Conferees attended sessions in one of the oldest Trinitarian Universalist Churches in the United States -- a place where Christians have worshiped for nearly 150 years, celebrating that in Christ, God will provide salvation for all.
The First Universalist Church in Downtown Providence is one of the best preserved examples of mid-Victorian design in the New England area. The building boasts cathedral architecture, some of the nation’s oldest American–made stained glass windows, and a prayerbook liturgy dating from the Civil War era.
The First Universalist Society was formed on April 10, 1821 and The First Universalist Church was established on August 18, 1823. The current building was consecrated on November 20, 1872.
The structure and ornamentation of the church was a return to the ancient way of speaking by emblems that can be seen in the shape of the church building, its pulpit and the stained glass windows.
A Church Steeped in History
The church affirms the 1803 Universalist Winchester Profession each Sunday:
"We believe that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments contain a revelation of the character of God, and of the duty, interest, and final destination of mankind.
"We believe there is one God, whose nature is Love, revealed in one Lord Jesus Christ, by one Holy Spirit of Grace, who will finally restore the whole family of mankind to holiness and happiness.
"We believe that holiness and true happiness are inseparably connected, and that believers ought to be careful to maintain order and practice good works; for these things are good and profitable unto men."
The church also affirms the Apostles' Creed at Vespers and the Nicene Creed during Easter.