Spirit, Transformation, Adventure, Reflection

Welcome! Since 2009, STAR has been bringing new religious education programs to First Parish Arlington. STAR programs help adults learn more about Unitarian Universalism, deepen our spiritual exploration, and discover new ways to come together in community. STAR also offers interested First Parishioners an opportunity to teach, explore and share their passions with one another.

Please consider joining us as a facilitator, a participant, or both! If you would like to propose doing a STAR program, please email

Read the Weekly e-Bulletin for more details on these programs and for more information on late-developing (but equally inspiring) new offerings.

Ongoing Events

Lectio Divina

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 our spiritual lives and set intentions for our daily lives. Drop­ins are always welcome!

Meets Tuesdays at 7 am to 8 am and Thursdays at 8 am to 9 am in the Parlor

A Revolution of Being: Opening your Mind and Heart to Who You Really Are

Please come and join others in exploring the foundational guidance of the respected and well-known American spiritual teacher, Adyashanti. With a Zen Buddhist background, his own teachings are free of any tradition or ideology. He encourages all people to have an “unquenchable thirst for truth and love, and a willingness to access the experience of where you are and what’s happening.” He offers teachings that are free of any tradition or ideology. He says “The Truth I point to is not confined within any religious point of view or doctrine.” He hopes to challenge your conditioning, beliefs, judgments and thoughts in order to embody an open mind and open heart in each person’s everyday relationships. The group is perfect for anyone for whom true understanding of who and what you really are might be meaningful, compelling or consequential. All are welcome. The gatherings are open to all people, are not sequential and carry no obligations of any kind.

Meets every other Tuesday evening 7 to 9 PM in Hedge

Directions: First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Massachusetts Avenue (corner of Pleasant Street and Mass Avenue), adjacent to the Robbins Library, 7 to 9 pm, in the “Homer” room. Enter the building through the door closest to the library, take the first left and then the first right.