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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 comic book legal defence fund.

Past Recipients

September Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Conversation and refreshments after service.

Sept. 8: “Outside of Dominion."
"Dominion" denotes both the rule and the property of a lord. It is a word whose force depends on the idea that hierarchy is natural rather than imposed. It is in fact a "domino" or mask of a tyrant trying to justify its power. The imbal-ances and injustices consequent on accepting this unhealthy notion can be felt at home, in school, at work, and in the the obvious machines of power of church or state. There is territory outside of this realm, but can we envisage it? Can we help our societies (little and big) to get there? This Opening Service is coordinated by the Worship Committee.

Sept. 15: “Competing/Competion.”
A service based on Edwin Benton's format, i.e., a series of questions to which everyone responds in turn. For example: “Is competing good or bad?” “Is competing necessary for our survival?” “Is competing at odds with religious values?” Join us in discussing this topic. Coordinated by the Worship Committee.

Sept. 22: “Equinox.”
The golden gem of Saturn’s enduring, heavenly love is obscured by
smoke as we grasp slender reeds and the nations move toward darkness. But as the heavenly lovers—radiant as gold and topaz—are blessed by the smoky fire of fragrant reeds, we as well shall learn our truth of who we are and know our capacity to love ourselves, each other, and all that is. Coordinated by Gaianne.

Sept. 29: Asylum.
Guest speaker Laurie gives a presentation on asylum seekers. Cordinated by Steve Hall.