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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that is happening at First Parish!
On Sunday, April 30, after a very brief service here, we will go out to participate in various volunteer opportunities around greater Boston. You will have 11 different options, but you have to sign up in advance. Please click here for complete information about our volunteer opportunities. Please sign up and order your First Parish t-shirt by April 10, either on the website or at the Action Sunday table at Coffee Hour on March 19, April 2 or April 9. Plan to stay on May 7 after the regular service for lunch to reflect on our experiences.
Sunday, April 2 ♦ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm in the Parlor — lunch served, RSVPs requested
Rev. Marta Flanagan and the Climate Action Working Group invite you to a soup lunch and workshop on how to get your voice and your values heard at the State House. Prepare for the UU Mass Action Advocacy Day held this year on Tuesday, April 11, by learning about key issues (see below announcement). Please click here for workshop details!
Tuesday April 11 ♦ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at Arlington Street Church and State House
Rev. Marta Flanagan calls this, "One of the most effective opportunities to live your faith available to us. With the training and the camaraderie of the day, it's easy and fun to make an impact." Advocacy Day participants are strongly encouraged to come to a lunch and preparatory gathering on Sunday, April 2, after the service (see above announcement). Click here for Advocacy Day details!
March 26 ♦ 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in the Parlor
We're organizing a series of Potlucks at First Parish to give people an opportunity to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a dish to share (anything is fine -- it's truly "pot luck"). Our next potluck is March 26 (please note that the previously announced January 29 date has been cancelled). All potlucks will be held from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm in the Parlor after Sunday Service. Drop-ins welcome! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Trilling and Julius Pereli at potlucks @ firstparish.info.
First Parish Arlington Stands with Muslims, Refugees, Immigrants
Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We therefore stand against any effort to exclude, stigmatize, or ban any group of people.
Hundreds of people recently came to a candlelight vigil on our lawn to protest the executive order banning refugees and travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Read more at Wicked Local Arlington.