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 for a sustainable future. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or check the church calendar for events.

click here to visit the Green Sanctuary page of the web site.

Sunday Worship headSunday, Oct. 22 at 10 am

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Please bring a photo or other memento to put on the “ofrenda” in remembrance of those you want to honor during the service. This ancient Aztec celebration has fused with that of our ancient European ancestors to become a moving and healing celebration in honor of our loved ones.

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First Parish Community Dinner
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Friday, November 10 in the Vestry from 6:30 pm ­to 8 pm


Please join us for this community supper! Following dinner, Game Night occurs at 7:30 pm - come for both or either. These days it is good to just be together. Send an RSVP to let us know if you are coming or, even better, if you want to…

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First Parish Game Night

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Game Night - 
Friday, November 10, at 7:30 pm
 
Please join us for Game Night right after our Community dinner. These days it is good to just be together. Join us to play games such as Boggle, SET, Splendor, Clue, Fluxx, as well as more advanced games such as Scrabble. No previous experience with these…

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Covenant groups - Do You Want to Connect Meaningfully with Others at First Parish?

covenantIf you are looking for deeper connections with others at First Parish, consider joining a covenant group. Covenant groups provide an opportunity to get to know other people at a deeper level, while discussing topics that explore our…

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Walk 'n Talk
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We are trying an experiment over the next three Sundays, which we are naming "Walk n' Talk". On Sunday, October 15, we will try taking an easy 30-minute walk in a surrounding neighborhood - weather permitting. Our plan is to try this on…

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 Finance Committee Hopes and Wishes Sessions

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Tuesday. October 17 in the Homer room from 7pm to 8 pm

The First Parish Finance Committee is beginning the FY2019 budget planning process. We'd like your help in thinking about how we can use our financial resources…

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 Harvest Moon Fair is November 18

harvest moonReboot Your Old Computers and Rewind your Electronics - Reboots and Rewinds (formerly Chips and Salsa) wants your old electronics. Bored with your keyboards?  Mice not so nice? Amps cramping your life style?  iPod's sitting in dry dock?  Bring old computers, audio components, and video…

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 Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Shinn Service Speaker

shinAt the October 29 Shinn Service, Dr. Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor of History and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will speak to the congregation. Dr. Hinton has garnered many honors and awards for her recent book, From the War on Poverty…

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Women's Book Group

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Thursday, November 2 in the Damon Room at 7:15 pm

"From Atul Gawande, a book that has the potential to change medicine – and lives. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it…

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Art Show: "Reflections and Textures of Lebanon" 

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Now through mid-November in the Stanton Parlor

Elaine’s photos reveal a Lebanon that is pluralistic -- majority Muslim with a strong Christian tradition stretching back to its beginnings. Since the Syrian conflict Lebanon has absorbed 2 million refugees into a country…
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Does The Aroma Of Tea And A Taste Of Madeleine Bring Back Childhood Memories?

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Wednesday Oct 18 from 7:30 - 9 pm  in Homer

Interested in exploring Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" with other fans of the great novel? We propose to read and discuss manageable sections of the masterpiece in monthly meetings during the…

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Climate Action Working Group (CAWG)
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The First Parish CAWG is gearing up new efforts, and there are great opportunities for First Parish people to get involved. We are participating in a series of creative, strategic actions at the statehouse in Boston this October and November. The actions will take place mostly during…

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Nonviolence in the Wake of the Nazi Rally in Charlottesville: Is history about to repeat itself?

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Sunday,October 29, 12 Noon - 2 pm
Location: Bailey

[Photo--Cornel West and Carlton Smith pictured with clergy protesters at Charlottesville]

Charlottesville August 2017: A rally organized by heavily armed white Nazis was met by…

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Dinner and a Show with a Minister and a Director!

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Sunday, November 12th at 3 pm

Join Rev. Marta Flanagan see The Magic Fire in Davis Square and enjoy supper and discussion at the director's Elizabeth Hunter's home after the show. This play by Argentinean-American playwright…

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

nowhiringposter1First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.

