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The Unitarian — December 1, 2022


Rev. Chris takes you through holiday events and programs at FCB. Find all the upcoming holiday events and programs here.


Sunday December 4, one service at 10 a.m. on the Town Green

“The Log In Our Eye” with Rev. Chris

Upcoming services

  • Thursday December 8: Meditation Vespers with Rev. Chris

  • Sunday December 11: Major Music Service One Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

  • Thursday December 15: Musical Vespers with John O’Connor

  • Sunday December 18: “Light In The Darkness” with Rev. Chris and Children’s Choirs; services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Major Music Sunday presents Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio: Sunday, December 11, one service at 10:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Major Music Sunday features the First Church's Senior Choir, soloists, and a full orchestra performing a classic holiday oratorio.

From Your Minister

Many of you don’t know, but a beautiful thing has been happening.

For a long while now, for two years, a group of fifteen people have been showing up in love for one of our own.

As many of you know, a few years ago, Ed Bing, longtime member and leader here at the church moved into Neville Place. At the same time as his wife, Linda Atkinson was facing health challenges.

And so, a group of people, including Lynn Anderson, Louise Bray, Downing Cless, Sarah Cliffe, Mike Collins, Mark Davis, Mike Flamang, Susan Galli, Jim and ML Landfried, Roger Miller, Jeanne Mooney, Craig Sherman, Ed Siegfried, Lanier Smythe started to visit Ed to take him for walks. And they never stopped. And they have been showing up in love and support for Ed, for two years now.

My wife Lauren says that you can pretend to care, but you can’t pretend to show up. I love that.

And I love that these people have been showing up and taking Ed on walks, and out for ice cream, often bringing him to church and so much more.

And the remarkable thing is that this was not coordinated by the church, this wasn’t even asked for, but it emerged, organically out of the deep connections, the solid commitment and the powerful love which grows over many years together.

Linda gave a generous gift to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund in honor of these fifteen people and their showing up for Ed.

Especially now, in this moment in which it is so easy to feel isolated and alone, this is the great gift of community, first that we are held in love, that in our times of need there are people there to support us and show up for us. And second and perhaps even more beautifully, that we get to show up for one another, that we get to answer the call and help out when someone is in need.

Both because one day we will also be in need of support, but also because this connection, this community, this love is one of the most beautiful parts of being alive.

So thank you to everyone who has shown up for Ed these last two years. And thank you to everyone in this precious community for the many ways you hold one another and allow yourselves to be held.

This is a precious gift we are sharing.

So much love to you all,


Beautify the Sanctuary with Flowers

Thank you for donating flowers to beautify the Sanctuary. Our longtime partner, Paradise Flowers, will create the arrangements, which are $90. You can use the form below for either an online payment or if you wish to mail a check to the church.

This month, we Share the Plate with the Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center

The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center provides comprehensive specialty medical, nutritional, developmental and social services and dietary assistance to children from the Greater Boston area referred with Failure To Thrive (FTT). The First Church in Belmont has a long relationship supporting The Grow Clinic.

You can make a worship offering below, text the word “offering” to 617-819-8168, or mail a check to the church. Please make checks payable to The First Church in Belmont and write “offering” in the memo line.

Candles of Joy and Concern

Each week, Samuel Foster lights candles of concern and celebration in his weekly video. Samuel looks forward to receiving your news, your reflections, your prayers, indeed anything you feel moved to share with your congregation. Click here to email Samuel. Emails received by Tuesday night will be included in the video for that week; otherwise, the week after.

The Watcher screening and Q&A with Nate Sellers: Saturday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall

The Watcher is an avant-garde film that examines the day-to-day life of the last remaining member of a small religious cult (The Children of Enoch) -- who is awaiting the resurrection of her recently departed "sisters" and their leader, Father Enoch.

The Watcher was filmed over a single weekend (36 hours) in northern Vermont. The production was made up of mostly female talent/crew and features the work of up-and-coming filmmakers (Nathan Sellers, Lucia Tarro, and Sandrine Morin).

Nathan ("Nate") Sellers is a director, producer, and visual artist, known for his directorial debut You Can Call Me Light (2018), and co-creating the comedy web series Lily of the Valley (2019). He completed his latest film The Watcher (2022) in July of 2022 and recently produced Logan J. Freeman's film, Come Back Haunted. Nate grew up in Westford, Massachusetts. He later moved to Pennsylvania where he established himself as a visual artist in the Philadelphia alternative art scene. In 2013, Nate began editing social documentaries and eventually moved on to making experimental films. In early 2018, he teamed up with close friend Bekah Jordan, and began developing projects back home in New England (You Can Call Me Light, Lily of the Valley). Since then, Nate has received two screenwriting awards for his original scripts (Devotion, My Own Shadow) and completed his latest project The Watcher, which has won eleven film awards, including "Best Short Film" at Flatland Film Festival 2022. Nate is set to shoot his feature film debut Devotion in 2023.

Reservations are not necessary. Just come and enjoy! This film is not suitable for children. Refreshments served. For more information contact Lillian Anderson at

This Sunday, after the outdoor service: Social Action Holiday Gift Fair, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall

This Sunday, talented artisans will be selling their work to support the church’s Social Action Committee or a charitable cause of their choice that is aligned with our UU values. Do your holiday shopping…and help others at the same time! Choose from an array of products featuring the work of both local and international artisans and benefit many different causes!