Sunday,October 29, 12 Noon - 2 pm
[Photo--Cornel West and Carlton Smith pictured with clergy protesters at Charlottesville]
Charlottesville August 2017: A rally organized by heavily armed white Nazis was met by counter-protesters. The Nazis targeted a clergy group that included Cornel West and our former FP associate minister Carlton Smith. The police did not intervene. A young, diverse group of antifascists (Antifa) placed their bodies between the clergy and the Nazis and protected them from harm. According to Carlton, the white Nazi commitment to violence and brutality “makes the possible outcomes of any action or civil disobedience that much more unpredictable.”
How do we respond to Carlton’s challenge and warning? How might we avoid replicating the example of Nazi Germany, where violence, intimidation, and appeals to racist nationalism brought Adolph Hitler to power? Come join a conversation with historian Esther Kingston Mann of UMass-Boston and Harvard University.
Light refreshments provided. Bagged lunches welcome. All are welcome.
Remember Loved Ones:
Dia de Los Muertos
Sunday, Oct. 22 at 10 am
Please bring a photo or other memento to put on the “ofrenda” in remembrance of those you want to honor during the service. This ancient Aztec celebration has fused with that of our ancient European ancestors to become a moving and healing celebration in honor of our loved ones.
Friday, November 3
Gathering at 6:30 pm - Pot Luck Supper at 7 pm, Program at 7:30 pm
Dr. Nemzoff has degrees from Barnard, Columbia School of Education and Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently in the Scholars Program at…Read More
Friday, November 10 in the Vestry from 6:30 pm to 8 pm
Please join us for this community supper! Following dinner, Game Night occurs at 7:30 pm - come for both or either. These days it is good to just be together. Send an RSVP to let us know if you are coming or, even better, if you want to volunteer. But…
Game Night - Friday, November 10, at 7:30 pm
Please join us for Game Night right after our Community dinner. These days it is good to just be together. Join us to play games such as Boggle, SET, Splendor, Clue, Fluxx, as well as more advanced games such as Scrabble. No previous experience with these games is…
If you are looking for deeper connections with others at First Parish, consider joining a covenant group. Covenant groups provide an opportunity to get to know other people at a deeper level, while discussing topics that explore our…Read More
Now through mid-November in the Stanton ParlorElaine’s photos reveal a Lebanon that is pluralistic -- majority Muslim with a strong Christian tradition stretching back to its beginnings. Since the Syrian conflict Lebanon has absorbed 2 million refugees into a country…
Walk 'n Talk
Sunday October 29, and November 5, meet in the courtyard after the service.
We are trying an experiment over the next three Sundays, which we are naming "Walk n' Talk". On Sunday, October 15, we will try taking an easy 30-minute walk in a surrounding neighborhood - weather permitting. Our plan is to try this on…
Sunday, October 15 in the Grady room from 12 noon to 1 pm or
Tuesday. October 17 in the Homer room from 7pm to 8 pm
Correction - Last weeks E-Bulletin listed incorrect dates for these meetings. The Finance Committee is interested in your thoughts regarding the FY2019…Read More
Reboot Your Old Computers and Rewind your Electronics - Reboots and Rewinds (formerly Chips and Salsa) wants your old electronics. Bored with your keyboards? Mice not so nice? Amps cramping your life style? iPod's sitting in dry dock? Bring old computers, audio components, and video…Read More
At the October 29 Shinn Service, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will speak to the congregation. Dr. Hinton has garnered many honors and awards for her recent book, From the War on Poverty…Read More
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
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Thursday, November 2 in the Damon Room at 7:15 pm
"From Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine – and lives. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it…
Sunday,October 29, 12 Noon - 2 pm
[Photo--Cornel West and Carlton Smith pictured with clergy protesters at Charlottesville]
Charlottesville August 2017: A rally organized by heavily armed white Nazis was met by…
The Magic Fire at Theatre@First in Somerville
Sunday, November 12th at 3 pm
Join Rev. Marta Flanagan see The Magic Fire in Davis Square and enjoy supper and discussion at the director's Elizabeth Hunter's home after the show. This play by Argentinean-American playwright…
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…
The Supreme Court ruled in 1901 that “alien races” should be governed differently. The same Supreme Court that approved “separate but equal” in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) a few years later decided in the “Insular Cases” that the people of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the…Read More
Friday, October 20, 7-9 pm
Maran Theater at Wolfard Hall
Lesley University,34 Mellen Street
in Cambridge - Sponsored by the
Griffin Museum of Photography
This talk is a remarkable opportunity to hear from a great black-centric social documentary…
Sunday, October 22, from 2 pm - 4 pm
Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street in Brookline
The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and Temple Beth Zion are co-hosting this opportunity to learn more about the Muslim faith and to hear stories…Read More
Tuesday, October 24, 7 pm
Porter Square Bookstore
25 White Street in Cambridge
Most of the contributors to Black Lives Have Always Mattered, a Collection of Essays, Poems & Personal Narratives, edited by Abiodun Oyewole, are African American poets,…Read More
Kemp Harris celebrates African-American musical tradition
Wednesday, October 25, 8 pm
Passim, 47 Palmer Street in Cambridge
Composer Kemp Harris is also a children’s author, story-teller, and teacher.
