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.

July Theme: Open for Guests

 

Annual Ministry Theme: Interconnectedness

SUNDAY, July 21, 2024

Margaret Fuller: Lessons from Our Radical Transcendentalist Foremother

SERVICE STARTS at 10am

 

Sunday, July 21, 2024

Margaret Fuller: Lessons from our Radical Transcendentalist Foremother – Rev. Jane Tuohy

10am in the Sanctuary

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.

Inward and outward freedom for woman as much as for man, shall be acknowledged as a right, not as a concession. As the friend of the negro assumes that one man cannot hold another in bondage, so should the friend of the woman assume that man cannot, by right, lay even well-meant restrictions on women.”  —Margaret Fuller, 1844

Upcoming Summer Worship Services
All summer services begin in 10am with livestream on YouTube unless otherwise noted.

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.

Yankee Homecoming at FRSUU!

Book and Game Sale During Yankee Homecoming Sidewalk Sales
Thursday, August 1 – Saturday, August 3 in Parish Hall

Come browse our selection of books and games! We will also be selling t-shirts and baseball caps adorned with a gorgeous new logo, along with refreshments!

Historic Church Tours
Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3 from 10am-2pm (last tour at 1:30pm) at the Meetinghouse.

The FRSUU Meetinghouse is one of Newburyport’s oldest and most architecturally significant religious buildings. Established in 1801, our Meetinghouse is renowned for its impressive federal-style architecture, designed by the notable architect Timothy Palmer.

Church tours are 20 minutes long and full of fun facts and tales of the past that connect the history of our church to the founding of Newburyport and more!

Merrimack Valley Ship Model Club Exhibit
Saturday, July 27 – Saturday, August 3, 10am-5pm in the Lower Meetinghouse

The Merrimack Valley Ship Model club will exhibit a wide range and variety of ship models displaying tiny miniatures, and modest rowing craft in contrast with ocean going vessels. MVSMC members will be at the exhibit demonstrating modeling techniques and sharing back ground stories about the models on display.

 

 

 

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

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...

1619: A Discussion Series

1619: A Discussion Series

Four hundred years ago, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. This series examines the long shadow of that fateful moment. Join members of the FRS Anti-Racism Initiative for discussion of the six-episode documentary series 1619,...

Wednesday Night Fellowship

Wednesday Night Fellowship

Wednesday Night Fellowship is back from 6-7:30pm in the Lower Meetinghouse. After a long hiatus, this pre-pandemic offering returns the second Wednesday of each month. Join us for a potluck dinner followed by a brief worship/ritual and program. Great for all ages!...

Habitat for Humanity: Service is Our Prayer!

Habitat for Humanity: Service is Our Prayer!

Habitat for Humanity Build Day, Saturday, October 21, 2023 FRS Habitat is a team of volunteers building homes for qualifying families affiliated with Habitat for Humanity. The FRS team joins these Habitat families and other volunteer groups on the third Saturday of...

BLM Banner at FRS Vandalized

BLM Banner at FRS Vandalized

We are saddened, but not moved to retaliation, with the recent vandalism of our Black Lives Matter sign on our church building. We will not react with hate or vitriol; however, we will not accept this either.   I ask that whoever did this think of its impact,...

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