About the Church of the River

Welcome to First Unitarian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The Church of the River is a community of families and individuals who provide the bridge from the ancient past to the future in the long line of people who have given themselves to the life of the spirit. We are a progressive, liberal church. Rooted in the Christian and Jewish traditions, Unitarian churches such as ours have no creed or dogma to which members must agree. We welcome anyone to visit our church, and we celebrate the diversity of our community. We are recognized by our denomination as a Welcoming Congregation for the LGBT community.

We seek to...

  • Raise up those things that are precious and beautiful
  • Hold up those things which are to be treasured and desired, to hold them up for reverence
  • Support and sustain one another no matter what befalls us through all the ages and stages of life

I'm New Here

If you seek a caring, open-minded congregation that encourages followers to find their own spiritual path, visit us.

Our New Minister (August 1)

"I am beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to come work with such a fantastic congregation."

Weddings on the River

Getting married? From our sanctuary, we have the best view of the Mississippi River.

Written Testimonials

What motivated congregational members to become involved with the Church of the River?

Our Partner Church

We have a partnership with Unitarius Templom of Sepsiszentgyorgy in Transylvania (Romania).

Our Church's History

Do you know the history of our church, here on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River?