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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.

April 3, 2017

"Taking A Bow" - Rev. Susan Milnor - If we are looking for values that help us to live well for ourselves and others, we could do much worse that to aspire to humility even though it seems to be at odd with the times. What is humility, really, and how can we approach it? Parker Palmer, a U.N. Secretary, an expert in emotional intelligence, the Desert Fathers, and a Buddhist pilgrimage can all provide some clues.

Come to an Unbirthday Party

Cupcakes with candlesFriday, March 31, 2017: The FRS Unbirthday Party. Lower Meeting House, 7pm. Is March 31 not your birthday? Perfect! Come celebrate with silly games, group challenges, and of course, cupcakes and ice cream. (Dessert only, no dinner.) Gluten-free? We've got you covered. Whether you’re not celebrating 5 or 65, all are welcome to an evening of getting-to-know-you fun.

FRS Spring Fundraiser: Dinner for Two - Anywhere in the World

The First Religious Society is running the wildly successful Dinner for 2, Anywhere in the World Raffle again this year. Third time is a charm! Last year’s winners, Freeman and Maureen Condon, went to New Orleans.

We printed 2500 tickets this year and the prize value is $5,000. Our goal is to raise $50,000. We need your help. Individual ticket sales and ticket packets for sellers will be available at the raffle table during Coffee Hour starting Sunday, March 26. The winning ticket will be pulled at FRS on Saturday, June 3, 3pm, during the “Thank You, Newburyport!” event.

Bylaw review – forum to be held

It’s Spring Cleaning Time and we need to get our house in order! The two-year period of transition while we prepare for a new settled ministry is a good time to reflect on many of our governing practices and procedures. The Governance Committee has been busy reviewing FRS’s bylaws and we’ve discovered a few changes that need to be made. They are being suggested by the Parish Board to bring us into alignment with best practices. The changes will be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting on May 21, 2017.

FRS welcomes young author and family

When Danny Al Dehneh, now 11 years old, was growing up in Damascus he loved having his own bedroom, loved the care-free time spent there with his games, and loved the star stenciled on the ceiling. Then, when Danny was seven, the chaos of civil war disrupted his childhood. He and his family sought refuge in a “safe house.” The cost of safety was the loss of his own room with the star on the ceiling.

Understanding the Appalachian Rust Belt

Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Mocked and Forgotten: Understanding the Appalachian Rust Belt and the Politics of Despair in the 2016 Election. Lower Meeting House, 7pm. Growing up, Eileen Whyte Springer played on a hill overlooking a Bethlehem Steel furnace, where she caught ash on her tongue like snowflakes. That was when steel, coal, the unions, and the Democratic Party reigned supreme in Cambria County, PA. Nearly five decades later, thirty-foot trees poke through the roofs of mills that Donald Trump promises to bring back to life.

Membership series—for old and new

Three Tuesdays: March 28, April 4, and April 11, 2017, 7-8:30pm. Lower Meeting House (enter via door on parking lot side). Who is it for? For newcomers who want to know what membership entails, for new members who missed an introduction, for “old-timers” who’d like a refresher. We’ll talk about the principles of Unitarian Universalism, the history of FRS, church programs, and our own spiritual journeys. Sign up for the series with Diane Young, Director of Community Engagement, Ext. 409.


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