First U dedicates shelter space for undocumented immigrants

First Unitarian held a special service on June 7 to dedicate the space the congregation has worked months to prepare to shelter undocumented immigrants who are facing deportation. It is the first in Rhode Island to join 1,110 other congregations nationwide as part of the Sanctuary Movement. To learn more and read Providence Journal coverage … Continued

Interfaith rally at RI State House on Tuesday, May 15

Rain or shine, we need you to show up on Tuesday, May 15, at 3:30pm at the Smith Street side of the Rhode Island State House. Wear your galoshes and bring your umbrellas in case of rain. We will be leaving First Unitarian Church at 3pm if you would like to march over together. There will … Continued

First U members to march to RI State House to deliver letters to legislators

As part of the Guns into Plowshares project, members and friends of First Unitarian will march to the Rhode Island State House on Tuesday, May 15, to meet with state legislators and deliver cards and letters from First Unitarian members and friends. The letters, written after the Mother’s Day church service that kicks off the … Continued

Guns into Plowshares covered by local press

The interfaith Guns into Plowshares project generated a variety of local press coverage, including a newspaper article, an op-ed piece, and television news coverage. Providence Journal covers Sunday worship service, letter writing An article about Guns into Plowshares with multiple photos appeared in the Monday, May 14, edition of the Providence Journal. Written by staff … Continued

Use street parking on weekdays

Now that restoration of our Meeting House has begun, everyone coming to our buildings on weekdays before 6pm must use street parking. Our parking lot is now a working and storage area, eliminating all but rented parking spaces. However, the parking lot can be used after 6pm on weekdays and all weekends. Entrances to the … Continued

Fire of Commitment pledge drive under way

Fire of Commitment, the theme of the 2018-19 pledge drive, officially kicked off on Sunday, March 4th, with a morning worship service and distribution of pledge materials to all members and friends. You can read or listen to parts of the service by clicking here, and you can go here to pledge online.

March newsletter now available

The March 2018 newsletter features: Jesus to Christ series on page 2, Meeting House restoration work begins with restricted parking on page 4, Commitment Drive update on page 6, annual Round the Table Dinners on page 7, and SisterSong on page 9. Click here to view or to download a printable copy.  

New safe church policy announced

In a major initiative to make First Unitarian a safe and welcoming place for everyone, the Prudential Committee approved a new Safe and Civil Church Policy. Jay Glasson, PruComm president, recently announced the new policy by email to the congregation. A sub-group of the PruComm, headed by Cynthia Rosengard when she was president, worked for … Continued

East Side Monthly article features Rev. Liz Maclay, First Unitarian

Cover story “Politics and Religion: How East Side clergy are encouraging difficult conversations in divisive times” prominently features Rev. Liz Lerner Maclay and First Unitarian in the January issue of East Side Monthly. The article “Faith in Action: East Side clergy on the need for political work and how to heal partisan divides in the … Continued