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.

There's a New Sheriff in Town!

Last November Kevin Coppinger, a 33 year veteran police officer, became Essex County Sheriff, replacing long term sheriff Frank Cousins. What are the challenges and surprises he has faced in his new job? What does he think of the criminal justice measures coming up in the Massachusetts Legislature? How is the opioid epidemic affecting our county? What are the challenges facing incarcerated and recently released members of our community?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday at 10:30am: Animal Blessing – Family Service – Rev. Susan Milnor. The opportunity to accept our fellow creatures on this earth is indeed a grace-filled one. Bring your well-behaved pets – leashed, caged – and let’s bless them and our life on this earth. We might have a howling good time while we are it. 

The joy of giving

Gift itemsWe need your help! Do you have items like these lying around your home that you don’t need, or even know what to do with? The Community Human Services Committee is sponsoring a new initiative for the kids in Kelleher Gardens, Newburyport’s Public Housing for Families. We want the children to experience the joy of “shopping” for and giving a holiday gift to their mom and/or dad.

In the Tiny Gallery

Artwork LoveOctober 2017: Newburyport artist Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord is exhibiting posters from her latest series in the Tiny Gallery under the Stairs. Words For Our Time was created in response to the 2016 election. Susan describes her motivation: “Words have always been my ballast and my anchor. I believe in their power. While I understand the saying “actions speak louder than words,” I believe that words can be where actions start.

Christmas Candlelight is coming up!

Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 17 at 7pm. Rehearsals will begin in November, and will be mostly on Sunday afternoons this year, plus a final adult chorale rehearsal Friday evening, December 15, and a Dress Rehearsal for everyone on Saturday morning December 16. If you would like to sing in the Christmas Candlelight Choir this year, or if you have questions, please contact Acting Director of Church Music Dana Maiben

Rev-eries - October 17, 2017

It is a splendid October day on the coast of New England:  sunny, cool, clear, the hint of colors in the landscape. It is the kind of day that has, my whole life, evoked a deep-down, nearly unutterable joy, a day that hints at the wonder of being alive in this world.

Yet the airwaves are filled with very bad news; we work too much and play too little; we wonder how to do the most important things, and what they are.


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