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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.

May Breakfast seeks helpers and eaters

The May Breakfast is fast approaching! It will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8-11am in the Parish Hall. Members of the Hospitality Committee will be at coffee hour through April 30 to gratefully accept sign-ups of volunteers to help at the breakfast and also to donate food. And please do come to the breakfast and bring friends. The price is $6 per adult, $4 per child, with a family maximum of $20. Not bad for some nice fellowship, personal service, and all you can eat scrambled/fried eggs, hash browns, blueberry pancakes, ham, veggie sausages, baked beans & fruit salad!

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!

Climate Cafe returns April 23

Sunday, April 23: Climate Café: Separating Science from Spin. Parish Hall, 2nd floor, 11:45am-1pm. The Climate Action Project hosts a Climate Café Discussion Hall. Given the proliferation of misinformation spread by political allies of large fossil fuel companies, we as UUs are called to set the record straight on global warming. We will discuss the question, “How can you separate the science from the political spin?” The discussion will be led by students from the Gulf of Maine Institute. Following our annual Earth Day service, this café coincides with Soup Sunday.

April 23, 2017

Sunday service at 10:30am – World Oceans: Swimming Against the Tide. Our Earth Day Sunday service, organized by the Climate Action Project, features Conservation Law Foundation’s Peter Shelley as guest in our pulpit.

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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