Inter-Racial Dialogue Potluck Dinner

potluck dinnerA Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries gathering
Sunday, January 28, 5 - 7 pm
First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist, Parish Hall
23 Dedham Avenue in Needham

All are invited to take part in an evening of sharing identities and connecting across diverse lines over a shared meal. 

The Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries has hosted a series of inter-racial potluck dinners in various communities. Click here to learn more and register for the upcoming dinner on Sunday, January 28.

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Lessons from the Past

Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan Preaching

10 am Sunday
January 21


unitarian chalice bridgeSundays, February 4 and 11
from 3 - 5:30 pm 

Are you interested in learning more about First Parish, Unitarian Universalism, or how to become a member of our Congregation? Would you like to spend time sharing your spiritual path with others or learning more about how to become involved in the congregation's…
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An Evening of Transylvanian Folk Dancing. Come join the fun!  

danceSaturday, February 10
from 7 - 9 pm in the Vestry

Dance Instruction by  Dénes Takácsy. Group Dances - No partner required! Potluck dessert. Sponsored by First Parish’s Partnership Church Committee. Suggested donation $10 per adult, $20 max per family, kids…

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First Parish Social Action T-Shirts

watermarked smallPerhaps 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…

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ArCS Cluster (formerly Refugee Concerns Working Group)

refugeeThere 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 efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.
We are holding the following events: 

Jan 31: Training…

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Spiritual Fortitude and Resilience: An All Day Contemplative Retreat with Marta


A STAR Adult Ed Program

Saturday, February 17
from 8:30 am to 4 pm

Edwards House in Framingham
Register by Saturday, February 3 

Life has its moments of ease and its moments of challenge. Moving gracefully through life requires fortitude…

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Annual Social Justice Potluck

Friday, January 19, 6:30 pm

Bring a dish to share to this community-wide event (Marta will be there!) and learn about some of the great social justice activities here at First Parish.

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Conversation with Marta

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After the Service

Are you new to First Parish? Do you have questions about our community and how we are involved in Social Justice and Climate Change issues? Are you curious about Unitarianism and Universalism? We are an active and engaged community. Are you wondering how to get…

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 Show Tunes Community Sing

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Friday, January 26, 7pm

Come lend your voice to familiar tunes from musicals such as Oliver!, Hair, My Fair Lady, Sound of Music, Cabaret, The Lion King, A Chorus Line, and others. Brendon Shapiro will be our pianist; singers and friends of all ages and abilities welcome. Please bring a snack…

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New Years Resolution: Choose 100% Renewable Electricity

ccapArlington residents have the opportunity to "opt up" to 50% or 100% local renewable electricity, instead of getting most of their electricity from power plants that burn fossil fuels. With Arlington's new Community Choice Aggregation program, it's easy. Choosing to…

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Should First Parish join GBIO?
Tuesday, January 30, 7-9 p.m. in the Parlorgbiologo
The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) is the most politically effective interfaith social justice network in the Boston area. 
GBIO's mission is "to coalesce, train, and organize the communities of Greater Boston across religious,…
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Thursday, Feburary 1
7:15 pm - Damon room

Join us to discuss John Steinbeck's Cannery Row. 
“Steinbeck has compounded a bitter and uproariously funny commentary on the futility of human aspiration and the barrenness of existence . . . an extraordinary mixture of wild laughter and searing…
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First Parish Joins Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries

cmmCooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) is the oldest interfaith social justice network in the Boston area.  Founded in 1966, its goal was to help build Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of a Beloved Community for all citizens.  It now includes nearly 100…

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Alliance Annual Chowder Supper
Friday, February 2, 6:30 pm
Come for the fine traditional chowder supper and stay for the great company! There will be a variety of chowders, salad, corn bread -- all gathered or made by Alliance board members. Bring a book you are finished with and that you think others might…
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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…
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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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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

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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Our Personal Histories

A coup d’etat in
Wilmington, NC, in 1898

Cheri Minton was quite surprised to see an essay about her home town – Wilmington, North Carolina – featured in the Arlington Advocate. She found this story very interesting and completely new to her, even though North Carolina required children to study the…

