The First Parish Meditation Groups Welcome You

hand ringing a chime bowlLooking for support for your meditation practice? There are two opportunities for you! One of our Sanghas is looking for new members! We meet monthly to meditate together and explore Buddhist teachings and the impact on our lives. Join us! 

We also hold drop-in meditations on Mondays (gather at 6 pm and start at 6:15 pm at First Parish in the Damon Room.)  If interested in either group, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or click here to visit the Meditation Group page of the web site.

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 The Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan

10 am Sunday February 25 



Sanctuary Redesign Listening Session

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11:45 – 12:30 pm in the Damon Room

On behalf of the congregation a working group has consulted with several committees and staff over the past year to reimagine the look of the sanctuary. Their goal is to balance key design elements of this space with the practical…

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf

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Tickets still available to see Ntozake Shange’s iconic choreopoem this weekend

Hibernian Hall - Roxbury
Sunday, February 25, at 2 pm
An UU Urban Ministry Activity

“It’s been more than four decades since Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls Who Have…

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Sign Up for Unpacking Whiteness

Dialogues at First Parish

The Monday Group meets 7 - 9 pm
February 26 - March 26

Want to get “woke”?  

Want to reflect on the legacy and impact of white supremacy and white privilege?

Want to deepen your understanding of how race and privilege work upon you and the world?

Want to better…

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Community Dinner/Games Night
Friday, March 9 at 6:30 pm

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in the Vestry from 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Please join us for this community supper! Following dinner, Games Night starts at 7:30 pm. Come for both or either, these days it is good to just be together. Send an RSVP to to let us know if…

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Words on our Public Witness Banners

mlk 3First Parish will display a series of quotes from Rev. Martin Luther King's speeches and writings from now until the fiftieth anniversary of his assassination, which was on April 4, 1968.  For more information about these quotes and their context, please see…

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Women's March Book Group

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March 1 at 7:15 pm - Damon room

Join us to discuss Edith Hahn Beer's book - The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust.

"Edith Hahn was an outspoken young woman in Vienna when the Gestapo forced her into…

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workshopSunday, March 4th  at 12 Noon
Bailey Room or  Thursday, March 8th - 7 pm -9 pm (Parlor) - Facilitated by Erin Jackson | Moderated by Cynthia Tavilla
"What pronouns do you use?" "What are gender pronouns?" "Why do some people choose to self-identify pronouns on name tags and during group…
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Contemplating Poetry
poetrySecond Tuesdays of the month 
7 pm -8:30 pm - Pierce Room

Back By Popular Demand! (and in honor of Ricky Carter's milestone birthday) - Contemplating Poetry originated in our congregation by our beloved Lynne Jacoby, who has since relocated. Lynne pioneered using a Lectio Divina model to deepen…

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Sacred Circle Dance - Cancelled for February - Dancing resumes the 3rd Monday in March (3/19/2018).

dancingMarch 19, from 7 pm to 8:45 pm   
Bailey Room, led by Inez Folsom

Sacred Circle Dance is cancelled for February. We will resume in March on the 3rd Monday (3/19/18) from 7 to 8:45 pm. We will welcome Spring! A new flyer for…

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ArCS Cluster (formerly Refugee Concerns Working Group)

refugeeThursday, March 8 at 7:30 pm
Meet up at Cafe Nero - No signup required and drop-ins welcome.

There are currently more refugees around the world than at any time since World War II. This working group enables First Parish members to become active in a variety of…

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The First Parish Meditation Groups Welcome You

hand ringing a chime bowlLooking for support for your meditation practice? There are two opportunities for you! One of our Sanghas is looking for new members! We meet monthly to meditate together and explore Buddhist teachings and the impact on our lives. Join us! 

We also hold drop-in meditations…

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Now on view in the parlor 

southwickPhotos of famous people and events drawn from Peter Southwick’s career as a photo journalist. Come browse!

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Community Building During Upcoming Stewardship Campaign – Save the Dates!

stewardOur 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…
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Join Our Handbell Choir!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Come ring chimes with us! The handbell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at 8 pm. You are welcome to join us! We have plenty of chimes (3 octaves) but we could use a few more people to ring…

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Black Lives Matter to Us

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…

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Participate in Music at First Parish

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…

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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

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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 be edited…
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NAACP’s one-day art exhibit on AfricanAmerican experiences in New England

artSunday, February 25, 2 - 7 pm
West Medford Community Center
111 Arlington Street in Medford

In celebration of Black History Month, the Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP, West Medford Community Center, and other organizations are presenting a one-day…

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See “The Migration” by Step Afrika! with a First Parish group

migrationEmail by March 1 for group tickets ($15 or less)
All ages thoroughly welcome
Saturday, May 5, 2 pm
ArtsEmerson Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont Street in Boston

Lynette Martyn is organizing a First Parish family field trip to go see “The Migration” – a…

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Coro Allegro Concert:  “We Will Rise”

wewillriseSunday, March 11
at 3 pm
Sanders Theater in Cambridge

Coro Allegro is Boston’s excellent LGBT+ chorus and Kareem Roustom is a fabulous Syrian-American composer.  Roustom’s newest work, “Rage Against the Tyrant(s)” is based on street chants from the Arab Spring plus Arab and Arab-American…

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf
Tickets still available to see Ntozake Shange’s iconic choreopoem this weekend

Twelve performances February 15-25
UU Urban Ministry group visit followed by a Q&A with the director
Sunday, February 25, at 2 pm
Praxis Stage at Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley…

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Bryan Stevenson on racial trauma and healing

Learn from one of the moral and intellectual leaders of our timeBryan

Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant,” and a powerful writer and orator.  He has persuaded judges that 115 people on…

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Nikole Hannah-Jones on school and housing segregation

nicoleThought-provoking articles and podcasts by a 2017 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient.

