Black Lives Matter & Unitarian Universalism Lecture Series
Friday, March 31st ~ 6:00 pm, Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed at First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough Street)
Saturday, April 1st ~ 3:00 pm, Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt at First Parish in Cambridge (3 Church Street)
Who were the African American leaders in Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist congregations? Why don't today's UUs know about our black ancestors? What is the relationship between this "black hole" in white consciousness and the contemporary Black Lives Matter movement? The Minns Lectures Committee is honored to host these leading UU historians, ethicists, and activists to present their research and address these critical questions. Each lecture will be followed by a wine and cheese reception. Learn more and register at no cost at www.minnslectures.org.
UUs Resist: A New Campaign of Joyous Resistance
Saturday, April 1st ~ 2:00 – 5:30 pm, First Parish Dorchester, 10 Parish Street
UU Mass Action is hosting the Philadelphia-based Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) for a presentation on Power Local Green Jobs and a discussion on how UUs might create a similar campaign in the Boston area. The Power Local Green Jobs campaign is designed to compel the local utility company to radically increase investments in renewable energy and create jobs in low income communities. EQAT will also speak to their success in forcing PNC Bank to divest from mountaintop removal coal mining through a five-year, non-violent campaign of civil disobedience.
The space is fully accessible, and the event is free, but there is a $10 suggested donation to cover food and space rental. For more information, contact Evan Seitz at 413-687-8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Art of Living Happiness Program
Friday, April 7th – Sunday, April 9th ~ Hunnewell Chapel
Learn a mix of yoga, breathing, and meditation that raises the quality of your life in terms of contentment, connection, and kindness. It's just one weekend, but the possibilities are endless! You can take home practices for your life: practical tools to release stress and deal calmly with even the most difficult of situations. This program is about connection in action—harmonizing your body, breath, and mind; and connecting with yourself and others at a deeper level. Meet like-minded people and become part of one of the most dynamic communities in Boston! Sign up today at https://register2.artofliving.org/us/civicrm/event/register?id=142991&lcMessages=en_GB&reset=1&_ga=1.113715399.1924302487.1490805450
A Syrian Refugee's Journey
Saturday, April 8th ~ 5:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
Sarah Ezzat Mardini is coming to Arlington Street to share her incredible story. In the summer of 2015, Sarah and her sister climbed into a crowded rubber dinghy in Turkey bound for the Greek island of Lesbos. When the boat began taking on water, the sisters plunged into the sea and swam for hours, tugging the vessel toward shore. Their bravery and determination saved the lives of all 20 passengers onboard. Today, Sarah lives in Germany with her family and helps Syrian refugees in Greece rebuild their lives. Please RSVP through the Facebook event "A syrian refugee's journey of courage and hope."
Save the Date: Only a Child Fundraiser
Saturday, April 8th ~ 7:00 pm, American Legion Hall , 215 Waverly Oaks Road, Waltham
Project Only A Child is holding its annual fundraiser on April 8th. This program was founded by our own George Leger to support impoverished youth in Guatemala. Enjoy a buffet supper and buy raffle tickets to win restaurant gift certificates, handcrafted Guatemalan textiles, and beautiful boxes made by the young men in Only A Child's carpentry shop. Tickets
are $30 each ($20 for seniors and students) and can be purchased at www.onlyachild.org or at the door. Please join us for this festive evening and worthy cause
Arlington Street Circle of Caring
Sundays, April 9th and 23rd ~ 12:30 pm Carol Smith Room
Are you battling illness, caring for someone who is ill, struggling with isolation or in the process of losing someone you love? Or have you already lost someone, and are you trying to cope with the heartbreak and anger that accompany loss and grief? If you are currently struggling, or have experienced this or any other type of life crisis and would like to share how you made it through, then please join the Caring Circle. Maureen Peterson is an ASC member who has lost her parents and her best friend to cancer and her brother and close friends to AIDS. Lisa Kirk, who officially joined the ASC Community last year has lead grief and small support groups for other congregations and has lots of experience and insight to share with the group.
Their vision of the Circle of Caring is to create a safe space in which to share our stories, discuss what might help, and just be together in support, in healing, in peace and always in love.
