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.

Donate to fall rummage sale

Chill fall winds make you think of the Fall Rummage Sale. We only sell clothes and accessories, so the name “rummage” is somewhat misleading. Twice a year we help you clear out the clothes, shoes, belts and other personal items you no longer need. You can bring your bags and boxes of clothes to the church foyer starting Monday, November 2. 

We need volunteers, too. Here's how you can help:

Learn about proposed trip to Transylvania

Join Harold Babcock after church on November 1 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.

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven

How would your life have been different if, when growing up, the divine had been imaged as female? “Cakes for the Queen of Heaven," a course for women and teen girls, will meet every Monday, October 19 to November 16 in the Parish Hall, second floor, 7-8:30pm. (Sorry, not handicapped accessible.) “Cakes” is a woman-honoring curriculum that examines pre-Judeo-Christian cultures that may have worshipped the female as divine. Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and beliefs, creating trust and strong bonds of friendship.

News from your Parish Board, 9/22/15

The Parish Board started work early this church year, working with Bill Heenehan to address the structural problems that were discovered in the steeple this summer. We prepared the emergency congregational meeting during which members approved the necessary additional spending on September 2, preceded by steeple tours and an information session. The meeting had a great turnout, due to the efforts of each board member to reach and inform everyone. A big thank you to the board members for stepping up during their summer!


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