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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.

Program Council Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23

What are the various groups in church working on? What is going to happen in the spring canvass and special campaign? What jobs need filling in church governance? What does it mean to be a Welcoming Congregation? What’s happening in our racial justice work? Whither the Program Council? These topics will be covered in the upcoming Program Council Meeting. As our congregation grows and the number of groups in the church proliferates, we need to stay in contact with each other and devise ways to work more effectively together.

January 21, 2018

“Ageless Soul” - Rev. Susan Milnor - Life is better for us all if we truly make place for the wisdom and experience that can accompany aging and if we are open, in our hearts, to becoming elders. But what does it take to be a true elder? Bettina Turner will share her Journey of Faith. Today is Soup Sunday—enjoy a selection of soups and chili at tables in the Parish Hall. Suggested donation: $5.

What is white supremacy?

By Tom Stites

What is white supremacy? Is it just extremists wearing hoods marching with torches? Or does it also infect every institution in our nation? How does it distort the lives of all of us, whether we are people of color or white? How does it manifest itself in an all-but-all-white place like Newburyport – and in an all-but-all-white church like the First Religious Society?

The Ministerial Records Arrive!

The Ministerial Search Committee is excited to get our first look at prospective ministers. This week we got a list of names of ministers interested in joining our community and a chance to look at their Ministerial Records. These give us information about their experience, their beliefs, and how they understand the role of a minister.

Nominations are open

The FRS Governance Committee seeks nominations for key leadership positions within the church.

Our church is governed by us! – by congregational  members, primarily through Congregational Meetings, where members have a vote on issues and budgets, and through election of members to positions in the lay leadership who otherwise represent us throughout the year.  

FRS renews its welcome to LGBTQ

Welcoming Congregation logo from the UUALast week, thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of six FRS members, the Unitarian Universalist Association renewed our official status as a Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ people. FRS first obtained that status over twenty years ago. In his letter approving our application for renewal, the Rev.

Donate flowers or steeple lighting

The following dates are available for Steeple Lightings and providing flowers for Sunday service. To sign up for a date, email Nicole Salemi. Please include in your email: Steeple or Flowers, the date you've chosen, and the message to include in the Order of Service. Steeple Lighting is $75. Flowers either you provide or the church orders a standard arrangement ($35 plus tax) and florist bills you.

Steeple Lightings 2017-2018

July 8, 2018

July 29, 2018

Read your work at Jazz Vespers

Jazz Vespers invites you to consider being a reader at one of our Wednesday evening services. Readers choose their own selections which can range from humorous pieces to traditional literature to modern poetry or original works you have written. Vespers is held the first Wednesday evening of the month from October through June (save for a winter break in January) at 8pm in the Sanctuary. The service consists of Jazz and Pop music with three or four minutes of readings and a few minutes for silent reflection. Next Vespers is October 11, 2017.

Pre-paying parking on Sunday

Ever rush out of coffee hour or a meeting to feed a parking meter at noon? You can avoid any panic by pre-paying your parking fee. Paid parking begins at noon on Sundays in Newburyport and costs $1 per hour. If you think you will be staying later than 12:00 you can pay any time that morning at Kiosks #3 and #5, or in the Prince Place lot. For example, if you arrive at 10:20 for worship service and insert a dollar, you’ll see that the expiration time is not 11:20am but 1:00pm. Pay on your way in, and relax. If the kiosks ever don’t comply, please let the City Clerk know. 

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