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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

November Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Conversation and refreshments after service.

November 3: “It's Not Just Turkey, Pumpkin Pie And Football.”
Guest Speaker: Norman Clement, member of the Penobscot Nation and a confederate member of the Quinnipiacs will be telling the story of the National Day of Morning and King Phillips war. Service coordinated by Ben Ross.

November 10: “Songs that get us by."
Sometimes one does not know what one is doing. Life is like that. Co-ordinated by Redleaf and Bobcat. With music.

November 17: “Walking on the Moon.”
My good friend and space cadet Andy Poniros has interviewed 7 of the 12 astronauts who have walked on the moon. He will speak on how this changed them. Service coordinated by Bob Carruthers, aka Bobcat.

November 24: "Chamber Music: the Most Intimate of Conversations."
When friends gather they do not talk all at once--normally--but order and balance rather than dominance should be their goal. When from two to (say) thirteen folk gather to make music the rules are very different and individual distinctions are almost totally submerged, ideally. Come to listen and to converse about the sharing of ideas, opinions, and feelings. The ultimate aim is to create a sacred space beyond "dominion". Coordinated by Francis Braunlich.