First Church Boston provides a place for spiritual growth and learning—for connecting with inquisitive and thoughtful people. It is a church with opportunities for meaningful involvement in a variety of activities and programs. 

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Courses & Learning

A Common Read: A Social Justice Book Group

The 2022 Common Read for First Church Boston members and friends was How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by the poet, scholar and Atlantic Monthly magazine staff writer Clint Smith. The 2023 all-church book read will be held this coming winter.

Minns Lectures

Each year, the Minns Lecture Committee, comprised of members of First Church Boston and Kings Chapel, schedules two to three lectures that have become an innovative force in Unitarian Universalism, advancing creative theological thought and religion.

November 11, 2022:  Dr. David Breedon of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis delivers a lecture on Classical Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Turn.

November 18, 2022: Dr. Breedon speaks on Stoicism/Epicureanism and the Way of All Flesh

June 2023: Rev. Dr. Jé Exodus Hooper (they/them), First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, speaks at the UUA Assembly on The Path of Liberation

Plastics in the Ocean and What We Can Do About It
Dr. Hauke L. Kite-Powell of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and contributor to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine study delivered a lecture, “Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste” to First Church Boston members and friends.

Unitarians, Boston, and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Rev Daniel Lawlor facilitated three Zoom presentations by Harvard Divinity School scholar-activists Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna and Dr. Daniel McKanan about the history of Unitarian Universalism and its connection with social justice—focusing specifically on Boston. A series of break out groups provided small-group personal discussions about the material that was presented.

View these presentations on YouTube