Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford and the Osgood House
Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford and The Osgood House
|Architect||Brown,J. Merrill; Dodge Bros.|
|Architectural style||Gothic, Georgian|
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|Added to NRHP||April 21, 1975|
The congregation was founded in 1690 as a Puritan parish church that was an official branch of the Massachusetts state church. In 1696 the first meeting house was constructed. In the early 1820s the congregation split and was restructured with the 'orthodox' Trinitarian members leaving to form a separate congregation. The current and fifth building of the congregation was constructed in 1894 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The Rev. William Ellery Channing gave his first sermon at 1st Parish Medford on August 8, 1802 "Silver and gold have I none, but such I give to you." The Rev. Thomas Starr King did his student ministry under Hosea Ballou II at 1st Universalist before Ballou moved to become the first president of Tufts College in 1852.
The First Universalist Church and the Hillside Universalist consolidated with the First Parish Church (Unitarian) in 1961 to form The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford (or UU Medford) a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and has been a Welcoming Congregation since 1996.
- George Luther Stearns
- Lydia Maria Child
- Fannie Farmer
- Rev. John Pierpont
- James Pierpont
- Robert D. Richardson
- Samuel C. Lawrence
- Gov. John Brooks
- Rev. Hosea Ballou II
- Rev. Clarence Skinner
List of Ministers
First Parish (Unitarian)
First Universalist Church
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Medford, Massachusetts
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
- UU Medford Congregation Website
- Parson Turell's Legacy
- Turell's sugarbowl
- Records pertaining to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Medford are in the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.