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Sunday Worship Service

Rev. Marta Flanagan preaching on Liberal Religion, part 2 of 3: Certainty, Doubt and Ambiguity

Sunday, November 2, at 10:00 am

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covenant groupsDemonstration Covenant Group with Rev. Marta Flanagan

Sunday, November 2 ♦ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Covenant groups are small groups of people at First Parish who meet once a month to get to know one another in a deeper way. If coffee hour isn’t enough -- or if it’s too much; if you’re looking for deeper connections with…

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pumpkinGet Ready for Harvest Moon Fair!

Saturday, November 22

The Harvest Moon Fair is coming up in less than a month -- time to start sorting your donations, planning what to bake for the Buttery, start baby plants to sell, and sign up for your favorite volunteer activity. The Harvest Moon Fair committee will be out…
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Tuck Box Seeking Your New Items for Harvest Moon Fair

Have you tucked a gift away -- box and all? Well, the Tuck Table would love to sell that item at this year’s Harvest Moon Fair (Saturday, November 22). The Tuck Table only sells brand new items. Time to un-tuck those items from the attic -- you do not have to have…

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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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Notes from September 27 Community Conversation on Values, Goals, and Aspirations

47 people participated in a community conversation on Saturday, September 27, and two people have sent written responses to the questions that were distributed beforehand and printed in the Spire. Thank you to all!  

Follow this link if…

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Parish Committee Meetings at 366 Mass Ave., Suite 203

Next Up: Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Parish Committee will meet in the Data Collaborative conference room at 366 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 203, until the First Parish renovations are complete.

The following meetings will be at this…

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Alliance Program -- "You Can Live Your Potential: Five Dimensions of Wellness"

Friday, November 7 ♦ Potluck at 6:30 pm in the Vestry, program at 7:30 pm

Our speaker, Kerri Hawkins, will touch on many aspects of wellness including diet, exercise, and sleep – her topics will be appropriate for people across the…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, November 6 ♦ 7:15 offsite

"Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin" by Jill Lepore.

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

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ricky the service dogCelebrate Assistance Dogs Ricky and Zoli! 

Sunday, November 9 ♦ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 

Through the Giving First program, First Parish sponsored obtaining/naming a NEADS puppy, Zoli, named for the minister of our Transylvanian partnership church. We have followed the progress of the beautiful yellow lab over the past two…

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UUlations CD Release Concert

Friday, November 147:30 pm at First Parish

Come celebrate the release of "When Music Sounds," the UUlations first CD, on Friday, November 14, 7:30 pm at First Parish! No admission is required, but a freewill offering is requested at the door. CDs will be for sale at the concert. All…

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Celebrating Roxbury’s Historic Meetinghouse: Past, Present, and Future

Sunday, November 16 ♦ 2:00 pm ~ 4:00 pm

The Social Justice Committee invites you to this special event at the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury! We will explore the architectural and cultural importance of this 1804 Meetinghouse, and we will also…

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

Sundays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join our witness to educate, raise awareness, and stand up for action on climate change! Come join Green Sanctuary for the second weekly Climate Action Vigil! Bring your friends, your kids, your signs! Build momentum from the…

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Expect the Unexpected -- Building Update for the New Church Year

Check out the Building Design Blog

First Parish is under construction! This summer Delphi Construction (our builder) completed the demolition and abatement work, excavated for the elevator on the RE wing and is now installing the forms for the elevator…

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See Recent Pix of the Building Transformation in Progress

Check out Mark Wilke's pictures of the ongoing renovation at the First Parish Building Design Blog.

Also, please note that First Parish's office entrance has moved to the Pleasant Street door. The only other working door is the Mass Ave. entrance. If you need…

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Stitch and Sew Workshops

Thursdays, 10:30 am, meet offsite

Note: Over the summer, we will be meeting at various offsite locations. Please contact Jean Nagle at 781-646-5352 or jsnagle @ for the location each week.

