We, at First Unitarian Church, are a liberal, progressive, religious community. We come together to support one another in building the Beloved Community. We help each other live lives of integrity, service and love by offering; thoughtful and engaging worship that combines both head and heart, engaging workshops, interesting book groups, leadership roundtables, social opportunities for learning and sharing, and opportunities to give back to the larger community and to be in service with others.
We work together to provide a safe and caring environment for adults, children and youth. We come here to learn about ourselves and the world around us. For we all yearn, as author and educator Parker Palmer says, “to know as we are known.” At First Unitarian Church, we welcome you, whoever you, as you are, and hope to inspire and encourage you to live a life of integrity, service and love.
We are committed to caring for each other, the city of New Bedford, and our global community. Our worship services are a place for people to come and reflect on their own needs, as well as the needs of others. This church is engaged in many social justice projects in the community and we understand that spirituality must be lived in the world, not just talked about in church on Sunday mornings.
All are welcome to join us. We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe that everyone has the right and responsibility to find a path to truth and meaning that best suits them; and we recognize that we must be responsible members of the interdependent web of all life. We seek always to stand on the side of love
Our Mission is to encourage diversity and mutual acceptance, and to work for positive change in ourselves and in our community.
If this resonates with you, we invite you to join us and perhaps find your spiritual home!
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions… 508-994-9868 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few Notes on our Faith:
The Principles and Purposes of our association are a core part of what we value. As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”
As Congregations we covenant to affirm and promote,
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Sources of Our Living Tradition
Rev. Kathleen Rolenz said, “Throughout history, we have moved to the rhythms of mystery and wonder, prophecy, wisdom, teachings from ancient and modern sources, and nature herself.” Worshipping in our congregations you may hear a reading or perspective shared from any one of these sources from which our living tradition is drawn:
- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
- Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
- Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
- Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
We hope you will join us for worship and perhaps find your spiritual home here, in this beloved community.