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!
Sunday, April 26 ♦11:45 am - 12:30 pm in the Parlor
Please join us after Sunday's worship service for a special visit by Jumaane Kendrick, director of ABCD's Changing Tracks Initiative, which seeks to improve the life chances of teens affected by substance abuse and the criminal justice system. Jumaane was once such a teen himself, before he was hired as a youth organizer by the Center for Teen Empowerment. Now he serves on TE's board of directors. Jumaane will talk with us about his life and work. There will be time for questions and free-flowing conversation.
Friday, May 1 ♦ Program at 8:00 pmAlliance members will gather at 6:30 pm on May 1 for dinner and the annual business meeting. Following the meeting, at 8:00 pm, we’ll adjourn to a program to which all First Parish is warmly invited! “Travels with Myself” features a panel of women solo travelers — Arleen Kulin, Cathy Modica and Annette Sawyer — who will share travel experiences and philosophies. Please visit www.firstparish.info/alliance to see a few sentences from each panelist on their particular theme. Questions? Contact alliance @ firstparish.info
Saturday, May 2 ♦ 9:45 am in the Vestry and BaileyPlease join the Diversity/Inclusion Group for a special a workshop on class led by trainers from UU Class Conversations. Ingathering in the Vestry at 9:45 am, program begins at 10:00 am in Bailey. Please plan to bring food to share for a potluck lunch. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss their class backgrounds and how class dynamics impact on our community at First Parish. To register for the workshop, contact Bill Gardiner at bill.gardiner1942 @ gmail.com, and please visit www.firstparish.info/class for more information.
Saturday, April 25 ♦ 7:00 pm at the Paramount Theater, 559 Washington St. in Boston (near Downtown Crossing)
Saturday, May 9 ♦ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm (or any part thereof) at the Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave.
The Mass Incarceration Working Group encourages you to attend the Center for Teen Empowerment's annual Peace Conferences, where participants in TE's Roxbury and Somerville programs will use music, art, theater, and the spoken word to reflect on their experiences -- sort of like our Youth Group's services, but created by urban teens. For more information see www.teenempowerment.org or email end-mass-incarceration @ firstparish.info.
Now is the time to make your annual pledge. We need to know the amount so that we can prepare a budget for the coming year. Please consider increasing the amount from last year to allow First Parish to expand involvement in social justice work and improve operations. Happily, we offer three easy ways for you to make your pledge -- click here for more information!