First Parish Church of Dorchester

First Parish Church of Dorchester

The First Parish Church of Dorchester, was built in 1631 [http://www.firstparish.com/ See Historical Sketch] ] by the emigrants from Dorchester, Dorset and the south west of England who founded the town of Dorchester, Massachusetts on March 30, 1630. [ [http://www.masshome.com/events.html Notable Events in Massachusetts] ]

The first church building was a crude log cabin thatched with grass. As well as the church, the Puritans founded the first elementary school supported by public money in the New World. They held the first town meeting at the church, which determined policy through open and frequent discussion. In all of this they were inspired by the ideal of the Kingdom of God on earth and the attempt to realize this in England in the time of the Rev. John White. The church is referred to as a 'Foundation Stone of the Nation". [ [http://www.dorchesteranglican.info/stpeters/johnwhite/john_white.htm Revd. John White - First Parish Church of Dorchester, Mass.] ]

The First Parish Church of Dorchester is now a Unitarian Universalist church. Its printed guide says, "Our traditions are Christian; our rootage is Puritan, our government is congregational; our theology is Unitarian; our achievements and loyalties are American; our concerns are humanitarian; and our commitments are independent."

Its website notes that "In its 374 years, twenty-five ministers have occupied its pulpit. For 176 years it was the only church in Dorchester where the church was religion and religion was law."

ee also

Dorchester, Massachusetts

References

External links

* [http://www.masshist.org/findingaids/doc.cfm?fa=fa0041 First Parish Church (Dorchester, Mass.) Records 1636-1981 Guide to the Collection]
* [http://bostonhistory.typepad.com/photos/first_parish_steeple/index.html Construction photos of the reconstruction of the steeple, 2005]


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