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 teachers who lead English and citizenship classes for Renewal House residents and others affected by domestic violence.
English as a Learning Language (ELL) Childcare Providers
When: Monday or Wednesday mornings (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Take care of a small group of children while their parents participate in English classes.
Tutor with the Roxbury Youth Program
When: One day a week (M, T, W, or TH from 4:00 pm -6:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Help high school students with homework and MCAS or SAT prep.
When: Days and Times are flexible at Bethany House on Newbury Street.
What: Volunteers are needed to support the day-to-day operations of this affordable housing unit for young women (including gardening and office/door coverage).
Jericho Road Roxbury
When: As needed.
What: Provide professional consulting expertise to a Roxbury non-profit.
Cooks (Individuals or Groups)
When: Occasional Wednesday evenings (4:30 pm - 7:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Cook a healthy meal for ~40 students, parents and volunteers. Stay for game night!
For more information on these or other volunteer opportunities, please visit www.uuum.org/getinvolved or contact The Rev. Rebecca Hinds, Director of Congregational Outreach and Volunteers, at rhinds @ uuum.org or 617-318-6010 x214.
“We Are Called, We Are Ready"
Led by Jitendra Singh
We are called to restore justice and dignity to all peoples, to champion love in this age of anger, to keep fear and nationalism from dividing the country and the world. Are we ready?
Sunday, June 25 ♦ 10:00 am
Several people have asked if the wonderful poems from the June 18 Poetry Sunday service could be made available. We've included a list of the publicly available poems below -- click on the links and check them out!
"I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone"
by Rainer Maria Rilke
♦ 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)
♦ Full schedule resumes Monday,…
We have raised another $600 this week and are now only $1,456 short of our goal of $10,000. These funds are especially needed at this time since the proposed fed budget is planning a $150 million cut to HIV/AIDS prevention programs, and an additional $550…
Register online beginning July 1
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 Maine between Saco and Old Orchard…
Saturday, August 5 ♦ 8:00 am to 2:00 pm
Please spread the news! Donors and volunteers are needed for our next regularly scheduled blood drive on the first Saturday of August. Donors can sign up on the ARC Blood Donor App, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. We could…
The RJCC litany from the May 21 service is available online
The Racial Justice Coordinating Committee asked a couple hundred First Parish members about their visions of racial justice and shared some of the many answers they received during the worship service on May…
If you missed Diane Taraz Shriver’s “Opening the Doors” service on May 7, or just want to read it again (with the parts she skipped because the service ran so long), that sermon and last year’s reflection on our early history are both available on our website. Check it out and…
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…
Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor
A STAR Adult Education Program. Feel like trying something new and contemplative this summer? Check out one of the Lectio reading and reflecting groups, which continue through the…
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.
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…
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…
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…