First Unitarian Society in Newton
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Expand Your Spiritual Life in an Engaged Community

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

  • Would you like to learn more about FUSN or Unitarian Universalism? Please join a “New to UU” retreat March 12, 8:30-Noon for a fun, low-key opportunity to meet others, share some of your story and learn more about this denomination. Start with coffee, bagels & fruit and a tour of the historic building. Childcare will be provided. RSVP to Ash Engel (ash [at] fusn [dot] org), Membership and Communications Coordinator, or contact a Member Services Committee co-chair--Rachel Viscomi (rachelviscomi [at] yahoo [dot] com) or Pat Rohan (jprohan [at] verizon [dot] net)

  • Sunday services, theme (silence), special collection; talking about race with children; A Note from Erin on learning about the spectrum of identities; From the Board on poetry as grace; memorial services for Holly Zeeb Feb. 20, Helen Lein March 19; RE-Connections on adult RE workshops; Music Sunday March 20; update from the Annual Budget Drive co-chairs; Fabulous FUSN Mardi Gras Services Auction Feb. 6; Annual Coffeehouse March 5; Evening song, Feb. 7; Community breakfast Feb 7.

  • Come to the Fabulous FUSN Carnivale Mardi Gras Services Auction Feb. 6 for a festive evening including a meal, beverages of all sorts, and a party for the kids all for $5. Bid (or not) in the Silent and Voice Auctions on services and experiences provided by members from festive meals, concert tickets or home performances, vacation weekends, and services from landscaping to estate planning. Stop by the services auction table at coffee hour to learn more.

  • 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.

  • Check the updated FUSN Communications page to see FUSNews deadlines, how to get your event on the home page Upcoming Events column, when notices are due for the order of service, and how to update your email address on the group email lists, and more.

  • Members of FUSN community care about each other in lots of ways. Many great frienships start at FUSN and provide personal support for a lifetime. You can expand your connections online by connecting with FUSN's two Facebook pages: you can join FUSN's Facebook group (and add your comments) or visit FUSN's official Facebook page to read news.

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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