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 more information, visit the music pages of our web site, or email music @

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Christmas Intergenerational


Conversation with our Minister, Marta Flanagan

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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…

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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!

December Worship at First Parish in Arlington


uulationsFriday, December 15 at 7 pm
Embrace the Darkness

Amidst good cheer and busy-ness, there is a shadow side to the season. For many this contemplative worship service is their favorite service of the year. It provides comfort and acknowledges our losses and longings at this…

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Ushers Needed - All Christmas Eve Services

leavesWe need volunteers to help with Christmas Eve services. This year there are more opportunities than ever with services at 10 am, 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm on Sunday, December 24. No experience needed. Open to all - grade 5 and older. Please contact Kate Tranquada if you are able to help…

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Hanukkah Latke Party

laktesSunday, December 17, 2 pm to 6 pm

You can sign up in person at Coffee Hour or online.

We grate potatoes and cook latkes together. No experience cooking latkes is needed, just a willingness to help. 

Kids are warmly welcomed to help cook, play dreidel, sing, and light candles. Dreidel playing for…

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Holiday Cookie Bake

cookiesSaturday, December 23 at 11 am

Come join us in baking holiday cookies! Lots of cookies! Grand Parents, Parents, Aunts & Uncles, Youth, 'Tweens, and Kids. (Note - anyone under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult). We will be looking for some help supplying ingredients (and a few hand mixers)…

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Unique Art Show

Sisters in Stiches BannerThe Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth is a New England quilt guild dedicated to preserving the art, tradition and culture of African-American quilting. The following description of story quilts is from the Sisters' website: 

"The art of quilting has traveled across oceans, survived 400 years of…

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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…

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uuaThe Parish Committee recently approved First Parish's first two official Safer Congregations Policies. The purpose of these policies is to create a process for responding to concerns about an individual's behavior in a way that respects our desire for a physically safe environment, our…
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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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Colorful, Heavy Stock Paper Needed

paperWe are collecting magazine covers (anything colorful on heavy stock paper) to use for this year's ringlets on the Christmas tree. If you have any magazine covers or paper that we can use, please drop them off at the reception desk in the church office. Thank you!

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Contemplative Retreat - Save the Date

walkingSaturday Feb 17, from 8 am - 4 pm
Edwards House in Framingham

Led by the Rev. Marta Flanagan
More details to be announced soon.

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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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Help rededicate and restore a vandalized Black Lives Matter banner this Sunday

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Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford
147 High Street in Medford

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford has invited us to join a public rededication of their Black Lives Matter banner on Sunday, December 10.…

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“What It’s Like to Be Muslim in America”


Dalia Mogahed’s powerful TED Talk on faith, fear, and countering prejudices.Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed opens her TED Talk by discussing her decision to wear a hijab and what her faith means to her personally. She goes on to reflect on her experiences on 9/11 and the fraught…

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“Unveiled”: A one-woman show on being a hijabi Muslim woman in the U.S.

 UnveiledBuy 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 tea and uncover what…

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Multicultural books for kids & how to talk with kids about race

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Looking for good books for children you care about?  Want assistance in talking with your children about race? 

Check out this great website, How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help. It includes general tips,…

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Good reads for adults

good readsFirst Parish member Mary Fusoni highly recommends Philip Dray’s At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America.    

From Mary: “I read it a few months ago and it had a profound effect on me. While the subject is, of course, deeply disturbing, the book also tells the uplifting stories…

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“Black Nativity” opens this weekend

blackJoin UU Urban Ministry for a special reception this Sunday, 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…

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Liberty and justice do not exclude Muslims, refugees, immigrants

Muslims refugees immigrantsFirst Parish stands for justice and compassion in a troubled world
Five times a week, on average, a Muslim in Massachusetts asks the Massachusetts chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MA) for help after a hate-related incident. Nationwide, rhetorical and physical attacks on Muslim people and mosques are relentless. Worldwide, more people are displaced…
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Embrace the Darkness 

uulationsFriday, December 15 at 7 pm

Amidst good cheer and busy-ness, there is a shadow side to the season. For many this contemplative worship service is their favorite service of the year. It provides comfort and acknowledges our losses and longings at this time of year. The service will include music by UUlations, an eight woman acapella group and is coordinated by Marta Flanagan and the Worship Associates.

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Religious Education Announcements

Dear Families,

We all want our kids to grow up with open minds, helping hands and loving hearts. But there's a lot of hurt in the world right now, especially for those who are seen as  different in some way. Many of us wonder "What do we tell our kids? How do we support them on their journey to be forces of change to the community and the world?" We are excited to support a program called STORY STARTERS, a pilot program for kids in grades Prek-4…

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Youth Group Announcements


Dear Youth Community, ​

May you find some warmth and rest in these holiday times! Our December looks exciting, with lots of opportunities to build community and celebrate one another. Join us!

Please note some upcoming events:

Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 am – Sunday, Dec. 17, 9 am: Youth Conference – Save the date. FPUUA hosts a 24-hour youth conference for regional UU youth!

Sunday, December 17, 6:45 – 8:45 pm: Youth Group Evening Program – Our holiday party,…

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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 December: Artsbridge

artsbridgeArtsbridge, Inc., brings transformational change to young adults from communities in conflict. Our unique training model inspires future leaders to work creatively through their differences to develop innovative approaches to complex human problems.…

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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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