First Parish of Norwell is a liberal church in dialogue with the religious questions of the modern world, yet still honoring the best within our Judeo-Christian heritage. Recognizing no distinction of class, sex, nationality, race, age or sexual orientation, ours is a welcoming church that stresses the need for community amidst the impersonality of the secular world. First Parish of Norwell is a member church in the Unitarian Universalist Association. We have no creedal test for membership, believing that all persons should be free to define their own sense of religious reality.
The inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Respect for the independent web of all existence of which we are a part
First Parish of Norwell is a distinguished old New England congregation serving the area for 375 years. More than 300 active members and friends of our church come equally from Norwell and neighboring towns. Our congregation is one that is diverse in interest, age group and theological perspective.
First Parish of Norwell was established in 1642. As a Unitarian Universalist Church we share in the long and proud history of our denomination. We number among our forebearers women such as Clara Barton and Susan B. Anthony and men such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, and Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.
UUA video - Blessings from Our House to Yours!
Ninety heartwarming photo blessings from UU congregations and groups set to an original song by The Ever Hopefuls from Jefferson Unitarian Church - Golden, Colorado.
Please click the arrow in the center of the video below.
Video created by Kevin Houston
In the spirit of the words of our covenant - "to minister to each other's needs and to those of humanity" – the Service Committee empowers the ministry of social justice and outreach at First Parish by serving as a conduit for outreach to the wider community locally, nationally and internationally. Please visit the Service Committee pages for more information.
Firmly grounded in the traditions and principles of Unitarian Universalism, and part of a gathered religious community that traces its history back to 1640, our programs seek to maintain the best of our traditions while continually exploring and seeking to grow in mind and soul. Our church school offers classes for children three years old until the 8th grade. High school youth can become active in our youth group. As a cooperative church school, we rely on a dedicated and very enthusiastic group of volunteers who together are dedicated to our children and youth and to their growth in the liberal spiritual, and social values of Unitarian Universalism.
Our adult learning program offers a wide variety of programs and sessions from Book Group to Bible Study to Knitters and everything in between. Religious education is a vital part of First Parish of Norwell, a vibrant, warm and welcoming community. Please read about our offerings in the Religious Education pages.