How We Believe

At the United Parish, we hear a call to ‘be’ and ‘do’ church rather than just go to church.

Our life together flows from our worship together—a time when we connect with God and one another and leave transformed, enriched and ready to engage the world in new ways. We see belief as a process of giving our hearts, giving our lives over to God, a process of shaping our lives on the model of Jesus who called us to love God with our whole beings and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves, of trusting the Holy Spirit to live and breathe through us.

We are a progressive community that draws direction and meaning from the Bible and includes faith, reason and experience as gifts from God that help us understand and interpret sacred texts. We draw from many different Christian traditions including American BaptistUnited Methodist and the United Church of Christ. We respect the dignity of ALL religious traditions.

We follow the model of Jesus and practice radical and extravagant hospitality, welcoming all who wish to journey with us. We believe that we are ALL created in God’s image, in a  diversity of race, ethnicity, gender, class, age, marital status, social location, physical ability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. We are all the beloved children of God. When we read scripture we see that we need everyone if we are truly to become the one body that God calls us to be.

United Parish is a place where we invite each person to discern or uncover their call—that is, to grow in understanding of the passions, gifts and needs that one brings to the community. We are devoted to providing the resources to equip each person with new tools and skills for the personal and communal work of spiritual discernment. This can involve serving our own members, our Brookline neighbors, and the greater world. It can also mean just figuring out how to be our most authentic selves.

We see believing as a lifelong, unfolding, beautiful process of becoming who God calls each of us to be as individuals and as a church. It is an exciting, invigorating, transforming and life-giving process that we undertake with joy, gratitude and hope.