award by the UU Partner Church Council. This award is “given annually to recognize those who provide exceptional care for their own congregation’s partnerships.” Livia was recognized for her constant attention, organization, energy, planning and communications in Hungarian, which for ten years have kept the partnership between Désfalva and Belmont vital for both congregations. She has provided tireless leadership for two pilgrimages to Désfalva and a visit to Belmont by eight members of the Désfalva congregation, and has presented worship services and shared Transylvanian dinners, music, poetry, dance and more with First Church. This award will be presented at General Assembly in June in New Orleans. Congratulations, Livia!!!

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
Thanks and congratulations to the Youth Group for a wonderful service this past weekend!
     The year is quickly drawing to a close, but there will be one more music event! On Sunday, June 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the Music Program will be hosting it’s first Community Concert. This program will feature many of the church’s talented musicians, both students and adults, in musical styles that range from jazz to classical, from bluegrass to baroque, and everything in between. Donations raised will benefit the Pediatric SPARK (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) program at the Boston Medical Center. This program helps Boston’s highest risk children (5 and under) whose lives are affected by significant medical, emotional and behavioral challenges. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at igarvie@uubelmont.org.

Lisa Bastoni

The Second Friday Coffeehouse on May 12
The Second Friday Coffeehouse on May 12 will feature singer-songwriter Lisa Bastoni, accompanied by Jeff Butcher. The opening act is Roger Miller, John Mc Gah, and Chuck Greene. The featured beneficiary is Belmont Against Racism.

Fellowship Spring Hike — Saturday, May 13, 2-5 pm
Pack up your kids, put on your hiking boots and join us for the Fellowship Spring Hike at Belmont’s Rock Meadow & Beaver Brook -1:45pm – meet at FCB Parking Lot or come at 2:00 pm to Lone Tree Hill Parking Lot at 248 Mill Street, Belmont
     This year we will hike through Lone Tree Hill, Rock Meadow and into Beaver Brook. The hike will take us over meadows, hills, along streams, through pine alley and passed the infamous Lone Tree. On the way back we will stop for a snack at Martin’s house.
     The hike is ~3-4 miles, easy terrain, will take about 2 hours plus a snack break and is suitable for kids and older people capable of walking in the woods (bring some water). Rain date is May 20. Please RSVP to fellowship@uubelmont.org.
     For last minute questions, call Martin Plass at 617-484-1237.

Adult Programs News

Renaissance Worlds — Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain. In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In DaVinci’s Ghost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square—the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk. Discussion and refreshments.

Breast Cancer Wellness Journey — Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Library
An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion.
     There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.
     Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.
     For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch & Program — All Women & Men Welcome
Wednesday, May 17; 12 noon Lunch in the Upper Hall; 1 p.m. Program
All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, including a pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year. Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.
     After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.
R.s.v.p. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., Tinkham Room
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Science and Spirituality — Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Stuart Carter will lead a discussion on a reading from the book The Meaning of Human Experience by Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous publications on science and the humanities. Professor Wilson lays out his science-based alternative to what he terms the “creation myths” of major western religions. A selection from this book is available at the website eftaylor.com/sands

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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 epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., 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.

The New World of Genome Editing — Alan Cantor
Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Alan will take us through the clinical promise and ethical considerations in this new field. Examples of how gene editing are currently being applied to treat human disease and an understanding of the basic information about genetics will be provided so that we can discuss the implications of this new technology.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m., 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 YouthBuild as we continue our discussion about how to end racism in Belmont and in the wider world.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson & Anne Stuart
Wednesday, May 24, 7:30 p.m., Library
This month’s book is Lila by Marilynne Robinson
The Book Group is always open to new members. There is no long term commitment. Feel free to join us for a single evening’s discussion or to become a regular participant. We ask only that you confirm your intention to attend on a particular evening by the Monday before each session. Please contact Anne Stuart at: astuart@uubelmont.org or Karl Klasson at kklasson@uubelmont.org to confirm attendance if you are interested in participating or have any questions.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, May 14
Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org and sign up as an individual or as part of the “Team Belmont” group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you.
     Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at prilcobb@gmail.com.
     The Peace Institute, founded in 1994 after the murder of 15-year-old Louis D. Brown, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people and the community about the value of peace and assisting survivors of homicide victims with immediate crisis management services and ongoing support to continue to make Louis’ vision a reality. It was co-founded by Louis’ mother, Chaplain Tina Chery. For more information:ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

