Feb 12

“Honoring our Covenant, Honoring our Elders”

Rev. David Carl Olson

At this service of quiet reflection, our Lead Minister tells the story of our congregation and its varied heritages. He and our Music Director lead us in singing the hymns and spiritual songs that comprise our story. We name our elders and thank them. We open the book of our covenant and invite all to add their names. Ours is a beautiful and complicated story, a story of transformation and hope.

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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Feb 05

“Black History is Our History”

Rev. David Carl Olson

In February 1916, Dr. Carter G. Woodson led a small group of African American Historians to honor the birthdates of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln by celebrating Negro History Week. Over time, Woodson’s vision grew to the month-long celebrations of African American and Black history that we now recognize. In this story is the story of the engagement of Unitarians and Universalists devoted to freedom for all peoples.

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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Jan 22

January 22, 2017

We live in an era of uncertainty and fear. Truth has become negotiable. How do we adjust and thrive in the midst of radical changes? A sermon by a member of our young adult community and religious education ministry, a graduate of Meadville Lombard Theological School, and a recent organizer in Ohio for United Against Hate, a project of MoveOn.Org. Mr. Brown will analyze the history of exceptionalism through a religious lens, and talk about ways to resist fear and hopelessness in an era when religious texts provide a blueprint for the way to build Heaven on Earth.

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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Jan 01

January 1, 2017

We gather on the first day of the new year simply to be and to breathe. To be one community with each other. To breathe in the peace that sustains us our spirits in times of change. To breathe out love to a world that needs it. And while we’re breathing, we will sing favorite songs, and enact the ritual of the burning bowl.

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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