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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  Catholic Charities in New Haven.

Past Recipients

April Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Fellowship and refreshments after service.

April 7: “Some of the Dharma”
 We will explore themes from the Buddhist tradition of religion and philosophy. Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock. Followed by the Board Meeting.

April 14: “Jesus - My Favorite Radical.”
Today is Palm Sunday, remembered as the day a certain man named Jesus rode into Jerusalem on an ass to meet his death.  We’ll talk about his attitude toward his impending death, and how it might be considered a revolutionary response.  More to the point, we’ll take the opportunity to talk about how his conception of his death may or may not apply today to a society that is in need of  radical and pervasive change. Coordinated by Lynne Charles

April 18: “Maundi Thursday Celebration."  8 p.m.  Traditionally we have a Communion Service on this evening.  The recorded music part of the service will come from my collection of live recordings.  Following this section, there is a short contemporary Communion Service, including the remembrance of those close to us/you who have died in the past year.   If you can, bring bread, wine and/or juice.  Join us for this time of being together.  Service Coordinator:  Paul Raspe

April 21: “Earth Elegies: Regeneration or the Sixth Extinction.”
The holy season—Passover, Easter, Ridvan (Baha'i), as well as Earth Day and the return of Spring--reminds us of our role in life and our responsiblity to the Earth. We will celebrate with poetry, music and eggs. Coordinated by Elizabeth Neuse.

April 28: “The Spirit of Resistance: Top Revolutionary Hits.”
Taking examples from near and far, ancient and modern, we consider the role of Trickster and the immense power of humor in resisting oppression and bringing social change.  Coordinated by Anne Cherry.