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, and purpose. We provide a place where men can share their lived experience & hear others in a small-group community.
Our structure involves a check-in followed by discussion of issues that emerge. There are no attendance requirements although continuity benefits everyone.
We meet every other week on Sundays from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. For more information, meeting date, and location please send an email to mensgroup @ firstparish.info.
Second Annual Bella Ciao Knit In
and Planetary Dance
New Year's Day, January 1, Noon - 4 pm in the Vestry
7:15 pm - Damon room
Join us to discuss John Steinbeck's Cannery Row.
“Steinbeck has compounded a bitter and uproariously funny commentary on the futility of human aspiration and the barrenness of existence . . . an extraordinary mixture of wild laughter and searing pain.”
Friday, January 5, 6:30 pm
Annual Social Justice Potluck
Friday, January 19, 6:30 pm
Bring a dish to share to this community-wide event and learn about some of the great social justice activities here at First Parish.Read More
Sunday, December 24, Worship at 10 am
Pagan Yule Circle in the Sanctuary
This purely Pagan service celebrates the turning of the year from darkness toward light. We will hear music from Diane Taraz with her dulcimer leading us in hymns and chants. Come contemplate what to…
Ushers Needed - All Christmas Eve Services
We need volunteers to help with Christmas Eve services. This year there are more opportunities than ever with services at 10 am, 4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm on Sunday, December 24. No experience needed. Open to all - grade 5 and older. Please contact Kate Tranquada if you are able to help…
Saturday, December 23 at 11 am
Come join us in baking holiday cookies! Lots of cookies! Grand Parents, Parents, Aunts & Uncles, Youth, 'Tweens, and Kids. (Note - anyone under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult). We will be looking for some help supplying ingredients (and a few hand mixers)…
January 21, 2018
After the Service
Are you new to First Parish? Do you have questions about our community and how we are involved in Social Justice and Climate Change issues? Are you curious about Unitarianism and Universalism? We are an active and engaged community. Are you…Read More
The Sisters in Stitches Joined by the Cloth is a New England quilt guild dedicated to preserving the art, tradition and culture of African-American quilting. The following description of story quilts is from the Sisters' website:
"The art of quilting has traveled across oceans, survived 400 years of…Read More
Our Giving First program donates 50 percent of the non-pledge offering each month to a charitable organization that we feel is consistent with Unitarian Universalist principles and our mission to challenge the excesses and injustices of our time. The program began in November 2009, and First…Read More
Our annual stewardship campaign will begin in early February. Save the dates for these fun, community-building events.
- Sunday, February 25th: Luncheon after service for New Members within the last 3 years
- Sunday, February 25th: Dinner for…
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…Read More
First Parish is seeking to hire a Part-time Building Maintenance Sexton. Please click here for the job description.
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…
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…
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…
► 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…
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…
► 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…
Boston. Racism. Image. Reality.
An important Boston Globe Spotlight series
Boston has a reputation for being the most racist big city in the United States. Is this reputation deserved?
A recent survey found that a majority of African-Americans living in Boston consider the city unfriendly to people of color – much…Read More
Nikole Hannah-Jones, 2017 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient
Listen to and/or read her award-winning journalism on school and housing segregation
Nikole Hannah-Jones combines historical and policy research with moving personal narratives to explain the persistence of school and housing segregation. What public polices…Read More
Save the date: Rep. Byron Rushing speaks on abolition and slavery in Roxbury
Tuesday, January 9, 6-8 pm
UU Urban Ministry
History & Justice Series
10 Putnam Street in Roxbury
We often associate slavery with the South, but it also existed right here in Massachusetts – Arlington, Medford, Boston, etc. Many enslaved…Read More
Resources for families
Looking for good books for children you care about? Want assistance in talking with your children about race?
Check out this great website, How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help. It includes general tips,…Read More
First Parish member Mary Fusoni highly recommends Philip Dray’s At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America.
From Mary: “I read it a few months ago and it had a profound effect on me. While the subject is, of course, deeply disturbing, the book also tells the uplifting stories…Read More
Christmas Eve Candlelight Ceremony
Sunday, December 24
4 pm, 6 pm and 8 pm
The Christmas Eve candlelight services are the favorite services of the entire year at First Parish. This year the three services feature all the same elements but for a few differences in musical selections. Come to any one of the services and experience the wonder of bringing light into the darkness.
First Parish Joins Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries
Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) is the oldest interfaith social justice network in the Boston area. Founded in 1966, its goal was to help build Rev. Martin Luther King's vision of a Beloved Community for all citizens. It now includes nearly 100 congregations in Boston and its nearby suburbs, including Muslims, Jews, Bahai, many types of Christians, and of course Unitarian…Read More
I hope to see you and your families at First Parish over the next few weeks to celebrate the holidays in whichever ways you choose. During this season of giving and generosity please remember our neighbors in need, and donate generously to the Arlington Food Pantry. They are in special need of cereal, so please bring boxes of cold and hot cereals with you when you come to First Parish. You may leave your donations in boxes…
Youth Group Announcements
Dear Youth Community,
May you find some warmth and rest in these holiday times! Our December looks exciting, with lots of opportunities to build community and celebrate one another. Join us.
Please note some upcoming events:
Sunday, December 17, 5:30–6:30pm: Prom Planning Committee – We plan for our upcoming dance, January 20th!
Sunday, December 17, 6:45–8:45pm: Youth Group Evening Program – Our holiday party, hosted by the freshmyn reps!
Thursday, December 21
10 am - Noon in the Parlor
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 Kit…Read More
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…
Artsbridge, Inc., brings transformational change to young adults from communities in conflict. Our unique training model inspires future leaders to work creatively through their differences to develop innovative approaches to complex human problems.…Read More
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 with
Be a part of First Parish’s turning outward --Click here to view current volunteer opportunties 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…
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 Arlington Food Pantry welcomes donations of unexpired, unopened, non-perishable food and…
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, and purpose. We provide a place where men can share…
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…
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 the…
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 each…