Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

Welcome

Welcome to First Religious Society, a place where you will be welcomed regardless of your age, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status. A place where you can grow spiritually, morally and intellectually.

June Theme: Change

 

Annual Ministry Theme: Interconnectedness

SUNDAY, June 23, 2024

General Assembly Sunday Worship

SERVICE STARTS at 10:30am

 

Sunday, June 23, 2024

General Assembly Sunday Worship

10:30am in the Lower Meetinghouse

Each year, UUs from around the country gather together to engage in denominational business and community building. Join us for the all-virtual Sunday worship during GA. The service will be broadcast from the Lower Meetinghouse at 10:30am, or you can watch on your own at 1pm at this link: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2024/sunday-worship

Thursday, July 4: Reading Frederick Douglass Together: A Public Reading
Brown Square, Newburyport (across from City Hall), 10am

FRS and the Museum of Old Newbury will host an in-person community reading of Frederick Douglass’s impassioned 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Lend your voice to this powerful participatory event. *Rain location is FRS sanctuary. No livestream by FRS.

Summer Worship Services

Sunday, June 30: Nourishment for the Soul – Kristen Miller
Come bask in the beauty and serenity of the cello. Cellist Kristen Miller will share restorative, calming solo cello pieces, alternating with sacred texts and poetry. Kristen offers this service to soothe, restore, and uplift the spirit, leaving you ready to receive life’s gifts.

Sunday, July 7: The Power of Gratitude – Sarina Khan Reddy and Manny Muros
Sarina Khan Reddy will collaborate with Manny Muros, a gifted spiritual teacher and author who leads personal development and meditation retreats internationally, and his wife Alise Ashby, composer and songwriter, who creates music to soothe the senses and bring healing. Manny will lead a meditation experience focusing on gratitude with Alise composing music to accompany. Sarina Khan Reddy will explore the concept of gratitude as written in the Qur’an, in recognition of the Islamic New Year. Rev. Jane Tuohy will be assisting.

 

Sunday, July 14: Spaciousness in the Breath of Life – Rev. Alan Seale and Zack Field
Join Rev. Alan Seale along with Gong Master Zach Field and Worship Associate Jessica Brown for “Spaciousness in the Breath of Life.” Even in our restless world, we can find stillness in the heart of our being and rest in our souls.

Sunday, July 21: Margaret Fuller…lessons from our radical Transcendentalist Foremother – Rev. Jane Tuohy
Can the writings of a 19th century woman really teach us valuable lessons for these troubled times? Margaret Fuller was a radical feminist and the member of the transcendentalist circles. Today, women’s rights we thought were guaranteed have been lost and many others are being challenged. Margaret Fuller’s life and writings can inspire us to be resilient, bold, and determined even in the face of what may seem to be overwhelming odds.

Sunday, July 28: Living Restorative Justice – Rev. Andrew Forsthoefel, Interfaith Minister
What is restorative justice? Where does it come from? How does it work? And how do we live it, not only in our relationships with each other, but also in our relationship with ourselves? Reverend Andrew Forsthoefel, Restorative Practices Systems Specialist for the Cumberland County Public Health Department in Portland, ME, will explore the principles of restorative justice and offer reflections on how these principles can support us to live in alignment with the reality of our interconnectedness.

Sunday, August 25, Worship at Hampton Falls UU
Rev. Rebecca continues the long tradition of preaching at First Congregational Society Unitarian Church Hampton Falls on the last Sunday of each August. This is a special, more intimate gathering you won’t want to miss. First Congregational Society is located at 143 Exeter Rd. in Hampton Falls, NH. No livestream.

 

 

 

Summer Invitation from the FRSUU

Rev. Rebecca invites you to join us this summer for a variety of exciting and meaningful services and community activities.

 

The Latest News & Events

Reading Frederick Douglass Together: A Public Reading

Reading Frederick Douglass Together: A Public Reading

When: Thursday, July 4 at 10am in Brown Square, Newburyport, MA (located across from the Newburyport City Hall) "The soul that is within me no man can degrade." —Frederick Douglass FRS and the Museum of Old Newbury will host an in-person community reading of Frederick...

FRS Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 9!

FRS Annual Meeting: Sunday, June 9!

SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL MEETING 2024 Mark your calendars – Sunday, June 9, 10:30am – noon! This will be our first combined worship service and annual meeting. We hope that this keeps the overall time shorter and reminds us that the work we do together is also spiritual...

FRSUU Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle is Back!

FRSUU Dinner for Two Anywhere in the World Raffle is Back!

Imagine flying to San Sebastian, Spain to experience some of the finest tapas, or sitting at a seaside restaurant off Italy's Adriatic coast enjoying some fresh foods from the sea! This could all be yours with the Dinner for 2 Anywhere in the World Raffle. This...

“Once Known” Dedication Ceremony

“Once Known” Dedication Ceremony

When: Tuesday, May 21 at 3pm, at the Old Hill Burying Ground, opposite #20 Auburn Street behind Bartlet Mall. Join Reverend Rebecca, Ghlee E. Woodworth, City officials, donors (including FRS), and friends for this Dedication Ceremony. Ground penetrating radar...

In the Spirit: Silent Struggles by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan

In the Spirit: Silent Struggles by Reverend Rebecca M. Bryan

Silent Struggles Published in the Newburyport Daily News on March 22, 2024 Eight of us sat in the small conference room in the lower level of my church discussing how we could get out the message about addiction recovery. Two weeks earlier, 22 people had crammed into...

Friday Book Group

Friday Book Group

When: Fridays from 10-11:30am, Lower Meeting House, Room A and on Zoom We meet weekly and read both fiction and non-fiction books chosen by the participants. Each book is read and discussed over a period of several meetings, with the reading for each determined by the...

The Short Story Group

The Short Story Group

The Short Story Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from noon-1pm in the Lower Meetinghouse  

Unitarian Universalist Association Letter to Congress

Unitarian Universalist Association Letter to Congress

The Unitarian Universalist Association has joined 27 other denominations and organizations in signing a letter calling on Congress to take proactive steps to de-escalate the ongoing violence in Israel/Palestine. Specifically, the letter asks Congress to: Publicly call...

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