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We are the First Religious Society, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  We're glad you're here. We aspire to be a welcoming and inclusive community that encourages spiritual growth as we strive for truth and meaning and serve the social and spiritual needs of our larger community.

Affordable housing and income inequality

Wednesday, October 5, 2016: Local Poverty Matters. Lower Meeting House, 7-8pm. Jay Ash, Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, will be the featured speaker. The topic will be "Affordable Housing as One Approach to income Inequality." Mayor Donna Holiday will be introducing Secretary Ash. Local Poverty Matters, a live lecture series, is held on the first Wednesday every month. It is sponsored by the FRS Social Action Committee and by Pennies for Poverty. The event is free and open to the public.

FRS members active on three fronts

Several FRS members’ actions in the community were all reported in the September 16 Daily News. Read more...

The Clipper City Toastmasters Club awarded Rudy King first place in its recent evaluation contest, in which the contestant listens to a speech and has five minutes to prepare helpful feedback. Rudy will now compete in the area level on September 27.

Friendship Table gets new punchline

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the Salvation Army to find that our church was supposed to serve dinner LAST week. Here it was September 15 and there we were on the schedule for September 8. " We tried to call you! " Good luck with that. I was in Quebec City with a bunch of high school friends.

And then the punchline: "The Lutherans are coming... tonite!"

Climate justice author to speak

The First Religious Society will host an evening with Wen Stephenson, climate activist and author of What We’re Fighting for Now Is Each Other on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7pm, in the sanctuary. Stephenson will offer an up-close, on-the-ground look at remarkable, courageous people who have laid everything on the line to forestall the impacts of climate change in their communities. A reception and discussion will follow the lecture.

Get your “Newburyport Coloring Book”

The Historical Committee is delighted to announce FRS’ own contribution to the wider community’s new enthusiasm for coloring books. With the help of fourteen local artists, “Today and Yesterday...A Newburyport Coloring Book” contains twenty-four drawings, from old-time Joppa clam shacks to the gardens at Maudslay State Park. Each full-page drawing is accompanied by historical background text. “A Newburyport Coloring Book” was introduced at Yankee Homecoming, and sales exceeded even our ever-buoyant expectations.


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