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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  a New Haven homeless shelter.

Past Recipients

November Services

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

 November 1: “Samhain."
Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year. Coordinated by Theresa Bergherr.

November 8: "Storytelling.”
The history and purpose of storytelling mostly from a feminist point of view. Coordinated by Elizabeth Logan.

November 15: “Thoughts about our Relationship with the Preschool.”
Sharing our hopes and ideas about the Children's Preschool and our relationship. Coordinated by Bob Carruthers

November 22: "The Larger Circle: a Liturgy for Saint Cecelia"
Can we listen to "a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it" (Wendell Berry)? Do you agree with Walt Whitman that "all music is what awakes from you when you are reminded by the instruments"? Or do you join George Eliot in proclaiming: "so shall I join the choir invisible whose music is the gladness of the world"? Saint Cecelia, patron saint of music, shares her holy day with the composer Henry Purcell whose music for English Country Dancing will be featured in this service coordinated by Francis Braunlich

November 29: “Thanksgiving Feast.”
A post-Thanksgiving gathering. Bring some thoughts and holiday leftovers to share, especially reminiscences about Hearth and Home. Coordinated by Elizabeth Neuse.