Upcoming Adult Programs – Winter 2016

Upcoming Winter 2016 Programs

Spiritual Renewal Through Poetry
Peter Guthrie
Robert Frost once defined a poem as a “momentary stay against confusion.” Good poems can help us see ourselves and our lives more clearly, trigger moments of epiphany, and cut through the confusion of life to what truly matters.  We will read and discuss poems that deal with spiritual issues in the broadest sense of the term.
Sundays,  January 10, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 3pm, Parlor


The Conversation Project – Part 2
Rick Hawkins 
This 2-part workshop began with identifying the concerns and values that guide decision making and practice in how to begin The Conversation with a loved one.  In part two, participants will share the experience of starting The Conversation and consider the next steps they need to take to insure that their wishes will be respected.  For more information contact landerson@uubelmont.org or visit the website: theconversationproject.org.
Sunday, January 24, 12:30pm, Library


Hootenanny/Jam sessions
Jon Svetkey
Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Have you ever wanted to just sit around the porch with a bunch of friends singing and strumming songs that you (mostly!) know? 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 and — most of all — your enthusiasm. All levels encouraged!Bring your iPhone or iPad so we can get the words to the songs.   Moonshine not provided.                                                                           Last Wednesdays, January 27, Feb.24, March 30, 7:30pm, Library


Parenting Concerns
CRE and Adult Programs
This new program is an opportunity to briefly explore concerns and connect with other parents. Guided by Diana Dill, we will raise issues and allow for time to share ideas briefly. Childcare provided if requested.
Sundays, January 31 – “Children and Technology”
and February 28, – “Helping our Children Be Better Group Participants”
10:15 – 11am, Classroom #5


Theatre Discussion Series
Downing Cless, Jane Minasian, Debbie Dobbins
Samuel Beckett’s first and most famous play Waiting For Godot, which launched the movement known as Theater of the Absurd.  Two tramps in a void exchange humorous banter and existential queries as they day-after-day wait for the arrival of Mr. Godot, a continuous no-show. We’ll read the play and then discuss it.  Please bring a copy of the play with you if possible.
Sunday, January 31, 12:30pm, Library

Our next discussions will be about plays from the current Boston Theatre scene which we will attend in our own time. The following plays will be explored:
The Convert at the Underground Railway Theatre playing from January 28-February 28th – discussion on Sunday, March 6, 3pm, Library
Bootycandy at the SpeakEasy Stage Company playing from March 10 – April 9th – discussion on Sunday, April 10, 3pm, Library

Understanding Hospice
Adult Program Committee
In this 2 part series we will provide useful information to anyone who might need hospice services for themselves or their loved ones in the future. A panel representing roles on the hospice team will help us grapple with some of the more complex issues. Each session will include time for questions. A third session will be offered for those who wish to participate in facilitated discussion.
Tuesdays, Feb. 23, March 8, (Optional part 3 – Mar. 22), 7:30pm, Parish Hall


UU Purposes and Principles – 2 part Series
Doris Hunter and Edwin Taylor
“Unitarian Universalists can believe anything they want to believe.”  WAIT!  That is not true.  Let’s look at our Principles and recognize again the religious demand they place on our lives.
Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 13, 12:30pm, Library


“A Brush with the Past: Painting in the Boston School Tradition”
Jean Lightman and Laurie Carter Noble
Jean Lightman will help us understand The Boston School tradition, which combines the drawing and design of the 19th Century European academies with the vibrant color and light of the French Impressionists. She will also discuss her own painting process which incorporates this style.
Sunday, March 6, 12:30pm, Library


UUA Tour and Lunch
Our denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association, has a new headquarters at 24 Farnsworth St., Boston. Previously located at 25 Beacon St., right next door to the Statehouse, this move was necessary to provide for a wider range of services.

We will have a tour of the building. Join David Bryce and Jim Staton for a light lunch at First Church before we carpool for the 2pm tour of the building. Register by contacting Lillian Anderson (landerson@uubelmont.org)
Sunday, April 3, 12:30pm, Library.


Breast Cancer Wellness Journey
Melanie Deveikas
Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Parlor., Feb. 24, March 9,, March 23, April 6

An educational series focusing on life and wellness during and after breast cancer treatment. Each week there will be an education topic for discussion as well as an opportunity for sharing your breast cancer journey and related concerns through and beyond treatment. For more information or to sign up please contact Melanie at mdeveikas@uubelmont.org.