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

  • Get ready for Water Service Sept. 7. Updates on new church database, Chalice Circles.

  • Want a review of FUSN's activities this year? You can read the annual reports of the minister and the committees, which are compiled into one, large-type PDF. You will need to log in to access the documents. Read the reports.

  • Find out by viewing photos of the garden, the healthy produce, with a few glimpses of workers in June photos by Jay Sullivan. You can still get involved either for a one-day volunteer effort or are more sustained engagement. Find out how.

  • In September, you can learn the key fundraising methods that generate money for nonprofit organizations during a three-hour workshop sponsored by FUSN’s Adult RE program. Professional fundraiser Edith Moricz will teach attendees how to develop a fundraising plan, cultivate prospects for planned gifts, engage prospects, use social media, organize special events, enlist corporate sponsors, and build an organization’s brand and board. Save the date: Saturday, September 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Sunday, May 18, FUSN members celebrated the 10th anniversary of equal marriage with lots of cake in the Parish Hall and with a short march and photo on the steps of the Newton Court House.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Tuesday, May 13, Board of Trustees meeting began with a 30-minute executive session to hear a report from the Ministerial Review Committee. Then the board was to discuss the green sanctuary and pension plan votes, new members, FUSN programming, the DLRE search, and more. At the Wednesday, May 14, Operations Council meeting, the group was to address topics including a staff update, board of trustees report, year-to-date spending, and the FY15 budget proposal. Members are welcome at any open session of these groups.

  • 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.