promising faithfully to watch over one another, and to delight for love to abide in our midst.
~ 1717 Covenant (adapted)
First Parish in Brookline is a caring community and sanctuary for diversity. A Welcoming Congregation in the Unitarian Universalist Association, we seek to make a place for all ages to experience and celebrate community, to teach and learn from each other in an environment guided by respect and love, and to actively work for social justice. Worship is deeply theological, musically inspired and intellectually challenging. We are united not by creed but by a belief that the human spirit needs tending and the struggle to live a moral and ethical life is transformative and essential. You’ll feel welcome here.
Our Mission Statement:
Called by Love, Sustained By Community, Committed to Justice
We strive to be a welcoming, diverse and loving congregation that nurtures spiritual growth for individuals and families, celebrates multicultural community, and works together to demand social justice, dismantle racism, and care for our living earth.
~ Adopted May 2015
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage."
~ Lao Tzu
Letter to the Editor
As the minister of a Unitarian Universalist congregation, I am honored to care for a mosaic of people. We are diverse in our theology, culture, heritage, and race. Together we speak different languages, share different understandings of God, and observe different traditions and holidays. We are queer, straight, and gay. Married, single, and widowed.
As diverse as we are, we can agree on core principles. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Both principles were violated last week by President Trump when he made inexcusable, bigoted remarks about Haitians and Africans. Michele David, our Parish Board Chair, is an American citizen. Michele was born in Haiti and moved to the United States as a young adult. “When a person is the President, they are the President to all of us in the United States. For my President to say what he did, it is like he is saying that my life, our lives as black people, do not matter.”
In support of Michele, all Haitians and Africans, and all people, we say, “No, Mr. President. Words do matter, and they do hurt.” We lift our voices up against racism in all its forms. We are people of faith, and we will not rest until all people are treated with equity, justice, and compassion. Martin Luther King said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” We will not be silent.
Reverend Rebecca Bryan
Interim Senior Minister First Parish in Brookline