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Welcome to The First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist. We are a mid-sized church of almost 400 families and individuals.  Married and single, straight and gay, with children and without, First Church is a vibrant community embracing a diversity of answers to life's important questions. Together in fellowship we are seekers, each respecting one another's individual spiritual path.  In addition to Sunday worship, we offer many opportunities to connect and socialize, share life experiences, learn from each other, perform and enjoy music, and serve the community.

From September through early June, there are two worship services each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., along with religious education classes for children. On certain specified Sundays, announced in advance, there are changes in the schedule.  During the summer, June 15 to September 2, there is a lay-led service at 9:30 a.m. Child care is always available during Sunday services.

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    We offer worship services in our beautiful sanctuary each Sunday, along with religious education classes for children. Our social hour after each service is a wonderful way to meeting people; our members make a special effort to greet visitors and new parishioners. More about our Sunday services.

    In the Spring of 2001, we proudly opened our doors as a safe haven and spiritual home for the LGBT community. Annually, we join the Town of Belmont as the only Mass town that marches in the Pride Parade as a town. More

    The Tiffany stained glass window of our church was commissioned by Edwin F. Atkins, and dedicated on April 12, 1890. As UUs, some of us identify with the traveler in our quest for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. More

    If you’d like to learn more about our vibrant, world class music program with 5 Choirs, special Music Services & fall Children’s Musical, click here

    Did you know the Town of Belmont’s official town bell rings from our Bell Tower? To find out more about how we are intertwined, click here.

    The “flaming chalice”, symbol of Unitarian Universalism worldwide, traces its origin to the Unitarian Service Committee, founded to support an underground railroad for those escaping Nazi Germany, which was founded with the aid of First Church in Belmont in December 1940. More on the Chalice. More on the UU Service Committee.

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    This Sunday

    Summer 2015 Worship Services

    All services will be held at 9:30 am in the Parish Hall.
    Childcare will be provided.

     

    August 23 — Stefan Frank

    The Power of Our Brain and How it Makes Equality Difficult

    An introduction into the workings of our brain – and why the same principles that make us enjoy music, philosophy and many beautiful aspects of our advanced life are in our way when it comes to racism, gender equality and other injustices. Understanding this connection does not only help us to understand why sometimes doing the right thing feels like fighting against an instinct and why true equality is inherently different.

    August 30 — Edwin Taylor and Doris Hunter

    Worth and Dignity

    Our first affirmation as Unitarian-Universalists is the worth and dignity of every person. What criteria help us to understand the meaning of worth and dignity? Must we like and accept everyone? Politicians whose policies we believe to be damaging? Stalin and Hitler? Ourselves? May we treat people by category: handicapped? homosexuals? rich? racial? When we eliminate these distinctions from our lives, do we become mushy and ineffective?

    September 6 — Eva Patalas and Ariane Frank

    Fearfully and Wonderfully Made – The Spirituality of Knitting

    Slowly, with respect, intention and attention, a simple strand of yarn grows into a beautiful fabric. This service will explore the power of knitting as a companion to contemplation and a means by which we entangle the threads of community.