The Partner Church committee is sponsoring a group video call with our partners in Gagy. Rev. Zoltan Gal will be the host in Gagy, and provide translation. Several people from Gagy and several from First Parish will introduce themselves, ask and answer some questions, and learn more about each other. All are invited to watch. We hope to make this a semi-regular event, so stay tuned for future episodes if you can't make it to this debut.
Giving Thanks, Welcoming Strangers
Thanksgiving - All Parish Service
10 am November 19
Pancake Breakfast for RE Families (infant through Grade 6)
Sunday, December 3
9:15 am Vestry
Religious Education is hosting a free pancake breakfast before Sunday services on Sunday, December 3. We will begin at 9:15 am in the Parlor. RSVP to to let us know if you are coming or, even better, if you want to assist with…
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 2 pm
First Baptist Church, 819 Mass. Ave.
Singers Alert! You have an opportunity to put your love of singing to a very special use. This year the MLK Celebration will mark the 30th year of Arlington's celebration.
The MLK Celebration…
November 20, from 7 pm to 8:45 pm
Bailey Room, led by Inez Folsom
This dance form is based on an ancient international tradition of communal dancing. Simple steps are set to folk music from around the world. And newer choreographies are set to contemporary and classical music.
All dances are taught.…
December Women's Book Group
The Cunning Man by Robertson Davies
December 7 at 7:15pm in Damon
"It is always a pleasure to read works that manage to be both entertaining and intelligent. Throughout his long career, Canadian novelist Davies has successfully combined these two elements. His latest protagonist, Dr. Jonathan…
Click here if you have a charity you'd like to nominate or would like to learn more about our Giving First program. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2017. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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…
The 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.
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…Read More
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 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…
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…
How Judges Can Show Respect
A fabulous new TED Talk
In halls of justice around the world, how can we ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect?
A pioneering judge in Newark, New Jersey, Victoria Pratt is the daughter of an African-American father and a Dominican-American mother. Her parents raised her in…Read More
Ex-Conversations: How people get into prison and how people transform their lives
Four powerful conversations recorded by First Parish’s own Joel Olicker
As a youth in Boston, Orlando wound up shooting two of his friends during a dispute. He spent time in a youth facility, and then struggled to turn his life around.…Read More
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on “The Danger of a Single Story”
A classic TED Talk by the author of Americanah
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk that has been viewed by nearly 14 million people, Nigerian-American novelist Chimamanda Adichie warns about the dangers of…Read More
Unpublished Black History
An evocative photo-essay from the New York Times archives
Each day for a month, the New York Times printed a previously unpublished photo of revealing moments in African-American history, together with a short essay about the context and significance of the photo.
Click here for evocative…Read More
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 music, blues, African-inspired dance,…Read More
“Unveiled”: A one-woman show on what it means to be a hijabi Muslim woman in America
Purchase 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…Read More
Harvest Moon Fair
Saturday, November 18
10 am to 3 pm
Bring your Hands that Help, Donations that Sell, and a little extra cash for those in need. We will have 17 booths with a wide variety of things to sell, a cafe, greeters, and a variety of pre- and post-fair activities. Encourage your friends and family to stop by the Fair!
Working together. In addition to celebrating 161 years of volunteering for the Fair, we'll be highlighting…Read More
The Partner Church committee is sponsoring a group video call with our partners in Gagy. Rev. Zoltan Gal will be the host in Gagy, and provide translation. Several people from Gagy and several from First Parish will introduce themselves, ask and answer some questions, and learn more about each other. All are invited to watch. We hope to make this a…
Please join us for an All Ages Worship Service this Sunday to celebrate Thanksgiving!
We will not hold regular classes. Our Pre-K and Kindergarten class will go into the Sanctuary at the beginning of worship as usual, but will leave to go to the BAILEY ROOM (the basement space) to participate in live music with our Music Director Jonathan. Older children should stay with their families to participate in the worship service, which…
Dear Youth Community,
Through your thoughtful and deliberate process, we've decided on a Social Action theme: the Refugee Crisis. In the coming months, we hope to connect with the important work that's already going on at First Parish.
Please note some upcoming events:
Saturday, November 18, 10 am–3 pm: Harvest Moon Fair – Our youth group band performs at the cafe in the afternoon!
Sunday, November 19, 10 am: Youth Group "Goes to Church" – this…
A STAR Adult Ed Program
Sunday, November 19
12 Noon - 2 pm in the Bailey Room
A two-hour workshop by Ellen Faran and Jitendra Singh so you can enjoy all your dinner guests with love and gratitude! For the main course, about political…Read More
Thursday, 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…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 consequences of climate change will disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. For over 20 years, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) has worked to eradicate…Read More
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 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…
Collection 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 Food Pantry can always use health and beauty products, especially shampoo, conditioner,…
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? 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…
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…