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Two Easter Sunday Services on April 5

9:00 am and 11:00 am
First Parish will offer two worship services on Easter Sunday. The two services will be identical in terms of music, sermon and other elements. The Easter Egg Hunt for children in grades 1-6 will occur after the first worship service at approximately 10:15 am in the courtyard and graveyard (if the snow melts!). A special Egg Hunt will happen for children in the Nursery and Prek/K classes DURING their class time.
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First Parish Passover Seder

Sunday, April 5 ♦ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us at this event, sponsored by the First Parish Jewish Connections Group. Whether you've been to many Seders before or are new to the tradition, it's a welcoming family event where we celebrate Spring, thank the Earth for the gift of…

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Pay2Play posterBig Money, Dark Money: "Pay2Play" Documentary Showing

Wednesday, April 8 ♦ 7:00 pm in the Vestry

The Social Justice Committee and Common Cause are co-sponsoring a showing of "Pay2Play," a documentary about the corrosive influence of big money on our political process. We now have a "pay-to-play system" that ties the…

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remember engraved on stoneApril Alliance Meeting: How Do You Want  to be Remembered?

Friday, April 10  ♦ 7:30 pm in the Vestry (dessert at 7:00 pm, bring a favorite to share if you like) ♦ part of the End of Life Issues series

How do you want  to be remembered? For our April 9 meeting, we are presenting a program led by our minister and kicked…

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Peniel JosephNAACP Breakfast with Peniel Joseph

Saturday, April 18 ♦ 9:00 am to noon ♦ Montvale Plaza, 54 Montvale Ave., Stoneham

The Social Justice Committee encourages you to attend the Freedom Fund Breakfast of the Mystic Valley Area Branch of the NAACP. This is our local branch's annual fundraiser, with music and a keynote…

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quiltCalling All Quilters!

It's time to start planning the raffle quilt for November's Harvest Moon Fair. This is a major fund raiser for the Fair. We will need a good size group of sewers if we are going to make a quilt this year -- many hands make light work! New sewers/quilters are welcome -- we work with simple designs…

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uu chalice and globeJoin Climate Justice Month!

Next event: Enjoy Pizza, Learn About Climate Change on March 28!

First Parish Arlington is participating in Climate Justice Month: From World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22), Unitarian Universalists and other people of faith and conscience will embark on a spiritual journey for…

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End of Life Issues

A Series of Programs on Living and Dying Well

Please join the First Parish community in exploring the medical, legal, financial and spiritual questions and decisions that affect this stage of life for our loved ones and ourselves. This series of presentations will help frame end-of-life issues and…

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Be a Bell Ringer!

If you are interested in ringing chime bells please attend a rehearsal gathering on Thursday, April 2, at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Ability to read music is suggested, but not required. For more information contact Jennifer Kobayashi at jhkob at and Jonathan Brennand at jonathan @…

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Spirit and Action: Moving Forward on Race and Justice

Mondays March 30, April 6, and April 13 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the UU Urban Ministry, 10 Putnam St., Roxbury 02119

The Social Justice Committee invites you to participate in the UU Urban Ministry's three-part Spirit and Action workshop. Please call or email First…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, April 2, in Pierce (room subject to change).

"The Boys in the Boat"
by Daniel James Brown

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ if you need the offsite address.

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uu mass action logoRegister for UU Mass Action’s Advocacy Day!

Tuesday, April 14, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm Arlington Street Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston, and the State House

Are you concerned about climate change, mass incarceration, economic justice, or immigrant rights? Want to learn how to make a difference at the State House and then…

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dove and nukesAbolish Nuclear Weapons

Coffee Hour in the Vestry

The Social Justice Committee has established a Nuclear Disarmament Task Force whose immediate objective is to support a world-wide “Peace and Planet Mobilization” to abolish nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Disarmament Task Force will have a table in the vestry during…

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Think Spring! Think Gardens!

The huge piles of snow will be gone soon, and it will be time to design and plant the garden area near First Parish's new elevator. Church members will be donating plants from their gardens, and special memorial trees may be planted. Each year the Alliance organizes donations of plants for…

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First Parish Blood Drive

Follow this link to the volunteer signup form.

