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How to Request a Spoken Announcement or Submit a News Item

Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ Requests will be forwarded to the Worship Associates every Friday. Please note that Spoken Announcements must be relevant to the whole congregation, and will likely be edited to fit into the welcoming script.

Send news items for the E-Bulletin or Sunday Bulletin to weekly @ by 12:00 pm Wednesday for inclusion in that week's bulletins.

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Led by Rachael Stark

Family business as social justice? A well-known story of immigration can inspire us to connect with, and stand up for, ourselves, our families, and the families of others.

Sunday, August 20 ♦ 10:00 am 


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Memorial Service for Doris Schwaab

Sunday, September 10 ♦ 2:00 pm at First Parish

Doris Schwaab, 91, died on June 30. Doris had been a member of Frist Parish for 57 years before moving in 2015 to New Jersey to be with her daughter, Margot Sage-EL. Doris was a beloved Alliance member and vibrant member of the First…

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Saturday, August 19

On Saturday, August 19, white nationalists plan to converge on the Boston Common. As we have seen with the events in Charlottesville and around the country, white nationalists are emboldened. Rallies and marches organized by white supremacists are more prevalent and more violent…

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New Office Hours Begin Monday, August 28

Our new office schedule is below -- please note that Monday office hours will be from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm so that the Office Manager can work at First Parish one Sunday per month (which she is very excited about!).

The new office schedule:

Monday, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

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It's Time to Start Thinking About Man-Made Chili!

Each year, First Parish comes together as a community to make and serve chili on Town Day to raise money for the myriad vital social justice activities our community undertakes throughout the year. The more chili we sell, the more Social Justice activities we can…

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Ferry Beach Registration is Now Open!

Visit before September 18 to register!

This year's Ferry Beach retreat will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2017. The UU conference center and retreat, administrated by the Ferry Beach Park Association, is on the coast of Southern…

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A Time for Reflection on Current Events

Mondays July 24 - August 28 ♦ 7:15 pm - 8:45 pm

Would you like an opportunity to reflect on current events and themes related to race in a small informal group of First Parish folks?
The Racial Justice Coordinating Committee (RJCC) is pleased to offer just such a chance on 6…

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Time to Start Thinking About Pies!

Each year, First Parish comes together as a community in a pie ministry -- donating, cutting, and serving pies on Town Day to raise money for the myriad vital social justice activities our community undertakes throughout the year. The more pie we sell, the more Social Justice…

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First Parish Summer Office Hours

Full schedule continues through Friday, June 30: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

Summer schedule (8 weeks):  Wednesdays only -- July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 17, 24 (10:00 am - 3:00 pm)

NEW full schedule begins Monday,…

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Job Opening: Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton (Custodian)

First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, September 7, 7:15 pm in Damon

"The Brothers Karamazov"

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Email Jean Nagle at womensbookgroup @ with questions.

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Looking for a Cornice Maker

There are two matching large windows in need of a cornice. One is in the minister's office and one is in the Director of Religious Education’s office. Marta and Tina would welcome some good Samaritan to come forward and volunteer their services to create either a painted wood or fabric…

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Black Lives Matter to Us

For Adam Jones and everyone else who has been subjected to bigotry, here or elsewhere.

For Alton Sterling, Jordan Edwards, Walter Scott, and so many more people who have died violently.

For the 63 percent of black children who live in low-income families that have difficulties covering…

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Join Our Handbell Choir!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Note: Handbell rehearsals will resume in the fall. Please contact ringers @ if you are interested.

Come ring chimes with us! Our bell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at…

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Participate in Music at First Parish

The Music Committee and Music Director welcomes anyone interested in participating in music this year. There are a multitude of opportunities including the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Bell Choir, as well as instrumental groups such as the C-Winds and other ad hoc groups. For…

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Sign Up to Bring Sunday Flowers!

Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form

The flowers that grace our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings are donated by parishioners, often with a special dedication that is printed in the order of service. The Flower Coordinator can assist in ordering an arrangement from…

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Get Connected/Stay Connected with First Parish

We invite newcomers to First Parish to fill out a Connection Card to receive our weekly email bulletin, give us your contact information, and (if you wish) indicate your interest in various aspects of life in our community. You can find the Connection Cards every…

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How to Request a Spoken Announcement or Submit a News Item

Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ Requests will be forwarded to the Worship Associates every Friday. Please note that Spoken Announcements must be relevant to the whole congregation, and will likely…

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Enjoy this video about First Parish and our efforts to live up to our mission with our Meetinghouse Campaign. Many thanks to Joel Olicker of Powderhouse for creating this!


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First Parish Summer Service Schedule

Click here to download a PDF of the Summer Services schedule.

June 18 
"Summer Poems"
Led by Elizabeth Hunter 
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that truth is not limited to a single text and meaning is found in many places. This service offers an opportunity to hear different perspectives and welcome different voices to our pulpit through poetry.

