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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 basic expenses.

Because of the continuing injustice and violence disproportionately faced by people of color, we affirm that Black Lives Matter.

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“The Genesis of Generosity”

Come to a better understanding of why and how we can grow in our habits of abundance - in all directions.

The Rev. Eliza Blanchard
Guest Preacher

10 am Sunday February 18 



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

For Colored Girls5Hibernian Hall - Roxbury
Sunday, February 25, at 2 pm
An UU Urban Ministry Activity

Praxis Stage is a local theater company formed as a response to the disaster of Trump's election, with the goals of linking theater with activism and producing plays that…

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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…

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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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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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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)

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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Women's March Book Group

march womens bookThe Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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…

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The story of Alice Tregay, Chicago’s unsung heroine of the civil rights movement

Alice TregayFilm & discussion with filmmaker
Robbins Library Community Room
Tuesday, February 20, 6:30 pm

This free screening of Alice's Ordinary People, a 56-minute documentary about an unsung heroine of the civil rights movement in Chicago, will be…

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A Celebration of African-American Artistry by the Arlington Philharmonic

HailstockA free concert at First Parish
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m.

This free concert by the Arlington Philharmonic orchestra will feature three African-American composers of different generations.

William Banfield is the director of Africana Studies at the…

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For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf
csAn iconic choreopoem by Ntozake Shange
Twelve performances February 15-25
UU Urban Ministry group visit followed by a Q&A with the director
Sunday, February 25, at 2 p.m.
Praxis Stage at Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street in Roxbury


We have an exciting…

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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
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
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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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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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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Black American film history in 28 chapters

filmThe New York Times recommends essential movies from the 20th century

Do you like movies?  Are you interested in African American history?  Both?

Make sure to check out this list of 28 essential films…

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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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This Sunday - Malcolm, Martin, and Medgar: Explore their legacies with the help of James Baldwin

Malcolm Martin and MedgarSunday, February 18, 12-1:15 pm
In the Parlor
Light refreshments will be served

Medgar Evers. Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X.  

Each of these notable leaders of the African American civil rights movement accomplished much, faced many challenges, and gave his life for the movement.  

Come explore their legacies!

We will show a short clip…

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Sign Up for Unpacking Whiteness

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The Monday Group meets 7 - 9 pm, February 26 - March 26
The Wednesday Group meets 7 - 9 pm, February 28 - March 28 

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 understand explicit bias, implicit bias and microaggressions?


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Moving Forward in sustaining our community! Stewardship Update!

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Stewardship is delighted to report that we are more than half-way to our financial ($) goals, and 1/3rd of the way to our participation goal. MANY thanks to those who have stepped up early in the campaign.

And now, a gentle reminder that you should submit your pledge if you have not;  we need all members and friends to Move Forward Together in planning for a healthy fiscal…

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Religious Education Announcements

One Room Sunday School Program this Sunday, February 18th, led by Lynette Martyn, Tina Schultz, and members of the Racial Justice Committee, in the Bailey Room (basement) for children in grades K-5. Older children are encouraged to stay in the Sanctuary with their families. Our Nursery and PreK classrooms will be open for the youngest children. NO EVENING PROGRAMS.

One Room Sunday School Program on Sunday, February 25th, led by Meredith…
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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community, thank you for a wonderful Winter Lock-in experience! The planners and leaders did an excellent job, and good times were had by all! We prepare for our upcoming Youth Worship Service, on March 18th... Band members should pay special attention to rehearsal schedule.

Please note some upcoming events:

Sunday, February 18th: NO EVENING PROGRAM

Tuesday, February 20th, 6:30–8 pm: Youth Group Band Rehearsal – The Youth Group Band…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

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February 22
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 planning and…

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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 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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