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parish committee

Next Parish Committee Meeting to be Held Offsite

Sunday, September 21 ♦ 12:00 pm

The Parish Committee will meet at 68 Crosby Street in Arlington (the home of Lori Kenschaft), starting at noon on Sunday, September 21. This is the first of a new experiment with one-hour topical meetings focused on specific themes.  We…

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sarah Tocco

Good News & Sad News – Moving On

Sarah Tocco has resigned as our organist and is moving on to a new position as Music Director at First Parish Westwood. While we are very sad to lose Sarah this is a very good career move for her that recognizes her hard work in completing her doctorate in piano performance last year…

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First Parish Seeking to Hire Organist/Piano Accompanist

We seek an accomplished and resourceful Organist/Pianist to join our staff in a part time position. With the arrival of a new Music Director this fall and our current meeting house renovation, the incoming Organist/Pianist will join First Parish at an exciting…

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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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Tashlich Rosh Hashanah Ritual

Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 pm ♦ RSVP by Wednesday, September 24

The First Parish Unitarian Universalist Jewish Connections group welcomes you to the ritual of Tashlich for Rosh Hashana. We will meet at the 630 Mass Ave. door of First Parish at 6:30pm. Come and socialize and meet…

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community conversationCommunity Conversation About Our Values, Goals, and Aspirations

Saturday, September 27 ♦ 10:00 am to noon or 1:00 pm in the Sanctuary, Vestry, and Narthex

Please join us for a community conversation about our core values and where we want to be headed as a community. We will use a small-group format that encourages…

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Doggie/People Social & Potluck Lunch

Sunday, September 28 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm at First Parish

Please join us in the Sanctuary for a Dog Dedication Ceremony for your beloved Canine. Help us honor those who bless our lives every day. This is a special event where you can bring your well behaved dog (on leash, after…

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Interfaith Open House with the UU Urban Ministry

Sunday, September 28 ♦ 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury

Come learn what's happening at the oldest place of worship in Roxbury and at one of the newest! The UU Urban Ministry is headquartered at First Church in Roxbury, founded in 1632 and the…

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water dropsChild Dedication Ceremony

Sunday, October 19 ♦ during worship services
Child Dedication Ceremonies occur twice a year during Sunday worship at First Parish. The next scheduled child dedication is Sunday, October 19. During a child dedication ceremony, children are welcomed into our community and blessed by our minister…

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First Parish Members Leading Classes this Fall

Several members of First Parish are instructing classes this fall at Arlington Community Education. The "cataglog page(s)" following each class refer to the Arlington Community Education online catalog.

Conversations with David Whitford
David will be hosting a series…

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First Parish Blood Drive October 4

Follow this link to sign up to volunteer!

Saturday, October 4 ♦ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm at First Parish

This summer was even worse than usual for turnout to blood drives all over the country. We know we can make a difference. We need you to donate, help publicize, and volunteer to help…

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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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Evacuation Plan for Construction Period

There is a new First Parish evacuation plan for the construction period. Be aware that only three doors will be available for use during construction. See the new evacuation plan at

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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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Register for Ferry Beach!

Registration begins September 4
Deadline September 21
Ferry Beach Weekend October 3-5

This year's Ferry Beach retreat takes place from October 3-5. Due to the late Ingathering this year (September 14), we are opening…

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One Very Simple Volunteer Job

Be a greeter one Sunday morning. Its easy -- just stand at the door to the Sanctuary and welcome people to First Parish, hand out orders of service, and help answer any questions. It's a one-shot job that is fun…

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Take the Summer Services Survey!

Did you attend a summer service at First Parish this year? Did you NOT attend a summer service? Did you lead a summer service? We'd like to know your thoughts! Please click here to answer a few short questions…

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owl behind deskFirst Parish Seeks New Office Associate

Our Office Associate, Katie Stroud, left First Parish in August to go to Utah where her husband could take advantage of a wonderful career opportunity. So, we're looking for a new Office Associate to start…
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Welcome to Our New Music Director!

Our new church year begins under the musical leadership of Jonathan Brennand, the unanimous choice of the Search Committee. Jonathan brings excellent musical training and skills, an array of experience in…

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Sarah NapolineWelcome to Our New Youth Group Coordinator!

Sarah Napoline recently completed her Masters of Divinity at Andover Newton Theological School and holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College. This past June she finished a two-year…
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“Love Reaches Out” at General Assembly

At least 29 adults and 4 youth from First Parish attended General Assembly, along with more than 4,700 other UUs from around the country and around the world. The theme of the gathering was “Love Reaches…

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Artisan Table

We are looking for hand-crafted items and other works of art to sell at the Artisan Table for the 2014 Harvest Moon Fair. We will take up to 4 items per artist, and price the work no more than $30 per piece. At this time we are…

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Ask the Building Design Committee!

If you have questions for the Building Design Committee, please visit the Building Design Committee table in the Vestry during coffee. You may also email the Committee at building buildingcom @…

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Religious Education Announcements

Welcome to fall at First Parish! The RE teachers, mentors, advisors and staff are looking forward to our adventures together, which begin this Sunday, September 14th with an All Ages worship service.

The Nursery will be open for babies and toddlers and will be temporarily set up in the Vestry. Staff members Amy Rogers and Nathan Malin will be on hand to welcome you and your child, and tell you more about how our Nursery will operate this fall.

PreK Class…

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Youth Group Announcements


My name is Sarah Napoline, and I am the brand new Youth Program Coordinator. Please be patient as I get caught up with our very active and awesome youth program. I am a lifelong UU, a full time student at Andover Newton Theological School and will be ordained to the UU ministry at the end of the month. I'm looking forward to a great year in Arlington. Here are our start-of-the-year updates!

Sunday, September 14 -- Ingathering Youth Group
The first…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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The Democratic Process as a Spiritual Practice

Community Room, Arlington Public Library, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Of the spiritual values in our UU principles, one that stands out in contrast to like statements in many other denominations is the fifth one, as it mentions the value of the democratic…

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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 September: Arlington Youth Counseling Center

The Arlington Youth Counseling Center (AYCC) is a community-based counseling center serving Arlington’s children, adolescents and families since 1970. AYCC is a fully licensed Massachusetts Department of Public Health,…

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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?

English Teacher
When: Monday or Wednesday mornings (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Join our team of teachers who lead English…

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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 now 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…

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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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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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