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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  WPKN Public Radio.

Past Recipients

June Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Conversation and refreshments after service.

June 2: “Gifts of the outdoors.”
In celebration of CT Trails Day. Weather permitting, we will meet in the grove (next to the meeting house) and try to discover some of the gifts to be found outdoors. Service coordinated by Bob Caruthers and Shula Weinstein.

June 9: “The Lead Arrow Striking the Water beneath the Bright Vine-covered Mountain.”
As the Sun climbs to its zenith, Venus descends to her nadir.  Thus the name of the new season embodies the idea of tension and contrary motion.  What does this image suggest for us?  Coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins.

June 16: “Are Muslims Terrorists?"
Guest speaker: Dr. Shiehk Mohamed Abelati, a member of the Muslim community. Come and listen. Perhaps we can gain a deeper perspective on our Muslim neighbors. Coordinated by Bob Caruthers.

June 23: "A Solstice Celebration in the Shadow of the Sleeping Giant"
Our Annual Outdoor Service will take place at the bridge near the north-west corner of Sleeping Giant State Park. How has the Giant fared thirteen months after the tornado? After the service those wishing to may walk to the main parking lot at the south side of the park. Car pooling will be arranged if needed. Coordinated by Francis Braunlich.

June 30: "The Dyslexic Dog and Other Flawed Creators"
Tricksters may not have made this world, but they have played decisive roles in molding it after its creation. Among other common creative themes we will look at the Great Flood. Coordinated by Francis Braunlich and Elizabeth Neuse.