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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 the New Haven/Leon Sister City Project.

Past Recipients

December Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Fellowship and refreshments after service.

Dec. 2: “Trusting the Inner Self.”
Exploring the Jane Roberts Seth Material. Coordinated by Tabitha Logan.

Dec. 9: “Unfitting In.”

We are all fashioned differently from one another. Some seem fashioned only a little differently than most. Some very different than most. Some very, very different than most. And along the way we are told: Get in where you fit in. Stay in your lane. Just be yourself. But what about when normative societal structures - and even non-normative or "deviant" social architectures - don't seem to provide a space for us and our exper-ience. Believe it or not, we've all had it - if only for a short time. This service focuses on the feeling of being "outside" - of being "unfit" - for "society". And finding refuge in the only place left. This service celebrates The First Principle. Coordinated by Pete DiGennaro.

Dec. 16: "History and Participatory Memory."  (or, in the words of Henry Miller, "Remember to remember.")
Thoughts on the Nobel prize-winning novelist, Svetlana Alexievich and historian, John Lukacs -- and, of course, reflections on our participation in history, and remembering. Coordinated by Lynne Charles.

Dec. 23: “Visions in the Flame.”
The burning log is a conventional image for Yule but we have only our chalice to stand in symbolically. It will watch us as we look within. The service will be “high church” pagan in its by now traditional fashion. Coordinated by Mockingbird.

Dec. 30: “Welcome Here!”
Enjoy songs and stories associated with joy and gratitude in this candle-lighting service with time for private holiday reflections as we listen to live and recorded music. Paul and Julia Raspe will lead us in this First Unitarian Universalist Society tradition between Christmas and the New Year. Coordinated by Paul and Julia Raspe.