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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.

Thinking about the future FRS

Picture a church that serves 1,000 people beyond the congregation, many of whom have never stepped inside the sanctuary. They include veterans, assisted-living residents, hospital patients and refugees. Its members describe it this way: “The Church has left the building.” There is such a church, a congregation about our size, and it’s First Parish in Bedford, housed in a building much like ours.

Across the country, thriving UU congregations are those that are changing and innovating. Not only have they energized their members but they are growing and attracting new members, according to Transition Team member Forrest Speck, who compiled these additional examples:

April 30, 2017

Sunday at 10:30am: "To Be Entrusted" - Rev. Susan Milnor. With the Ministerial Search Committee soon to assume its duties, it's time for us to begin to consider ministry. From what does a minister's authority emerge? I have spoken before of "daring" to take up this vocation, but the minister-congregation relationship is effective only when there is a mutual understanding of how this delicate balance between the partners works. The first woman ever ordained by a denomination can help us to understand what's needed. A Journey of Faith will be given by Yvonne McQuilkin.

Register for Adult Exploration: "God Reflections"

Only seven spaces are left for this adult exploration, to be facilitated by Rev. Susan Milnor on Thursdays, May 4, 11, 18, and June 1, 2017 at 7-8:30pm. Register with Diane Young, X409. We will explore some "Reflections on and of God" in a safe and respectful small group context. Meditations, poems, and short pieces on the Ultimate will serve as touchstones for reflection of various kinds, including writing and sharing within the group.


How can we as UU’s help protect and empower the most vulnerable among us? At the UU General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017, we will band together to develop strategies at the national and local level to help those most targeted by new government policies. Workshops, fantastic worship, meet UUs from congregations that are doing amazing work and finding exciting ways to do ministerial transition. Share your faith with 3,000 other folks who are as committed as you to being the change. Resist and Rejoice! Rejoice and Resist!

Take an envelope to support the youth trip

Thank you to those who have given so generously to our B’Link envelope fund drive. Many envelopes remain and are waiting to be filled. Look for the board in the vestibule or Parish Hall, take an envelope, and return it with the designated number of dollars to the basket (or give to Julie Parker Amery). And don’t forget—each envelope contains an inspirational quote or immigration fact and one contains a $100 Newburyport gift card, Choose wisely!

Candlelight Chorale rehearsals being for spring concert

Sunday, April 23, 2017: First rehearsal for Candlelight Chorale's Spring Concert. Lower Meeting House, 2-4:30pm. Concert is set for May 21 at 4pm. Rehearsals on Sundays, April 23, 2:30-4:30: April 30, 2-4; Wednesday, May 10, 7-9 in the Parish Hall; Monday, May 15, 7-9, in the Parish Hall; plus Friday, May 19, 7-9pm, and Saturday, May 20, 10am-12:30pm, in the Sanctuary. No audition necessary; a small fee is requested to cover incidental costs. Interested singers please contact Acting Music Director Dana Maiben.


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