First Church Resettle Together
The First Church Resettle Together project continues to provide volunteer opportunities for our First Church community to welcome refugees to the Boston area. For more information contact sjames@uubelmont.org.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt
Can it be that we’re already speeding toward the end of our church year? That also means that our GROW CLINIC families will be losing one of their supports (us!) to help feed their infants and toddlers over the long summer months. Join in to help STOCK THE SHELVES FOR SUMMER. Thanks!!!
     May and June Special Request: Your favorite items from the shopping list
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

Community News

First Parish in Concord invites you to “Requiem for the American Dream” — Monday, May 15, 7 – 9 p.m.
In this 2016 documentary Noam Chomsky discusses how the concentration of wealth and power among a small elite has polarized American society and brought about the decline of the middle class. Through interviews filmed over four years, Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought us to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality.
     Join us to view this 75 minute film which will be followed by discussion. Home-made refreshments included. Free and open to the public at the First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Road, Concord.
     For more information about our group, please visit ReclaimOurDemocracy.org.

Share your “Belmont story” in a town-wide oral history project
The Belmont Story Project, the town’s local, oral-history recording project, is seeking participants. If you have a Belmont connection and a story, they would like to hear from you. Story topics are decided on by participants, but can include things like, one’s work life, growing up here in Belmont, family lore, a touching memory, or a funny story — whatever seems most relevant to you.
     For more information contact Nancy McColm nmccolm@minlib.net, or 617-993-2870. You can also find out more on the library’s website belmontpubliclibrary.net/about/belmont-story-project.

Picadilly Farm to offer a discount to FCB community on CSA shares
Announcing a new option for summer veggie lovers: CSA produce boxes delivered to First Church on Thursdays, from Picadilly Farm! For $735 paid in advance, reserve 23 deliveries, June through mid November. Each pre-boxed share contains nine to twelve different items, and comes in a ¾ bushel reusable waxed box. The entire share is grown on Jenny and Bruce Wooster’s (brother to parishioner Jim Wooster!) family farm, and is certified organic. To learn more and then sign up, visit www.picadillyfarm.com.
     If you sign up by May 15, type SPRING into the coupon field to receive $20 discount. Shareholders support every aspect of operating our farm — from paying a living wage, to caring for the soil with the long view in mind, to growing our food with organic and other best practices. Since 2006, we thank you!

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, May 12
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, May 12. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, May 10. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory

404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3
.

Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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The Unitarian – April 28, 2017 (4/28/2017)

The Unitarian – April 28, 2017 (PDF)

Sunday Worship —April 30

Youth Group Sunday
Join youth group members as they lead a fun Sunday service, share reflections and say goodbye to our graduating seniors. We’re looking forward to being in community with you all!

Prelude: Hummel Trumpet Concerto Movement 1; Ned Searls, trumpet
Offertory Duet: Ned Searls and Jasper Wolf
The flowers this Sunday are given by Jane Haltiwanger and Kurt Fischer.

Upcoming Services:

  • Sunday, May 7: Escalating Inequality
  • Sunday, May 14: Coming of Age Sunday
  • Sunday, May 21: New Member Sunday
  • Sunday, May 21, 4 p.m.: Annual Meeting in the Parish Hall

UU General Assembly: June 21 – 25, New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association. First Church has eight delegate positio ns and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees increase after May 1.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     Delegates must be FCB members, and there is the possibility of partial subsidy which can be discussed with Andrea Spencer-Linzie. If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

From Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

Andrea Spencer-Linzie, Ministerial Intern

While reading through The Dalai Lama’s Book of Wisdom, edited by Matthew E. Bunson, I came across a sentence that made me pause. More than once. Well, it’s actually a fragment of a sentence. Here it is:
… one must have the inner experience of dissatisfaction with mundane existence…
Hmmm.
     How many days have I lived being satisfied with mundane existence? Probably way more than I want to admit. There are probably many days that I wish for the mundane to escape from the hurly burly pace of life and meeting expectations.
     Yes, sometimes we may desire mundane. But, I don’t think it’s good as an everyday existence. Mundane is like a whirlpool that just keeps spinning. I crave much more from life than that.
     In ministry, in friendship, in family, in pastoral care, in accidental meetings, in nature, in teaching and learning, in speaking and hearing, I have experienced the extraordinary strength, creativity, intellect, love, caring, spiritual depth, wonder, and power of individuals and communities. They rise above the mundane, they don’t settle, they’re not satisfied, but rather they live extraordinary lives.
     Our time on this planet is relatively short. I don’t want to be merely satisfied with the mundane.
     Tibetan Buddhism presents a view of self as self-creation. What a gift this can be for each of us: To be dissatisfied with our mundane existence. To claim our power to create extraordinary lives. To become who we are. That indeed is extraordinary.
     Extraordinary is not the same thing as grandiosity. Perhaps extraordinary is to have keen senses, to notice what is around you. Whatever mundane circumstance we may be in, I think we can find the extraordinary. In seeking, we may find beauty, or peace, or wonder, or a connection to another person.
     Each of us is an extraordinary creation. Live who you want to be. Become the extraordinary person who you are.
     And when we recognize that each of us is extraordinary, and when we join together to create extraordinary community, that is when we can change the world.

Proposed Slate Of Candidates To Be Voted Upon At The Annual Meeting Of The First Church In Belmont On May 21, 2017

PARISH BOARD NOMINATIONS

Officers to be elected:

  • President: Ana Hammock
  • Vice President: Marion Westgate
  • Treasurer: Penny Schafer
  • Clerk: Jody Renouf

At-Large Trustees to be elected

  • Michael Griffin (2017-2020)
  • Karsten Kueppenbender (2017-2020)
  • Hanspeter Pfister (2017-2020)

Continuing At-Large Trustees to be elected

  • Jackie James (2015-2018)
  • Deveaux Duckworth (2015-2019)
  • Eloise McGaw (2016-2019)
  • Lauren Corning (2016-2019)

Past President

  • Todd Schatzki (2016-2018)

Nominations For The Finance Committee For 2017-2018 Members

  • Jonathan Wolf (2014-2018), Chair
  • Chris Albano (2016-2019)
  • Jeanne Mooney (2017-2020)
  • John Howe (2017-2020)

Ex-officio members

  • Ana Hammock, Parish Board President
  • Penny Schafer, Parish Board Treasurer

Nominations For The Nominating Committee For 2017-2018

  • Doug Burden (2015-2018), Chair
  • Leslie Kolterman (2015-2018)
  • Ed Bing (2016-2019), Co-chair
  • Scott Ferson (2016-2019)
  • Margaret Eklind (2017-2020)
  • Beth Westlund (2017-2020)

Respectfully submitted by the Nominating Committee: Eva Patalas and Doug Burden, co-chairs. Kate Searle, Leslie Kolterman, Ed Bing and Scott Ferson

Ushers Needed for Spring Term, through June 11
Many thanks to everyone who has helped with ushering at First Church. We have had a great response to ushering for this spring term and only have the following slots left to fill:

  • 5/21 – 9:00 2 slots
  • 5/28 – 9:00 1 slot
  • 6/4 – 9:00 1 slot
  • 6/11 – 9:00 2 slots

     If you might be able to usher at any of these times, it would be greatly appreciated. You can sign up at tinyurl.com/springushers and following the instructions; by emailing me at mthurber@verizon.net; or by signing up on the poster at coffee hour. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.
     Thanks again for all your help.