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Joyful Noise! By the Harlem Gospel Choir

joyfulSaturday, January 13, 7:30 pm
Sanders Theater in Cambridge

Harvard’s Multicultural Arts Center brings people from all around New England to celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through Joyful Noise, its annual Gospel concert with the Harlem Gospel…

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“Unveiled”: Rohina Malik’s powerful and uplifting one-woman play about hijabi women

unveiledJanuary 10 - 26 at the New Repertory Theater
Mosesian Center for the Arts
321 Arsenal Street in Watertown
February 7 - 16 at the Greater Boston Stage
395 Main Street in Stoneham

Rohina Malik was attending a friend’s wedding, with her young…

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The Radical King


Join the conversation after the service on Sunday, January 14

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is often remembered as a prophet of non-violence and universal love. Fewer people remember, though, that King believed that the principles of non-violence and love require opposing militarism, materialism, and the…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Day of Service

dreamCo-sponsored by Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
and Brandeis University
Monday, January 15, 10 am – 3:30 pm
Levin Ballroom & Usdan Student Center
Brandeis University
415 South Street in Waltham

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Medford’s Community-Wide Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Monday, January 15

10:30 am – 1 pm
St. Raphael Parish Center
514 High Street in Medford

Everyone is invited to join the Mystic Valley NAACP, Medford Human Rights Commission, Medford Office of Diversity, and Medford Interfaith Clergy Association…

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Freedom’s First Generation – Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War

freedomHistorian Kendra Taira Field discusses Growing Up With the Country: Family, Race, and Nation after the Civil War
Royall House and Slave Quarters
15 George Street in Medford
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 - 9 pm
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Inter-Racial Dialogue Potluck Dinner

potluck dinnerA Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries gathering
Sunday, January 28, 5 - 7 pm
First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist, Parish Hall
23 Dedham Avenue in Needham

All are invited to take part in an evening of sharing identities and connecting across diverse lines over a shared meal. 

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Hear Word! Nigerian Women Talk True

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January 26 – February 11
Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street in Cambridge

Featuring a cast of leading Nigerian actresses, Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True is inspired by multi-generational stories of inequality and transformation.  Staged by director and writer Ifeoma Fafunwa, the show…

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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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Giving First Recepient for January - Black Lives Matter Cambridge

blmThe Giving First recipient for January is Black Lives Matter Cambridge. They are part of the movement to end structural racism both locally, nationally and internationally. BLM Cambridge has petitioned to drop the charges filed against the Fight Supremacy protesters last August in Boston; hosted a day-long symposium focused on achieving racial justice and social equity in the…

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Religious Education Announcement

Snow Closings: Should we have inclement weather we encourage everyone to stay safe. We will post religious education program closings on the church web site and an email will go out to families whose children are registered.

Bell Ringers and Chalice Lighters are needed for our worship services! Please sign up your child using the hard copy form found the RE bulletin board in the hallway near the Vestry (coffee hour room). 

Please remember…

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Youth Group Announcements

​Our first fundraiser, to benefit NuDay Syria and our social action work, is coming up fast! Make sure to spread the word to your networks, and sell the tickets that were distributed in youth group. With everyone's combined effort, we can make this wonderful event truly enchanting!

Please note some upcoming events:

Saturday, January 20, 7 – 10 pm: Youth Group "Prom" – We have our first fundraiser of the year, a dance for all ages, with an…
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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

Aging Well Within Our Community

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Thursday, January 25
10 am – 12 pm in the Parlor

An open group i​ntended to foster engagement and build community​ among women in First Parish UU Arlington​. Aging Well is facilitated by Kit Hayes, for women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to…

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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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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

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 is in need of breakfast cereal. Unopened, unexpired items can be…

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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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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

hand ringing a chime bowlLooking for support for your meditation practice? Our Sangha is looking for new members! We meet monthly to meditate together and explore Buddhist teachings and the impact on our lives. If interested, please email  meditation @

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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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