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Notes from November 1 Community Conversation: Going Deeper

39 people participated in small-group conversations about spirituality, community, social justice, communication, and engagement in our community.

►  Click here to read anonymous notes on the many things that participants said.

►  Click here to read the…

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UUlations CD “When Music Sounds” Now Available Online

The UUlations CD “When Music Sounds” is available for sale on CD Baby, iTunes, or Amazon. You can download the whole CD or buy individual tracks. All profits go to support First Parish. More information about the CD tracks is available at Read More

men's groupFirst Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, November 30 ♦ 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 purpose. We provide a…

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christmas tree and presentsSupport a Family for Christmas!

In conjunction with the Social Justice Committee and the Health and Human Services in Arlington, we have been given four Arlington families to help this Christmas. Their mothers have expressed a need for coats, boots, clothes and toys. Any help you can give is always greatly appreciated…

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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 December 16

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

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covenant groupsWant to Connect Meaningfully with Others? Last Chance for a Covenant Group!

Covenant groups are now forming for 2015 and we have just a few spaces left. 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. Through discussion of a specific theme each…

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Pete Seeger

A Pete Seeger Tribute and Sing — An Alliance Program for All Ages

Led by Anne Goodwin and Dorothy May

Friday, December 5 ♦ dessert at 7:00 pm, event at 7:30 pm

Did you know that it was Pete Seeger who brought "We Shall Overcome" to the attention of Martin Luther King, and that King nominated him for a Nobel Peace…

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hikerFall Hike for Men

Saturday December 6 ♦ meet at 9:00 am at at the Breuggers Bagels in Belmont Center 

Eric Segal will lead a hike for First Parish men on Saturday, December 6. This hike will take place right in our area on trails that most people don't even know about. We'll start at 9:00 am at the Breuggers Bagels in…

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java timeNewcomers Coffee with the Minister

Sunday, December 7 ♦ 11:45 am

If you're visiting First Parish for the first time or you've just recently started coming to check out our congregation, please join Rev. Marta Flanagan for coffee, relaxed conversation and light refreshments on Sunday, December 7th from11:45-12:15.…

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menorahThe Hanukkah Latke Party and Seder

December 21 and April 11

Mark your calendars for Jewish Connections events at First Parish UU of Arlington: the Hanukkah Latke Party in December and Seder in April. Both events are open to all, but do require sign-up in advance. We cook for each other and eat, sing and celebrate…

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Partner Church News

Please stop by the Partner Church table at coffee after the service this Sunday, November 9, and November 16, November 23 and December 7, and find out about our exciting plans for this year. We will be selling homespun tablecloths and linens from our partner congregation in Gagy, Transylvania, as…

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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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Parish Committee Meetings at 366 Mass Ave., Suite 203

Next Up: Sunday, November 23, 12:15 pm -1:15 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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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, December 4 ♦ 7:15 offsite

"Death Comes to Pemberley" by P.D. James.

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

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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 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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December Worship at First Parish

Embrace the Darkness 
Friday, December 12 ♦ 7:00 pm

A contemplative worship service providing comfort and acknowledging the shadow side of the season.  The service will include selections by UUlations.


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Poinsettias and Cyclamens for Holiday Services

We will place our order on December 8

It is time to order Poinsettias or Cyclamen plants to beautify the church for our Holiday Services. Plants come several sizes. Poinsettias can be ordered in…

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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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now hiring notice

Job Opening: Sunday Sexton/Coffee Hour Assistant

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

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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 Room Names Work Group Final Meeting

Tuesday, December 2 ♦7:00 pm at 366 Mass. Ave. 

We're getting close! We have one more open meeting, on December 2, before we submit our final report for the December 9 ParCom meeting. Thank you…

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Brief Briefing with Human Resources Committee

Sunday, November 23 ♦ 11:30 am in the Choir Room

The Human Resources Committee hosts this week's Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with questions.

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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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Big Snow!

When snow comes, you may wonder if First Parish is open. In case of a storm on a Sunday, a notice is posted on the website at by 7:30 am if worship and/or religious education classes are cancelled. An…

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Religious Education Announcements

Sunday, November 23: All Ages Worship Service
Children grades K and older will stay in the Sanctuary with their families to share our worship experience, including music by the Children's Choir, stories, prayer, sharing stones (silent) and rituals. Babies, toddlers and PreK children (aged 3 and 4) are welcome in the Nursery and PreK room. Activity packets will be available for younger children -- just ask an usher or greeter. Evening Programs: OWL and…

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Youth Group Announcements

YOUTH GROUP on Sunday November 23
Join us for an amazing workshop lead by our RE and Youth Group Assistant, STEVE!! It's going to be a great night, don't miss it.

Sunday, November 23: All Ages Worship Service
Children grades K and older will stay in the Sanctuary to share our worship experience, including music, stories, prayer, sharing stones (silent) and rituals. This ALL AGES service includes an open invitation to our youth!

December 7 Service Trip Parent…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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The Democratic Process as a Spiritual Practice

Next Up: December 3: “How Unitarian Universalists formed a Democratic Faith in a Democratic Society: From the Puritans to the Challenge to the National Security State” with Rev. Bill Gardiner" Community Room, Arlington Public Library, 7:00 pm…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Next Up: Thursday, December 18. Location:  home of Peggy Gardiner. 

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. Directions to Peggy's will be sent to all on the Aging Well…

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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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Sudanese women

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: 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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