First Parish is a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Portland, Maine. We are a theologically, culturally, and economically diverse congregation, welcoming and affirming all people who seek a religious community while practicing, creating, or discovering a personal spiritual path.
Members and visitors to our congregation identify as lifelong Unitarian Universalists, Christians, Jews, Muslims, agnostics, atheists, Humanists, Buddhists, Pagans, as well as those who continue to seek. We are united by love, a sense of justice, a passion for truth, and service to the greater community. We commit ourselves and our resources to “Nurture the Spirit, Grow in Community and Help Heal the World.”
Our faith grew from the union of two radical Christian traditions: the Universalists, who organized in 1793 and from whom we take our values of faith, hope, and love, and the Unitarians, who organized in 1825 and from whom we take our values of freedom, reason, and tolerance. These two faith traditions consolidated into the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in 1961.
Love is the doctrine of this church, the quest for truth is our sacrament, and service is our prayer. This is our great covenant, to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to help one another to the end that all souls shall grow into harmony with the divine.
To learn more about First Parish and how we work, feel free to explore the website, and we hope you’ll join us for worship on Sundays at 10AM.