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Oh Freedom!

Rev. Marta Flanagan Preaching
On Prisons and Mass Incarceration

Sunday, April 19 ♦ 10:00 am

Following the service, please join us for a special visit by Jumaane Kendrick, director of ABCD's Changing Tracks Initiative, which seeks to improve the life chances of teens affected by substance abuse and the criminal justice system. Click here for more information.

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teen empowerment logoCenter for Teen Empowerment Peace Conferences

Saturday, April 25 ♦ 7:00 pm at the Paramount Theater, 559 Washington St. in Boston (near Downtown Crossing)
Saturday, May 9 ♦ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm (or any part thereof) at the Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave

The Mass Incarceration Working Group encourages you to…

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jumaane kendrickHow to Help At-Risk Teens; How to End Mass Incarceration

Sunday, April 26 ♦11:45 am - 12:30 pm in the Parlor

Please join us after Sunday's worship service for a special visit by Jumaane Kendrick, director of ABCD's Changing Tracks Initiative, which seeks to improve the life chances of teens affected by substance abuse…

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Finance Committee Briefing

Sunday April 26 ♦ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

The Finance Committee is holding a briefing on the FY2016 church budget on Sunday April 26. All are welcome to come hear a briefing on the proposed budget for the new year and ask questions. Please e mail finance @ for further…

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Preparing for the End of Our Days

Final Program in Series on Living and Dying Well

Wednesday, April 29 ♦ 7:00 pm in the Parlor

In this final segment in the First Parish series on End of Life Issues, a panel of speakers will present three distinct topics:

  1. A Minister’s Perspective – Marta Flanagan
    In this segment,…
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Alliance Annual Meeting and Program: "Travels with Myself"

Friday, May 1 ♦ Program at 8:00 pm 

Alliance members will gather at 6:30 pm on May 1 for dinner and the annual business meeting. Following the meeting, at 8:00 pm, we'll adjourn to a program to which all First Parish is warmly invited!

"Travels with…

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Saturday, May 2 ♦ 9:45 am in the Vestry and Bailey

Please join us for a special a workshop on class led by trainers from Unitarian Universalist Class Conversations. This program is sponsored by The Diversity/Inclusion Group (DIG) at First Parish and funded by the Social…

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meet the candidates buttonMay 3 Brief Briefing: Meet the Candidates!

Sunday, May 3 ♦ 11:30 am in Stanton Parlor

The Leadership Development Committee invivtes you to meet the candidates who will be running for Parish Committee this year and have an opportunity for questions and discussion. Contact leadership @ with questions.

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Chime Ringing Rehearsals Continue!

If you are interested in ringing chime bells please join us on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Ability to read music is suggested, but not required -- no advance notice required. For more information contact Jennifer Kobayashi at jhkob @ and Jonathan Brennand at

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All Family Food Drive in Support of the Arlington Food Pantry

The next time you shop please consider purchasing these items suggested by our local food pantry. Drop off baskets can be found by our church entrances.

Week One, April 5: Healthy Breakfast Foods -- hot cereals, pancake/waffle mix, cocoa/tea/coffee, syrup,…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, May 14, 7:15 pm in Pierce

"To the Lighthouse"
by Virginia Woolf

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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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!

We need at least one or two more travelers to make this trip happen!

Have a trip of a lifetime, and don't let the cost stop you! Thanks to a couple of anonymous donors, scholarships are available to help defray the…

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Serve on a Standing Committee!

The Leadership Development Committee is seeking members for each standing committee at First Parish (follow the links to read committee job descriptions):

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Brief Briefing: Denominational Affairs

Sunday, April 26 ♦ 11:30 am in Stanton Parlor

Denominational Affairs hosts the next Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with questions.

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It's Time for Annual Reports!

Due Monday, May 4

Annual Reports for First Parish officers, committees, teams, task forces, groups, and other entities are due Monday, May 4. Annual reports are not just a formality! They serve as a blueprint for…

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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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Looking Ahead to Summer Services

Follow this link to submit your sermon idea by May 1

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,…

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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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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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Religious Education Announcements

It's EVALUATION TIME for our Religious Education Program and staff. Your feedback can be given either via a survey monkey (found at this link: or by sending comments to RECommittee @

Week 4: Hygiene Help -- Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap, Bodywash, Clothes Detergent, Toothpaste, Dental Floss or Mouthwash.
Donations may be put in marked boxes at…

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Youth Group Announcements

Senior Dinner and Senior Blessing -- RSVP DEADLINE!
Emails have gone out to graduating seniors and their families about upcoming events (if you have NOT received these emails, please let us know). If you are a Graduating Senior, please let us know if you plan to attend the Senior Dinner on Friday, May 1 (6:00 pm - 8:30 pm) so we can plan a delicious meal and coordinate all the details. Please RSVP BY THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 26, to Sarah at youthadvisor @…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Democracy and Radical Inclusion: Whose Voices Matter?

Next Program: May 6 -- "Reflections on Democratic Process from the Campaign Trail," with First Parish members Julie Dunn and Jim Hall 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Parlor

Of the spiritual values in our UU principles, one that stands out in…

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cowspircyVegan Dinner and Cowspiracy

Friday, May 8 ♦ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Parlor

Join us for a potluck vegan dinner and information on veganism, followed by a viewing and discussion of the documentary film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, fresh vision inspiring preservation of our planet and…

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Contemplating Poetry

First Monday of Each Month
Next up: May 4 ♦ 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: May 8 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 more…

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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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Giving First Recipient for April: Mothers Out Front

Mothers Out Front is composed of mothers, grandmothers, and other caregivers who can no longer be silent about the very real danger that climate change poses to our children’s and grandchildren’s future. Having watched our leaders at every…

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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, May 3 ♦ 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 May 19

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

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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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