Excitement, Warmth, and Commitment
First Parish is a buoyant, vibrant community of more than 400 members and a youth group of more than 80 youth. We are straight and LBTGQ. We are single. We are coupled. We are parents and little ones. Whoever you are, you are welcome!
We love music and have a 40-member choir and many musicians to show for it. We care about living green and responsibly and reaching across race and class.
In the center of Arlington, we have been around since the founding of the town. We have worshipped in five buildings on this site, today’s built after a fire in 1975. Through the generations we have stood for progressive reform.
We are a religious people who grapple with what it is to live and die, and make wise and good choices in our days. We know that living spiritually and intentionally makes for a fuller life and a better world.
Highlights and Upcoming Events
Please visit the E-Bulletin to learn about all
that is happening at First Parish!
Homily by Rev. Marta Flanagan
Everyone is invited to bring water from a treasured place to contribute to a silent blessing of the common water.
Monday, September 12 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in Bailey
Would you like to understand better the rituals and meanings of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that every Muslim who can is expected to do at least once in their lives? Come see and discuss “Inside Mecca,” an informative and beautiful documentary that follows three pilgrims – from Indonesia, South Africa, and the United States – and explains what they see, do, and experience. Children are welcome!
This program is sponsored by STAR, First Parish’s adult religious education program, and is open to members of the public. Feel free to invite friends to join you. Questions? Email star @ firstparish.info
We are displaying both a Black Lives Matter banner and a statement of appreciation and support for the Arlington Police Department and its commitment to justice and compassion.
Can they sit side by side without contradiction?
Click here for our thoughts on displaying these two banners.