First Parish Church in Beverly, Massachusetts is a Unitarian Universalist congregation founded in 1667, home to the first Sunday School in New England. First Parish holds services at its historic sanctuary in the heart of downtown Beverly at 10 a.m. every Sunday from September through June (summer services are typically held at nearby Dane Street Beach). Our congregation believes in the power of love, service, and community.
As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association, our covenant affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. We are an open religious community that welcomes any and all seeking spiritual nourishment. We celebrate the diverse nature of each individual’s spiritual journey, while also holding steadfast in our belief that there is a unity which binds all of us together and which makes us one.
As we recite in the pews of First Parish every Sunday, “Love is the spirit of this church, and service its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek truth in love, and to help one another.”
Our minister is Rev. Susan Milnor.