Excitement, Warmth, and Commitment
First Parish is a buoyant, vibrant community of more than 400 members and a youth group of more than 30 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. Click here to read about our long, rich history.
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
First Parish therefore affirms that liberty and justice do not exclude Muslims, refugees, or immigrants.
On a practical level, the ArCS cluster that First Parish started has helped two families and five individual asylum seekers from six countries: Djibouti, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Rwanda, and Saudi Arabia. We have welcomed people fleeing violence and homophobia, housed a homeless family and a blind man who was living on the streets, taken asylum seekers grocery shopping and brought them to medical and legal appointments, helped them learn English and look for jobs – and, most importantly, taken everyday steps to bridge the gap between our mostly comfortable lives and the lives of people facing constant fear and uncertainty.
May we come to live in a country, and a world, with liberty and justice for all.
Friday, December 15 at 7 pm
Embrace the Darkness
Amidst good cheer and busy-ness, there is a shadow side to the season. For many this contemplative worship service is their favorite service of the year. It provides comfort and acknowledges our losses and longings at this time of year. The service will include music by UUlations, an eight woman acapella group and is coordinated by Marta Flanagan and the Worship Associates.
Sunday, December 17, Worship at 10 am
An Innkeeper’s Night
All ages adults gather to sing, worship, and decorate a Christmas tree. The service will include a play and a brief homily by Marta Flanagan.
Sunday, December 24, Worship at 10 am
Pagan Yule Circle in the Vestry
This purely Pagan service celebrates the turning of the year from darkness toward light. We will hear music from Diane Taraz with her dulcimer leading us in hymns and chants. Come contemplate what to leave behind in the old year and what you most hope for in the new.
Sunday, December 24
4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm
The Christmas Eve candlelight services are the favorite services of the entire year at First Parish. This year the three services feature all the same elements but for a few differences in musical selections. Come to any one of the services and experience the wonder of bringing light into the darkness.
Sunday, December 31, Worship at 10 am
Words for the Ending and Beginning of the Year
Poems provides wisdom and perspective at the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new. If you have a favorite poem, bring it along. The service is led by Pamela Powell, Worship Associate.
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