STAR Adult Education:
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 explorations, 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 a STAR program, please email We welcome program ideas from September to May.

Read the Events page for more details on these programs and for more information on late-developing (but equally inspiring) new offerings. Below please find our ongoing events. If you do not see what you are looking for here, the Events page has all of our one-time 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. Drop­-ins are always welcome!

Meets Online Tuesdays at 7 am to 8 am, Wednesdays 9 am to 10 am, and Thursdays at 8 am to 9 am. 


Spirit Talk

Spirit Talks are similar in structure and purpose to a Covenant Group, but without the ongoing commitment. These one-hour drop-in Zoom meetings provide an opportunity for a small group (usually 6-10 people) to reflect together on a spiritual theme inspired by a different quote each week. Participants share in a facilitated discussion during which everyone is given the chance to speak without interruption for a set period of time. If there is time at the end of the meeting, there is an opportunity to join in more open conversation.

Meets Online Tuesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm, and Thursdays from 3 pm to 4 pm. 


Meditate “Together”

Looking for support for your meditation practice? Beginners and experienced meditators welcome. First Parish’s Meditation Group has gone virtual! Please join us whenever you like–no ongoing commitment required. To receive the Zoom Link, please email and tell us you would like to attend. The facilitator will open with a short Loving Kindness (Metta) introduction and then ring the bell. We will sit silently for 30 minutes, until the bell is rung again. Hope you can join us!

Meets Online Sundays from 9 am to 9:30 am and Mondays from 6 pm to 6:30 pm. Meets outdoors Mondays from 6 pm to 6:30pm.



View STAR One-Time Events and News



Please feel free to reach out to STAR if you have interest in joining any of our present offerings or if you have requests or ideas for future programming.nn the future.