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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.

Employment Opportunity – Director of Finance and Administration

The First Religious Society of Newburyport, Unitarian Universalist is seeking candidates for the position of Director of Finance and Administration (DFA). This is a part time, 32 hours/week position with pro-rated benefits. The Director is mainly expected to be on-site during normal business hours, but there are some requirements for presence on Sunday mornings (Sept to June) and for some evening meetings.

Overview of the Congregation:

Hampton Falls 2017 summer schedule

The First Congregational Society (UU) of Hampton Falls will hold Sunday services during the summer at 10:45am. The church is located at 143 Exeter Road (Route 88) in a National Historic Register 1838 Greek Revival building. Here is the schedule: 

July 16— Rev. Deborah Knowlton, Minister, First Church, Hampton, NH

July 23— Rev. Kenneth Clarke, Minister, Old First Church, Old Bennington, VT

July 30— Rev. Tom Wintle, Senior Minister, First Parish, Weston, MA

August 6— Rev. Tom Wintle, Senior Minister, First Parish, Weston, MA

Rob Burnham's Journey of Faith

Rob BurnhamGiven by Rob Burnham on June 18, 2017.

I will begin with a reading from the book of Psalms: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I was raised in a Congregational Sunday school where Bible readings were common. Over the years, I have become accustomed to morning readings to help guide my thoughts and behavior throughout the day. The Psalm I just read is one of them. I also enjoy the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Waking up this morning I smile. 24 new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”

Dates to remember

August 10: Ministerial survey becomes available
September 15: Survey closes
September 17: After church opportunities to explore ideas about settled minister
October (TBD): Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop

Be a Jazz Vespers reader

Jazz Vespers invites you to consider being a reader at one of our musical services. 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 3 or 4 minutes of readings and a few minutes for silent reflection. Readers choose their own selections which can range from humorous pieces to traditional literature to modern poetry.

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