First Universalist Church

Myrtle Street

Girard, Pennsylvanina 16417

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We, the members congregations of the Universalist Unitarian Association, covenant to affirm and promote
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
• Justice, equality and compassion in human relations;
• Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
• A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
• The right of conscience and the use of democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
• The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all;
• Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

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The Girard church was formed in 1849 and the present Greek Revival church structure was built in1854. In 1907 the congregation voted to modernize and enlarge the sanctuary. These changes included replacing the old box pews with the current ones and installing stained glass windows with a Gothic arch to replace the original Greek Revival ones. “The remodeled church was dedicated to the worship of God, free from debt” on December 29, 1907.

Directions to the church - Located on Myrtle Street one block south off Main Street (Route 20) at the Main Perk.

Our pastor is the Rev, Charles Brock, who has been involved in religion for 35 years at ‘the home of lost causes’ [Oxford, England] as a teacher of theology, chaplain to the University, activist in interfaith activities, and minister of a village church. He is an author and in the process of some ideas partly developed there but re-formulated at the Institute on the American Dream at Penn State Erie where he also teaches college courses on Introduction to Islam, Jesus of Nazareth, and Religion in American Life & Thought.

Emeritus Fellow & Chaplain, Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK

Senior Research Associate in Religious Studies, Penn State Erie

Director – Institute on the American Dream, Penn State Erie

 

A bit of history...
     In the first centuries of the Christian era, Christians held a variety of beliefs concerning the nature of Jesus. In 325 CE, however, the Council of Nicea promulgated the doctrine of the Trinity-God as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost-and denounced all those who believed differently as heretics. In the sixteenth century, Christian humanists in Central Europe - in Poland and Transylvania - studied the Bible closely. They could not find the orthodox dogma of the Trinity in the texts. Therefore, they affirmed-as did Jesus, according to the Gospels-the unity, or oneness, of God. Hence they acquired the name Unitarian.
     In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, radical reformers in Europe and America also studied the Bible closely. They found only a few references to hell, which they believed orthodox Christians had grossly misinterpreted. They found, both in the Bible and in their own hearts, an unconditionally loving God. They believed that God would not deem any human being unworthy of divine love, and that salvation was for all. Because of this emphasis on universal salvation, they called themselves Universalists.
     In continuity with our sixteenth-century Unitarian forebears, today we Unitarian Universalists are determined to follow our own reasoned convictions, no matter what others may say, and we embrace tolerance as a central principle, inside and outside our own churches.