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Lessons from the Past

Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan Preaching

10 am Sunday
January 21


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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Call for First Parish Artists!

artistsThe Congregational Art Show will open on April 15th - still plenty of time to create! We welcome two items in any media: painting, collage, fabric, ceramic, jewelry, other small 3-D creations, whatever! Exhibit details will come later. Show us what you’ve been up to! 

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MIWGlogojpgSunday, February 11, 2-4:30 p.m.  
With a brief program from 3-3:30 p.m.
In the sanctuary and vestry 

All are invited!

Celebrate how much public opinion has changed in five years and how far legislative reforms have come in…
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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 @

Join us! We hold drop-in…

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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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 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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Should First Parish join GBIO?

Tuesday, January 30, 7 - 9 pm
In the Parlor 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Nationalist’s Delusion

trumpHow and why so many Americans embrace discriminatory policies while disavowing racism.

“The specific dissonance of Trumpism – advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated – provides the emotional core of its appeal.…

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Cornell West on America’s Spiritual Bankruptcy

cornellwestThe triple evils of racism, militarism, and excessive materialism are destroying our country.

“We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried to lay…

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Resisting Surveillance Forum

resistingSaturday, January 20, 1 - 4 pm
UU Urban Ministry
10 Putnam Street in Roxbury

The Muslim Justice League’s mission is to educate, organize and advocate for human and civil rights that are violated or threatened under national security pretexts. It was started in Boston in 2014 by four Muslim…

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Black Lives Matter Boston Presents “Imagine!” –  Art as Resistance

imagineSunday, January 21, 3-5:30 pm
Arlington Street Church
351 Boylston Street in Boston

What is the role of art in radical Black liberation struggles?

This production by Black Lives Matter Boston, in partnership with the Arlington Street Church, will center…

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NAACP Mystic Valley Branch meets on Monday

naacpMonday January 22, 7:30 pm
West Medford Community Center
111 Arlington Street in Medford

Would you like to meet other local folks, of all colors, who care about racial justice?  Want to lend a hand?

The Mystic Valley Branch of the NAACP serves Arlington, Medford, Malden, Woburn,…

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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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“In the Eruptive Mode”:  Sulayman Al-Bassam brings forth voices of the Arab Spring

EruptiveJanuary 24-28
Robert J. Orchard Stage
Emerson Paramount Center
559 Washington Street in Boston

In 2011, democratic uprisings erupted all over the Arab world. Citizens challenged their leadership and questioned regimes, with uneven results.

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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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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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Conversation with Marta

chaliceJanuary 21, 2018
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 involved? You may be curious about our minister, Marta, and how she sees her role as minister.

On January 21 after our…

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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 programs? Would you like to explore with Marta Flanagan, our Minister, how she shapes her ministry? Are you looking for a…
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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 April. Click here to see the design and to order. The all-cotton T-shirt is $16.26 . They run on the small side, so consider…

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Blood Drive

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8 am - 2 pm

Please give! There is an unusually critical need for blood due to the recent adverse weather across the nation. Many drives had to be canceled, and many donors have been unable get in to open drives to offer the more than 13,000 units needed every day. Please bring a friend who hasn't yet become a life long donor. Consider Power Red donation of concentrated red cells. Use RapidPass that morning to…

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Religious Education Announcement

This Sunday marks the 3rd Sunday of our winter teaching term. Regular classes will be held in the morning and evening and our Nursery will be open at 10 am for babies and toddlers through the age of three.

We will be holding two One Room Sunday School programs in February, on Sundays February 18 and 25. Would you like to volunteer to help? This is a great way to contribute your time and talent in a time limited way. Extra hands are always needed to…

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Youth Group Announcements


​Thank you for all your wonderful efforts in preparing for and helping throw our first fundraiser of the year. I know all the effort and work will go to a good cause: helping NuDay Syria and other social action work! 

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 "Enchanted Forest" theme.

Sunday, January 21: Youth Group Evening…

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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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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…

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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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