First Church Somerville UCC
First Church Somerville UCC

Who We Are

Are these church people weirdos, nerds, hypocrites, and heretics? 

Short answer: yup!

And if you're a weirdo, nerd, hypocrite, or heretic, there's room for you, too.

Our congregation is about 40% LGBTQ. We are old, middle-aged, and mostly young (one third of our congregation is under 18, and another quarter are "youngish adults"). Folks stuck on our church were raised Roman Catholic, UCC, fundamentalist evangelical, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Mormon, Unitarian, Jewish, atheist, agnostic, and the fastest-growing religious demographic in America, "none." We are Black, Latinx, Asian, multiracial, and (mostly, but we're working on it) White. Our families are one-parent, two-parent, polyamorous, adoptive, bio, queer, straight, family of choice, happily single, partnered with and without children, empty nesters, and many combinations thereof. We tend to be theologically ultra-progressive but we love the healthy tension that comes from stimulating dialogue and difference.

Most of all: we are perfectly imperfect.

Look a little further to meet our staff and learn more about us...

Who landing


Meet our team!


Core Values

No tests of faith, just testimony.



Over 100 years and counting.


FCS in the Media

First Church in the media.