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Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield, Maine

(formerly First Universalist Church)

About Us

SUNDAY SERVICES | 9:45 a.m.

Our worship services represent a wide range of religious, ethical, and spiritual traditions.

 

LOCATION

112 Easy Street (on North Main and Easy streets in Pittsfield, Maine)

PHONE

(207) 487-5861

 

SANCTUARY HOURS

Our historic sanctuary is open to the public on Wednesdays from 1-6 pm as a service to our community. We hope that by opening our sanctuary, we can offer a beautiful, peaceful place for anyone who seeks refuge, sanctuary, or simply a quiet place for prayer or quiet meditation.

 

CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

Nancy Durand Lanson handles the administrative business of the meeting house including communications and bookkeeping among other tasks.

 

Office Hours are Wednesdays from 1-6 pm.

 

ABOUT US

We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace. 

We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.

We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be.

We are Unitarian Universalist and Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Humanist, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, atheist, agnostic, believers in God, and more. 

On the forefront of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer inclusion for more than 40 years, we are people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

We seek to welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes.

 

HISTORY

Organized in 1867, the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Pittsfield is one of the town's oldest continuously worshipping faith communities and for 150 years has been the region's progressive liberal faith tradition. It is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA).

Our church sanctuary is adorned with historic murals created by Maine ecclesiastical artist, Harry H. Cochrane and outstanding stained glass favrile windows created by Redding, Baird & Co. of Boston. The organ commissioned in late 1899 boasts over 600 speaking pipes and is still in use.

The meeting house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is handicapped accessible, and is host to a variety of spiritual celebrations, weddings, theatrical productions, arts and cultural events, and community meetings, including our Annual Harvest Supper each November which has been a community event for over 120 years in Pittsfield!

We called the Reverend Margaret Beckman as our Settled Minister in June 2004 and she was called to Castine July 2016. More info.

 

REGIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

The building now known as the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House was Pittsfield's principle historic meeting house in the mid- to late-1800s, and is, perhaps, the best local example of a combined Queen Anne and Italianate style commissioned by the same families that led the growth of Pittsfield and Maine Central Institute once the railroad was complete: the Mansons, Vickerys, Hathorns, Parks, Lanceys, and Dobsons. With its original stage and auditorium, attached parlor, a full basement including kitchen that will be made commercial, and majestic sanctuary, the building is poised to function as a regional community arts and cultural center as well as maintain its Unitarian Universalist congregation. With no grange or community center in town, the building’s regional significance reaches not only Pittsfield, but surrounding communities including Burnham, Detroit, Unity, Thorndike, Troy, Canaan, St. Albans, Hartland, Palmyra, Newport, and even Skowhegan.

 

What Do Unitarian Universalists Believe?

Unitarian Universalism affirms and promotes seven Principles, grounded in the humanistic teachings of the world's religions. Our spirituality is unbounded, drawing from scripture and science, nature and philosophy, personal experience and ancient tradition as described in our six sources

The Seven Principles are:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

 

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