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Revisiting our Traditional Covenant
Revisiting our Traditional Covenant

Sun, Oct 30


First Church Belmont

Revisiting our Traditional Covenant

Our promise to the church and each other

Time & Location

Oct 30, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

First Church Belmont, 404 Concord Ave, Belmont, MA 02478, USA

About The Event

What does it mean to be a covenantal community, as distinct from a creedal community? 

The bylaws of First Church contain our statement of covenant, which reads as follows: "In the love of truth and the spirit of Jesus we unite for the worship of God and the service of man." 

This historic "Ames Covenant," first recommended by the American Unitarian Association and adopted here in Belmont at the turn of the 20th century, has fallen into disuse over time. The Parish Board has decided, as part of a broader ongoing bylaw revision, to consider updating our statement of covenant to reflect the aspirations of our more theologically diverse 21st century church community.

The First Church History Committee has been asked to develop and guide a process to consider updating our covenant. Please come to an initial presentation and brief discussion on this important topic led by First Church historian John Howe.

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