Lessons from the Past
Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan Preaching
10 am Sunday
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's Words on our Public Witness Banners
First 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…
The 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!
Let us know if you’d…Read More
With a brief program from 3-3:30 p.m.
In the sanctuary and vestry
Looking 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 @ firstparish.info.
Join us! We hold drop-in…
A STAR Adult Ed Program
Saturday, February 17
from 8:30 am to 4 pm
Life has its moments of ease and its moments of challenge. Moving gracefully through life requires fortitude…
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.Read More
Show Tunes Community Sing
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…Read More
Should First Parish join GBIO?
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 efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.
We are holding the following events:
Jan 31: Training…
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…
Saturday, 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…Read More
New Years Resolution: Choose 100% Renewable Electricity
Arlington 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…Read More
First Parish Joins Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Cooperative 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…Read More
Our 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…
First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.
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…
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…
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…
► 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…
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…
Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ firstparish.info. 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…
How 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.…Read More
The 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…Read More
Saturday, 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…Read More
Sunday, 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…Read More
Monday 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,…Read More
A 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.
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.
January 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…Read More
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…Read More
Rev. 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…Read More
January 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…
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…
Perhaps 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…Read More
Saturday, February 3
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…
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…
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!
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…Read More
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…
The 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…Read More
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…
There 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
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…
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…
The 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…
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…
Do 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…
First 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…