Friday, February 5 -- Storm Update
ALLIANCE EVENT POSTPONED
The February Alliance Gathering with Peter Southwick scheduled for 7:30 pm Friday, February 5, has been postponed due to weather.
New date: Friday, February 19, dessert at 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 pm
Excitement, Warmth, and Commitment
First Parish is a buoyant, vibrant community of more than 400 members and a youth group of more than 80 youth. We are straight and LBTGQ. We are single. We are coupled. We are parents and little ones. Whoever you are, you are welcome!
We love music and have a 40-member choir and many musicians to show for it. We care about living green and responsibly and reaching across race and class.
In the center of Arlington, we have been around since the founding of the town. We have worshipped in five buildings on this site, today’s built after a fire in 1975. Through the generations we have stood for progressive reform.
We are a religious people who grapple with what it is to live and die, and make wise and good choices in our days. We know that living spiritually and intentionally makes for a fuller life and a better world.
Highlights and Upcoming Events
Please visit the E-Bulletin to learn about all
that is happening at First Parish!
First Parish is displaying its Black Lives Matter banner again. February is Black History Month, plus we are starting a restorative justice process with the individual who defaced our Black Lives Matter banner on Thanksgiving (but not the other two times it was defaced). We are also continuing to explore what the affirmation that Black Lives Matter means for us as individuals, as a religious community, and as Americans.
The commentary on the banner reads: "Of course all lives matter . . . we believe that every individual is important and every person deserves to be treated with justice and compassion. We live, however, in a society that often suggests otherwise. Because of the continuing injustice and violence disproportionately faced by people of color, we affirm that Black Lives Matter."
Marta invites you to read this thoughtful article by Rev. Galen Guengerich, author of "God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age."
Free Writing led by Pamela Powell, author and facilitator, FPUU member
Monday, February 8 ♦ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the Parlor
Pamela has been teaching writing for over twenty-five years to all ages, using the technique of "free writing" to help people connect with their inner-most thoughts. She was inspired by Reverend Paul Robeson Ford during his recent visit to First Parish. When asked what white people can do to help in the Black Lives Matter Movement, Rev. Ford's response was that we need to look into our own selves, our personal histories and those of our ancestors, to have a better and deeper understanding of all the ways white supremacy has operated in this country and how it has kept us apart. This is the third of three workshops Pamela has been offering at First Parish. Please bring a notebook and pen and come prepared to write! No previous experience necessary! Questions? Call Pamela at 781-646-6708.