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

  • Vigil of Remembrance April 15; new to FUSN potluck; Note from Erin on the theme of interconnectedness; From the Board an Ode to Spring; General Assembly in Providence June 25-29; Musings on April’s theme and local performances; Connections on Comfort Quilts project, Food Project, Adult RE; FUSN Garden Project activities; Food Bank April 12; Vespers April 13; and Community Breakfast April 13.

  • FUSN's RE/Social Justice Circle is cultivating a community garden plot in Waltham that will be used to grow food for a local food pantry and families in need. You are invited to participate in a one-time effort or join the group. Learn more on the FUSN Garden webpage.

  • Why might you want to attend General Assembly in Providence, Rhode Island, on June 25-29, 2014, the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from across the country? Find out at an informational meeting after services on Sunday, April 13, in the Children’s Chapel. Meanwhile, check out the UUA description of the event.

  • Help answer that question by participating in the review of Senior Minister Erin Splaine. You can send your comments to the Ministry Review committee by emailing ellicrocker [at] rcn [dot] com (Elli Crocker Morse). Congregational meetings are over. Discussions focused on how FUSN under Erin’s leadership provides opportunities for personal growth, connections among fellow members, and opportunities to engage the larger world.

  • Find out how FUSN's budget looks thanks to a new update by the Finance Committee. You need to log in to see any financial reports. Then you can go to the Finance-Budget page and see the two reports: the operating budget summary and a detailed report.

  • Agenda for Wednesday, March 13, meeting: CSA fundraising (Mother’s Day Walk for Peace); staff update; BOT meeting report; review of year-to-date spending; RE FY15 budget; GA delegates; update on committee issues including capital campaign, parking, committee chairs meeting; and ministry review committee. For an update before the minutes are pubished, please contact an Ops Council member (listed in Community Tools, Leadership info).

  • The Annual Budget Drive cochairs have adopted the very popular Pledge Party model introduced by Bruce and Josie. Visit the Giving to FUSN page for further information on the Annual Budget Drive. You can read about the many Pledging Parties and sign up. Read Jud Leonard's testimonial.

  • Want a fresh perspective? Take a free class or a course in FUSN's Adult Religious Education offerings this winter and spring. Topics range from Tai Chi to Climate Advocacy. New options include an Intergenerational Book Group and a Down Size/Right Size session. Download the winter-spring catalog (PDF) for topics, dates, and times.

  • FUSN's Committee on Ministry nurtures and provides feedback to the ministers. Would you like to contact them? The committee page is password protected to keep contact information private; please log in and then visit the committee page to see who is a member and how to email or phone them.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

Upcoming Services

April 20, 2014 - 10:15am
April 27, 2014 - 10:15am
Rev. Erin Splaine
May 4, 2014 - 10:15am
Rev. Meghan Cefalu