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Who we are


We welcome you;
your whole self,
with all your truths and your doubts—your worries and your hopes.

The First Church in Belmont Unitarian Universalist is a mid-sized church of over 400 members and friends. We incorporate other faiths and humanist values into our worship and activities and welcome people from all religious backgrounds or no religious background. We welcome people who are married or single, straight or gay, with children or without. For individuals who may feel uncertainty about the religion of their upbringing or for families who are blending two or more religious faiths, First Church is a particularly welcoming community. For those who feel something is missing in their day-to-day lives, but are unsure whether church is for them, we encourage you to visit us. As a faith community, we strive to nurture each other spiritually through meaningful sermons, joyful music, authentic, non-judgmental social connections and a shared commitment to justice, peace and conscientious stewardship of our planet.

Come see for yourself if First Church is what you are looking for to enrich the lives of yourself and your family. 

Vision and Mission

Our Vision

We honor the holiness in one another and in all that is. Living mindfully, we serve our community and our world.

Our Mission

What we do to realize our Vision:

  • Worship together as a Unitarian Universalist community

  • Foster the spiritual growth of individuals of all ages and inspire one another to grow personally

  • Welcome all people and celebrate the diverse gifts that each person brings to our community

  • Relate to one another and our community through all the cycles and circumstances of our lives

  • Promote social justice

  • Share the vision, longings, and wisdom of each generation

  • Relate to one another with integrity and compassion, facing conflict as an opportunity for growth


Our Symbol: The Flaming Chalice

A flame within a chalice (a cup with a stem and foot) is a primary symbol of the Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. Many of our congregations kindle a flaming chalice in gatherings and worships and feature the chalice symbol prominently.
Hans Deutsch, an Austrian artist, first brought together the chalice and the flame as a Unitarian symbol during his work with the Unitarian Service Committee during World War II. To Deutsch, the image had connotations of sacrifice and love.
To Unitarian Universalists today the flaming chalice is a symbol of hope, the sacred, the quest for truth, the warmth of community, the light of reason, and more.
We light a flaming chalice in worship to create a reverent space for reflection, prayer, meditation, and singing.
Would you like to light the chalice at one of our services?

7 UU Principles

7 UU Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote Seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides.


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 interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
Image by Nicola Fioravanti

First Church Belmont has an active partnership with the Unitarian Church of Désfalva, Transylvania. Since 1990, pilgrims have traveled between the two congregations every few years to share fellowship and to support each other’s spiritual journeys.

Our Partner Church


A Message from Samuel Foster — Membership & Outreach Manager

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