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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

March Services

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

Mar. 5: “New Questions About Animal Awareness.”
When Donald Griffin published his book The Question of Animal Awareness in 1976, this topic was not considered appropriate for serious scientific research. If non-human animals were thought to be conscious at all, they were assumed to lack the type of emotions and thinking found in humans, and any speculations to the contrary were considered anthropomorphism. But the scientific tide has turned over the intervening decades, and now we are asking questions such as: are non-human animals persons? Can they act morally? We will discuss this change and its implications for human society.  Service coordinated by Mark Mitsock

Mar. 12:  Topic to be announced  
Coordinated by Theresa Bergherr.

Mar. 19: “So Who WAS Fuzzy Wassy?”
A wandering into the absurdist healings and dealings... Coordinated by Ben Ross and Shula Weinstein.

Mar. 26: “The Elderberry of the Centaur under the Bright Silver Sky of Heaven.”
The themes of the elderberry and the centaur are healing and wildness. Venus passes through inferior conjunction as we celebrate the season of spring and the revival of life. Incense will be used in the service. Coordinated by Gaianne Jenkins.