Saturday, April 4 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at First Parish

Come one, come all! Help overcome this past winter's ravages by donating blood or helping donors have a great experience! The American Red Cross will be accepting donors at First Parish…

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Sign Up to Bring Sunday Flowers!

Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form

Once again, the Alliance is coordinating Sunday flowers! Individuals in the congregation can provide an arrangement for the Sanctuary to remember loved ones or acknowledge a milestone. We can assist in ordering an arrangement…

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Get Connected/Stay Connected with First Parish

We invite newcomers to First Parish to fill out a Connection Card to receive our weekly email bulletin, give us your contact information, and (if you wish) indicate your interest in various aspects of life in our community. You can find the Connection Cards every Sunday…

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How to Request a Spoken Announcement or Submit a News Item

Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ Requests will be forwarded to the Worship Associates every Friday. Please note that Spoken Announcements must be relevant to the whole congregation, and will likely be…

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Enjoy this video about First Parish and our efforts to live up to our mission with our Meetinghouse Campaign. Many thanks to Joel Olicker of Powderhouse for creating this!




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Travel to Transylvania!

Have a trip of a lifetime! Registration is now open for this summer’s pilgrimage to visit our partner church in Gagy, Transylvania, Romania. Learn about the origins of Unitarianism as we visit historical sites around…

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Please Make Your Pledge!

Now is the time to make your annual pledge. We need to know the amount so that we can prepare a budget for the coming year. Please consider increasing the amount from last year to allow First Parish to expand…

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Did You Recently Make a Securities Donation?

If you donated shares of MSCI USA Eng Select ETF(KLD) on 12/30/2014


shares of Janus Oversees Fund (JAOSX) on 3/10/15

we would like to hear from you! These securities were delivered without the…

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Looking Ahead to Summer Services

It may still be cold now, but summer will come...and with it, our annual program of lay-led summer services. Each year from mid-June to Labor Day, parishioners create and lead our weekly services, which cover a…

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Would YOU Like to Help Lead Worship Services?

Application deadline: April 26

The Shared Ministry Committee is seeking a few members of the congregation to join the existing compliment of Worship Associates serving our community.


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Have YOU Thought of Becoming a Lay Minister?

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 26

While listening to spoken candles, do you experience a calling for a role of deeper service to the congregation?  Perhaps you would like to consider becoming a…

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laura wagnerLaura Wagner's March 15 Sermon Available

Laura Wagner, our guest preacher on March 15, received several requests for the transcript of her sermon. She was kind enough to send it to us -- please click here for the transcript of her sermon, "The…

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water dropsChild Dedication Ceremony

Sunday, April 12 ♦ during worship services
Child Dedication Ceremonies occur twice a year during Sunday worship at First Parish. The next scheduled child dedication is Sunday, April 12. During a child dedication…

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Job Opening: Weekday Sexton

We seek an experienced, resourceful, and reliable weekday Sexton to manage the facilities required for Sunday service and post-service coffee hour. Please click here for the Weekday Sexton job announcement.

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Get Connected with Our New Online Photo Directory and Database!

First Parish is excited to announce our new online Photo Directory and Database! Joining this online directory will allow you to:

  • match names and faces
  • get contact information…
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Brief Briefing: Partner Church Committee

Sunday, March 29 ♦ 11:30 am in Stanton Parlor

The Partner Church Committee hosts the next Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with questions.

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Religious Education Announcements

Welcome to our spring teaching term! Although there is still snow on the ground we're looking ahead to having our classes eventually get outdoors to celebrate the changing season and appreciate the rebirth and reawakening that will be happening all around us.

EASTER Is Sunday, April 5, and we will offer two All Ages Worship Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. In between the services, at approximately 11:15 am, we hope to hold our annual Easter Egg Hunt…

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Youth Group Announcements

This week: EARLY YOUTH GROUP at 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 29
This coming Sunday we have a very special workshop for this Sunday that will be planned and lead by the youth from Sub/Urban Justice!! However, we need everyone to arrive EARLY so we have enough time for this amazing workshop. We are planning to end at our usual time of 8:45 pm.

