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.

April Theme: Kindness

 

Annual Ministry Theme: Interconnectedness

SUNDAY, April 28, 2024

Jazz Sunday

SERVICE STARTS at 10:30am

 

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Jazz Sunday

10:30am in person and on YouTube

Jazz and blues, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, strengthen us when courage begins to fail; they have provided much of the power behind the movement for justice in our country. Today, a fine jazz combo will enrich our worship, and longtime member Tom Stites, who has conducted jazz services in UU congregations from coast to coast, will preach about how creativity is crucial to our justice efforts.

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Amelia Earhart

 

In Memoriam
Reverend Helen M. Murgida (1943-2024)

It is with great sadness that we grieve the sudden and tragic death of our beloved Affiliate Minister, Reverend Helen Murgida. This is a journey of healing that will take a long time, and we have the time and love we need to do this together. This situation is something we can all relate to regardless of whether we knew Rev. Helen. It is also apt to touch into other losses you have experienced recently or long ago. All of this is normal.

We will be together in the ebbs and flows of all that lies ahead, and we will be stronger as a religious community for it. We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world – the company of those who have known suffering.

– Helen Keller

Introducing Our New Assistant Minister of Congregational Life!

Reverend Laurel Gray

We are excited to introduce Reverend Laurel Gray, our new Assistant Minister of Congregational Life! Reverend Laurel’s ministry will focus on three primary areas of church life: membership, adult faith formation and programming, and supporting Mara Flynn, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministry, in creating vibrant children’s, youth, and young adult religious education and programming. She will also preach over the course of the year and serve in Rev. Rebecca’s absence for vacation and study leave.

Rev. Laurel will start her ministry at the FRSUU on August 13. We will share her email and other contact information at that time so you can help welcome her to our beloved community. There will also be welcome activities at the start of the church year after Labor Day.

Welcome to FRSUU, Reverend Laurel!

Read more about Rev. Laurel in Rev. Rebecca’s letter to the congregation HERE.

 

FRS Annual Giving Campaign theme is “Building Sacred Connections In Our Interconnected World”.

“The strength of our church community is dependent on the gifts and commitments – financial, time, and talents – of our members, friends, and supporters. I am inspired and humbled by how we come together to make this happen each year. Thank you for helping us Strengthen Sacred Connections.”

-Reverend Rebecca

 

The Latest News & Events

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This evening's edition of Journeying Together is on its way to your inbox. Find information on weekday programming, video messages from staff and other important announcements about FRS virtual operations. June 21 Edition: https://conta.cc/2V5G5TD Questions or...

Imagine

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