“If you have ever wondered why bad things happen to good people, if creation is ‘cosmic fluke’ or how Unitarian Universalists can behave virtuously without heaven or hell, then you are in danger of falling into theology.

Somehow we have it in our heads that it is “un-Unitarian Universalist’ to ‘do theology,” because that is what the orthodox do; and we are, if truth be known, heretics. Heresy, while commonly understood as deviation from orthodox belief, originally meant choice – the heretic is one who both dissents and chooses.

Unitarian Universalists are very definitely happy heretics. We choose to do theology in a liberal religious mode. But if we are living, breathing, hurting, crying, questing human beings, it is impossible not to be theologians.”

R. Gilbert
Building Your Own Theology

We partake in religious education throughout our lives because it helps us define; who we are, what we believe, why we believe it, how to express what we believe, and (when we get really confident), how to live what we believe when challenged by all that faces us in the world.

Facilitated Bible Reading


“Massive injustice has been done and continues to be done in the name of the Bible. But the problem is that all of us allow the powers and principalities of both secular and spiritual oppression to usurp the spirit of the Bible and use it to legitimize such clear sins as economic and environmental exploitation, racism, sexism, homophobia, and more.

Meanwhile, the Bible is about the beauty and goodness of creation itself, about the ancient human struggle for freedom and liberation; about frustration with violence and injustice throughout the generations; and about experiences of exultation, expectation, and inspiration that can sustain the human quest for wisdom, justice and peace.”

John Buehrens
Understanding the Bible

First Parish in Cohasset offers a Facilitated Bible Reading with our minister, Bob McKetchnie, on a monthly basis throughout the church year. Groups meet once a month, either on Wednesday evenings or Sunday after coffee hour, for approximately two hours.

This class does not interpret the Bible for you. It requires you to read the text and engage in discussion about what the text means to you and how it may have meaning in the contemporary world in which we live. Bob facilitates by offering the insight of many biblical scholars who offer “commentary’ on individual texts and he shares what he has learned in over twenty-five years of studying the Bible himself.

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please drop an email to Bob at uuketch@gmail.com. Please note that this program is not limited to First Parish members and is open to all in the community who would like to explore this amazing topic.

Introduction to Unitarian Universalism


This three-session adult education course is designed to introduce the ideas, history, and people that make up the First Parish in Cohasset and the Free Church tradition of which Unitarianism and Universalism are a part. This is one step towards involvement in a community of faith dedicated to the preservation of religious freedom and the uplifting of the human spirit.

Classes are scheduled periodically based on demand. Please monitor our website for thd announcement of future sessions