First Unitarian Society in Newton
You are welcome at FUSN

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

  • Upcoming services and themes; A Note from Erin on the gift of time; name tags; Dinners for 7; Board of Trustees on answering the question, What Is FUSN?; Re Connections on new Adult RE offerings; Musings on working on the Mozart Requiem; Waking Up White discussion groups; Mardi Gras Services Auction; new Adult RE group on Jewish voices in UUism; Zambia trip dates; Chinese New Year Community breakfast on Feb. 8; and Vespers on Feb. 8.

  • The First Unitarian Society in Newton (FUSN) seeks a full-time religious educator to lead and inspire our active, diverse Lifespan Religious Education Program. The Director of Lifespan Religious Education will serve as a leader of the congregation. Read the job description to learn about the experiences, credentials, and skills required. Resumes are due January 23, 2015.

  • You can review the FY15 Budget at mid-year by viewing the Budget Summary and the Budget Update for June-December 2014. Both are available on the Finance-Budget News page. You do need to log in to the FUSN website first; the page is password protected.

  • Make plans to come to FUSN on January 31 for a delicious meal, beverages, a kids’ party, and the annual services auction. Great offerings, mostly donated by members, include weekends at vacation homes, fine meals, household services, computer help, child care, and others. Check the services auction table during coffee hour to donate a service or buy a raffle ticket. Starts at 6:30 p.m.; $5 at the door.

  • Take part in FUSN’s many free religious education experiences for adults January through June. Sample topics: Multicultural Ministry, Reading the Koran, Yoga Sadhana, Meditative Sketching, Jewish Voices in UUism, and Waking Up White. Download the catalog and plan to attend!

  • The January 11 service evoked last spring’s general assembly through the comments of FUSN members who attended. You can see the videotaped sessions online. You can plan to attend this year’s GA in Portland, Oregon, or plan to participate virtually.

  • Enjoy Chinese dumplings, scallion pancakes, steamed buns, and Chinese-style eggs in addition to many of the usual menu items. High chairs are available for tots. The price is only $4 for adults and $3 for children. First timers eat free. Clean-up help appreciated. 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.

  • Nearly 500 people marched from the Myrtle Baptist Church to the First Unitarian Society in Newton on December 7 to protest injustice after the recent deaths in Ferguson MO and Staten Island NY. See several photos of the event. See more on FUSN's Facebook group page.

  • Join fellow community members in dozens of learning opportunities from September through January. New this year: How To Be An Ethical Traveler; FUSN Forum; Race: The Power Of An Illusion; Writers’ Support Group; and Multicultural Ministry. Download the catalog in Word and adjust the type size for your reading pleasure.

  • 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.

  • Is it ever safe to park in the nearby bank lot? Yes, but you have to follow specific restrictions or have an unfortunate encounter with a tow truck. The Operations Council has recently talked to the bank and you can read the new restrictions so you know when and how to park there safely.

  • 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.

Upcoming Services

February 1, 2015 - 10:15am
Rev. Erin Splaine
February 8, 2015 - 10:15am
Rev. Marta Flanagan
February 15, 2015 - 10:15am
Rev. Erin Splaine



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