The Alliance is the women’s organization in our church, with a mission to support the women in our church, and through that support to advance the interests and efforts of our entire church. Formal membership in The Alliance is open only to women, but Alliance activities are inclusive across gender and age: men attend meetings as guests and as speakers, and The Alliance is supportive of, and supported by, the youth and children of First Parish. The Alliance hosts several programs each year from October to May. Most programs are held on Friday evenings. For more information, contact arlfpalliance@gmail.com or alliance@firstparish.info. Click here for more information about our charitable 3-year Giving Plan.

ALLIANCE ANNUAL MEETINGPOSTPONED TO FRI, OCTOBER 2ND SAVE THE DATE!

Dinner provided-6:30PM with Potluck Dessert
Meeting and Program-7:30PM

The Alliance will hold its Annual Meeting and Celebration on October 2nd, 6:30-9:00pm. We will hold our business meeting to review the Board officers, confirm the budget, and determine the beneficiaries of our Giving Plan. More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.
The Celebration will include a delicious dinner provided by the Board and prepared by our own Secretary/Caterer, Robbie Rinearson and her helpers! There will also be a talk by Joan Martin of the League of Women Voters. They are in their 100th anniversary year! Joan will speak about the history and goals of the League and explain how the League has established its positions on current issues. Discussion will follow.

Please join us with questions!


A LOSS IN OUR ALLIANCE COMMUNITY

Beatrice Meirowitz Shriver, a long-time active member in the Alliance passed away on January 13th after a short illness. Her family, John and Diane and Laura Shriver, will hold a memorial service at First Parish this Sunday afternoon at 2:00PM with a collation following the service. Alliance members are encouraged to come and participate in the collation, if you wish, in the set-up (beginning at 1:00PM) and take-down and the serving of catered refreshments. Her obituary is available in the Boston Globe. She will be greatly missed.


Alliance Programs & Gatherings

Click for Program Brochure updated for Spring 2020

Program Oct 18, 2019-Buddha in the Garden, book cover, by Cathie DesjardinsProgram Oct 18, 2019-photo of Cathie Desjardins

Writing a Garden CATHIE DESJARDINS Friday, October 18 Potluck dessert-7:00pm; program-7:30pm

In her new book of poems, Buddha in the Garden, Cathie Desjardins takes us on a seasonal swirl through all the life experiences to which gardens are a gateway. Cathie’s Alliance talk is about both the process of making a book and making a garden and includes selected readings and photos. Buddha in theGarden will be available for signing.


WRITING YOUR OWN THIRD ACT ANNETTE SAWYER & LOUISE STRAYHORN FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Potluck Supper-6:30pm; program-7:30pm

With planners and facilitators, Annette Sawyer and Louise Strayhorn, we will spend an evening in community exploring a positive vision for our “third act”. We will open a conversation about what we can move toward and explore in a place where we are our most creative. Come join us as we begin the first steps on a staircase of growth!

To prepare, come with your hopes and questions and please have watched Jane Fonda’s Ted Talk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wzTFgG136Y


Bowl of chowder
Annual Chowder Supper Friday, January 10 Supper-6:30pm with potluck dessert

Welcome in the New Year with a warm tradition—a chowder supper! Several chowder­s, salad, and home-made cornbread and lots of stimulating conversation! Genevieve Baldwin, recipient of the youth summer seminary scholarship, shared her experiences in Colorado last summer with us. Also, our 3-year Giving Plan has been successful, but it is time for us to review for the future. We will begin the discussion now and vote on it at the Annual Meeting in May.


5 EASY WAYS TO DE-STRESS AT WORK    (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19) AND AT HOME NANCY WEBBER Friday, March 20 Potluck dessert-7:00pm; program-7:30pm

Like it or not stress is part of our lives. While we cannot always control our circumstances, we can control how we respond. Nancy Webber has created an experiential program for De-Stressing. We will practice effective stress relievers including deep gentle stretches and breathing techniques. Our focus will be on releasing stress and tension throughout the body. All activities will be accessible to all and can be done standing or seated in a chair. The program will conclude with a seated Progressive Relaxation Response sequence inspired by Dr. Herbert Benson. These carefully curated relaxation exercises will leave you feeling calm and centered.


ALLIANCE SUNDAY SERVICE – April 5  (ALL SUNDAY SERVICES WILL BE HELD ONLINE until further notice)
it’s impossible SPEAKER: PAMELA KRISTAN
RECEPTION AFTER THE SERVICE please bring refreshments to share

If you’ve ever despaired at not being able to do it all, you’re not alone. None of us can do it all—it’s impossible. We, of unlimited thoughts and desires, live in a limited world of time and space (what a bummer!). This fundamental condition—our heads in the clouds and our feet on the ground—is our dilemma as two-leggeds. On Alliance Sunday we’ll explore how to hold this curious position with grace and power. Pam Kristan has led workshops at Rowe Conference Center, WomenExplore, and Rolling Ridge Conference Center based on her book, Awakening in Time —Practical Time Management for Those on a Spiritual Path. She attends First Church in Jamaica Plain UU, has moderated panels for National Take Back Your Time Day and has been featured in national broadcast/print media. Her mission is to bring more ease and effectiveness into people’s lives. (Info at www.Pamelakristan.com.)


ALLIANCE ANNUAL MEETING – POSTPONED TO FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2NDSAVE THE DATE! DINNER-6:30PM WITH POTLUCK DESSERT MEETING AND PROGRAM-7:30PM

The Alliance will hold its Annual Meeting and Celebration on October 2nd, 6:30-9:00pm. We will hold our business meeting to review the Board officers, confirm the budget, and determine the beneficiaries of our Giving Plan. More information will be forthcoming closer to the date.
The Celebration will include a delicious dinner provided by the Board and prepared by our own Secretary/Caterer, Robbie Rinearson and her helpers! There will also be a talk by Joan Martin of the League of Women Voters. They are in their 100th anniversary year! Joan will speak about the history and goals of the League and explain how the League has established its positions on current issues. Discussion will follow.

Please join us with questions!