Opportunity To Lead Summer Worship Services
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-48-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

Youth Group News
On Sunday, April 2nd the Youth Group wrote and voted to release a statement to support the May 21st vote on responsible investing and divesting from fossil fuels. Interested in reading it? Check it out on the youth programs blog: http://uubelmont.org/sanas-blog/

Music Notes, by Ian Garvie
On Sunday, June 4th, at 7:00 p.m., the Music Program will be hosting its first Community Concert! This program will feature many of the church’s talented musicians, both students and adults, in musical styles that range from jazz to classical, from bluegrass to baroque, and everything in between. Donations raised will benefit the Pediatric SPARK (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) program at the Boston Medical Center. This program helps Boston’s highest risk children (5 and under) whose lives are affected by significant medical, emotional and behavioral challenges. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at igarvie@uubelmont.org.
     The Music Program is happy to announce that the annual Children’s Musical next fall will be Gilbert and Sullivan’s epic comedy The Gondoliers! All children from Kindergarten through High School are encouraged to participate. Fifth Graders and older will be asked to audition for a solo role, but everyone is guaranteed a part! If you are interested in participating, there is a registration form available on the church website, or you can click here.

Welcome UU Teens from Michigan
This weekend, FCB will be hosting a Coming of Age group from the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
     A cherished tradition in their congregation, each year the Bloomfield COA youth make a UU heritage trip to Boston. They will be staying with us April 27 – April 30 and bunking in the Parlor. If you see them in the building, please welcome the 11 eighth-graders and three adults, including program director Kimery Campbell.

Adult Programs News

Breast Cancer Wellness Journey — Melanie Deveikas
Wednesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m., Library
An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion. There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.
     Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.
     For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

Divestment Panel Discussion — FCBGreen
Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil fuels. At annual meeting we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2 p.m.in the Parish Hall.
     This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, May 4, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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. Email epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Caring for Older Adults — Deborah Blumberg and Miriam Baker
Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Renaissance Worlds — Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain. In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In DaVinci’s Ghost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square—the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk. Discussion and refreshments.

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch & Program — All Women & Men Welcome
Wednesday, May 17; 12 noon Lunch in the Upper Hall; 1 p.m. Program
All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, including a pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year. Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.
     After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.
R.s.v.p. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

Facing Illness Together — Kathy Lind
Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m., Tinkham Room
We welcome you to join our ongoing group as we explore ways to live bravely while facing health challenges – either of our own, or of loved ones for whom we act as caregivers. Our group provides a safe place for us to talk about our concerns and our ideas for moving forward. We share strategies for setting goals and living positively with the medical issues in front of us. By nurturing our connections, we comfort and support each other. Through compassionate listening, we help one another understand his or her own challenges.

Science and Spirituality — Ken and Nicole Bernstein
Thursday, May 18, 7:30 p.m., Conference Room
Stuart Carter will lead a discussion on a reading from the book The Meaning of Human Experience by Harvard Professor Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of numerous publications on science and the humanities. Professor Wilson lays out his science-based alternative to what he terms the “creation myths” of major western religions. A selection from this book is available at the website eftaylor.com/sands

The New World of Genome Editing — Alan Cantor
Sunday, May 21, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Alan will take us through the clinical promise and ethical considerations in this new field. Examples of how gene editing are currently being applied to treat human disease and an understanding of the basic information about genetics will be provided so that we can discuss the implications of this new technology.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, May 14
Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org and sign up as an individual or as part of the “Team Belmont” group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you.
     Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at prilcobb@gmail.com.
     The Peace Institute, founded in 1994 after the murder of 15-year-old Louis D. Brown, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people and the community about the value of peace and assisting survivors of homicide victims with immediate crisis management services and ongoing support to continue to make Louis’ vision a reality. It was co-founded by Louis’ mother, Chaplain Tina Chery. For more information:ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

First Church Resettle Together
The First Church Resettle Together project continues to provide volunteer opportunities for our First Church community to welcome refugees to the Boston area. For more information contact sjames@uubelmont.org.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt
Thanks for your contributions of vitamins to help nourish the medically fragile infants and toddlers at the Grow Clinic. Flintstone Chewables. Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. What generosity of spirit and pocketbook! Thanks very, very much! Pick up a food list for shopping or bring an April Special Request: Vitamins
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
In September 2017, the U.U. Urban Ministry will launch Believe in Success, its exciting new job-readiness training program for survivors of domestic violence. The U.U.U.M invites us all to partner with them in our joint new initiative. Needed are volunteers who want to mentor, teach, career coach, garden, lead yoga and wellness groups, and provide childcare. Requirements are: attending two training workshops (May 9 or May 13 and fall TBA) and a commitment to volunteer on a regular basis. Exact hours for each job will be forthcoming, but all will be within the 9 – 2 weekday timeframe.
     For more information, contact Rev. Susan Chorley at schorley@uuum.org or fill out a volunteer form atwww.uuum.org/volunteer.

