Racial Justice

At First Church in Cambridge, we have adopted Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of a “Beloved Community by “striving to be a multicultural and multiracial church in which people of all races, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic situations, ages, and abilities feel honored and included” (statement adopted by the congregation in 2012). The group charged with leading the church towards this vision is the “Beloved Community” group.

As part of this vision, First Church in Cambridge is committed to the work of Racial Justice.


What Does It Look Like to be a “Beloved Community” with a focus on Racial Justice? 


  • We welcome and respect people of all colors in our hospitality, worship, and community activities.
  • We educate people in our congregation about racial justice and other issues that disproportionately affect people of color. 
  • We act to create a more just and equal society.


2018 Focus: Racial Justice and Remembrance

Racial Justice Summer Reading and Film Suggestions


Building the Beloved Community

First Church's History of Enslaved People and Enslavers


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