Church at Sunset
Church at Sunset

Welcome

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.

Church Services – Weekly services are held at 10:30 AM.  Beginning in January 2023, services will be held in the Davis Memorial Building, next to the church itself.  Upcoming services for the beginning of 2023 may be found in the calendar of services.  Here’s a preview of coming services planned for the Spring:

3/5  Dana Tomlin — “Own Your Mind Business”

4/9  Easter — a family program is being planned by Katherine Parcell, Emily Anderson and Jenn Albertine

Services are held with music and singing.  Enjoy the sounds of organ or guitar in the peaceful setting of the Sanctuary or Davis Building, thanks to the talents of Catherine Tyng and Marc Erwin.  During a service, masks are optional and keeping social distance is encouraged. We continue to offer a coffee hour gathering after the service.

Annual Meeting – The Annual Meeting was held on January 22, 2023 at noon, following the church service.  A new slate of Officers and Parish Committee members was approved and a budget for 2023 was voted on favorably.

A copy of the wonderful sermon delivered by Rini Kilcoyne on Sunday, January 15th entitled The Importance of Principles is available for download.  It is a timely discussion of the thoughts and actions of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X, contemporaries whose ideas still shape the ongoing struggle for social justice.

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.

Proposed 8th Principle:   “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”

Although we are being careful with gatherings of family and friends, we recognize that the human urge to share is very important. So please take a moment to visit our Community Events page for an opportunity to share our individual good fortune with others.

 
Christmas Eve on the Lawn
Christmas Eve on the Lawn 2020

The painting and window re-glazing project on the north and south sides of the church has been completed.   Maintaining our grand edifice, which is over 100 years old, is costly and challenging. The Church is grateful for the grant received from the Petersham Fund of the Greater Worcester Community Foundation which contributed a portion of the funds required.

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