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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  Christian Community Action, an ecumenical social service organization that provides assistance to the poor.

Past Recipients

January Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Conversation and refreshments after service.

January 5: Open Poetry: New Year's Resolutions.
 The theme this year is New Year's Resolutions. Bring your favorite poems, music, songs. Service coordinated by Elizabeth Neuse.

January 12: Radical and Tender Mercies.
Guest Speaker: Mark Colville of New Haven's Amistad Catholic Worker House. He will speak about the intersection of radical social activism and Jesus Acts of Mercy. Mark is one of the 7 co-defendants of the Plough-shares 7 who in 2018, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., symbolically dismantled the Trident nuclear submarine fleet at the Kings Bay Trident base in Georgia. Facing up to 20 years in prison for their actions, they will be sentenced next month. He has already spent a year and a half in jail. For years, he, with his wife, Luz Catarinau, have run Amistad House, "a house of hospitality, peace, and prayer." They, along with a collection of volunteers, serve breakfast and lunch five days a week to the poor and homeless from their small home in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven. Coordinated by Lynne Charles.

January 19: The Real Story of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Last Year: The Poor Peoples’ Campaign & Economic Bill of Rights
Guest speaker: Robert Goodrich, activist and co-founder of the organization RACCE (Radical Advocates for Cross Cultural Education, an advocacy group based in Waterbury that "challenges systems of oppression by advocating for culturally competent educational practices." See: racce.net/) Service coordinated by Owen Charles.

January 22: The Princess Driving Jupiter's Yellow Chariot.
We reflect on the serpent who made the recent solar eclipse, as we celebrate Brigid's day. Service Coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins.