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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 provided a home for liberal religion 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 board of directors.
  • 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 Shepherds.

Past Recipients


 December Services

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


Dec. 7: “Letting Go.” 
Service coordinated by Ben Ross. 

Dec. 14: “John Powys and Elementalism.” 
In the 1930s the British novelist John Powys developed a life-philosophy he called 'elementalism'. We will learn about elementalism and read some selections from Powys' writings. Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock.

Dec. 21: ""The Outlines of Adversity; the Adversity of Outlines." 
Only "differences which make a difference" provide information, and such differences are most discernible at outlines.  We shall celebrate Yule with a ritual of sharing and working which I shall not outline here. Service coordinated by Mockingbird , aka Francis Braunlich. 

Wednesday, Dec. 24: “ A Christmas Eve Celebration” 
Service coordinated by Terri Stephens.

Dec. 28: “Rejoice. The Seasons Circle ‘Round.”
Each season brings its own special gifts.  What is your favorite time of year?  In this traditional candle lighting First Unitarian Universalist Society service between Christmas and the New Year we will reflect on seasonal blessings through music and readings.  We will be guided by Paul and Julia Raspe, coordinators.