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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 Maple Farm Sanctuary for resuced farm animals.. .

Past Recipients

June Services

Sundays 10:30 am
Child care 10:15 - 11:30
Fellowship and refreshments after service.
June 4: Celebrating Gay Pride Month.
Coordinated by Terri Stephens.

June 11: “The Sword in the Leaden Water by the Willow beneath the Bright Jade Mountain.”
Ancient knowledge of the subtle motion of the Moon—now largely forgotten—was celebrated in myth and song. As we approach the turning of the fourteen-month cycle of the Moon we consider these myths and this knowledge, and consider the symbols belonging specifically to the new cycle and what they suggest to us for the coming months. Co-ordinated by Gaianne Jenkins. Incense will be used in the service.

June 18: “Buddhist Poet Monks of China and Japan.”
We will explore the tradition of zen/Taoist poetry by Buddhist monks in China and Japan that stretches from the 8th through the 20th century. We will hear from Han-Shan (8th century) and Stonehouse (1272 - 1474) from China, and Saigyo (1118-1190), Ikkyu (1394-1481), and Santoka Taneda (1882-1940) from Japan. Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock.

June 25: "Under the Oak Moon"

Our outdoor service will take place near the parking lot at Lake Wintergreen, a tenth of a mile from Main Street, a fifth of a mile from Wintergreen Avenue, and three-fifths of a mile from the corner of Wintergreen and Woodin. We shall gather in the shadow of West Rock, surrounded by birds (in all likelihood), and may see dragon-flies and ducks. Gather at the Society to car-pool or meet us at the site. Service coordinated by Francis Braunlich.