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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/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 Sea Shepards. .

Past Recipients


April Services

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

April 2: “You Create Your Own Reality: Examining reality & consciousness.”
Sound healing with Crystal bowl meditation. Coordinated by Bret & Tabitha Logan.

April 9: "Resistance is ..."
Many of us may think that the obvious words for the completion of the ellipsis above are "useless", "futile", or possibly "potential difference divided by current". The first two answers are propaganda by the Vogons, the Borg, or other upholders of the TINA school of thought; the third is accurate but politically and spiritually irrelevant or abstruse. Tyranny must always meet resistance, or the people merit their chains. This service will honour Dietrich Bonhoffer and all the other political Luddites willing to cast wrenches into the works. Service to be coordinated by Steve Hall & Francis Braunlich, who believe that the proper completion is "essential".

Thursday, April 13, 8 p.m.: Maundy Thursday Celebration.
Traditionally we have a Communion Service on this evening. The recorded music part of the service will come from my collection of live recordings. Following this section, there is a short contemporary Communion Service, including the remembrance of those close to us/you who have died in the past year. Bread, wine and juice are needed to complete this service. If you can bring something, speak to Paul Raspe or just bring it. Join us for this time of being together. Service Coordinator: Paul Raspe
April 16: Easter. A liberal Christian interpretation of Easter. Coordinated by Terry Stephens.
April 23: “Liberty Bailey and The Holy Earth.” For our earth day service, we will talk about the life and works Liberty Hyde Bailey, an early environment thinker and bioregionalist, who coined the term 'biocentric' in his 1915 work The Holy Earth. Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock.

April 30: “Beltane, Silver, Jade and Hazel for the Lovers.”
The gates of the underworld open and the warm breath of life issues forth from the Cave of Voices, bringing the Faery powers of life to the land. Patterns of life move from the inner world to the outer world as we enter summer \and the season of the White Goddess. Incense will be used in the service. Coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins.