Church at Sunset



Welcome to our community.  Answering the call to love and justice from this small town in Central Massachusetts, we gather for worship, programs, community events, and more. Our church embraces the universal dignity of mankind, freedom of belief, and the creation of a just and sustainable world.  Membership in the congregation is open to all.

Regular services at our Church were temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.  However, we have held  some services this summer in the courtyard garden:

  • a Flower Communion Service on Sunday June 21
  • a worship service on July 19 and
  • a worship service on August 24 on the topic of The Four Freedoms led by Reverend Inanna Arthen with music by Marc Erwin and Rini Kilcoyne.

In September services will resume two times a month at 10:30 AM, either in the garden (weather permitting) or the sanctuary.  Reverend Inanna Arthen will lead the services.  There will be no refreshments.  Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.  All of the requirements of the Petersham Board of Health will be met — number of people permitted in the space, distancing, cleaning protocols, etc.

September 13 – Ingathering, Water Communion

September 27 – Harvest Home/Autumn Equinox

During the continuing hiatus, we ask that we all join in virtual togetherness at 10:30 every Sunday morning to do whatever helps feed your spirit of community:   meditate, sing, pray, hike, dance and stomp, walk the dog, pet the cat.  Whatever slows the mind and soothes the soul.  Please reach out if you are in need of someone to run an errand, offer an ear to listen to a worried or angry vent, or a wave and check in. 

And Pam Chevalier, our Finance Chair says please remember to continue to support the church financially by fulfilling your pledge. We obviously have missed out on our miscellaneous fundraisers like the plant sale and the yard sale. And have truly missed not only the music and community of the Jams but also the building rental. 

Here is our Covenant:

Our church shall be a fellowship of free minds, dedicated to the unending search for truth and to a quest for religious and ethical values.  Acknowledging our debt to the Judeo-Christian tradition, we unite in worship and in service to promote the universal dignity of each person, respect for freedom of belief, and the building of a better community and world according to the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

You can learn more about our community, our worship, calendar of servicesleadership, and history.  Please visit us on Sundays or contact us with questions, comments, or interest in using one of our properties for your own social event. 


Church in the Ice Storm, credit Mimi Jones