At First Parish we identify as being a ‘Progressive Church.’ We use the term in the truest sense in that we gradually progress in a forward fashion, step by step, in our thinking, development, and actions as we learn and understand more about the world and ourselves.  We welcome and embrace science, scholarship and inquiry.

For 267 years First Parish has progressed in its thinking of the ordination of women, people of color, gay, divorced, …we have progressed in our thinking about the Bible, …we have progressed in our use of language, symbols, how we understand service and mission, the list continues to evolve month after month, year after year, decade after decade.

A progressive perspective is:

  • open
  • intellectually rigorous
  • honest
  • respectful
  • passionate
  • creative
  • courageous


Join our community of inquiry as we progress into a new era.