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!
First Parish is displaying its Black Lives Matter banner again. February is Black History Month, plus we are starting a restorative justice process with the individual who defaced our Black Lives Matter banner on Thanksgiving (but not the other two times it was defaced). We are also continuing to explore what the affirmation that Black Lives Matter means for us as individuals, as a religious community, and as Americans.
The commentary on the banner reads: "Of course all lives matter . . . we believe that every individual is important and every person deserves to be treated with justice and compassion. We live, however, in a society that often suggests otherwise. Because of the continuing injustice and violence disproportionately faced by people of color, we affirm that Black Lives Matter."
Marta invites you to read this thoughtful article by Rev. Galen Guengerich, author of "God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age."