First Parish: People, Spirit, Justice

First Parish in Arlington, Massachusetts is a vibrant progressive religious community of more than 400 people. We are young, old, single, and families with kids, LBGTQ and more. We know Black Lives Matter. Whoever you are you are welcome!

This Week’s Service

What in God’s Name?!

Sunday April 18, 2021 10:00 am

Zoom Meeting ID: 709-203-530

Worship Leader

Rev. Marta Morris Flanagan


There are many ways to get involved, from joining a group to helping out in an event. As a result of the pandemic, we are currently a virtual community. We are committed to spiritual growth within ourselves, side by side companionship of one another and turning outward in our work in the world. With more than 400 adult members, 150 children and 50 youth, First Parish is bustling and committed community.

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We are religious seekers. We reject the idea of there being any one single path to truth and meaning. Many of us believe in a Presence that moves within and among us. All of us wonder and doubt. We stand within a centuries old tradition of religious reform, valuing love over law, curiosity over conformity, kindness over rigidity.

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New to First Parish?

The best way to get to know us is to join us for worship on Sunday mornings. With extraordinary music, prayers and sermons, we are called to be our better selves. During worship, children participate in our religious education program, which is the largest Unitarian Universalist program in New England. Everyday we strive to live out our faith through kindness, perseverance, hope and activism.

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Latest News

April 15, 2021

Lone Purple Tree by Jean Anne Jones acrylic on canvas I love purple and trees! With the meeting hous… Read more »

April 14, 2021

First Parish office will be closed Monday, April 19 in observance of Patriot’s Day. Office staff wil… Read more »

April 8, 2021

More Zoom Technology needs have surfaced simply as a way to connect to our First Parish of Arlington… Read more »