Member Stories: Lauren Robinson

What brought you to this church? What other faith traditions have you encountered?

"I wasn't raised in any particular faith tradition. My parents were both raised Catholic but weren't active in the community by the time I was born. My mom always told me, when I was growing up, that she wanted me to choose my own religious community when I was old enough.

When I was in college I was part of a community service living/learning community and a few of my fellow students were UU. I was intrigued by their descriptions and started researching online. Fast forward three or four years and I finally ventured out to start attending different UU churches in the area. For awhile I was pretty confused. I made lists of pros and cons of each church I visited and tried to figure out how exactly one went about picking a church.

Then I came to First Church and somehow I just knew. I didn't need to make a list of pros and cons and I didn't need to "figure it out", it was just apparent to me that First Church was the right place for me."

Name one thing that you love about First Church in Boston.

"One thing I love about First Church in Boston is the people. From the ministers to the staff to the community members everyone is just genuinely friendly and interesting. I have had more thought provoking conversations in the past few months that I have been attending First Church than I have had during the rest of my life!"

What keeps coming back every Sunday?

"There are many things that keep me coming back each Sunday but the two that really stand out to me are the worship experience and the community. I attend the young adult led Sanctuary worship service twice a month and I absolutely love it, but I also love Sunday mornings. People frequently ask me which service I prefer but there are parts I love about both, and I think they compliment each other well. Sunday morning services are peaceful and contemplative, while Sanctuary services are upbeat and thought provoking. And the community is another reason to come on Sundays. It's a chance to catch up with people I've started to build relationships with."