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Sunday Worship Service

Rev. Leaf Seligman Guest Preaching

Sunday, February 14, at 10:00 am

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Hold the Date! Friday, March 4

Our March Alliance Program is "Discover Roxbury: A Story of Connection Between and Within Communities" with Discover Roxbury Founder ​Marcia Butman

​Friday, March 4 ♦ Dessert at 7:00 pm, Program at 7:30​ pm

Marcia Butman, founder of Discover Roxbury, will share her experiences of…

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February Alliance Gathering with Peter Southwick: "Route 27 South: Stories from the Boothbay Peninsula"

Rescheduled for Friday, February 19 dessert at 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 pm.

In 2014 First Parish member and photojournalist Peter Southwick took a sabbatical from his teaching position at Boston University to…

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Community Conversations: Practicing Theological Diversity

Saturday, February 27 ♦ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Coffee & tea
Sunday, March 13 ♦ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Please join us for one or both conversations. Hear from others. Share your thoughts.

How do we encourage each other on our spiritual journeys, even when we seem…

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Announcing the High School "Our Whole Lives" Program!

The Youth community is pleased to announce a spring OWL class specifically addressing issues around sexuality, identity, health, communication, and relationships. This seven-week program is open to all high school juniors and seniors, and is led by First Parish…

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Photo Portraits in the Vestry

Is your photo on the wall in the Vestry yet?  Is there a photo in your Realm profile?  During the month of February, there will be a pop-up portrait studio in the Narthex during coffee hour.  Stop by and have your photo taken by Larry Osgood or Leah Cirker-Stark.

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From the Inside Out, From the Outside In: Exploring our Own Stories of Race

Mondays February 22 & 29 ♦ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm in the Parlor

"Free Writing" workshop led by Pamela Powell, author and facilitator, FPUU member.

Pamela has been teaching writing for over twenty-five years to all ages, using the technique of…

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January's "Giving First" Support

January's Giving First donations in support of Food Link totaled $2,280.63! Food Link alleviates hunger, reduces food waste, and contributes to environmental sustainability by collecting food that would otherwise go to waste from local grocers and cafés and delivering it to community…

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Chandra Banks on Restorative Justice in Schools

Sunday, February 28 ♦ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm in the Sanctuary

Chandra Banks is the district-wide conflict mediator for the Cambridge Public Schools and has years of experience leading restorative justice in educational settings and training youths to lead their own…

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Book Discussion: “The Big Disconnect”

Sunday, March 13  7:00 pm in Grady

The Religious Education Committee invites you to a discussion of psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair’s insightful and practical book on how technology is affecting our families and our children’s lives -- and how we can guide and strengthen…

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Fast During A Most Holy Week

Led by Rev. Marta Flanagan

Monday, March 21 - Thursday, March 24

We are all hungry people. Usually we fill our hungers with food, drink, and distractions. Fasting is a time-honored spiritual discipline that brings us in touch with the deeper hungers within us. This is a juice fast:…

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10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Unitarian Universalism

Marta invites you to read this thoughtful article by Rev. Galen Guengerich, author of "God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age."

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Join Our Handbell Choir!

NOTE: The bell ringing rehearsal on Thursday, February 11, is cancelled. We will resume regular bell practices on February 18. Newcomers are welcome to any rehearsal.

Join our chime ringers on most Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, or contact ringers @ for more…

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Sign Up to Bring Sunday Flowers!

Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form

The flowers that grace our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings are donated by parishioners, often with a special dedication that is printed in the order of service. The Flower Coordinator can assist in ordering an arrangement from…

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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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Stewards are Meeting with Members

During the month of February, forty stewards are visiting with members of First Parish to talk about their experiences at our congregation and the opportunity to make a financial contribution to the Stewardship Campaign for the 2016-17 budget.

The visiting stewards report they are…

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Black Lives Matter to Us

First Parish is displaying its Black Lives Matter banner again. February is Black History Month, plus we are starting a restorative justice process with the individual who defaced our Black Lives Matter banner on Thanksgiving (but not the other two times it was defaced). We are also…

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New UU Class

Wednesdays February 24, March 2, March 9 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor

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 being offered in February and March. These…

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Draft Privacy Guidelines Available for Comment

The Safety Committee invites you to comment on the draft Privacy Guidelines for First Parish. Unnecessary, useful, too vague, too restrictive, well written, or obvious?
Please submit your comments to safety @ Thank you.

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Let's Be Careful Out There!

In recent days, have you been reminded of safety issues related to First Parish? Perhaps you have noticed the AED defibrillator mounted in the Narthex, or the evacuation plan posted on the wall, a recent medical issue during a service, or the defacement of the “Black Lives Matter”…

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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 all-First-Parish email is also sent out. The decision to close on a Sunday is made by…

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Who are the People in Your Neighborhood? Neighborhood Groups

It’s an ongoing experiment in community building: Neighborhood Groups.

Would you like to be involved? Have ideas or questions? Speak to Dickie Pereli, Jerry Silberman, Kate Tranquada or Sarah Trilling; email neighborhoodgroups @ or vist…

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Special Office Hours February 8-12

The office will be open Monday February 8, form 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday - Friday. No evening hours on Tuesday, February 9.

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Religious Education Announcements

Sunday, February 14: One Room Sunday School Program in the Bailey Room for children grades K through 5. Older children are encouraged to stay with their families in worship to hear our guest preacher Leaf Silegman. Children will go into the Sanctuary, as usual, for the beginning of worship. Our program will focus on “Love.” NO evening programs – OWL, COA or Youth Group.

Teachers Needed in our PreK class for the spring teaching term (March 20- June 12).…

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community, ​as we head into the middle of February, hopefully everyone will have a little time to unwind and find time for friends family and fun! Youth Group will be cancelled this Sunday, February 14, but you are encouraged to attend the worship service at First Parish this Sunday morning—Leaf Seligman, who's TedXTalk was featured in last Sunday's program, will be preaching!

Our youth-led worship service fast approaches. Please be in contact with…

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Americanah: A Reading and Discussion

Tuesday, February 23 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor

Written by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the prize-winning novel Americanah illuminates the racial and political worlds of the United States and Nigeria and is the Arlington Reads…

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Bereavement Support Group

Mondays, Feb. 29 and March 7, 21, & 28 ♦ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Parlor

Several of our congregants and friends at First Parish Arlington are grieving the loss of spouses, parents, siblings, partners, and friends.  When losses like that happen to us, our world…

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Living Our Faith: Theological  Diversity
"Humility and Healing" with Wendy Page

Tuesday, March 1 ♦ 7:00 pm in the Parlor

Long-time First Parish member and current seminarian Wendy Page talks about her spiritual journey, based on lessons learned both in and out of the classroom. Born UCC, Wendy…

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A History of the World Through Muslim Eyes

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18 & 25 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor

Would you like know to more about the history of Islam, Muslim people, and interactions between Muslim and non-Muslim people over the centuries?

Lori Kenschaft will offer a STAR…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, February 25 ♦ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm 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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Contemplating Poetry -- New Meeting Time!

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday, February 15 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Damon

"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…

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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 February: Communities for Restorative Justice

Communities for Restorative Justice (C4RJ) is a community-police partnership that offers restorative justice to those affected by crime. C4RJ's “circle” process recognizes that crime is a violation of people and…

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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, February 14 ♦ 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,…

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Jacob's Mother

First and Third Sundays ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First Parish

Are you having more challenges with your child's behavior than most parents? Do you feel like your family and friends do not get what you go through? Join us for a change to get support from other parents and…

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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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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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