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First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, Maine

A Loving Place for All

The Welcome Table

Among the many ways our congregation strives to serve the community is to provide a home for the Welcome Table. The Welcome Table is a community-based free lunch program housed at the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield, ME. It provides an opportunity for socializing as well as a nutritious meal every Friday from 9:30am to noon, and has done so since 2009. 

 

The organizing team is composed of members of the this church as well as people from the wider community. Businesses, local churches, and civic organizations volunteer to prepare and serve the meal.

 

The Welcome Table is always looking for partners to host - provide a nourishing meal and hands to help serve if possible. If you or your company are interested in contributing in any way please contact us using the form below. Thank you for your support.

Contribute to the Welcome Table

DISMANTLING WHITE SUPREMACY

Some of the work to dismantle the culture of white supremacy includes "holding space." To that end, the First Universalist Church of Pittsfield will hold these upcoming groups and workshops:

 

First Universalist will host a discussion group What Does It Mean to Be White focused on white socialization (see details below) that we hope will serve as an entry point to what is more and more commonly referred to as “white supremacy culture” - the insidious ways in which white socialization creates racism and is hidden or hooded from popular discourse - as opposed to the more blatant, torch carrying neo-Nazis or KKK hate groups.

 

In October, we will host an evening workshop, Liberating Language: Decolonizing How We Talk, an exploration of how systems of oppression pervade our language, and how oppressive terms and phrases can sneak into our vocabulary without us even realizing it. In this workshop we will work on creating just, inclusive, and accessible language for our work that moves beyond buzzwords and towards liberation. 

 

In January, we will host a day-long workshop presented by Wabanaki Reach, an interactive learning exercise where together we experience events through the more than 450 years of relationship between Wabanaki and settler culture through gathering on a huge map of the state and telling the story together. This requires at least 20 attendees as well as volunteers. The 6-hour program goes through this history in detail, then focuses on understanding privilege, allyship, and, most importantly, decolonization here in Wabanakiland/Maine.

 

ULAS

For more than a century the ULAS (formerly known as the Universalist Ladies Aid Society) has served the community of Pittsfield, Maine, and the surrounding area by supporting elders, those in grief, transition, and suffering from illness. Their loving support is appreciated by many. 

~ Don't let the name fool you, men are graciously accepted and appreciated in the ULAS

It's All About Community Service

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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.