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
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Embrace the Darkness
Friday, December 12 ♦ 7:00 pm
A contemplative worship service providing comfort and acknowledging the shadow side of the season. The service will include selections by UUlations.
Sunday, December 14 ♦ Worship at 10:00 am
Marta Flanagan will preach to this theme selected by the highest bidder of the auction sermon. New members will be officially welcomed into First Parish.
The Shortest Day
Sunday, December 21 ♦ Worship at 10:00 am
Worship for All Ages which will include the lighting of a menorah and the decorating of a tree.
Candlelight Ceremony for Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24 ♦ 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
The two services feature all the same elements but for a few differences in musical selections.
Sunday, December 28 ♦ Worship at 10:00 am
You are invited to bring a favorite poem to share which provides wisdom and perspective at the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new.