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 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.
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…Read More
Friday, 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…
Ushers Needed - All Christmas Eve Services
We 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…
Sunday, 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…Read More
Saturday, 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)…
The 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…Read More
Our 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…Read More
We 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!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…
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…
Help rededicate and restore a vandalized Black Lives Matter banner this Sunday
Sunday, December 10, 1 pm
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.…Read More
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…Read More
Buy 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…Read More
Resources for families
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,…Read More
First 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…Read More
Join 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…Read More
Friday, 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.
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…
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,…
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…
Artsbridge, 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.…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 Arlington Food Pantry welcomes donations of unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food and…
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…