Discussion Group Forming on Race in America and on the North Shore
Join us after our service next Sunday for first in a series of discussions about race and class here on the North Shore. We still live in a mainly segregated society. Why is that? The Minister is will hosting a short discussion program on race in America, basing the conversation on the book, "Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know about one Another,” by longtime USA Today reporter, Jim Myers. Discussions will also include pieces offering perspectives from Latino and Asian Americans. Copies of the first few chapters of the book are available on the Piano in the Cleveland Room (i.e. the parlor where we have Fellowship Hour).
“Afraid of the Dark” is a guide for anyone who has contact with people of another race—in companies, schools, neighborhoods, or other social situations—this book asserts that race is not the unfathomable mystery it is usually made out to be. In a revealing, accessible, and stimulating discussion based on little-known facts and innovative research, this book explains why many whites are uneasy about blacks and how blacks react to this, why numerous blacks suspect the worst from whites, why white explanations don't hold up, why myths about sex remain so prevalent, and what both races can do together to make their relations better.
To sign up and/or support this program, please call the church office or speak with the Minister.
Winter Book Discussion Group: Cultivating Happiness
Join us for our winter book discussion. We will be reading together, The Happiness Hypothesis, by Prof. Jonathan Haidt. Using the wisdom culled from the world's greatest civilizations as a foundation, social psychologist Haidt comes to terms with 10 Great Ideas, viewing them through a contemporary filter to learn which of their lessons may still apply to modern lives. To sign up, speak with the Minister or call the Church Office. Program meets every two weeks beginning on Thur, Jan 22.
Trustees Information Session
The Trustees of the First Church Society and representatives from Cabot Wealth Management Inc. will host an information session after fellowship on Sunday, February 1, 2015. The Cabot team will show a brief presentation of their investment strategies both in general and specifically with respect to our endowment. The program will then be open for a question and answer session about the strategy and general investing approach by the Trustees and the Cabot team. All church members are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Elizabeth Schultz, Peter A. Copelas, Nicole McLaughlin, Trustees
Capital Campaign Draft Plaque on Display
The "first draft" of the recognition plaque for our capital campaign is now on display in the new vestibule by the Office Entrance. All those who made a donation are recognized for their generosity. Please check to make sure that your name is listed correctly.
And for those who missed the opportunity to make a donation to our campaign for our recent renovation project, it's not too late! We would love to have your name join the many others that will be recognized here for decades to come.