Community News

Share your “Belmont story” in a town-wide oral history project
The Belmont Story Project, the town’s local, oral-history recording project, is seeking participants. If you have a Belmont connection and a story, they would like to hear from you. Story topics are decided on by participants, but can include things like, one’s work life, growing up here in Belmont, family lore, a touching memory, or a funny story — whatever seems most relevant to you.
     For more information contact Nancy McColm nmccolm@minlib.net, or 617-993-2870. You can also find out more on the library’s website belmontpubliclibrary.net/about/belmont-story-project.

Picadilly Farm to offer a discount to FCB community on CSA shares
Announcing a new option for summer veggie lovers: CSA produce boxes delivered to First Church on Thursdays, from Picadilly Farm! For $735 paid in advance, reserve 23 deliveries, June through mid November. Each pre-boxed share contains nine to twelve different items, and comes in a ¾ bushel reusable waxed box. The entire share is grown on Jenny and Bruce Wooster’s (brother to parishioner Jim Wooster!) family farm, and is certified organic. To learn more and then sign up, visit www.picadillyfarm.com.
     If you sign up by May 15, type SPRING into the coupon field to receive $20 discount. Shareholders support every aspect of operating our farm — from paying a living wage, to caring for the soil with the long view in mind, to growing our food with organic and other best practices. Since 2006, we thank you!

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: Friday, May 5
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, May 5. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, May 3. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory

404 Concord Ave., Belmont | 617-484-1054 | office@uubelmont.org
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9 – 3
.

Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

Easy ways to support & stay in touch with FCB

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The Unitarian – April 21, 2017 (4/21/2017)

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Sunday Worship —April 23

Earth Day — FCBGreen

Prelude: To A Wild Rose by Edward Macdowell (1860 – 1908); Simon Andrews, piano

11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Morning Has Broken; words by Eleanor Farjeon; music by Cat Stevens and Harry Simeone

Offertory: The Sky Above the Roof by Ralph Vaughan Williams; Irina Kareva, alto and Ian Garvie, piano

The flowers on the Chancel Table this Sunday are given by the Herbert-Miller Family.

  • Services at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Parish Hall; childcare is provided
  • Directions and parking information
  • Sermon archive
  • April 30: Youth Group Sunday
    Join youth group members as they lead a fun Sunday service, share reflections and say goodbye to our graduating seniors. We’re looking forward to being in community with you all!

Update on Luis Carrion
We’re glad to report that Luis is home and recovering from his accident, though he likely will not be back to work for at least two more weeks. Many thanks to all who have asked about sending him a card; he is happy to share his mailing address with the congregation: 56 Bishop Allen Drive #1, Cambridge, MA 02139.
     In Luis’ absence, it continues to be necessary for groups to set up and take down their own space for meetings and events. Please let Janice in the office know if you need any assistance.
     Special thanks to everyone who has made Sunday coffee and volunteered to help with “trash day” and rental events!

The Rummage Sale is back! Saturday, April 29
Many ways to help:
WE STILL NEED SOMEONE TO BE IN CHARGE OF CLEAN-UP 2-4:30. Please e-mail prilcobb@gmail.com if you can take that on. Thank you!!
Sign up to volunteer during the week before the sale and/or the day of the sale. Two ways to sign up: during coffee hour at SAC table, or on-line via SignUp Genius. Here’s the link: tinyurl.com/fcb-rummagesale . Volunteering for at least 2 hours qualifies you to shop at the Pre-Sale, Friday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. Thank you!!
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Donate your “saleable” items: gently used clothes, household items, linens, books (but no textbooks or encyclopedias), jewelry, furniture (but no items larger than 30”x30”x30”), small working appliances and electronics (but no computers, components, monitor screens, and TVs), toys and games, etc. PLEASE DO NOT BRING ANYTHING THAT IS STAINED, RIPPED, MOLDY, DISCOLORED OR THREADBARE. Thank you!!