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Join Our Handbell Choir!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary starting September 7

Come ring chimes with us! Starting Thursday, September 7, the handbell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at 8:00 pm. You are welcome to join us! We have plenty of…

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New UU Class this Fall

Saturdays October 21 and 28
9:30 am - 12:30 pm in the Parlor

Would you like to get to know others who are current First Parish members or who are new and exploring this community? Are you interested in sharing your religious/spiritual path with others? Would you like to learn more about our…

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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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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 @ firstparish.info. 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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Ruby Sales: Public Theologian & Civil Rights Veteran

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Ruby reflects with Krista Tippet on black folk religion, activism, and spirituality. Nearly killed because of her work during the 1960s civil rights movement, Ruby Sales is now a public theologian grounded in the black folk tradition. In this recent interview with…

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Poets Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Jess Rizkallah Speak about Bodies and Culture

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Harvard Book Store
1256 Mass. Ave. | Cambridge

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a powerful young performance poet. Her collection, peluda, explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of…

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Photographing Black Lives: A Talk By Photojournalist Beuford Smith

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Friday, October 20, 7-9 pm
Maran Theater at Wolfard Hall
Lesley University,
34 Mellen Street
in Cambridge - 
Sponsored by the
Griffin Museum of Photography


This talk is a remarkable opportunity to hear from a great black-centric social documentary…

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Explore The Black Photographers Annual Online

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Black artists were systematically excluded from most twentieth-century venues. The Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and early 1970s therefore encouraged the establishment of autonomous, black-owned…

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David Billings on White Supremacy and Undoing Racism

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First Parish Concord
20 Lexington Road | Concord

First Parish Concord and the Phillips House (a historic house that was originally owned by a former slave) are co-sponsoring this free talk and book signing by David Billings, the author of Deep…

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Racial Justice & Racial Awareness

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If you’d like to suggest an experience – of any type – that you think other First Parish members might appreciate, please email the Racial Justice Coordinating Committee at racialjustice @ firstparish.infoRead More

You're Invited to Martapalooza

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Let's celebrate Marta's 30 years of ministry and our community! Food, libations, festivities, fun. Adults aged 21 and over are welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Child Dedication Service

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Registration deadline: Monday, October 16

Required informational meeting: Attend either Wednesday, October 18th at 5:30 pm OR Thursday October 26, at 6:30 pm

First Parish periodically holds Child Dedication Ceremonies, which occur during Sunday worship. In this ceremony, parents and the congregation commit themselves to the care of individual children. It is the Unitarian…

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Religious Education Announcements

Dear Families,

This Sunday marks the fifth Sunday of the fall teaching term. All children should bring their sweaters or coats if the weather begins to chill.

What's happening this Sunday? We will have regular morning or evening classes. The Nursery is open at 9:50 am so parents can drop off their little ones before the church service begins.

Are you interested in having your child participate in OWL next Spring? If so, they need to be attending our…

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Youth Group Announcements

 

Dear Youth Community, as we rejoin this weekend, we keep our eyes on continuing to intentionally build community together, and create more leadership opportunities! Keep your eyes peeled: a hike, a retreat, music, peer support, and freshmyn rep elections await!

Please note some upcoming events:

Sunday, October 15th, noon–2pm: Chaplainii Training – Join the Youth Chaplain (Adam) and Youth staff for a training of our peer support team, the "chaplainii." Let…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

Options in Aging Care

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12 – 1:30 pm in the parlor
Veggie Chili will be provided, or BYO lunch
 

Are you contemplating the “next step” as you age? Are you worried about a failing parent or partner? Many among us are in the “sandwich generation,” juggling care giving of our…

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Single Only on Sunday

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No pre-registration required.

Do you find yourself "single" on Sunday? Do you have a partner who opts not to be part of the church community? Does he/she support your participation fully, yet you still feel pulled between home and…

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Love is My Religion:  Improving Political Discourse

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 Aging Well in Our Community

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10/26, 11/16, and 12/21 in the Parlor 10 am - Noon

Purpose of our group is to foster engagement and build community among women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to planning and consciously living out our later years. We are an open group facilitated by…

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Work That Reconnects 

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How we can remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our irreplaceable world? There is limit of 35 people for this program, and some of the spaces will be open…

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Capitalism: What is to be done?

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Capitalist economic systems have produced material abundance undreamt of in earlier eras. Poverty, starvation, and short brutal lives have been greatly reduced. On the other hand, capitalism is also derided as a predatory system that causes economic inequality,…

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays at 7 am to 8 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays at 8 am to 9 am in the Parlor

Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening,lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help us grow in…

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Giving First Recipient for October: Grassroots International

grassrootsGrassroots International works in partnership with social movements to create a just and sustainable world by advancing the human rights to land, water, and food through global grantmaking, building solidarity across organizations and…

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Refugee Concerns Working Group

refugeeThere 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 with

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UU Urban Ministry Volunteer Positions

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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

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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

men's groupThe 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, and purpose. We provide a place where men can share…

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Jacob's Mother

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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 caregivers…

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

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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 join us…

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Stitch & Sew Returns

cartoon of scissors and threadThursdays, 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 Sew…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

painting of woman knittingDo 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 the…

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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

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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

older mens groupFirst 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 each…

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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 participating.…

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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 for…

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