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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


September Services

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

Sept. 7: “The Gift of Adversity.”
In the inaugural service of our new Worship Year, we will be examining the ideas embodied by our motto. As the hand cannot grasp without the opposing thumb, without challenge we do not achieve our full potential. In the words of Blake, “Opposition is true friendship.” Coordinated by the Worship Committee.

Sept. 14: "The Rock of Ages."
Or old as rock. Bring a rock to this service to reflect on. We will talk about the nature of rock and earth and our connections to it. Coordinated by Elizabeth Neuse. Please bring a vegetable, broth, or noodles to make vegetarian stone soup—we will cook it during the service.

Sept. 21: "Mabon."
The Pagan celebration of the Second Harvest. Reflections on abundance and material wealth.  Coordinated by CUUPs (Coven of UU Pagans).

Sept. 28: “The Preschool Story.”
Kathy Michel, Director of the Preschool, talks about the prospects of the school. Service coordinated by Francis Braunlich.    .