The First Church in Chestnut Hill is a Unitarian congregation in the Christian tradition, with a congregational polity and its own prayer book derived from the Anglican service of morning prayer. Our service is rich and meaningful, yet simple, in the New England tradition. Our small congregation is thoughtful and intellectually curious, and our discussions together range over all aspects of a spiritual approach to life in an increasingly complex and diverse world.
We believe that religious education is important in our pluralistic community. Our children will meet people of different faiths and of no faith, prompting the question, “Where does our family go to church?” Because we are a small church, there is a flexibility built into this program, which enables teachers, parents and minister to respond to the religious needs and questions of families in this diverse metropolitan culture.
There is a rich musical tradition at the First Church. Our music is unusually varied and beautifully executed by our music director Sam Adams and distinguished quartet, accompanied on a fine tracker organ built expressly for the church. Annual performances include special events such as our Christmas Pageant.