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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.
  • 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/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 congregations 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 the Sea Shepards.

Past Recipients

November Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Child care 10:15 - 11:30
Fellowship and refreshments after service.

Nov. 2: “Crying 'Peace' - Homelessness, Mass Incarceration and the War on the Poor.”
Guest SpeakerĘGregory Williams, 3rd year Master’s student at Yale Divinity School and a seminarian intern at St Luke's Episcopal Church on Whalley Avenue. The talk will revolve around the description in Micah 3:5 of "the prophets...who cry ‘Peace’ when they have something to eat, but declare war against those who put nothing into their mouths."  Its focus will be on border imperialism, the criminal (in)justice system and gentrification as intersecting systems of displacement and dispossession of which urban poverty and homelessness are just two symptoms.  Its function will be to urge solidarity with various anti-racist and anti-poverty struggles in New Haven, including campaigns against the drug war and the detention of racialized immigrants and for fair housing policies and an end to police harassment of the homeless.

Nov. 9: “A War of Terminology: Defining Boundaries in Polytheism and Paganism.” Coordinated by Kayleigh Bohemier.

Nov. 16: Topic TBA
Coordinated by Terri Stephens.

Nov. 23: “The Music of the Adversary”
Theology, Information Theory, ordinary perception, and the "appreciation of music" all depend on "differences which make a difference", and what greater difference could there be than between Ultimate Good and Ultimate Evil? This celebration of the Sunday closest to St. Cecelia's Day will examine musical depictions of "The Adversary," the presumed embodiment of the spirit of opposition.  Service to be coordinated by Francis Braunlich.

Nov. 30:  All about St. Barbara
Coordinated by Steve Hall.   .