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Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, September 6 ♦ 10:00 am

Anna McFarlane: “What is a Family?"


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Men, Arise and Make Chili!

It's time to make -- and serve -- the chili. Please join First Parish's Man Made Chili team and have great fun serving chili to the masses at Town Day, with proceeds to benefit First Parish. We need help cooking chili on Friday night (Sept. 11), and setting up, serving and cleaning up on…

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Feed Pies to Arlington on Town Day and Support Social Justice Work at First Parish!

Click here to see our Pie Palace video!

Click here to fill out our online Pie Palace Volunteer Form!

For the second year in a row, Arlington Town Day (September 12) happens before Ingathering (September 13). Your Social Justice…

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Ferry Beach Registration Begins September 1

Registration begins September 1 ♦ Ferry Beach Weekend October 2-4

this year's Ferry Beach retreat takes place from October 2-4. Due to the late Ingathering this year (September 13), we are opening the Ferry Beach website to registration at an earlier-than-usual date:…

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A Welcome Back for First Parish Musicians

Thursday, September 37:30 pm in the Sanctuary

The First Parish Music Committee and Music Director welcomes members for First Parish back to the start of another church year with a reception on Thursday, September 3, at 7:30 pm, in the Sanctuary.  Come learn about musical…

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Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

The Arlington Food Pantry and Arlington EATS are looking for volunteers to help with preaparing/serving summer lunches to kids, helping with food distribution, and working in a local tomato patch. Please click here for a flyer containing details. Thanks!
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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, September 10, 7:15 pm in Pierce

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"
by Isabel Wilkerson 

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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Come Join Our Handbell Choir in the Fall!

Contact ringers @ for more details or watch the E-Bulletin for announcements about rehearsals.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Summer Services

► Follow this link for a PDF of First Parish's Summer Services

Each of our summer services will be lead by an individual of our congregation. The schedule is now available -- follow the above link to check out our 2015 lineup!

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Clear and Lucid Tones!

The new sound system in the sanctuary will be up and running for Ingathering Sunday, September 13. Alleluia! A new sound system was part of the Meetinghouse Campaign, which included handicapped accessibility, green improvements, renovated meeting rooms, parlor office and entry near the…

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Ingathering Sunday
September 13

Intergenerational Service
Homily by Rev. Marta Flanagan

Everyone is invited to bring water from a treasured place to contribute to a silent blessing of the common water.

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nowhiringposter1Job Opening: Executive Assistant to the Minister

Background: Unitarian-Universalism is a liberal religion -- that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. First Parish in Arlington is a buoyant, vibrant and growing community of nearly 400…

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2015-2016 High School Youth Advisor Applications

Do you like high school students? Do you like music, laughter, UU values, hanging out, soft squishy pillows, waffles, and candles? Then you are the perfect person to be one of our next High School Youth Advisors. Take a minute to read the Youth Group Advisor Job…

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summer Hours

Summer Office Hours

We're back to normal church office hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm,

1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

  • The office will be closed on Labor Day.
Publications for the summer:
  • The weekly E-Bulletin will continue through the summer. Deadline is noon each…
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annual meeting infoAnnual Report and 2015-2016 Budget

► Click here to read the Annual Report
► Click here to see the 2015-2016 budget

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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 for other members, friends and groups at First Parish
  • check on…
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Religious Education Announcements

It is with much pleasure that we welcome Steve Carmody as our new Youth Group Coordinator! Steve and I will be in the office with regular hours beginning on September 1.

The RE Committee and I are looking for a new RE Assistant. Please look at the job posting on the church web site for more details.

Ingathering Sunday is almost with us and the RE Committee and I are working behind the scenes to welcome you back!

Teachers -- please mark Thursday,…

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youth group members

Youth Group Announcements

2015-2016 Advisor Applications
Do you like high school students? Do you like music, laughter, UU values, hanging out, soft squishy pillows, waffles, and candles? Then you are the perfect person to be one of our next High School Youth Advisors. Take a minute to read the Youth Group Advisor Job Description carefully to review the requirements and responsibilities of being an advisor. If you are interested in this awesome opportunity, please fill out the Read More

STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Contemplating Poetry

First Monday of Each Month (2nd Monday Sept.)
Next up: September 14 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the May Room

"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


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Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, September 24 ♦ 10:00 am – 12:00 am in the Parlor 

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…

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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…

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Giving First Recipient for June, July and August: MissionSAFE

MissionSAFE works with high-risk young people from challenged communities and situations who experience economic poverty, unstable housing, violence and numerous ongoing stressors. Their families are most often single…

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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…

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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…

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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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First Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, July 12 ♦ 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,…

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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 August 18

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

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Stitch and Sew Workshops

Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Parlor

Note: Starting June 11 we will meet on Thursdays from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm or so. Please join us for any amount of time and bring your lunch. We have drinks.

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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First Parish Music Programs

Click here for more 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…

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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…

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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…

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