Calling all sewers, knitters and crafters: please join a group that prepares for the…

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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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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 Lay Ministers to give to…

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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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Community Conversation: Going Deeper

Saturday, November 1 ♦ 10:00 am to noon in the Sanctuary for adults, Vestry for children's music-making

This gathering will go deeper into a few of the most important questions raised during the community…

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uu chaliceNew UU Class

Saturdays November 8 and 15 ♦ 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Are you new to First Parish and the UU faith? Are you contemplating joining First Parish? Are you seeking ways to get more involved? Please consider participating in the New UU Class…

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How to Join Committees & Groups at First Parish

Want to get more involved but don't know how? Curious about how things work at First Parish? Heard of a group that sounds interesting but don't know what they do?

Please check out our new booklet…

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Bring Many Names!

What do we call the second floor, left side, rear meeting room in our newly renovated meetinghouse when our meeting is scheduled there? How will we find it? How about Malala's room? We hope that's got your attention, though if…

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Introducing Neighborhood Groups!

Meet your Neighborhood Group on Sunday, November 23! We have created a map of the congregation by household location, and made groups of 12-24 households nearby one another. Each group will have a listing of…

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Brief Briefing with STAR Adult Education

Sunday, November 2 ♦ 11:30 am in the Choir Room

STAR (Spirit, Transformation, Adventure, Reflection) Adult ed hosts this week's Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with…

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Emergency Evacuation Plans for Construction Period

Please read the emergency evacuation plans for the construction period posted at each of the three doors. In case of emergency, exit the building in an orderly fashion and proceed to the…

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fpconnectionboardFPConnectionBoard: First Parish’s Email Bulletin Board

FPConnectionBoard is First Parish's email list that gives parishioners a new opportunity to connect with one another: meet new friends with similar interests, ask for help with small needs,…
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Religious Education Announcements

SPRING AHEAD, FALL BACK: Please remember to change your clocks!

WEATHER: As winter approaches we ask parents to remember to dress your children appropriately! They will be walking from First Parish to the Senior Center in rain, snow and wind. Warm coats, hats,gloves, boots, and umbrellas may be needed - starting this Sunday.

WINTER TEACHERS NEEDED! The RE Committee has done such a great job ensuring safety for our children this fall that we have not used…

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Youth Group Announcements

Spring Ahead, FALL BACK: Please remember to change your clocks back one hour!!

A Monstrously Successful Retreat!
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who helped with the retreat this past weekend in Waltham! Thank you to Advisors, to parents and carpool drivers, and to our awesome youth.

Chaplanii Training THIS WEDNESDAY
If you are interested in being part of the core group of youth who help offer a listening ear to our busy youth community, the training is this…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

cathy okhuysenPeaceful Heart Chants
with Cathy Okhuysen

Saturday, November 810:00 am - 11:30 am in the Sanctuarysuggested donation: $5.00

Centering chant is found in many traditions and has both physical and spiritual benefits. Chants, mantras and affirmations focus your mind and heart and may help…

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The Democratic Process as a Spiritual Practice

Next Up: November 13: “What Is Democratic Process? Perspectives from Women's Political Organizing" with Lori Kenschaft, Ph.D., M.T.S.  Community Room, Arlington Public Library, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Of the spiritual values in our UU principles,…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Next Up: Thursday, November 20, location TBA

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 December meeting is December 18, location TBA.


If you would like more…

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in Tobey Lounge
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in Tobey Lounge

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…

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Giving First Recipient for November: My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper is a women-led, women-focused, humanitarian action group. The organization is a faith-inspired, multi-racial, collective of women who work together to lend sisterly assistance to communities of women in various…

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"living our faith"

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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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

Please join us! We hold a drop-in meditation at the church on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary). We also have a new location for our Sunday morning drop-in (gather at 9:00 am, start at 9:10 am at the West Medford…

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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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