Donations will be accepted starting on Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. and through Wednesday, April 26 at 9 p.m.

Need help transporting stuff? Nancy McCabe and Richard Curzi can help with pick up of small items: nancymccabe@verizon.net

Questions? Email prilcobb@gmail.com or katcrawl2@gmail.com.

Ushers Needed for Spring Term, through June 11
Thanks to everyone who helped make our winter ushering a success. Now please consider volunteering to usher for the spring term. You can sign up online at tinyurl.com/springushers or on the Ushering Sign-Up Poster in the Upper Gathering Hall during coffee hour. Thanks for your help.

Opportunity To Lead Summer Worship Services
Summer Lay-Led Services have become an important aspect of our shared ministry. These are important touchstones during the summer months, when travel and vacation separate us as a community. They provide opportunities to gather in less formal ways and smaller numbers to engage in worship led by members and friends of First Church.
     Have you ever thought to yourself “This would make a great worship service” or “This aspect of spirituality is rich and intriguing for a lay led theme”? Do you have a personal or professional interest that would enrich us?
     The Worship Committee welcomes inquiries about leading a service this summer from June 18- September 3. Committee members will be available for support, resources, and brainstorming themes/ideas for services. Recent themes included Ethical Eating, Buddhist Meditation and Mindfulness in Everyday Live, Tolerating Intolerance, Lughnasadh Ritual Celebrating First Fruits and many others.
     If you would like to consider leading a service this summer or partnering with someone else to develop a meaningful experience for fellow parishioners, please contact Ariane Frank at 617-48-2149 or ariane.frank@gmail.com.

Youth Group News
On Sunday, April 2nd the Youth Group wrote and voted to release a statement to support the May 21st vote on responsible investing and divesting from fossil fuels. Interested in reading it? Check it out on the youth programs blog: http://uubelmont.org/sanas-blog/

Welcome UU Teens from Michigan
Next weekend, FCB will be hosting a Coming of Age group from the Birmingham Unitarian Church in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
     A cherished tradition in their congregation, each year the Bloomfield COA youth make a Unitarian Universalist heritage trip to Boston. The youth call it the highlight of their year and on previous trips have been hosted by the UU churches in Watertown and Malden.
     This year they will be staying with us April 27 – April 30 and bunking in the Parlor, so will be around both for the Youth Service and our fabulous Rummage Sale. If you see them in the building, please welcome the 11 eighth-graders and three adults, including program director Kimery Campbell.

Adult Programs News

Poetry and Music — Richard Waring and Sam Waring, with Special Guest Leander Frank
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall
Enjoy the creative energy between father and son in this presentation of words and notes. Richard will read from his book, “What Love Tells Me,” as well as new works, interspersed with classical pieces for oboe performed by Sam, including works by Bach, Saint-Saëns, Rimsky-Korsakov, Britten, and Ravel. In a special first appearance, Leander Frank will present “Night,” lyrics by Richard, piano and vocal music by Leander. Refreshments.

Parenting Kids with Challenges — Melissa Irion
Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Bystander Awareness Training — Rana Abdelhamid
Sunday, April 23, 12:30 p.m., Parlor
What do you do when you witness an act of anger or abuse? Are you frightened to say or do something that might help? This training will analyze situations and create some possibilities of response, that will help to protect both the witness and the victim.
     Rana Abdelhamid, Founder of Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), a global self-defense, social entrepreneurship and leadership organization for Muslim women, is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International. She has led workshops at Harvard Divinity School and is currently pursuing a degree at the Harvard Kennedy School. Co-sponsored by Youth and SAC.

Beyond Ferguson: Bridging Class, Cultural and Racial Separations — Social Action Committee
Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m., 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.

