First Unitarian Church, New Bedford, Massachusetts

Established in 1708, the First Unitarian Church has maintained a history of tolerance, social responsibility, and spiritual exploration despite shifting ideologies since its inception. The Church’s granite Gothic style structure, built in 1838, was designed by architects Alexander Jackson Davis and Russell Warren. A highlight within the sanctuary is a large 1911 Favrile glass mural by Frederick Wilson prominently displayed behind the pulpit depicting a pilgrim traveling along a narrow treacherous mountain path. Behind him is an angel guiding him on his journey through the increasingly difficult terrain. Perhaps the mural serves as a gentle reminder that guidance, support, and understanding are necessary for all journeying through life regardless of disposition.

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