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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 19 to September 4, 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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    What’s New

    • This week at First Church – March 27 – April 2   Prison Reform with Leslie Walker  April 6, 7:30pm, Library  Theatre Discussion Series of “Precious Little” with Downing Cless, Jane Minasian  April 9   12noon, Library;  Criminal Justice Reform with Will Brownsberger   April 13  7:30 pm, Parish Hall;  Poetry and Music with Richard and Sam Waring   April 21  7:30pm  Parish Hall;   MONDAY  MEDITATION  James ...
    • Stewardship Drive – Mind The Gap! Our 2017 March Stewardship Drive ends soon, and this is the hardest stretch. If you haven’t made your commitment yet, please let us hear from you before March 31. We still need over $80,000 to meet our goal. Your pledges and contributions to the Stewardship Drive are crucial to the excellent programs and facilities at ...
    • The Unitarian – March 24, 2017 Sermon information, upcoming programs, news, and events.
    • March Stewardship Drive Update – Please Pledge Soon! Our 2017 March Stewardship Drive continues. To succeed, we need 100% participation from First Church members and friends. If you have not yet made your pledge, please try to do so soon, and please consider increasing your pledge over last year. We have reached nearly 80% of our goal of $610,000 thanks to more than ...
    • BERKLEE COLLEGE NIGHT Second Friday Coffeehouse on March 10 at 7:30 – featured beneficiary: Berklee City Music Boston. $12 / $8 for Seniors/Students.
    • Seeking Candidates for Church Office NOMINATING COMMITTEE SEEKING CANDIDATES FOR CHURCH OFFICES 2017-2018 March 1, 2017. The Nominating Committee has the honor and privilege of offering slates of candidates to be presented to the congregation and voted on at the Annual Meeting, May 21, 2017 for the coming church year.  Per the By-Laws, there are three slates:  Parish Board including Officers and ...
    • UUA and UUSC Declaration of Conscience We commit to translate our values into action.
    • Severe Weather Emergencies – Sunday Service Policy Please take a moment to read our updated policy on severe weather emergencies and Sunday services.

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    Sunday, March 26 – Justice Sunday

    Supporting Communities Under Siege—Harnessing This Moment Together — Rachel Gore Freed
    Rachel Gore Freed, Vice President and Chief Program Officer of UUSC will be our Justice Sunday speaker on March 26th. Rachel’s sermon will focus on UUSC’s Rights at Risk program which supports communities targeted by harmful policies of the U.S. administration, the Rohingya people living on the brink of genocide in Western Burma, and refugees around the world.”
         Rachel Gore Freed is the UUSC Vice President and Chief Program Officer responsible for the Programs, Advocacy and Action Department. She is a human rights lawyer with a deep commitment to social justice. Rachel has worked with the Irish Center for Human Rights, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and the American Society for International Law.

    Prelude: Some Day, by Blue Highway; The Linden Singers

    11 a.m. Senior Choir Anthem: Don’t Be Weary, Traveler; Arr. Merel Young

    Offertory: Down in the River to Pray, Traditional; The Linden Singers

    Postlude: How Far Am I From Canaan, Arr. Sam Cooke; The Linden Singers

    Special thanks to The Linden Singers: Richard Curzi, Paul Judge, John Howe, and Roger Read

    Correction regarding the March 19 flowers on the Chancel Table; the dedication should have stated: The flowers are dedicated by Martha Spaulding in joyful celebration of the sixth wedding anniversary of her daughter, Rachel, and son-in-law, Cristiano. The March 26 flowers on the Chancel Table are given by Rebecca and James Hencke to celebrate their 45th  wedding anniversary. Congratulations to Rachel and Cristiano as well as Rebecca and James Hencke.