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The first Universalist church

Our Organization.—The church known by the above name has been established in Somerville for more than fifty years. It is therefore to-day one of the oldest, as it is one of the strongest churches in the city. Its property consists of the brick edifice of worship on the corner of Cross and Tufts streets, and Social Hall on Tufts street, the whole being valued at over $40,000. It is not endowed, and is free from debt.

It consists of the following organizations: The Parish, the Sunday School, the Church, the Ladies' Circle, the Mission Workers, the Men's Club, and the Mission Circle.

Its business affairs are administered by a parish committee of five members, by a clerk and treasurer and two auditors, all of whom are elected at the annual meeting in March.

Our Purpose.—In common with all Christian churches, it exists first of all for the worship of Almighty God, the Father of all souls. Worship it holds to be the highest and noblest act of the human mind and the supreme need of humanity. In worship retreat and release are found from the cares and burdens of this world, and strength, courage, and inspiration are given for daily duty and efficient service. Here meet together men of every position and condition, the rich and the poor, the learned and the unlettered, those who have traveled far along the way of truth and purity, and those who are taking the first uncertain steps that leadeth unto life. Thus the ideal of the true democracy in worship is realized.

In the second place, this church stands for the cultivation

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