The leadership we endeavor!

All our efforts at First Parish - whether individually, collectively or in concert with other Unitarian Universalist and community groups - support progress toward achievement of our strategy:

Our Mission

To be a spiritual community of seekers sharing a common human journey and committed to the betterment of the world

 
 

 

Our Vision

We are a spiritual community of seekers:

  • We inspire compassion for ourselves and others,
  • We celebrate diversity of belief and expression,
  • We welcome everyone,
  • We grow in spirit by opening our minds and hearts,
  • We work together, building a loving, just and peace-filled world.
 
   

Our Covenant

We come together to share a common human journey. We are committed to building a spiritual community built on a foundation of welcome and trust:

  • We will deepen our connections through loving speech and deep listening
  • We will honor our differences and celebrate each other's gifts.
  • We will express our gratitude and assume good intentions.
  • We will communicate directly, honestly and compassionately,         especially when there is conflict.
  • We will try to forgive, make amends, and reconnect in the spirit of love
  • We will share our joy, filling the church with laughter.
  • We will share our pain and sorrow, lightening those burdens that are too great to bear alone.
  • We will encourage one another to grow, opening our minds and hearts to new ideas; challenging our assumptions - having conversations that matter.
  • We will share responsibility for fulfilling our vision for our church, our community and our world.

With its historical roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion - that is, a religion that keeps an open mind to the religious questions people have struggled with in all times and places. We believe that personal experience, conscience and reason should be the final authorities in religion, and that in the end religious authority lies not in a book or person or institution, but in ourselves. We are a "non-creedal" religion: we do not ask anyone to ascribe to a creed.

We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 
covenant to affirm and promote:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  • Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations;
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth within our 
     congregations and in society at large;
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  • The right of conscience and use of the democratic process;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence for which we are a part.

The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

  • Direct experience of that transcending experience and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, 
     which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that 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 inspire 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.

Our congregations are self-governing. Authority and responsibility are vested in the membership of the congregation. Each Unitarian Universalist congregation is involved in many kinds of programs. Worship is held regularly, the insights of the past and the present are shared with those who will create the future, service to the community is undertaken, and friendships are made. A visitor to a UU congregation will very likely find events and activities such as Religious Education Programs, day-care centers, lectures and forums, support groups, poetry festivals, family events, adult education classes and study groups.