Breast Cancer Wellness Journey — Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays, April 26 (conference room), May 10, 7:30 p.m., Library
An educational series focusing on life & wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be a wellness education topic for discussion. There will also be an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment.
     Melanie Deveikas, PT, MHA is a physical therapy graduate of the University of Vermont. With 20 years of clinical experience, in 2011, Melanie was treated for breast cancer and upon completion of treatment, developed a strong interest in women’s health, nutrition and spiritual healing. Having both personal and professional experience with and treating breast cancer, Melanie recognizes the importance of balance and whole body wellness.
     For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.

Hootenanny/Jam Session — Jon Svetkey
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Parlor
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer?
     Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned Hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice or just yourself and — most of all — bring your enthusiasm. And your iPads, iPhones, etc. so we can access words to the songs. All levels encouraged!
Save the dates – last Wednesdays of each month.

First Church Book Group — Karl Klasson and Anne Stuart
Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m., Library
This month’s book is Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn. 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.

Divestment Panel Discussion — FCBGreen
Sunday, April 30, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In 2014 the UUA General Assembly voted overwhelming to divest from fossil fuels. At annual meeting we will be asked to vote on whether or not FCB should pursue divestment. To learn more about WHY or WHY NOT divestment makes sense for our congregation, a panel discussion is planned for April 30th 12:30-2 p.m.in the Parish Hall.
     This discussion will be recorded and made available on a website for those unable to attend.

Fiber Arts Fellowship — Eva Patalas
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 8 p.m., Location TBD
Enjoy the fun and fellowship of crafting with a genial group. 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. Email epatalas@uubelmont.org with any questions.

Caring for Older Adults — Deborah Blumberg and Miriam Baker
Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., 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.

Renaissance Worlds — Toby Lester
Sunday, May 7, 12:30 p.m., Parish Hall
In his two books, Toby Lester has told the story of important Renaissance images and brought to life the worlds they contain. In The Fourth Part of the World, the image is the world map of 1507. In DaVinci’s Ghost, the image is Leonardo’s famous drawing of a man standing inside a circle and a square—the so-called Vitruvian Man. Both images are the culmination of long traditions of thought and belief and investigation, which Toby will explore in this talk. Discussion and refreshments.

Belmont UU Alliance Lunch & Program — All Women & Men Welcome
Wednesday, May 17; 12 noon Lunch in the Upper Hall; 1 p.m. Program
All women and men are invited to welcome Spring with a social gathering, including a pot-luck lunch, for our closing meeting of the year. Please let us know whether you will bring: a salad, main dish or dessert when you RSVP.
     After the meal, we will gather in small groups to become better acquainted with each other. Please bring a photo or object meaningful to your life, to share with the group as we get to know each other.
R.s.v.p. to jzazinski@uubelmont.org, or call 617-484-1054 ( ext. 10) to let us know you are coming and what you will bring.

Social Action News —Click here to sign up for the Social Action e-newsletter.

Mothers’ Day Walk for Peace, May 14
Please join a group from Belmont that will be walking in the 21st Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace on Sunday, May 14 to support the work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. To register for the 6.8-mile walk, from Fields Corner to City Hall, please go to www.mothersdaywalk4peace.org and sign up as an individual or as part of the “Team Belmont” group. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you.
     Donations can be made on-line or by checks payable to LDB Peace Institute, mailed to 15 Christopher Street, Dorchester, MA 02122. Belmont walkers will meet at the Alewife T station, in front of the entrance to Bertucci’s, at 7 a.m. to take the T to Fields Corner.
     For more information or questions about walking with the Belmont group, contact Priscilla Cobb at prilcobb@gmail.com.
     The Peace Institute, founded in 1994 after the murder of 15-year-old Louis D. Brown, is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating young people and the community about the value of peace and assisting survivors of homicide victims with immediate crisis management services and ongoing support to continue to make Louis’ vision a reality. It was co-founded by Louis’ mother, Chaplain Tina Chery. For more information:ldbpeaceinstitute.org.