Curious about Sub/Urban Justice? Check out their Facebook page: 

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

basket of vegetablesLearn How to Start Your Own Veggie Garden

Wednesday, April 1 ♦ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm in the May Room

Presented by Cathie Desjardins and Peggy Gardiner

Spring will come! We are encouraging people to try growing something this season, even if it’s only a solo potted tomato plant. Novices will have…

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holding handsBereavement Support Group

Four Mondays: April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor (min. 8 participants)

Several of our congregants and friends at First Parish Arlington are grieving the loss of spouses, parents, siblings, partners, and friends. When losses like that happen to…

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Contemplating Poetry

First Monday of Each Month
Next up: April 6 ♦ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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"People turn to poems for some kind of illumination, for revelations that help them to survive, to survive in spirit not only in body."
~ Denise Levertov

This gathering uses a "listening to,…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Next up: April 23 at First parish

Aging Well in Our Community is an open women's group for women over 50 that meets monthly on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - noon. The meeting room info will be sent to all on the Aging Well mailing list. If you would like…

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor

Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical or other texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights…

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Democracy and Radical Inclusion: Whose Voices Matter?

Next Up: Date TBD -- "Doing Democracy: A Participant's View" with John Hodges 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Parlor

Of the spiritual values in our UU principles, one that stands out in contrast to like statements in many other denominations…

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Giving First Recipient for March: Arlington Food Pantry

A year ago First Parish joined a number of other Arlington churches in pledging financial and volunteer support to the Arlington Food Pantry. Out of this effort came the opportunity to help open a second “satellite” location at the former…

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Living Our Faith: Organizations Supported by First Parish Members

In January 2013, the Social Justice Committee held a service entitled "Living Our Faith." A list of organizations that congregants meaningfully support was started that morning as people who attended the service were invited to…
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UU Urban Ministry Volunteer Positions

The UU Urban Ministry is looking to fill a number of volunteer positions. Could one be a match for you?

Tutor English as a Learning Language (ELL)
When: Monday or Wednesday mornings (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Join our team of…

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Arlington Food Pantry

Collection baskets are located at the front and office doors.

Monetary donations can be sent to:

The Arlington Food Pantry
Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

The Food Pantry can always use juice, jelly, cereal, things from baked goods aisle…

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men's groupFirst Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, April 5 ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The First Parish Men's group provides a forum in which we help each other with spiritual, emotional, and personal questions and concerns. Discussion themes often interweave questions of security, identity, authenticity, and…

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Green Sanctuary Reading Group: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm in the Vestry ♦ next meeting April 21

The Green Sanctuary and Climate Vigil groups invite everyone to share in reading and discussing Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism…

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Stitch and Sew Workshops

Tuesdays, 10:30 am, meet offsite

Note: Please contact Jean Nagle at 781-646-5352 or jsn0708 @ for the location each week.

Calling all sewers, knitters and crafters: please join a group that prepares for the Harvest Moon Fair Stich and Sew Table (the Fair is…

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Join the Climate Change/Climate Action Vigil After Coffee Hour!

Sundays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please come join us for the weekly Climate Action Vigil on Sunday after coffee hour! And please stop by our table at coffee hour for information, sharing ideas, and discussion! If you'd like to join…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you like to knit or crochet?  Would you like to provide support to members of the congregation? Our supply of prayer shawls is running low and we could use your help. Participants in the First Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry knit or crochet prayer shawls for Marta or the…

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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

Please join us! We hold drop-in meditations on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm at First Parish in the Damon Room) and on Sunday mornings (gather at 9:00 am, start at 9:10 am at the West Medford Community Center, 111 Arlington Street…

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Compassionate Communication

Check back soon for new meeting location and time

Please note: Currently, there is only one Compassionate Communication group at First Parish.

This group, nicknamed the "Giraffes," consists of some experienced participants and some people who are new (or feel they…

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First Parish Music Programs

Click here for information on First Parish music programs for youth and adults.

Concerts by First Parish Musicians

The Musical Connections page on the First Parish website provides information on concerts and events with First Parish musicians participating. Click

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Diversity/Inclusion Group

All interested First Parish folks are invited to meetings of the Diversity/Inclusion Group (D/IG). Our mission: to work together to make First Parish as welcome and inclusive as we can be and to assist outside efforts with a similar goal. We define diversity to include…
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Green Sanctuary Practices

The Green Sanctuary Group recognizes that we all have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental consequences of our choices for the sake of the human community now on earth, future generations, and endangered species.

All are welcome to join us in working for a…

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