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We are a Unitarian Universalist congregation of adults and young people in a supportive faith community. There are approximately 600 adult members and friends who contribute to and participate actively in the church. Almost 30 percent of us are parents of the nearly 300 children registered in the Religious Education program.

We are a metropolitan church, drawing from Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. We come to First Unitarian to grow both intellectually and spiritually.

The Sunday service and the weekly sermon are the centerpieces of church life. We have strong concern for ethical and social issues and want to hear them addressed in the pulpit. We are proud of our large Religious Education program for children and youth and have an active Adult Education program. Current social justice initiatives are the Anti-Racism Action Group and the First Unitarian Food Share Pantry.

As Unitarian Universalists we share a value system that is expressed by a set of principles and purposes affirmed and promoted by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

The Unitarian Universalist Principles
As Unitarian Universalists we share a value system which is expressed by a set of principles and purposes affirmed and promoted by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Ballou Channing District. Our programs, services, religious education offerings and vision for the future reflect these values.
  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth in our congregations.
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.
  • Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.

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Mission Statement
In June 2003, we adopted the following mission statement to help articulate our goals:

The First Unitarian Church of Providence is a safe harbor that welcomes liberal religious seekers. With intention, energy, commitment and love, the people of this diverse faith community gather to:
  • Replenish and expand the spirit and the mind throughout life's journey
  • Honor each other's gifts and minister to each other, and
  • Transform shared values into action in the world.
More than one thousand congregations make up the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), which represents our interests on a continental scale.

Membership BookJoin Our Community
An important part of our Unitarian Universalist tradition is the democratic process. Many important decisions, including calling our ministers, are made by the membership. While you are actively involved in our community, please consider becoming an official member. Whether you are planning on staying in Providence for a year or for decades, we invite you to join us in membership and support our community for as long as you are able.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our community:
  • Please speak to our Interim Minister, the Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, on Sundays, or

  • Call the church office to make an appointment: 401-421-7970