Harris was born in North Carolina and taught himself the piano as a child. His first CD, “Sometimes In Bad Weather,”…Read More
Historian Kevin Levin on “Confederate Monuments and the Memory of Slavery”
15 George Street in Medford
Royall House and Slave Quarters
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30-9 p.m.
Free for RH & SQ members, $10 for non-members
The Royall family held at least 60…
U.N. screening canceled by request of the Trump administration
Arlington International Film Festival screening on Thursday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Capitol Theater, 204 Mass. Ave.
Fifty years after the abolition of Jim Crow Laws, what has…Read More
Read and Reflect about Racists Anonymous Chapters
“Racism in the world is real,” says a black United Church of Christ pastor named Ron Buford who started a Racists Anonymous chapter in 2016. “We should stop being in denial about it, the way an alcoholic is in denial about alcoholism.”
Sunday, 10/29 at 12 Noon in the Parlor
Comments? Email the Executive Committee
Review the Drafts
One of the responsibilities of our governing board (the Parish Committee) is to think ahead about how to manage situations that might arise, before they arise. Several months ago, an individual who is currently incarcerated for sexual offenses contacted a First Parish member and expressed interest in joining our…
This Sunday marks the sixth Sunday of the fall teaching term. All children should bring their sweaters or coats if the weather begins to chill.
Arlington Food Pantry has told us of a special need for cold and hot cereals. Please donate as generously as possible to support our neighbors in need. Donations can be brought to First Parish and put in containers near our doorways. Thank you for your help!
What's happening this Sunday? We…
Dear Youth Community, as we prepare for the retreat and the Harvest Moon Fair, make sure you get a chance to sign up for different leadership opportunities! It's a great way to contribute to the community and grow at the same time, especially for newer members. Talk to our fabulous co-leaders or Steve if you're interested.
Please note some upcoming events:
Sunday, October 22nd, 6:45–8:45pm: Youth Group Evening Program
Saturday, October 28th, 9am – Sunday,…
Do you find yourself "single" on Sunday? Do you have a partner who opts not to be part of the church community? Does he/she support your participation fully, yet you still feel pulled between home and…
Let's work together to repair the acrimony in our country. This resistance effort will identify actions we can take to alter the tone of political discourse for 2018 and beyond. The series of sessions continues on October 23 and 30.
10/26, 11/16, and 12/21 in the Parlor 10 am - Noon
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…Read More
Saturday, November 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Saving a space is recommended but not required.
How we can remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our irreplaceable world? There is limit of 35 people for this program, and some of the spaces will be open…
Capitalist economic systems have produced material abundance undreamt of in earlier eras. Poverty, starvation, and short brutal lives have been greatly reduced. On the other hand, capitalism is also derided as a predatory system that causes economic inequality,…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…
Grassroots International works in partnership with social movements to create a just and sustainable world by advancing the human rights to land, water, and food through global grantmaking, building solidarity across organizations and…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 Food Pantry can always use juice, jelly, cereal, things from baked goods aisle…
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…
First and Third Sundays ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First Parish
Are you having more challenges with your child's behavior than most parents? Do you feel like your family and friends do not get what you go through? Join us for a change to get support from other parents and caregivers…
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…
Thursdays, 10:30 am in Pierce
Join us for a weekly gathering of people to knit, sew, talk, eat lunch and prepare items for the November Harvest Fair. Everyone invited to come or let us know if you can prepare items at home that would be appropriate for the Stitch and Sew…
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…
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 for…