We are a Unitarian Universalist community gathered to move our spirits and the world toward love.
Welcome to people who love God, people who don’t believe in God, and people who live in the not-knowing; to people who find a higher purpose deep inside, people who find it in relationship with one another, and people who find it in the interdependence of all existence.
We are a congregation diverse in belief and united in the power of love and the strength of community.
Worship Services Online via Zoom
Sundays at 11 AM
We are a Unitarian Universalist community gathered to move our spirits and the world toward love. Worship services are the shared spiritual practice of our community.
As we care for our communities and neighbors during this time of COVID-19, our services will happen online via Zoom. Services will remain virtual through December 2020.
Download Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone here.
On Sunday at 10 AM, click on the button above to join. (The meeting url is . The meeting ID is 190 035 147.)
If you'd like to listen in by phone to the services, you can call in at 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 190 035 147. Please see your email newsletter for details.
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Rev. Elizabeth Bukey joined First Church as its minister in August 2017. A lifelong Unitarian Unversalist, Rev. Elizabeth has a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and is in full fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association's Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
With great reluctance, but in light of the current health emergency, the Jamaica Plain Food Pantry (6 Eliot St.) is suspending operation until further notice. We are storing food for the food delivery program of First Baptist Church, JP. Please contact them for information on grocery delivery services.
Defending Black Life / Challenging White Supremacy
A pastoral letter to Black UUs, June 4
Rev. Lauren Smith
"I write to you today as a Black Unitarian Universalist, a Black woman, a Black mother, and a Black minister. How is it with your spirit today? Today, my spirit is struck by grief. I trust in the possibility of change, and I know that there is a place for me in bringing about that change. But the grief is deep. Underneath grief and anger, there is a fierce love that is a saving grace."
This is an invitation for all UU individuals and congregations to pause and do some deep self-reflection on the ways in which we are called to confront and combat white supremacy and anti-Black racism.
Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray
"I wanted to write to my sibling white UUs, to share how my attitude towards policing has dramatically changed over the last fifteen years."
Organizers worked with National Bail Fund Network to ensure the validity of these local protest bail funds.
Supporting One Another in the Pandemic
Worship services will remain virtual through December 2020.
Please stay home as much as possible. Even if you don't feel sick, you could be carrying the virus and not know it. We know this virus is most dangerous to our elders and those with compromised lungs or immune systems, so please think of them when deciding what to do.
Email, call, or video chat with someone from church to check in. Reach out to someone you're worried about or haven't heard from.
If you need something delivered, reach out to the Caring Committee at caring at first church jp dot org.
Reach out to Rev. Elizabeth or to a friend if you're worried, anxious, grieving, or wondering where God is in all this. It's understandable and we need to care for each other.
If you can, donate to the First Church operating budget or to the Minister's Discretionary Fund to help one another and neighbors with emergency financial needs.
Redistribute money by donating to organizations supporting undocumented neighbors, people of color, people who are incarcerated, people facing eviction, frontline workers, and other historically marginalized communities.
We are people of all ages, people of many backgrounds, and people of many beliefs. We are brave, curious and compassionate thinkers and doers. We create spirituality and community beyond boundaries, working for more justice and more love in our own lives and in the world.
Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six Sources.
We are a Welcoming Congregation, recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This means we affirm and include people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer at every level of congregational life—in worship, in program, and in social occasions—welcoming all people as whole people.
We officially renew our Welcoming Congregation certification every year.