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.

Bring the whole gang to May Breakfast

Enjoy an FRS tradition!

May Breakfast
Saturday, May 2
in the Parish Hall

The menu: fried or scrambled eggs, hash browns, ham, vegetarian sausages, baked beans, pancakes (plain, blueberry, or apple cinnamon), fresh fruit salad, yogurt, and baked goods of all kinds. Coffee, tea, milk, and juice (orange, apple juice, and cranberry). We use local and fair trade products wherever possible.

Cost is $6; $4 for kids under five. Families pay maximum of $20. 

Death with dignity–a human right

Join us on Sunday, May 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Lower Meeting House for a screening of “The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner,” an Oscar-nominated short documentary about legalizing the right to die in Washington state. The film chronicles Gardner’s controversial crusade to pass Initiative 1000, also known as the Death with Dignity Act, and looks at both sides of this hotly debated issue.

Discussion to follow the 38-minute film will be facilitated by Marie Manis, Campaign Manager for Compassion and Choices, with an update on the Massachusetts campaign.

Singing Meditation

Singing Meditation is offered one Friday morning a month, 10-11am: March 20, April 17, and May 22, in the upper Parish Hall (the building next to the church). Sing simple, repetitive songs and chants from different traditions, interspersed with periods of silence. All songs will be taught to the group. For ages 10 to 100, singing ability not required. Attend one session or all.

The FRS Spring Fundraiser 2015


It’s a RAFFLE with a WOW factor!

Grand prize is "Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World".

The winner of this raffle - drawn the night of Friday, May 15, 2015 - wins dinner at the restaurant of their choice anywhere (yes, anywhere!) in the world. The prize includes airfare to any major international airport, dinner for two (excluding alcoholic beverages), and hotel accommodations for two nights*. Total package value is not to exceed $4,000.

Pine Ridge Alliance of Youth (PRAY)

In June, 2015, a group of eleven high school youth will be heading out to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota for a week of service and learning. This is our first-ever youth mission trip! The youth are working hard from now until then to build community, raise money, learn about justice issues, and engage in local service projects. In December, they went to the UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury to help children make Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

New Choir Members Welcome

Join the Choir!
Do you enjoy singing? Come and join the First Religious Society Choir as we begin a new season of music. We sing music in a variety of styles, and we include pieces from various faith traditions. We rehearse on Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00, and again on Sunday mornings, 9:00-10:00.


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