Nov 13

November 13, 2016

The Unitarian Universalist Caucus at the Movement for Black Lives Convening began to develop a new set of guidelines for our faith, the Seven Principles of Black Lives. These principles mirror and magnify the principles of our Association, and begin with the First Principle: “All Black Lives Matter.” Hope grows in a community where all lives are valued, where all participants create a sacred space together, where no one gets “thrown under the bus.” Our community is growing in its cultural competency, and we yearn to create a safe and encouraging space for all who will join us on the journey.

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Nov 06

November 6, 2016

Unitarian Universalist congregations promote the use of the democratic process in our congregation and in the wider world. We promote the right of conscience and we imagine that, even in areas where we do not have a singular opinion, still we can create ways that the majority may rule, with protections for those holding minority opinions. In the season of national, state and municipal elections, we give ourselves an hour which can perceive beyond the polarization and tension of this moment, and imagine a more perfect democracy which will help us move toward greater justice and freedom.

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Oct 16

October 16, 2016

A controversy was brewing in New England in the years after the establishment of our country. Some called it a political controversy about who would be in charge. Others called it a theological controversy about the nature of God. But Rev. Olson imagines that it might have been about goodness—how good humans are, to start, and how we get better by the building of character. Our church was born out of this controversy.

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Sep 25

September 25, 2016

Our Universalist Miracle Story: Rev. John Murray meets Thomas Potter

On the 246th anniversary of John Murray’s arrival in New Jersey  and the first universalist sermon preached in America, and with help from some of our younger students of our religious heritage, we’ll look at “Universalist love.”

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.
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Sep 18

September 18,2016

What makes your heart sing? Religious communities with a transforming mission have an abundance of resources to accomplish that mission.  Congregations for which committed community is lacking operate from scarcity. Which future will we choose?

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

 
 
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Aug 27

August 27, 2016


At her death, the Baltimore Sun noted, “Perhaps no phase of her life better exemplified her vitality and intellectual independence than the mental discomfort she succeeded in arousing, between her ninetieth birthdays, among  . . . conservatively minded Baltimoreans.” A story of Rev. Olympia Brown, a member of our predecessor congregation, Second Universalist Society, who lived fully into her “retirement.” Are  many among us fortunate to do likewise?  

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

 
 
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Jul 24

July 24, 2016

Just as the world today is experiencing a massive die-off of its plant and animal species, and an alarming reduction in biological diversity, we are living in a time of cultural and linguistic die-off. How are we, as Unitarian Universalists, called to defend and promote linguistic and cultural diversity?

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Jul 10

July 10, 2016

One of the key concepts of yogic philosophy is asteya, or nonstealing. As a faith that borrows from many traditions and cultures, how can we avoid cultural appropriation? In this worship service, we will practice asteya by incorporating readings and music from many different cultures, in a mindful and respectful way.

 

The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Jul 03

July 3, 2016

On this Independence Day weekend, we remember those who have been forced to flee their homes in search of a place where they can be safe, well, and free. We also recognize all the families that are separated by walls, and we consider our own role in welcoming the stranger.

 

 The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.

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Jun 12
June 12, 2016

 

A welcoming congregation like ours hopes to become a diverse people by recognizing the gifts and interests of many people. Simply including more people, changes who we are. But including people requires either that new people assimilate into our congregational culture, or we begin to practice a culture that has the means to be transformed by the integration of new interests, varied gifts, and people whose cultures are in some ways unlike our own. This celebratory service celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning people among us, and the cis-gender, transgender, and gender nonconforming, queer people who are finding a home at First U. We especially celebrate the gift of song shared by the Baltimore Men’s Chorus. (Note: while Baltimore Pride will be marked in July this year, we have chosen to celebrate during June as well.)

 

 The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is located at the corner of Charles and Franklin Streets in downtown Baltimore.  Services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. During the summer, weekly worship services are held in the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall at 514 N. Charles St starting at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. For more information, please visit our website or call the church office at 410-685-2330.
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