What We Believe
At First Parish Church in Beverly, we believe in the enduring value of love, service, and spiritual growth within a warm community. As we recite each 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.”
What do Unitarian Universalists believe? As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that each individual’s spiritual path will be unique, but also that there is a unity which binds us together and makes us one. We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We believe in justice, equity, and compassion in human relations. And we believe that, through hard work and compassion, we will realize our goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
We believe in the lasting value of caring and supportive religious education and the crucial developmental benefit that children and learners of all ages receive when connecting with their community. We also believe in the importance of spiritual dialogue, so when you’re ready, we want to hear what you believe, even if you aren’t quite sure.
While Unitarian Universalism generally eschews strict dogma, our faith maintains these seven core principles:
- 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
- 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
- 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
- 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
- 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
- 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and
- 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Wherever you may be in your faith journey, we invite you come visit with us this Sunday and explore whether First Parish may be the spiritual home you’ve been looking for.