June 25
"We Are Called, We Are Ready"
Led by…

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First Parish Celebration, Save the Date!

Saturday, October 21

Mark your calendars! Saturday evening, October 21 at First Parish. Please join your fellow parishioners for MARTAPALOOZA! We are celebrating Marta’s 30 years in ministry and our beloved First Parish community. If you’d like to join the fun in planning this party, please contact Tina Silberman or Lisa Davis at martapalooza @ We’d love help with…

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Religious Education Announcements

Thank you for a great program year! Thank you to everyone who supported our children and youth -- teachers, mentors, advisors, classroom helpers, baby holders, Time for All Ages leaders, All Ages Worship supports, One Room Sunday School coordinators and RE Committee folks. It takes many, many people to organize and run such a dynamic and active village for our young people.

What happens with the children who join their family for summer services?

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Group, here are some important dates coming up:

Saturday, June 17: Spring Hike – Youth are invited to climb Mt. Monadnock.

Sunday, June 18, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: End of the Year Picnic – All Youth Groupers are invited!

As always, if you have any questions about youth group, don't hesitate to contact, Steve Carmody, Youth Programs Coordinator, at youthadvisor @ or 781-648-3799 x204.

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Exploring Lectio Divina Over the Summer

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor

A STAR Adult Education Program. Feel like trying something new and contemplative this summer? Check out one of the Lectio reading and reflecting groups, which…

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Giving First Recipients for June, July and August: Bikes Not Bombs and ROCA

Bikes Not Bombs collects thousands of bicycles every year from Greater Boston and surrounding communities, and uses them in three ways. First, most of the bikes are sent to economic development projects in Africa,…

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Refugee Concerns Working Group

There are currently more refugees around the world than at any time since World War II. The Refugee Concerns working group enables First Parish members to become active in a variety of efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.

Our current focus is working…

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Living Our Faith: Organizations Supported by First Parish Members

In January 2013, the Social Justice Committee held a service entitled "Living Our Faith." A list of organizations that congregants meaningfully support was started that morning as people who attended the service were…

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UU Urban Ministry Volunteer Positions

Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward -- Volunteer with the UU Urban Ministry to promote social justice and equality. Urban Ministry works side-by-side with individuals and communities in Boston, primarily in Roxbury, to create opportunities and…

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Arlington Food Pantry

Collection baskets are located at the front and office doors.

Monetary donations can be sent to:

The Arlington Food Pantry
Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

The Food Pantry can always use juice, jelly, cereal, things from baked goods aisle…

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First Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, August 6 ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The First Parish Men's group provides a forum in which we help each other with spiritual, emotional, and personal questions and concerns. Discussion themes often interweave questions of security, identity, authenticity,…

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Jacob's Mother

First and Third Sundays ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First Parish

Are you having more challenges with your child's behavior than most parents? Do you feel like your family and friends do not get what you go through? Join us for a change to get support from other parents and…

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Join the Climate Change/Climate Action Vigil After Coffee Hour!

Sundays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please come join us for the weekly Climate Action Vigil on Sunday after coffee hour! And please stop by our table at coffee hour for information, sharing ideas, and discussion! If you'd like to…

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Stitch & Sew Returns

Thursdays, 10:30 am in Pierce

Join us for a weekly gathering of people to knit, sew, talk, eat lunch and  prepare items for the November Harvest Fair. Everyone invited to come or let us know if you can prepare items at home that would be appropriate for the Stitch and…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you like to knit or crochet?  Would you like to provide support to members of the congregation? Our supply of prayer shawls is running low and we could use your help. Participants in the First Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry knit or crochet prayer shawls for Marta or…

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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

Please join us! We hold drop-in meditations on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm at First Parish in the Damon Room.) We sit for 35 minutes in the style of Vipassana (Insight) Buddhist meditation, and beginners are welcome. By…

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Calling Older Men

First Thursday of each month ♦ 12:00 pm in the Parlor

First Parish is organizing a monthly fellowship gathering for older First Parish men, aimed at reinforcing camaraderie and providing a forum for discussing topics of general interest. We meet on the first Thursday of…

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First Parish Music Programs

Click here for more information on First Parish music programs for youth and adults.

Concerts by First Parish Musicians

The Musical Connections page on the First Parish website provides information on concerts and events with First Parish musicians…

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Diversity/Inclusion Group

All interested First Parish folks are invited to meetings of the Diversity/Inclusion Group (D/IG). Our mission: to work together to make First Parish as welcome and inclusive as we can be and to assist outside efforts with a similar goal. We define diversity to…

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Green Sanctuary Practices

The Green Sanctuary Group recognizes that we all have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental consequences of our choices for the sake of the human community now on earth, future generations, and endangered species.

All are welcome to join us in working…

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