Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward -- Volunteer with the UU Urban Ministry to promote social justice and equality. Urban Ministry works side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston, primarily in Roxbury, to create opportunities and instill hope for a brighter future through education and social activism.
The following three opportunities are UUUM’s current volunteer-need priorities. Is one a fit for you?
Fair Foods -- Food justice support
Join with other volunteers to unload, package, and sell fresh produce to Roxbury neighbors. Watch for FP-organized outings to Fair Food Saturdays or venture on your own or as a family/friend group.
Saturdays, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, at UUUM Roxbury Meetinghouse.
Contact Marvin Venay, Director of Congregational and Volunteer Engagement at mvenay @ uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x214, or contact First Parish member Maggie Schramm at schrammm @ hartwick.edu.
Jericho Road –Match professional expertise with Roxbury non-profits
Are you experienced in data management, social media, strategic planning, web development, grant writing or any other critical professional skills? UUUM’s Jericho Road project wants to match you with an area nonprofit in need of that skill to help it more effectively carry out its mission. Go to jrroxbury.org or contact Aziza Robinson-Goodnight, Director, at ArGoodnight @ uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x201.
Believe in Success -- Job readiness support for survivors of domestic violence
UUUM’s new initiative, Believe in Success, helps low-income/LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence move beyond trauma with job preparation, skills training and college readiness support. They need workshop co-leaders, mentors, wellness instructors, and other volunteer assistance. To learn more about opportunities and expectations, contact Hannah Stohler, Director,at hstohler @ uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x226.
Tutor Roxbury Young Program students or prepare weekly dinners for them and their families.
Teach English as a Learning Language (ELL) or provide day care to Renewal House residents.
For more information for volunteering with UUUM, contact Marvin Venay, Director of Congregational and Volunteer Engagement, at mvenay @ uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x214, or contact First Parish member Maggie Schramm at schrammm @ hartwick.edu, or Maryglenn Vincens at vincens @ mac.com.
Also check the FP Connection Board and the UUUM table at fellowship hour after Sunday services for specific activities and calls for help.
"Turning to Each Other"
Led by Anne Goodwin
Recognizing the power of each person to make positive change in the world, this service will be centered around an interactive meditation that will connect us to our own and each other's potential.
Sunday, August 27 ♦ 10:00 am
With State Senator Cindy Friedman and Colleen Kirby
Monday, September 18 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Vestry
Would you like to learn more about how to make your voice heard and influence government decisions? Join us for a conversation with State Senator Cindy Friedman and…
Sunday, September 10 ♦ 2:00 pm at First Parish
Doris Schwaab, 91, died on June 30. Doris had been a member of Frist Parish for 57 years before moving in 2015 to New Jersey to be with her daughter, Margot Sage-EL. Doris was a beloved Alliance member and vibrant member of the First…
Our new office schedule is below -- please note that Monday office hours will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm so that the Office Manager can work at First Parish one Sunday per month (which she is very excited about!).
The new office schedule:
Monday, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Each year, First Parish comes together as a community to make and serve chili on Town Day to raise money for the myriad vital social justice activities our community undertakes throughout the year. The more chili we sell, the more Social Justice activities we can…
Visit www.firstparish.info/ferrybeach before September 18 to register!
This year's Ferry Beach retreat will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2017. The UU conference center and retreat, administrated by the Ferry Beach Park Association, is on the coast of Southern…
Mondays July 24 - August 28 ♦ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm
Would you like an opportunity to reflect on current events and themes related to race in a small informal group of First Parish folks?
The Racial Justice Coordinating Committee (RJCC) is pleased to offer just such a chance on 6…
► Click here to fill out our online Pie Palace Volunteer Form!
Each year, First Parish comes together as a community in a pie ministry -- donating, cutting, and serving pies on Town Day to raise money for the myriad vital social justice activities our community undertakes…
♦ Full schedule continues through Friday, June 30: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
♦ Summer schedule (8 weeks): Wednesdays only -- July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 17, 24 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)
♦ NEW full schedule begins Monday,…
First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.
There are two matching large windows in need of a cornice. One is in the minister's office and one is in the Director of Religious Education’s office. Marta and Tina would welcome some good Samaritan to come forward and volunteer their services to create either a painted wood or fabric…
For Adam Jones and everyone else who has been subjected to bigotry, here or elsewhere.
For Alton Sterling, Jordan Edwards, Walter Scott, and so many more people who have died violently.
For the 63 percent of black children who live in low-income families that have difficulties covering…
Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary
Note: Handbell rehearsals will resume in the fall. Please contact ringers @ firstparish.info if you are interested.
Come ring chimes with us! Our bell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at…
The Music Committee and Music Director welcomes anyone interested in participating in music this year. There are a multitude of opportunities including the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Bell Choir, as well as instrumental groups such as the C-Winds and other ad hoc groups. For…
► 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…
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…
► Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ firstparish.info. 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…
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!
Click here to download a PDF of the Summer Services schedule.
Led by Elizabeth Hunter
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that truth is not limited to a single text and meaning is found in many places. This service offers an opportunity to hear different perspectives and welcome different voices to our pulpit through poetry.
"We Are Called, We Are Ready"
Saturday, October 21
Mark your calendars! Saturday evening, October 21 at First Parish. Please join your fellow parishioners for MARTAPALOOZA! We are celebrating Marta’s 30 years in ministry and our beloved First Parish community. If you’d like to join the fun in planning this party, please contact Tina Silberman or Lisa Davis at martapalooza @ firstparish.info. We’d love help with…
Thank you for a great program year! Thank you to everyone who supported our children and youth -- teachers, mentors, advisors, classroom helpers, baby holders, Time for All Ages leaders, All Ages Worship supports, One Room Sunday School coordinators and RE Committee folks. It takes many, many people to organize and run such a dynamic and active village for our young people.
What happens with the children who join their family for summer services?
Dear Youth Group, here are some important dates coming up:
Saturday, June 17: Spring Hike – Youth are invited to climb Mt. Monadnock.
Sunday, June 18, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: End of the Year Picnic – All Youth Groupers are invited!
As always, if you have any questions about youth group, don't hesitate to contact, Steve Carmody, Youth Programs Coordinator, at youthadvisor @ firstparish.info or 781-648-3799 x204.
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 texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help…
Bikes Not Bombs collects thousands of bicycles every year from Greater Boston and surrounding communities, and uses them in three ways. First, most of the bikes are sent to economic development projects in Africa,…
There are currently more refugees around the world than at any time since World War II. The Refugee Concerns working group enables First Parish members to become active in a variety of efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.
Our current focus is working…
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…
Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward -- Volunteer with the UU Urban Ministry to promote social justice and equality. Urban Ministry works side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston, primarily in Roxbury, to create opportunities and…
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…
Next up: Sunday, August 6 ♦ 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,…
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…
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…