Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

July Theme: Open for Guests

 

Annual Ministry Theme: Interconnectedness

SUNDAY, July 21, 2024

Margaret Fuller: Lessons from Our Radical Transcendentalist Foremother

SERVICE STARTS at 10am

 

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Margaret Fuller: Lessons from our Radical Transcendentalist Foremother – Rev. Jane Tuohy

10am in the Sanctuary

Can the writings of a 19th century woman really teach us valuable lessons for these troubled times? Margaret Fuller was a radical feminist and the member of the transcendentalist circles. Today, women’s rights we thought were guaranteed have been lost and many others are being challenged. Margaret Fuller’s life and writings can inspire us to be resilient, bold, and determined even in the face of what may seem to be overwhelming odds.

Inward and outward freedom for woman as much as for man, shall be acknowledged as a right, not as a concession. As the friend of the negro assumes that one man cannot hold another in bondage, so should the friend of the woman assume that man cannot, by right, lay even well-meant restrictions on women.”  —Margaret Fuller, 1844

Upcoming Summer Worship Services
All summer services begin in 10am with livestream on YouTube unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, July 28: Living Restorative Justice – Rev. Andrew Forsthoefel, Interfaith Minister
What is restorative justice? Where does it come from? How does it work? And how do we live it, not only in our relationships with each other, but also in our relationship with ourselves? Reverend Andrew Forsthoefel, Restorative Practices Systems Specialist for the Cumberland County Public Health Department in Portland, ME, will explore the principles of restorative justice and offer reflections on how these principles can support us to live in alignment with the reality of our interconnectedness.

Sunday, August 25, Worship at Hampton Falls UU
Rev. Rebecca continues the long tradition of preaching at First Congregational Society Unitarian Church Hampton Falls on the last Sunday of each August. This is a special, more intimate gathering you won’t want to miss. First Congregational Society is located at 143 Exeter Rd. in Hampton Falls, NH. No livestream.

Yankee Homecoming at FRSUU!

Book and Game Sale During Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales
Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 3 in Parish Hall

Come browse our selection of books and games! We will also be selling t-shirts and baseball caps adorned with a gorgeous new logo, along with refreshments!

Historic Church Tours
Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 from 10am-2pm (last tour at 1:30pm) at the Meetinghouse.

The FRSUU Meetinghouse is one of Newburyport’s oldest and most architecturally significant religious buildings. Established in 1801, our Meetinghouse is renowned for its impressive federal-style architecture, designed by the notable architect Timothy Palmer.

Church tours are 20 minutes long and full of fun facts and tales of the past that connect the history of our church to the founding of Newburyport and more!

Merrimack Valley Ship Model Club Exhibit
Saturday, July 27 – Saturday, August 3, 10am-5pm in the Lower Meetinghouse

The Merrimack Valley Ship Model club will exhibit a wide range and variety of ship models displaying tiny miniatures, and modest rowing craft in contrast with ocean going vessels. MVSMC members will be at the exhibit demonstrating modeling techniques and sharing back ground stories about the models on display.

 

 

 

Summer Invitation from the FRSUU

Rev. Rebecca invites you to join us this summer for a variety of exciting and meaningful services and community activities.

 

The Latest News & Events

Registration for Sunday School at the FRSUU is now open!

Registration for Sunday School at the FRSUU is now open!

Young Church is for children up through 8th grade. Children sit with their families for the beginning of worship service (about 15 minutes), and then head downstairs to the Lower Meetinghouse with volunteers and the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, Mara...

In the Spirit: “Never Alone” by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan

In the Spirit: “Never Alone” by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan

  Published in the Newburyport Daily News on June 28, 2024   “Why do you want to be a minister?” Carroll asked, leaning across the table. We were in a stately, old study room in the town library. I had worked with this retired professor for years, raising...

Friday Book Group

Friday Book Group

When: Fridays from 10-11:30am, Lower Meeting House, Room A and on Zoom We meet weekly and read both fiction and non-fiction books chosen by the participants. Each book is read and discussed over a period of several meetings, with the reading for each determined by the...

“Once Known” Dedication Ceremony

“Once Known” Dedication Ceremony

When: Tuesday, May 21 at 3pm, at the Old Hill Burying Ground, opposite #20 Auburn Street behind Bartlet Mall. Join Reverend Rebecca, Ghlee E. Woodworth, City officials, donors (including FRS), and friends for this Dedication Ceremony. Ground penetrating radar...

The Short Story Group

The Short Story Group

The Short Story Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from noon-1pm in the Lower Meetinghouse  

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