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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.
  • 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 hold  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  support the New Haven Diaper Bank.

Past Recipients

Summer Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Child care 10:15 - 11:30
Fellowship and refreshments after service.
July 2: “The Burden of the Ass.”
As "burden" can refer to the refrain of a song our service will include liturgy dedicated to the noble beast, and the story of a singing donkey. As the same word evokes the pains and toils of life we will relate the story of Balaam's she-ass and her unjust punishments. As it may refer to trials and tribulations we shall relate the story of the trial of a donkey and a rock. Coordinated by Elizabeth Neuse and Francis Braunlich.

July 9: “Polis: Civic Responsibility, Athena, and Justice.”
This service will look at Athena's connection to justice and statecraft. Incense will be used during this service. Coordinated by KayleighBohémier.

July 16: “Labors of Love.”
Time to clean up the meetinghouse. We will provide snacks and drinks as well as cleaning materials. Bring your energy and enthusiasm to brighten up the house and garden!

July 23: Picnic at College Woods (East Rock Park). Gather at the Society to car-pool or meet us at the site. Bring something to share. Also frisbee or badminton or Shirley ball (keeping a ball in the air by any means necessary—non-competitive).

July 30: “Lughnasadh.”
The Pagan festival of the first harvest, which marks the midpoint between the Summer Solstice and the Autumnal Equinox. Coordinated by Steve Hall.

August 6: Annual Hiroshima Memorial Service. Coordinated by Terri Stephens.

August 13: “Labors of Kindness.”
Another day of cleaning up the house and garden! Wear suitable clothing to get a bit dirty! Snacks and drinks provided.

August 20: TBA.
Will Lettick will present his thoughts.

August 27:  Summer's End
At the end of the summer, a final fling with music, song and poetry.
Coordinated by Ben Ross and Shula Weinstein..