First Church Resettle Together
The First Church Resettle Together project continues to provide volunteer opportunities for our First Church community to welcome refugees to the Boston area. For more information contact sjames@uubelmont.org.

Belmont Food Pantry
First Church members staff the opening of the Belmont Food Pantry on the second Tuesday of every month. Volunteers work for about 90 minutes, from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; sign up online: tinyurl.com/belmontfoodpantry. Questions to foodpantry@uubelmont.org.

Grow Clinic!alt
Thanks for your contributions of vitamins to help nourish the medically fragile infants and toddlers at the Grow Clinic. Flintstone Chewables. Polysol with Iron Liquid Vitamins. What generosity of spirit and pocketbook! Thanks very, very much! Pick up a food list for shopping or bring an April Special Request: Vitamins
Food: One of the Most Important Medicines

The Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry
In September 2017, the U.U. Urban Ministry will launch Believe in Success, its exciting new job-readiness training program for survivors of domestic violence. The U.U.U.M invites us all to partner with them in our joint new initiative. Needed are volunteers who want to mentor, teach, career coach, garden, lead yoga and wellness groups, and provide childcare. Requirements are: attending two training workshops (May 9 or May 13 and fall TBA) and a commitment to volunteer on a regular basis. Exact hours for each job will be forthcoming, but all will be within the 9 – 2 weekday timeframe.
     For more information, contact Rev. Susan Chorley at schorley@uuum.org or fill out a volunteer form atwww.uuum.org/volunteer.

Community News
Picadilly Farm to offer a discount to FCB community on CSA shares
Announcing a new option for summer veggie lovers: CSA produce boxes delivered to First Church on Thursdays, from Picadilly Farm! For $735 paid in advance, reserve 23 deliveries, June through mid November. Each pre-boxed share contains nine to twelve different items, and comes in a ¾ bushel reusable waxed box. The entire share is grown on Jenny and Bruce Wooster’s (brother to parishioner Jim Wooster!) family farm, and is certified organic. To learn more and then sign up, visit www.picadillyfarm.com.
     If you sign up by May 15, type SPRING into the coupon field to receive $20 discount. Shareholders support every aspect of operating our farm — from paying a living wage, to caring for the soil with the long view in mind, to growing our food with organic and other best practices. Since 2006, we thank you!

UU General Assembly 2017: June 21 – 27,
New Orleans: Resist and Rejoice!
General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of the UUA, where attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through the democratic process. First Church has eight delegate positions and since this year we will elect the next President of the UUA, it is important to vote. You can also be a delegate and not attend or attend remotely. Registration fees for attending GA increase after May 1.
     This year’s theme of GA “Resist and Rejoice!” will awaken and deepen the commitment of Unitarian Universalists to the power and possibility of working in solidarity with those on the margins. Registration and housing information are on the web-site http://www.uua.org/ga.
     If you are interested in attending or being a delegate contact Lillian Anderson at landerson@uubelmont.org.

Connect with UU actions, events & resources

Caring Connection
The Caring Connection provides support to members of our community who need short-term help. Please let us know if you or someone you know would benefit from our support. Contact Laurie Graham at caring@uubelmont.org or Janice at the Church, 617-484-1054, ext. 201.

Lay Pastoral Care Team
The Lay Pastoral Care Team works with and supports the senior minister in reaching out to members and friends of the First Church who are adjusting to change, loss, illness or death. We share in moments of celebration and happiness. We reach out to those who are unable to get out and who would like a visit. Please contact us through the Web site or the church office if we might be of help or comfort.

A list of all church committees & groups is online.

Next issue: April 28
The next issue of The Unitarian is Friday, April 28. Please e-mail items to office@uubelmont.org by noon on Wednesday, April 26. Items may be edited for space and clarity.

Church Staff — click here for directory

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Parish Board, 2016 – 2017 — click here
Parish Board minutes are available online and are posted on the Upper Gathering Hall bulletin board.

Reverend Bryce’s 2017 Sabbatical
Please visit uubelmont.org/sabbatical for details about pulpit and pastoral coverage while Rev. Bryce is away, from January to June 30, 2017.

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