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Wondering Aloud
Come ponder and celebrate life’s mystery with us. Our Sunday services explore insights from world religion, philosophy, and earth-based spiritual traditions. We are a warm and open, member-led community, whose small size fosters connectedness. Join us as we walk together the road less traveled.

The First Unitarian Universalist Society of New Haven has been a part of the community since 1836. Our member-led services are held Sundays at 10:30 am, with refreshments and conversation after the service. Child care is available. We are a welcoming congregation and proudly offer a warm welcome to all, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

Our meetinghouse is located at 608 Whitney Avenue in the Whitney Avenue Historic District of New Haven, 1.3 miles north of the New Haven Green and about one-half mile south of the town of Hamden.  We offer hearing assist devices for the hearing impaired.

Our meetinghouse
Community Connections
  • The New Haven Bioregional group regularly holds meetings, skillshares, potlucks dinners, and presentations at our meeting house. New Haven Bioregional maintains a lifeboat garden on our property.
  • ANSWER CT, a chapter of the ANSWER Coalition, regularly holds meetings and events at our meeting house. The ANSWER coalitions mission is to stop war and racism.
  • The Childrens Preschool is a non-profit preschool for area children. The school has been located on our property since its founding in 1972, and we are represented on its advisory board.
  • The New Haven Compassionfest regularly hold  meetings and vegan potlucks at our meeting house.
  • The New Haven/Leon Sister City Project has their offices in our meeting house. They engage in sustainable economic, human, and community development projects in Nicaragua
     Social Justice and Charitable Giving

The congregation gives away its weekly collection to organizations pursuing social and environmental justice. We select a different recipient each quarter. We are donating the money collected at this quarter's services to  hurricane relief for Puerto Rico..

Past Recipients

March Services

Sundays 10:30 am

Fellowship and refreshments after service.

March 4: “International Women's Day.”
Guest speaker: Deb Malatesta, ANSWER CT coalition.

March 11: “The Fertile Void.”
We will consider the doctrine of "emptiness" in western and eastern mysticism. Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock

March 18: Topic to be anounced.
Coordinated by Theresa Bergherr.

March 25: "A Palm Sunday Annunciation."
For most of the history of Christianity the Julian calendar prevailed, and according to that calendar the twenty-fifth of March was the vernal equinox and New Year's Day. We will explore the revolutionary connotations of this complex religious holiday, concentrating on the figures of Mary and Jesus. Service coordinated by Steve Hall and Francis Braunlich.

Thurs., March 29 (8 p.m.): Maundy Thursday Celebration.
Traditionally we have a Communion Service on this evening. The recorded music part of the service will come from my collection of live recordings. Following this section, there is a short contemporary Communion Service, including the remembrance of those close to us/you who have died in the past year. Bread, wine and juice are needed to complete this service. If you can bring something, speak to Paul Raspe or just bring it. Join us for this time of being together.
Service Coordinator: Paul Raspe