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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 the prison ministry program of the Unitarian Univeralist Association.

Past Recipients

Summer Services

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

July 6: “Smishmus.” Stories for all of us at the antipode of Christmas.  Coordinated by Francis Braunlich and Elizabeth Neuse.

July 13: “The Annual Picnic.” Rain date July 20. Bring some food to share and games to play. The Picnic will be held at East Rock Park, Ranger Station, at the corner of Orange Ave. and Cold Spring
Note: In case of rain on July 13 the cleanup will be on July 13 and the picnic will be on July 20.

July 20: "Labor of Love” This Sunday in celebration of Americans with Disability Act, we will work to clean up the meeting house and yard. Snacks, coffee and tea and juice will be provided. Wear work clothes! Bring buckets, scrub brushes and elbow grease!

July 27: "Lunasa."
This will be an outdoor service held at Edgerton Park. Service coordinated by Liz Logan.

August 3: "The Babushkas of Chernobyl." Commemorating the 69th anniversary of the atom bomb at Hiroshima, we will hear about the babushkas of Chernobyl, who have moved back into the radioactive zone. Coordinated by Mark Mitsock.

August 10: “TBA”  Service coordinated by Steve Hall.

August 17: “The Turning to Longsummer.” Longsummer is the center of the harvest, and the theme is enjoyment of abundance.  But even as longsummer generates the autumn and controls the winter, so a larger perspective suggests looking into our position in the patterns of life. Service coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins.

August 24: “Love Reaches Out: A Report from the General Assembly in Providence.”  Coordinated by Francis Braunlich and Elizabeth Neuse, delegates to the GA.

August 31: “Talking about Nonviolent Communication.”  Last Summer service! Coordinated by Ben Ross.