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The Unitarian — March 16, 2023


Sunday, April 2, 2023, 12:30 to 1:30, at the First Church in Belmont

Pursuant to a call by the Parish Board, you are hereby notified that a Special Meeting of the First Church in Belmont, Unitarian Universalist will be held in person on Sunday, April 2, 2023 at 12:30 pm for the purpose of approving the Bylaw amendments set forth in the Meeting materials below.

Hereof, fail not, and make due attendance at said meeting and time.

James Hencke Parish Board Clerk Child care and light refreshments will be available.

Dear Members and Friends of First Church,

Please mark your calendars to attend the Special Meeting on Sunday, April 2, 2023, to be held in person in the Parish Hall from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. At this meeting, Members will be asked to approve important amendments to the First Church Bylaws, which were last updated in 2010. The package of amendments includes a new provision for the Committee on Ministry, and numerous technical corrections, updates, and wording improvements.

There will also be a separate vote on whether to replace the Ames Covenant in the Bylaws with a placeholder for a new covenant.

To see the Meeting materials, please click here to visit the Bylaws webpage , where you will find all the proposed Bylaw amendments and accompanying materials. You can also click on the links below to go directly to individual documents:

1. Overview of 2023 Bylaw Amendments

2. Proposed 2023 Amended Bylaws, annotated

3. Marked 2023 Amendments vs. 2010 Bylaws

4. Current (2010) First Church Bylaws

The Special Meeting is open to all; however, only those who are First Church Members of record as of March 26, 2023 may vote. If you are not yet a Member but would like to become one and vote at this meeting, please contact Samuel Foster, Membership and Outreach Manager, at

The Bylaws Task Force (Roger Read, Martha Courant, and Anne Stuart) will hold a Q&A session on Sunday March 26 at 12:30 pm in the Parlor. You can also contact them any time at

Thank you for your attention to this important business in the life of First Church. Roger, Martha, and Anne are very grateful for the many parishioners who have attended feedback sessions, read previous drafts, and provided helpful comments and questions along the way. We look forward to seeing you on April 2.

In community –

Laurie Graham Parish Board President

Child care and light refreshments will be available.


Sunday, March 19: Major Music Sunday presents John Rutter's Requiem

One service at 10:30 am in the Sanctuary. Childcare is available.

Sunday, March 26: “The Richness of Imagination Found Amongst the Ruins” with Rev. Jo Murphy from UU Mass Action

In a time where hope is in and out of people's hearts, we search for ways to make it stay. We search to find that sustaining hope, to make it a permanent part of our lives. In this search, imagination can play a rich role allowing us to not only access hope, but to imagine fully what it could be and look like. Services at 9 am and 11 am in the Sanctuary. Childcare is available.

Upcoming Vespers Services

Thursday, March 23: Music Vespers in the Sanctuary at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, March 30: Traditional Vespers with Camila Parias in the Sanctuary at 6:30 pm.

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