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.

Membership series—for old and new

Three Tuesdays: October 10, 17, and 24, 2017, 7-8:30pm. Lower Meeting House (enter via door on parking lot side). Who is it for? For newcomers who want to know what membership entails, for new members who missed an introduction, for “old-timers” who’d like a refresher. We’ll talk about the principles of Unitarian Universalism, the history of FRS, church programs, and our own spiritual journeys. Sign up for the series with Diane Young, Director of Community Engagement, Ext. 409.

Where Are We Now? - Search Committee Update

The discernment process is complete, and now the committee is working to put together the Congregational Record. This is a snapshot of our community using the survey results and demographic and other information to acquaint the UUA and prospective ministers with who we are. If you’re interested in looking over the survey results, a link will be available in the near future. When the Congregational Record is ready for submission, you will also be able to link to the survey through it.

Steve Costello's Journey of Faith

Steve CostelloGiven by Steve Costello on September 24, 2017

A few years ago when my wife Eileen and I took the UU History class in anticipation of becoming FRS members, we were asked to bring in an object that symbolized our religious and spiritual background. I brought in an egg. This wasn’t meant to symbolize my soul, nor to illustrate a hard shell that I had built up over years of religious turmoil. I brought the egg because I can still vividly remember the ridiculous number—thousands!—of eggs cooked on the grill for the Easter Sunday Sunrise service at The Hanover Center Congregational Church in New Hampshire where I grew up. 

Group Spiritual Direction to start in November

Spiritual direction is the practice of going deep beneath the surface of one’s daily, doing existence to discern the soul’s calling and yearning. It is a practice of deepening one’s relationship with what one considers the sacred. Practiced in the context of a group, spiritual direction also involves companioning with others as they, too, seek a deeper meaning to life’s questions.

Later end time for Young Church

Along with the exciting change of having children and youth in the first part of the worship service every Sunday, there’s been another change. Young Church now goes until 11:45. We decided to do this so that in addition to experiencing part of the worship service in “Big Church,” our children would continue to have their own worship circle in Young Church before beginning their other activities. Young Church worship circle is an important part of Sunday morning—it’s a time of sharing our joys, sorrows, and “jorrows,” to sing together and pray and meditate.

First Wednesdays: Prison Policy

Wednesday, November 1, 2017: First Wednesdays: Prison Policy. Lower Meeting House, 7pm. Featuring Essex County Sheriff Kevin Coppinger, recently elected to replace Sheriff Cousins. Learn about the role and contribution of prison policy and programs in the Criminal Justice Reform initiatives now being discussed on Beacon Hill and the recommendations of the Governor's Council.


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