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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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    What’s New

    • UUs Working to Stop the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline (Posted on behalf of UU Mass Action) Join us on Saturday, February 13th to help plan the UU resistance to the construction of the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline! All people are welcome, whether you are an experienced organizer, are concerned about climate change, or simply don’t want a dangerous pipeline in your neighborhood. We will be ...
    • The Unitarian – February 2, 2016 Click here to download the complete issue (PDF) Sunday Worship — February 7 Sermon: Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice —Laura Wagner, LICSW and Executive Director, UU Mass Action Our wholeness as individuals is realized in connection with other human beings. It is through this connection that we define our values. Being aware of the struggles of others and then ...
    • This week at First Church – February 1 – 7, 2016   UU Alliance and Lunch – February 17  Understanding Hospice – February 23  Hootenanny – February 24   MONDAY  MEDITATION  James Hencke, 8-9 p.m., Library In meditation practice, we allow ourselves to dwell in the present moment. We find that by developing our awareness and compassion we can open ourselves, relax into situations, and enjoy our life! THURSDAY  CARING FOR ...
    • Piano Benefit Concert Thank you to all who came to the Piano Benefit concert on the 23rd. We had a small but intrepid audience, and a wonderful group of musicians who presented an excellent and musically diverse program. Kudos to all!
    • Upcoming Winter 2016 Programs Poetry, “the conversation,” field trip to the UUA Headquarters, wellness programs, and so much more …

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    This Sunday

    Sermon: Social Justice as a Spiritual Practice

    —Laura Wagner, LICSW and Executive Director, UU Mass Action

    Laura Wagner

    Laura Wagner

    Our wholeness as individuals is realized in connection with other human beings. It is through this connection that we define our values. Being aware of the struggles of others and then engaging in social justice allows us to put our values into action. Living our values through social justice helps us to create a living, meaningful spiritual practice that both heals the world and ourselves at the same time.

    Welcome and Announcements: 9 a.m. Peter Guthrie; 11 a.m. Catherine Claypoole

    Ushers: 9 a.m.: Martha Courant & Sarah Cliffe; 11 a.m.: Laurie Graham & Alan Cantor

    Lay Pastoral Care: 9 a.m. Devon Beckett; 11 a.m. Martha Spaulding

    The flowers on the Chancel table this Sunday are given by Martha Spaulding in joyful celebration of the 5th wedding anniversary of her daughter, Rachel, and son-in-law, Cristiano.

    • Services 9 & 11 a.m.; childcare is provided.
    • Sunday, February 14 — David Bryce
    • Sermon archive