First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist
First Parish in Needham is, first and foremost, an open religious community that gathers on the basis of covenant rather than creed. As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize and celebrate that different beliefs and religious traditions are inspired by common hopes, share many common values and goals, and can, separately and together, guide our way to the common good. The spirit of our living tradition is embodied in the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.
Social Action at First Parish Needham involves all generations of the congregation through the Religious Education program, the High School Youth group, and the myriad projects that occur throughout the year by various committees and members of the congregation. Our mission is to coordinate outreach and service activities that promote positive social change, respect for the environment, and an active approach to solving local, national, and international issues.
We are a Welcoming Congregation, celebrating the presence, worth, and dignity of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons among us, as well as people of all races and socioeconomic classes. We have pledged, as a congregation, to foster an environment of understanding and respect not only within our own parish, but in the community as a whole.