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Meet Rev. Janet Parsons
Why the Ministry: Janet’s call to the ministry grew and deepened over time through extensive church involvement. She served as an active lay leader on numerous committees at her home church, the Winchester Unitarian Society, and spent years as a church administrator, first in Winchester, and then at Follen Community Church in Lexington. Following Hurricane Katrina, Janet extended her volunteer activities to include ten trips to the Gulf Coast to provide assistance in rebuilding houses and schools. Meet Rev. Janet Parsons (108)
The Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church is located at the corner of Middle & Church Streets. Our mailing address is 10 Church Street, Gloucester MA 01930. You can reach us by calling (978) 283-3410. Rev. Rankin is available on Wednesday and Thursday; please call the office to make an appointment.
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Welcome to Gloucester’s oldest church building (1806), the home of America’s first Universalist Society founded by Rev. John Murray in 1779. We are located in the heart of Gloucester’s Historic District at the corner of Middle and Church Streets. Our lantern steeple has guided generations of mariners into port as our founders fought for the early abolition of slavery, for women’s rights and separation of church and state as a cornerstone of our democracy. Today, more than 200 years later, our lighted steeple remains a focal point in Gloucester’s skyline.
We are a welcoming congregation, working in the present day for equality of all persons in the certain knowledge of God’s universal love.
The church façade and steeple appear in works by renowned artists, including Fitz Henry Lane and Childe Hassam, that hang in many museums and private collections. The steeple bell was cast by Paul Revere Sons in 1806.