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.

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.

August Theme: Time

Annual Ministry Theme: Unity

SUNDAY, August 14, 2022
“The Deal on Those Days “

JOIN US AT 10AM IN THE LOWER MEETING HOUSE OR ON Zoom

 

Sunday, August 14, 2022
“The Deal on Those Days”

(Please note that due to an unexpected occurrence, the title and description for this service has changed, and we will now be showing the video from this year’s General Assembly Service).
 
10am screening will take place in the Lower Meeting House and on Zoom
Attend Worship Service on Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/4848186518
 
The last few years have not been easy, including in our local congregations. Whole swaths of members have simply stopped coming; COVID is confusing, and polarizing; many ministers have joined the great resignation; and Pew studies and friends alike have pronounced the end of the local church.
 
In this moment, when so many of us might be wondering if we should just give up, and relent, now’s the time instead to double down on our commitment to the local church -this unique community that saves us and also breaks our hearts – often much more of the latter than we’d like to admit. In the midst of our culture of death, the church is a place of life. Or it is, as long as we are willing to bring our own lives to it. Join us for a morning of celebration, witness, and future-visioning for the already and not yet power of the local Unitarian Universalist church.
 
Leading us in worship will be Rev. Gretchen Haley, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, Rev. Sean Neil-Barron, Lea Morris, Adam Podd, Joseph and Aimee Santos-Lyons, and Allison King with the GA Choir.
 

To attend worship in person you must be vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated are welcome to attend services online. Masks are not required to attend in person. Socially distant seating is available in designated areas of the sanctuary.

Summer Worship Services 
August 2022

Sunday, August 21 at 10am: “Dreams: Befriend the Gifts of Time”
In person and livestreamed on YouTube.
 
Join Reverend Rebecca for an outdoor summer service in person at Atkinson Common, 388 High St, Newburyport.
 
She will be looking at the relationship between time and our dreams. This often complicated and too often overly simplified interplay can become our friend, if we allow it.

Summer Office Hours
July 4 – September 2

Mondays – Closed
Tuesdays – 9am-1pm
Wednesdays – 9am-1pm
Thursdays – 9am-1pm
Fridays – Closed

 

 

 

We hope you’ll join us this summer for worship services starting at 10am!

 

 

The Latest News & Events

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