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 them. Reading music is useful, but not required. All ages who can follow instruction and maintain focus for the length of the rehearsal are welcome. There is no requirement to be a member of the choir or any other First Parish musical group. We perform at various services throughout the year. New ringers are welcome to join throughout the church year. Please contact ringers @ firstparish.info for more information.
“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
10 am Sunday February 18
Hibernian 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…
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…Read More
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…
Second 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…Read More
March 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…Read More
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…Read More
Thursday, 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…Read More
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…
Now on view in the parlor
Photos of famous people and events drawn from Peter Southwick’s career as a photo journalist. Come browse!
Looking 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…
Bailey Room or
Thursday, March 8th - 7 pm -9 pm (Parlor)
Facilitated by Erin Jackson | Moderated by Cynthia Tavilla
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
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…
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…
Sunday, February 18,
12 - 1:15 pm (Parlor )
Light refreshments will be served
Go 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…Read More
Film & 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…Read More
A 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…Read More
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf
An 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…Read More
Email by March 1 for group tickets ($15 or less)
All ages thoroughly welcome
Sunday, May 5, 2 p.m.
ArtsEmerson Cutler Majestic Theater
219 Tremont Street in Boston
Lynette Martyn is organizing a First Parish family field trip to go see “The Migration” – a…Read More
Soul Yatra Trio: World music with Mike Block (cello), Sandeep Das (Indian table), and Shaw Pong Liu (erhu-violin)
Don’t miss this unique trio of world class musicians. Their collective experience performing with the Grammy-winning Silk…Read More
Learn from one of the moral and intellectual leaders of our time
Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, a recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant,” and a powerful writer and orator. He has persuaded judges that 115 people on…Read More
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” From the "Letter from a Birmingham Jail", an open letter that Rev. King wrote in 1963 in response to white clergy who opposed his use of non-violent civil disobedience to…Read More
Sunday, February 18, 12-1:15 pm
In the Parlor
Light refreshments will be served
Medgar Evers. Martin Luther King, Jr. Malcolm X.
Each of these notable leaders of the African American civil rights movement accomplished much, faced many challenges, and gave his life for the movement.
Come explore their legacies!
We will show a short clip…Read More
Sign Up for Unpacking Whiteness
Dialogues at First Parish
The Monday Group meets 7 - 9 pm, February 26 - March 26
The Wednesday Group meets 7 - 9 pm, February 28 - March 28
Want to get “woke”?
Want to reflect on the legacy and impact of white supremacy and white privilege?
Want to deepen your understanding of how race and privilege work upon you and the world?
Want to better understand explicit bias, implicit bias and microaggressions?
Stewardship is delighted to report that we are more than half-way to our financial ($) 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…Read More
10 am – 12 pm in the Parlor
An open group intended 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…
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…
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…
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…