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First Parish 
Plymouth Massachusetts
Led by Reverend Ed Hardy

First Parish Church in Plymouth is the oldest continuous church in New England.



The congregation has a long tradition of religious freedom and faith that dates back to the pilgrim landing and beyond.  We trace our origin back to the year 1606 when a group of dissenters from the Church of England banded together in Scrooby. In 1620 part of the Leyden congregation set sail aboard the Mayflower, seeking the freedom to worship according to the dictates of their own conscience in the New World.

This history brings us a sense of pride and joy, but we also realize that the present and future need a fresh commitment to maintain a religion of the open mind and heart.

Freedom of belief is foundation to Unitarian Universalism. We affirm the worth of all human beings and the integrity of individual thought and action. As a liberal religious community, we share the quest for a practical religion based on deed, not creed.


Our office can be reached at 508-747-1606

Join us on Sundays at 10:00 for worship.


After church please join us for coffee, fellowship, and snacks in Kendall Hall.


We welcome all who would join with us in the spirit of love and peace.

We are a non-creedal church stressing love, service and religious freedom..


Religious Education news and notes in PDF format

Religious Education Calendar



****We have nursery care coverage in Parish Hall, you can bring your child at 9:50 and pick up after service, before going to coffee hour....




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First Parish in Plymouth

(508) 747-1606 19 Town Square
Plymouth MA 02360 USA

The monthly Newsletter is out now!
PDF format

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm



FIRST PARISH PLYMOUTH04.11.14.pdf and 04.04.14Community.pdf



A month or so ago, I gave a sermon about a desperate time of financial crisis in my life, when life itself did not seem worth living.  The sermon was in two parts, the first part ended with me driving down a section the Mid-Cape highway called “Suicide Alley”—a two lane stretch where cars approach each other at sixty to seventy miles per hour and just a sneeze could carry one into oncoming traffic.  I pulled over into the oncoming lane.  The first part of the sermon ended there.


After church many people asked me, “What happened?”  I thought it was obvious, since I was standing there, almost thirty years later, with a cup of coffee in one hand and in the other one of Sandi Pierce’s blond brownies.  For many that wasn’t good enough, wasn’t satisfying, left too many unanswered questions . . . so here’s the rest of the story.



People are confused when I say within one breath that I am a Universalist and a Buddhist as if they are mutually exclusive concepts or, at least, ought to be in conflict. Gradually, over the course of my spiritual life, words like “Buddhist” and “Universalist” have become more vaporous, more ethereal.  As the mind becomes more inclined to behave and live within certain values such as “generosity, acceptance, justice and compassion,” the conceptual framework or container becomes less important.  This sermon will speak to a time almost thirty years ago when the path of Buddhism became the essential and critical working tool on the path of my life.







April 6 TBA       Worship Committee

April 13 The Future of the Unitarian Universalism  Rev. Bill Zelazny and Rev. Ed Hardy 
Rev. Bill Zelazny recently announced his retirement after fifteen years as the Executive Director of the Ballou-Channing District.  Bill has been an interim minister, called minister for Austin, Texas and Ballou-Channing District executive.  Bill has led the Ballou-Channing District through some major changes and now the District will consolidate under one administration for all of New England.  Bill will share some of his vast experience and vision of the Unitarian Universalist future.

April 20 Easter:  Might We Be Resurrected?   Rev. Ed Hardy
Easter is the most Holy of Christian days.  For many Christians, Christianity turns on the resurrection—the ascending of Jesus from the dead into heaven.  Many Unitarian Universalists find the miracle of Jesus rising from the dead the most difficult aspect of the life of Jesus.  Have we ever risen from the dead?  Or been reborn?

April  27 Café Conversation     Rev. Ed Hardy
This will not be your usual Unitarian Universalist service.  The service will be held in the Parish Hall. Members, friends and strangers will be organized in small groups to answer a provided question and ten or so minutes to share their answers.  Then they will move to a new table with a new set of members to answer the same question.  Maybe on a second answering there will be some different thoughts, new takes, a deeper experience. By the end of forty minutes you will have shared with and listened to seven to nine people and maybe made some new acquaintances or friends.










Linda Schneider requests your help fighting asthma, lung cancer, COPD and dozens of other lung diseases and is asking for contributions. For information or to donate, please go to Linda’s personal page at - - Linda's Personal Page
or mail your tax deductible donation to -
American Lung Association
Erin Hickey-Reardon, Event Manager
460 Totten Pond Rd Suite 400
Waltham, MA 02451.
Food Collection Sundays
Donations for the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse are collected during Sunday Services on the second Sunday of every month. The staples that the food bank is always looking for are the following:
​fruit and vegetable juices
canned fruit
canned vegetables
canned meat
peanut butter and jelly
​ ​Donations are always welcome

First Parish is a welcoming congregation!











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First Parish Plymouth joined Kingston and Duxbury congregations for 2nd Annual Union Service in Duxbury on November 4th.
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