Welcome to First Parish Cohasset.
We are a small to mid-size Unitarian Universalist congregation of about 141 adult members and 30 children. We are located on the common in quintessential Cohasset village. Our 250+ year old meetinghouse, provides a sanctuary for reflection and expression, while our Parish House across the street provides ample room for social gatherings and religious education. Our Parish House is also home to the Carriage House Nursery School which provides a loving and structured week day learning experience for children up to five years of age. Celebrating life and its significant benchmarks are important to us. Our sanctuary provides a beautiful space for weddings and a sacred space for memorial services.
Mirroring the larger UU community, our members come from a range of religious backgrounds and experiences. But, together we form a progressive faith community striving to reach out to the world, in all of its beauty, with open minds and open hearts. There are no requirements to come here, only a respect for each other and for the environment.
A Short History
In December 1721 nineteen “souls” organized themselves in Cohasset as the second Parish of Hingham after winning the General Court approval. The parish slowly grew, carefully tended to by Nehemiah Hobart, grandson of Peter Hobart, the first minister of the Parish of Hingham. When Nehemiah died, he was succeeded by John Brown, a minister of cheerful disposition and an outspoken defender of intellectual freedom in 1746. One year later construction began on Cohasset’s second Meeting House. This is the building that stands today. It is the fourth-oldest continuously used Unitarian Universalist church in New England.
Located on the Green, the Meetinghouse was where isolated farmers came for news, and for support. When news of the battles of Concord and Lexington reached Cohasset in 1775, the entire town gathered in the Meeting house to plan their response.
The historic beauty of the architecture, especially the windows, adds an elegance of grace and light to our time of worship.