Buddha's Belly ~ The Buddhist Book Discussion and Arlington Street Zen Center
Tuesday, April 11th ~ 6:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
Buddha's Belly and Arlington Street Zen Center (feel free to come to one or both) meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday.
6:00 Buddha's Belly: We will continue our discussion of The Book of Joy by His Holiness The Dalai Lama and Bishop Desmond Tutu. Please read through "Envy: That Guy Goes Past Yet Again in his Mercedes-Benz" (page 144).
7:00 Arlington Street Zen Center: Our gathering includes seated and walking meditations, a dharma talk, and conversation. If you'd like to join Rev. Kim and walk in the Public Garden (optional!), please dress for the weather. Beginners and experienced meditators from all traditions are warmly welcome.
Arlington Street's Literary Salon, The Wednesdays: Shakespeare
Wednesdays ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library
April 12th ~ Much Ado About Nothing
April 26th ~ Julius Caesar
May 10th ~ As You Like It
Prof. Alan Helms and Rev. Kim welcome you to the next installment of the Wednesdays Shakespearathon! Reading all 38 of Shakespeare's plays is admittedly a huge ambition, but Shakespeare is, by universal consent, not only the greatest writer in the English language, but one of the immortals of world literature. We'll need patience with archaic language while attending to a plethora of footnotes (there's no doing without them unless you live in a world where you cut your meat with a bodkin and your children say their orizons at bedtime). In other words, these Shakespeare courses are not for the faint of heart. But since it's generally true that "as ye sow, so shall ye reap," the rewards will be enormous. For many of us, this will be one of the great experiences of our lives! All are welcome!
U.S. Never-Ending War in the Time of Trump and How to Stop It
Thursday, April 13th, 7:00 pm, Friends Meeting at Cambridge, 5 Longfellow Park
All are welcome to a presentation by David Swanson followed by a discussion and book signing. This event is sponsored by United for Justice with Peace, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Boston; and Veterans for Peace, Smedley D. Butler Brigade. For more information, please email email@example.com or visit justicewithpeace.org. Suggested donation $5.00.
Arlington Street Church Visitor Tours
The guided tour program for our historic church and its unique Tiffany stained glass windows will begin again on April 25th. Tours will be offered 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Tuesday through Saturday during April and May and Monday through Saturday from June to October. We need volunteers to warmly welcome our guests from all over the globe. If you are interested in serving as an ambassador or greeter in the visitor's center, please contact office@ASCBoston.org for further details and to sign up.
Long Strange Trip Part 2: The Birth of Unitarianism (1553 – 1794)
Sunday, April 30th ~ 1:00 pm, Hunnewell Chapel
Throughout 2017, Arlington Street historian, Holly Hendricks, will be screening all six episodes of Ron Cordes' documentary series tracing Unitarian Universalist history from early Christianity to the modern era. The second film in our series chronicles religious liberals in Poland and Transylvania, concluding with the emigration of Joseph Priestley from England to America in 1794. Upcoming films in the series in viewing order include American Unitarianism 1620-1860; Universalism 1600-1860; Evolution 1861-1961; and Unitarian Universalism 1961 on.
Come to the Table Gala
Saturday, May 6th ~ 5:00 pm, Arlington Street Church
Join the Friday Night Supper Program for their inaugural fundraising gala in early May. The event will include a seasonal three-course meal, live entertainment, and a silent auction featuring items from local businesses.
Proceeds from the gala will support the program's mission to feed the hungry and homeless of Boston. Tickets are $40 per person, with sales directly benefitting weekly dinners for an average of 120 disadvantaged members of our community each and every Friday. Purchase tickets at FridayNightSupper.org/donate.
Intersectional Book Discussion
Monday, May 15th ~ 6:00 pm, Frothingham Library
Join Rev. Kim for the second in our series of occasional discussions about books with intersectional themes. For this gathering, we'll be reading Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Former Marine and Yale Law School graduate J.D. Vance writes movingly about the Appalachian values of his upbringing in a poor Appalachian town, offering a probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. All are welcome!
Parking Spaces in Alley - No Parking 24/7
The Finance Team has started to rent additional parking spaces to help generate additional income for the church. As a result, parking spaces will no longer be available for week night activities. Fortunately there are several low cost options nearby including 10 St. James, the Common Garage (ask about coupon books at their office) and along Arlington Street after 7pm.