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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 Rocky Hill Veterans Center food panty..

Past Recipients


June Services

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

June 7: “The Celestial Hawthorn queen above the dark grey earth.”
 We celebrate the evening culmination of Venus and the turning to Highsummer. Incense will be used in the service. Coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins

June 14: "Thus Do We Covenant."
Rev. Megan Lloyd Joiner, a New Haven resident and newly called as the next settled minister at the Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, joins us in an exploration of the covenental roots of our Unitarian Universalist communities and what binds us together as individuals and congregations.

June 21: "New Wine in an Old Bottle or Just Another Bridge?"
Our annual outdoor service in celebration of the summer solstice (low church pagan) will assess the view from the new bridge over the Mill River on East Rock Avenue. A circle will be formed a very short walk below the bridge on its south-west side. There is parking on East Rock Road. Gather at the Society and car-pool, bicycle or walk.  Coordinated by Francis Braunlich.

June 28: “Service for Pride Month:  LGBTQ rights & constitutional democracy.” 
Coordinated by Teresa Stephens.