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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.

Stir the Pot comes home

On Wednesday, December 2, at 7pm, the Local Poverty Matters Study Group welcomes Ellie Davis from the YWCA, Pam Palombo, Newburyport Public Health Nurse, and Nancy Earls from the Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center. Their topic is "Nourishing the North Shore," a mission to ensure equal access to healthy food and nutrition to all in the community.

Next steps for our ministerial transition

As you have heard by now, the Parish Board is preparing to hire an interim minister for two years when Harold Babcock retires at the end of this church year. Interim ministers are specially trained to support congregations who are in transition, such as ours. By rule, an interim minister cannot be a candidate for our next settled minister, but will work with us in discerning our direction and priorities as we prepare to call a new minister.

Young Church teachers needed

Step Up! Young Church teachers are needed for winter term. Have you thought about teaching, then wondered if you “know enough” about Unitarian Universalism? Well, fear not! Teaching in Young Church is less about teaching and more about guiding and encouraging. It’s about listening and being yourself. It’s about asking questions and exploring together.

Support our November food drive

Our annual Community Service of Newburyport Food Drive takes place in November sponsored by the Human Services Committee. You can support this project by bringing food to the table in the vestibule and/or make a donation and we will do your shopping. A member of the Committee will be collecting donations after church each Sunday in November. This year Community Service needs include: spaghetti sauce, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, regular coffee, boxed potatoes, soups, canned fruit and veggies. Grocery list suggestions are on the table in the vestibule.

Learn about interim ministry

Your Parish Board has begun the process of finding an interim minister who will be with us beginning in September 2016. At its October Board meeting, the Board voted to form an Interim Task Force (ITF) which will be responsible for the interim minister search. The Board representatives to the ITF are Bettina Turner and Julie Menin.

The role of the ITF will be threefold:

Learn about proposed trip to Transylvania

Sunday, November 1 at noon, Lower Meeting House, Rooms A&B. Join Harold Babcock to learn more about the proposed intergenerational Transylvania pilgrimage and partner church visit and 200th anniversary celebration next summer (2016). The dates for the Transylvanian portion of the trip have been established: July 26 (leaving Boston on the 25th) to August 2. Our visit will include four nights and three full days in our partner church village of Ujszekely as well as visits to Unitarian historical sites.


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