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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. 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 holds  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 the legal defense fund for the Ploughshares Seven.

Past Recipients

February Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Conversation and refreshments after service.

February 2: "The Dialectic of Brigid"
Much of Western thinking depends on establishing clear categories often paired as opposite dualisms: "good/evil", "native/foreign", "light/dark", are a few of the most destructive and delusive of these dualisms. Like many other aspects of analytics such "reasonings" are more daunting as rhetorical devices than they are convincing; all of them seem to boil down to "us/them". Tyranny depends on these labels and the divisiveness they stimulate. Are we not pledged to notions of the unity of the human spirit and the possibility of universal salvation? Service coordinated by Francis Braunlich.

February 9: “Starr King, A Play by Steve Tipps”
A reading of a play about Starr King, a 19th century Universalist minister, who helped save the Union during the Civil War. Coordinated by Ben Ross.

February 16: “An Appreciation of John L. Dobson.”
An amateur astronomer, John Dobson invented the Dobsonian telescope, a portable, low-cost Newtonian reflector telescope. Coordinated by Bob Cruthers.

February 23: "Drawing on Community to Make Our Mark"
Why is it that music is routinely played in groups, whether that be quartets, trios, or orchestras, while the visual arts is often a solitary pursuit? We'll overturn that paradigm in a concrete way painting together in a round robin of mark making, and afterwards reflect on ideas of the solitary genius versus the wisdom of community.