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2016-2017 Resource Book


From the light of days remembered burns a beacon bright and clear,
Guiding hands and hearts and spirits into faith set free from fear.
When the fire of commitment sets our mind and soul ablaze,
When our hunger and our passion meet to call us on our way,
When we live with deep assurance of the flame that burns within,
Then our promise finds fulfillment and our future can begin.

Mary Katherine Morn

Welcome! This Unitarian Universalist congregation is welcoming of all seekers after truth, beauty, justice and compassion cherishing our diversity of race, age, gender, sexual identity and orientation, religious background and perspective on life.

We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our congregation of adults and young people gather in a supportive faith community to explore our own and our shared paths to spiritual fulfillment, to grow intellectually and spiritually, as well as to expand our integrity. We practice religious education and spiritual exploration as lifelong endeavors.

The most current Resource Book (see links listed to the left) describes many of the programs and activities we’ve planned for this year. We hope you will find your way to those opportunities that connect you to this faith community and feed your fire of commitment.

Our Mission: 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 ind throughout life's journey
  • Honor each other's gifts and minister to each other, and
  • Transform shared values into action in the world.

Rev. Charles Blustein Ortman, Interim Minister
Cathy Seggel, Director of Religious Education

Our Living Tradition
The living tradition we share draws from many sources:

Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.

Words of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.

Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life. Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythm of nature.

The Unitarian Universalist Association shall devote its resources to and exercise its corporate powers for religious, educational and humanitarian purposes. The primary purpose of the Association is to serve the needs of its member congregations, extend and strengthen Unitarian Universalist institutions, and implement its principles.