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
“I think it's beautiful the way you sparkle
when you talk about the things you love."
Special Message from Rev. Rebecca:
This is a letter to our children and youth. To the students at Brookline High School, and all the children in our town, we hear you. We hear the message you send when you report videos filled with hateful language and walk out of school. We also hear the message you send when you make and distribute such videos. What we want to hear more clearly are adult voices lifted against systemic oppression. White supremacy is everywhere: in the American ethos, in laws and organizations, and most certainly in our town. All of us must take responsibility for awakening to our internalized racism and unraveling the systemic oppression that is woven into the fabric of this town. To you, children and youth, we say, you are our hope for the future. You are the reason we must do this work. We handed the legacy of racism down to you, and we commit to working with you to change it.
In community and solidarity,
Reverend Rebecca Bryan
Interim Senior Minister, First Parish in Brookline
First Parish in Brookline is a welcoming congregation, growing in racial and cultural diversity.