Nikole Hannah-Jones combines historical and policy research with moving personal narratives to explain the persistence of school and housing segregation.  What public polices and…

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NAACP Mystic Valley Branch meets on Monday

NAACPMonday, February 26
at 7:30 pm

West Medford Community Center
111 Arlington Street in Medford

Would you like to meet other local folks, of all colors, who care about racial justice? Want to lend a hand?

The Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP serves Arlington, Medford, Malden,…

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Black Panther is “a celebration of black creativity, beauty, and excellence”

panterGo yourself & contribute so low-income Boston kids can go too

“Black Panther” is turning into a cultural phenomenon. With an African-American director, Ryan Coogler, and a mostly black cast, it is thrilling both black moviegoers and film… Read More

Robin Baker recommends three fabulous free concerts – two of them family oriented

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Soul Yatra Trio:  World music with Mike Block (cello), Sandeep Das (Indian table), and Shaw Pong Liu (erhu-violin)

Don’t miss this unique trio of world class musicians. Their collective experience performing with the Grammy-winning Silk…

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mlkRev. Martin Luther King’s Words on First Parish Arlington’s Public Witness Banners. (continued)

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” From the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", an open letter that Rev. King wrote in 1963 in response to white clergy who opposed his use of non-violent civil disobedience to…

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Moving Forward in sustaining our community!
Stewardship Update!

MFT arrow smallStewardship is delighted to report that we are almost 2/3rds of the way to our financial ($) goals, and 40% of the way to our participation goal. MANY thanks to those who have stepped up so far!

Our participation goal is just as important as the $ goal in sustaining our lively and spiritually supportive community.

Your pledge acknowledges the importance of our robust…

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Last Call - Get Your Social Action T-Shirts

watermarked smallFebruary 28 is the deadline!

Perhaps you have seen people in beautiful turquoise First Parish T shirts? Now there is another opportunity for you to get one, so you will be ready to be recognized when we participate in rallies, vigils, service, and other social actions outside our walls, including Action Sunday in April. Click here to see the design and to order. The all-cotton T-shirt is $16.26 . They…

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Pipe Dreams: Getting to Know Our E. & G.G. Hook Organ


Friday, March 2, 7:30 pm
Sanctuary - Alliance-sponsored Program for All of Us

Learn about the history, the workings and the beauty of our E & GG Hook 1869 organ under the guidance of organist, Wendy Covell, and musician, Dorothy May. Wendy Covell was Organist and Children's Choir Director at First Parish from 1999 – 2007. Wendy will tell us about the organ and how it works, illustrating…

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Religious Education Announcements

One Room Sunday School Program this Sunday, February 25, led by Meredith Jeremiah (RE Assistant) and members of the Religious Education Committee. The Nursery and Prek rooms will be open. COA and Youth Group meet at their regular times.
Stewardship Dinner for parents and members of COA and Youth Group, 6:30 pm in Vestry. (Youth will leave after eating)

OPERATION SOCK DROP will be taking place during the month of February. Children, teens,…
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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community, as we prepare for our upcoming Youth Worship Service, on March 18th, we reflect on themes of "Hellos & Goodbyes." We welcome all members of our group to get involved in different roles! And Band members - pay special attention to rehearsal schedule. 

Note that Steve has new office hours for the Winter/Spring: Tuesday 9–11 am, Wednesday 2–6 pm, Friday 3–6 pm, & Sunday 3–5 pm. As always, it's best to email/text Steve before…
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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

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…

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Giving First Recipient for February


ABLED Advocacy - A Better Learning in Education - A small, hard-working special education advocacy team. 

ABLED Advocacy is a non-profit 501(C)(3) special education advocacy organization serving families in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. They believe…

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Black Lives Matter and our Restorative Justice Process

Last winter First Parish entered into a restorative justice process with a man who had vandalized our Black Lives Matter banner. We are especially grateful for the Arlington Police and the Center for Restorative Justice for making this…

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Refugee Concerns Working Group

refugeeThere 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

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UU Urban Ministry Volunteer Positions

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Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward. Click here to view current volunteer opportunities 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…

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Arlington Food Pantry


Every day, thousands of people in Massachusetts suffer from hunger because they cannot afford adequate food. The Commonwealth has one of the widest income gaps of any state in the country, and those on the low-income side of this gap are experiencing food insecurity at…

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First Parish Men's Group

men's groupThe 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…

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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 join us…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

painting of woman knittingDo you like to knit or crochet?  Would you like to provide support to members of the congregation? Participants in the First Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry knit or crochet prayer shawls for Marta or the Lay Ministers to give to people who could use a “hug with blessings.” If…

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Calling Older Men

older mens groupFirst 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…

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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 participating.…

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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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