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We come together as a religious community upholding freedom of conscience, right relationship, and the inherent worth of all people. We value our diversity and pledge to care for one another in the spirit of compassion, speak and listen to each other respectfully, and promote justice and kindness in the world.

  • Yoga with Christopher Swanson
    Yoga with Christopher Swanson
    Multiple Dates
    Sat, Jun 15
    First Unitarian Church Parish House
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish House, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA
    Jun 15, 2024, 10:00 AM – 11:30 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish House, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA
  • Sunday Service, June 16
    Sunday Service, June 16
    Sun, Jun 16
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, 71 8th St, New Bedford
    Jun 16, 2024, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, 71 8th St, New Bedford
    Rev. Karen LeBlanc & the Social Justice Committee
  • CUUPS Summer Solstice Gathering
    CUUPS Summer Solstice Gathering
    Fri, Jun 21
    First Unitarian Church New Bedford
    Jun 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    First Unitarian Church New Bedford, Unitarian Church, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA
    Jun 21, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
    First Unitarian Church New Bedford, Unitarian Church, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA
  • 40th Annual Jazz Service
    40th Annual Jazz Service
    Sun, Jun 30
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
    Jun 30, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    Jun 30, 2024, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    With AKOMA (pron.: ah KOH mah in the Asante Twi language; meaning: ‘blood’, ‘heart’, as in ‘Nya Akoma’, ‘take heart’) The Akoma ensemble plays original and traditional music in the African American heritage known as Jazz.
  • Hearts United
    Hearts United
    Multiple Dates
    Mon, Jul 08
    First Unitarian Church Parish House
    Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish House, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA
    Jul 08, 2024, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish House, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740, USA
    Support Group for Families Affected by Mental Illness
  • DrumFish! Drum Circle
    DrumFish! Drum Circle
    Multiple Dates
    Sun, Jul 14
    First Unitarian Church Parish Hall
    Jul 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish Hall, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    Jul 14, 2024, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    First Unitarian Church Parish Hall, 71 8th St, New Bedford, MA 02740
    with Ed Rooney

Past Sermons

Rev. Karen D. Leblanc

Shabby Chair

Eating a Chair

What does it mean to be a people of possibility? (2019)

Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

"I am quite disappointed at the general appearance of New Bedford" (2019)

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (2019)

Ancient Stone Sculpture

Unbecoming of who we were

What does it mean to be people of journey? (2019)

Fists in Solidarity

Trust

What does it mean to be a people of trust? (2019)

Angel Statue

Bring your broken Hallelujahs here

"Bring the big one that's beyond repair. Bring the small one that's too soft to share." (2019)

Membership

BECOME A PART OF OUR FAMILY

WE ARE:
The First Unitarian Church is committed to creating and sustaining a beloved community. We come together for support in following the UU Path of Integrity, Service, and Love. These are central to our beliefs and our way of living. We provide a safe and caring environment for adults and children to come and learn about themselves and the world around them. This is a community that encourages deep knowing, growth, and outreach. We welcome you…

SHAPING WORTH:
We come together for Sunday morning worship to shape and define what is of value and worth to us. Our services focus on topics of spiritual, social, and current concerns. We gather to sing, meditate, and share our lives with one another. Our services are designed to meet the diversity of spiritual paths embraced within UUism. Sunday mornings offer a celebration of community, an intellectual challenge, and a deepening of the heart.
We welcome you…

LIFELONG LEARNERS:
Religious Education is a lifelong learning process. We hold that religious education is a vital and important part of any life journey. Our opportunities for learning offer the chance to ask deeper questions about the meaning and purpose of life. We provide opportunities for each person to gain the experience of reflection, deep thought, curiosity, and wonder that leads to an ethical and principled life. Spirit Play, our curriculum for children, offers a hands-on, experiential opportunity for children to connect with something greater than themselves. We welcome you…

COMMUNITY BUILDERS:
Building the Beloved Community requires active participation. We have a number of groups that gather regularly to provide a relaxed setting where we may meet and greet one another. These ongoing groups allow for building deeper and long-lasting relationships. Together we also face the challenges of our times. We are also involved in several outreach projects that provide services to the local community. All of these programs encourage us to delve into our own spiritual path with commitment, reflection, and honesty. We welcome you…

Although we have no creed to which all must subscribe, our shared values are expressed in our covenant which we read every Sunday:

We come together as a religious community upholding freedom of conscience, right relationship, and the inherent worth of all people. We value our diversity and pledge to care for one another in the spirit of compassion, to speak and listen to each other with respect, and to promote justice and kindness in the world.

Those values are echoed in the Principles and Purposes of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), of which we are a member.

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 in spiritual growth.

  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.

  • The right of conscience and the 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 of which we are a part.

Grateful for the religious pluralism which enriches and ennobles our faith, we are inspired to deepen our understanding and expand our vision. As free congregations, we enter into this covenant, promising to one another our mutual trust and support.

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