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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.

Christmas services 2017

December 17 – 10:30am - Pageant from the Pews – Multigenerational ServiceJulie Parker-Amery, Rev. Susan Milnor, and So Many More. Come one, come all, and participate in our fun-loving, low-stress telling of the nativity story. Of course, we will end with the FRS tradition of singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

From a friend of LGBTQ

The LGBTQ and Friends Committee is reactivating the Welcoming Congregation presence in our church. This has also served to renew FRS's recognition within the UUA as a Welcoming Congregation. It has required each of us on the committee to update our understanding of our changing world as it increasingly acknowledges and embraces differences in lifestyles of LGBTQ and straight (heterosexual) folks.  

FRS renews its welcome to LGBTQ

Welcoming Congregation logo from the UUALast week, thanks to the enthusiastic and dedicated efforts of six FRS members, the Unitarian Universalist Association renewed our official status as a Welcoming Congregation for LGBTQ people. FRS first obtained that status over twenty years ago. In his letter approving our application for renewal, the Rev.

Bruce Deveau's Journey of Faith

Bruce Deveau shared his Journey of Faith on December 3, 2017.

It was nearly 20 years ago, at South Church UU in Portsmouth, and I was sitting in a group led by our minister, Rev. Marta Flanagan. She proposed an exercise. It seemed simple enough. She said, ‘Draw a picture of the God of your youth.’

Uh-oh.

December 17, 2017

Sunday at 10:30am - Pageant from the Pews – Multigenerational ServiceJulie Parker-Amery, Rev. Susan Milnor, and So Many More. Come one, come all, and participate in our fun-loving, low-stress telling of the nativity story. Of course, we will end with the FRS tradition of singing “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Racial Justice Task Force forming

The issues of white supremacy and racism remain central points in our national debate and have, indeed, become issues within Unitarian Universalism itself. Where do we stand as individuals? As a community? What are our unspoken and unrecognized attitudes towards those who are different from ourselves? How are we influenced by our history?

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