Talking Turkey with Family: Putting Thanks back into Thanksgiving

thanksgivingA STAR Adult Ed Program
Sunday, November 19
12 Noon - 2 pm in the Bailey Room

A two-hour workshop by Ellen Faran and Jitendra Singh so you can enjoy all your dinner guests with love and gratitude! For the main course, about political arguments at the dinner table, and why it's so hard for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground and how to finesse these arguments in conversation. And for dessert, we will include some live examples for practice (maybe a case you bring to the workshop for modeling?).

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Giving Thanks, Welcoming Strangers


  Thanksgiving All Parish Service
10 am November 19 


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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Singers Alert - MLK Celebration

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Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 pm

First Baptist Church, 819 Mass. Ave.

Singers Alert! You have an opportunity to put your love of singing to a very special use. This year the MLK Celebration will mark the 30th year of Arlington's celebration.

The MLK Celebration…

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Sacred Circle Dance

dancingNovember 20, from 7 pm to 8:45 pm   
Bailey Room, led by Inez Folsom

This dance form is based on an ancient international tradition of communal dancing. Simple steps are set to folk music from around the world. And newer choreographies are set to contemporary and classical music. 

All dances are taught.…

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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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How Judges Can Show Respect

How Judges Can Show RespectA fabulous new TED Talk

In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect?

A pioneering judge in Newark, New Jersey, Victoria Pratt is the daughter of an African-American father and a Dominican-American mother. Her parents raised her in…

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 Ex-Conversations: How people get into prison and how people transform their lives

Ex ConversationsFour powerful conversations recorded by First Parish’s own Joel Olicker

As a youth in Boston, Orlando wound up shooting two of his friends during a dispute. He spent time in a youth facility, and then struggled to turn his life around.…

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “The Danger of a Single Story”

ChimamandaA classic TED Talk by the author of Americanah

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk that has been viewed by nearly 14 million people, Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns about the dangers of…

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Unpublished Black History

Unpublished Black HistoryAn evocative photo-essay from the New York Times archives

Each day for a month, the New York Times printed a previously unpublished photo of revealing moments in African-American history, together with a short essay about the context and significance of the photo.

Click here for evocative…

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

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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 dance,…

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“Unveiled”: A one-woman show on what it means to be a hijabi Muslim woman in America

 UnveiledPurchase tickets now for January 10-26

New Repertory Theater
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Racism. Hate crimes. Love. Islam. Culture. Language. Life.

Five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world serve…

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Harvest Moon Fair
Saturday, November 18
10 am to 3 pm

Harvest Moon FairBring your Hands that Help, Donations that Sell, and a little extra cash for those in need. We will have 17 booths with a wide variety of things to sell, a cafe, greeters, and a variety of pre- and post-fair activities. Encourage your friends and family to stop by the Fair!

Working together. In addition to celebrating 161 years of volunteering for the Fair, we'll be highlighting…

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Meet Our Partners in Faith from Gagy, Transylvania

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The Partner Church committee is sponsoring a group video call with our partners in Gagy. Rev. Zoltan Gal will be the host in Gagy, and provide translation. Several people from Gagy and several from First Parish will introduce themselves, ask and answer some questions, and learn more about each other. All are invited to watch. We hope to make this a…
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Blood Drive 

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8 am - 2 pm

Donors are needed for our upcoming American Red Cross (ARC) blood drive. Sign up via the ARC Blood Donor App or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Volunteers to help with set up and other tasks are also needed.

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Religious Education Announcements

Dear Families,

Please join us for an All Ages Worship Service this Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving!

We will not hold regular classes. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten class will go into the Sanctuary at the beginning of worship as usual, but will leave to go to the BAILEY ROOM (the basement space) to participate in live music with our Music Director Jonathan. Older children should stay with their families to participate in the worship service, which…

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community, 
Through your thoughtful and deliberate process, we've decided on a Social Action theme: the Refugee Crisis. In the coming months, we hope to connect with the important work that's already going on at First Parish.

Please note some upcoming events:

Saturday, November 18, 10 am–3 pm: Harvest Moon Fair – Our youth group band performs at the cafe in the afternoon!

Sunday, November 19, 10 am: Youth Group "Goes to Church" – this…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

Talking Turkey with Family: Putting Thanks back into Thanksgiving

thanksgivingA STAR Adult Ed Program
Sunday, November 19
12 Noon - 2 pm in the Bailey Room

A two-hour workshop by Ellen Faran and Jitendra Singh so you can enjoy all your dinner guests with love and gratitude! For the main course, about political…

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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 Food Pantry can always use health and beauty products, especially shampoo, conditioner,…

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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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