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MinisterEarlRev. 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.

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Pancake Breakfast for RE Families (infant through Grade 6)

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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…

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Blood Drive


Saturday, December 2
8 am - 2 pm

Donors are needed for our upcoming American Red Cross (ARC) blood drive. Contact John Hodges to sign up. Volunteers to help with set up and other tasks are also needed.

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December Women's Book Group

decbookThe 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…

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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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FY2019 Budget - Finance Committee Wants Your Input

fin2The 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.

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Climate Action Working Group (CAWG)
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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…

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Job Opening: Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton (Custodian)

nowhiringposter1First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.

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Join Our Handbell Choir!

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…

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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

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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Fun, Fierce, and Fantastical African Art

funA 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…

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Revelations: The Legacies of Alvin Ailey & Boston’s Elma Lewis

RevelationsWednesday, 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…

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“The Color Purple” on Stage in Boston

purpleThrough December 3
Shubert Theater
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…

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UU Urban Ministry goes to “Black Nativity” on December 10

blackSunday, 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…

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 Two Great Reviews of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power

Ta Nehisi CoatesBook now available at the UU Bookstore

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…

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2018 Giving First Nominations

givingOur 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…

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Support Arlington Families at Christmas!

Sign-up to provide gifts for two Arlington families (total of four kids). See Patience after the Service to find out what the families need for Christmas. For more information contact Patience Terry at 781.646 5315. Sponsored by the Social Justice Committee - Thank you!

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Graphic Designers and Artists - We Need You!

musicOver the past months, a varying group of people have been working to create a First Parish Song Book with a particular focus on social justice and multi-cultural songs. What comes to your mind as a graphic element for our own songbook? We will also need a cover design and will likely use graphic elements within the book. Email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need…
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Religious Education Announcements

Dear Families,

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…

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Youth Group Announcements

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! 

Sunday, November 26, NO EVENING PROGRAM​
Sunday, December 3, 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm: Youth Group…

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 Aging Well in Our Community

aging wellThursday, 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…

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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 November: Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)

acedownThe 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…

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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 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…

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Arlington Food Pantry

pastaCollection 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…

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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? 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…

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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

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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…

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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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