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.

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.

September Theme: Making Room

Annual Ministry Theme: Peace

SUNDAY, October 2, 2022
Making Amends in the River of Life

SERVICE STARTS 10:30AM
IN PERSON OR ON YOUTUBE

 

Sunday, October 2, 2022
Making Amends in the River of Life
10:30am in person and livestreamed on YouTube

“By regularly renewing the bonds of belonging, we support our ability to remain healthy and whole.” – Francis Weller

Join us for this special service of commemorating, honoring, and introspecting as we welcome Paul W. and Denise K. Pouliot, the Sag8mo and Sag8moskwa (Male and Female Head Speakers) of the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook Abenaki People. Paul and Denise will bring us the Cowasuck Flag as a symbol of our partnership and commitment to Indigenous People. Reverend Rebecca will then preach about the role of repentance and renewal in our personal and collective lives.  This service is especially meaningful as it happens during the Ten Days of Awe in the Jewish calendar.

Everyone is invited to participate our Justice Sunday activities which begin with a soup and salad lunch at noon, followed by a presentation by Patricia D. Rocker, council chairwoman of the Chappaquiddick Tribe of the Wampanoag Nation, Whale Clan. Patricia will engage in a question-and-answer dialogue after her remarks.

VIDEO: An invitation from Rev. Rebecca for 2022 – watch it HERE!

JUSTICE SUNDAYS

As Unitarian Universalists, we’re called on to advocate, organize, and act for justice as we strive to live out our faith in the world. Unitarian Universalism challenges us not only to seek our own truth and meaning, but to walk a path that honors the inherent worth and dignity of every person, as well as the interdependent web of all beings.

Our Justice Sundays bring together the cornerstones of Unitarian Universalism: normal Sunday worship to feed our spirits followed by time enjoying lunch together as a community to grow in fellowship, and justice learning and action to help us live our faith. On these once-a-month Sundays, join us in the lower meeting house after the worship service for a communal lunch of soup and salad and return to the sanctuary (or to a designated location in the community) at 12:30 for an hour of justice learning and action. Each month will have a different focus, though all are interrelated. Learn. Act. Connect. Live your faith. Join us!

Justice Sunday 2022-23 Dates: October 2; November 13; December 11; January 29; February 5; March 19; April 16; May 28

 

 

Reverend Rebecca looks ahead to worship in 2022. Click below to hear her message!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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