First Unitarian Society in Newton
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The First Unitarian Society in Newton, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, is a spiritually nurturing and socially responsive community serving the people of Newton, Massachusetts, and nearby communities.  Learn more about this liberal faith and a community that values spiritual growth, social action, and camaraderie.

News & Notes

  • To prepare for the parade, we will have a Pre-Pride Poster-Making Pizza Party on June 10! It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and take place in the Parish Hall. It will be a great way for us to spend time together while having fun making signs and posters and eating some pizza! So we know how much pizza to order for the party, please RSVP by June 3 to ashfusn [at] gmail [dot] com or sign up online. --Ash Engel. [Click headline for more info.]

  • Sunday service topics; Membership Update on Boston Pride Parade activities; Annual Meeting June 12; Board of Trustees on Black Lives Matter experiences and poem; Lifespan RE update; Wheelchair now available; June 11 presentation on Status of Jesus and Mary in the Quoran; Summer services start June 19; Evening Song June 5; Annual reports due from committee chairs June 3; Get reimbursed!; Chimes 100th anniversary celebration June 4; Join the Over 60 Club.

  • If you suspect you’re embarking on the best years of your life in spite of rumors to the contrary…Consider joining a group for men and women over 60 to provide a friendly and supportive space for sharing information, inspiration and ideas about really important aspects and challenges in this phase of life. A small group of ten will meet biweekly this summer as a six-session pilot starting June 15. More groups will be started in the fall if there is interest. wrennnancy [at] gmail [dot] com (Email Nancy Wrenn) if you would like to join.

  • FUSN’s spring Criminal Justice speaker series invites academics, advocates, and program directors to address key issues, May 11-June 28. The series, which runs Tuesday evenings, 7–9 p.m. in the chapel, is free and open to the public. Click the headline for speaker details.

  • Join 200 of your FUSN friends May 28-30 on the Sandy Island family camp in Lake Winnepeusake, NH, for the annual Memorial Day congregational retreat. Learn more about the retreat.

  • Through June, you can choose from dozens of sessions, either one-time events or multisession courses, on intriguing Adult Religious Education topics offered at FUSN. The sessions are open to the public and most are free. Courses include Reading the Koran, Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts, Hard Conversations about Being Mortal, Uprooting Racism, and Poetry by Heart. Download the catalog for more information.

  • Evening Song services, a fresh take on the ancient art of vesper services, has begun. Evening Song services are planned for the first Sunday of each month, at 7:00 p.m., and information about selections will be pubished online before the service. Come and enjoy! Hear a performance from last June [Dropbox download]. 

  • Come to the dozens of free Adult Religious Education sessions offered January through June 2016 at the First Unitarian Society in Newton. Download the catalog.

  • Want to usher or greet on Sundays? Or see what other service opportunites you can sign up for? Use FUSN's online tool to sign up. Go to iVolunteer online and choose a date and a role, or you can sign up on the list in the hallway across from the office. To help decorate the chancel, talk Betsy Leavitt.

  • A mindfulness meditation group has started meeting again every Monday night from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at FUSN. The group is self-managing and is guided by the teachings and practice of Thich Nhat Hanh. All are welcome. Visit the meditation webpage for more information.

  • If you missed a FUSN sermon or want a second opportunity to hear it, go to the Sermons web page and listen to the audio file. You will find most (but perhaps not all) of the recent sermons.

  • Use the new Event Outreach Checklist, created by the Communications team, to make sure the congregation knows about your event. Just write a brief description and then click the email links to send it to the FUSN newsletter, order of service, web, FB, and business email. Help with media outreach is also on this page. Learn more on the Event Outreach Checklist online.

We come together in an open community that honors freedom of belief, to encourage spiritual growth in ourselves and our children, to share the wisdom of the many religious traditions, with reverence for the earth and in service to humanity.

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