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.) We sit for 35 minutes in the style of Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist meditation, and beginners are welcome. By focusing on mind/body sensations in meditation, it is possible to become more mindful in daily life.
Click here to visit the Meditation Group page of the web site.
Rev. Mary Margaret Earl
"Saying No. And Saying Yes. There is much we must stand against in these times. But also much we much stand for."
10 am November 26
Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry. During her time, she has worked to strengthen bonds between UUs and the Roxbury neighborhood where the UUUM operates. She is on the Moral Movement Massachusetts leadership team, which strives to reclaim what it means to be religious in the public square. She is a longtime vegan committed to standing up for nonhuman animals.
2017 The Spire - September, October, November Editions
Now available! View or download the 2017 September, October and November editions of The Spire.Read More
Pancake Breakfast for RE Families (infant through Grade 6)
Sunday, December 3
9:15 am Vestry
Religious Education is hosting a free pancake breakfast before Sunday services on Sunday, December 3. We will begin at 9:15 am in the Parlor. RSVP to to let us know if you are coming or, even better, if you want to assist with…
December Women's Book Group
The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies
December 7 at 7:15pm in Damon
"It is always a pleasure to read works that manage to be both entertaining and intelligent. Throughout his long career, Canadian novelist Davies has successfully combined these two elements. His latest protagonist, Dr. Jonathan…
Our annual stewardship campaign will begin in early February. Save the dates for these fun, community-building events.
- Sunday, February 25th: Luncheon after service for New Members within the last 3 years
- Sunday, February 25th: Dinner for…
The Finance Committee is interested in your thoughts regarding the FY2019 budget. We'd like your help in thinking about how we can use our financial resources to best serve our community. Please send us your ideas.
The First Parish CAWG is gearing up new efforts, and there are great opportunities for First Parish people to get involved. We are participating in a series of creative, strategic actions at the statehouse in Boston this October and November. The actions will take place mostly during…Read More
First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.
Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary starting September 7
Come ring chimes with us! Starting Thursday, September 7, the handbell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at 8:00 pm. You are welcome to join us! We have plenty of…
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…
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…
Fun, Fierce, and Fantastical African Art
A TED Talk by Nairobi-born artist Wanuri Kahiu
We are so used to narratives out of Africa being about war, poverty and devastation, says Wanuri Kahiu. Where’s the fun? What nourishes our delight in life?
Kahiu is part of a new generation of African storytellers and…Read More
Revelations: The Legacies of Alvin Ailey & Boston’s Elma Lewis
Wednesday, December 6 at 7 pm
John Hancock Hall
180 Berkeley Street in Boston
What is Boston’s African-American artistic heritage? Who are today’s most vibrant practitioners? What has changed (and not) in the last fifty years?
In a turbulent 1968, Celebrity…
“The Color Purple” on Stage in Boston
Through December 3
265 Tremont Street in Boston
Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, The Color Purple, won a Pulitzer Prize and millions of readers for its wrenching and heart-warming story of Celie – a young African-American woman, born in rural Georgia in the early twentieth…Read More
Sunday, December 10
Reception - Barry Gaither 2:15 pm
Curtain at 3:30 pm
The Paramount Theater
at Emerson College
559 Washington Street, Boston
Written by Langston Hughes, “Black Nativity” retells the Christmas story through Gospel music, blues, African-inspired…Read More
Two Great Reviews of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power
Annette Gordon-Reed is the historian who unpacked the story of Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings, his wife’s half-sister whom by the laws of the United States he owned.
“No non-academic writer…Read More
Our Giving First program donates 50 percent of the non-pledge offering each month to a charitable organization that we feel is consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and our mission to challenge the excesses and injustices of our time. The program began in November 2009, and First Parish has donated well over $80,000 to more than 50 organizations. We are seeking nominations for recipient organizations…Read More
Graphic Designers and Artists - We Need You!
I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving! On Sunday, November 26, we will hold a One Room Sunday School program for older children in the Bailey Room. The theme of the day will be Our Seven Principles. There are no regular classes. The Nursery, PreK and K classrooms will be open for our very young children. There will be NO evening programs – OWL or Youth Group.
Please mark your calendars for a Pancake Breakfast for RE…
Dear Youth Community,
All your contributions to the Harvest Moon Fair and Thanksgiving Multigenerational Service were terrific! From the tireless volunteers who worked all last week, to the wonderful band members who made beautiful music together, to the poised speakers, to the incredible cafe staff — you gave so much of yourselves to our church community. Thank you!
Thursday, December 21
10 am - Noon in the Parlor
Purpose of our group is to foster engagement and build community among women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to planning and consciously living out our later years. We are an open group facilitated by Kit…Read More
Tuesdays at 7 am to 8 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays at 8 am to 9 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 us grow in…
The consequences of climate change will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. For over 20 years, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) has worked to eradicate…Read More
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 with
Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward --Click here to view current volunteer opportunties 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…
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 Arlington Food Pantry welcomes donations of unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food and…
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 place where men can share…
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 join us…
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…
First Thursday of each month ♦ 12:00 pm in the Parlor
First Parish is organizing a monthly fellowship gathering for older First Parish men, aimed at reinforcing camaraderie and providing a forum for discussing topics of general interest. We meet on the first Thursday of each…