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

  • Teaching RE is a great way to feel connected to other adults at FUSN and to deepen your own spirituality. Our curriculum at the different age levels distills our UU values into fun and active activities and discussions--so many FUSN members have become more connected to our community and our faith tradition through learning alongside our children. Being a teacher in RE takes a little bit of humor, whimsy, and fun--you’ll find your place with our crew!

  • 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. Download the registration form and mail it to the organizer. Spaces are limited to the FUSN community on a first come, first served basis. Learn more about the retreat.

  • Kindness is the theme for May; A Note from Erin on her sabbatical; Coming of Age service May 15; Bobbie Sproat on Board of Trustees service; Annual Budget Drive news; New Member Sunday May 22; Sign up to teach RE; Our Whole Lives update; reimbursement requests – do it now; Evening Song May 1; Community breakfast May 22; Honoring Mother Earth

  • The 2016 Nominating Committee is looking for FUSN members for many leadership positions. Please review the list of roles and contact a member of the Nominating Committee (also on the attachment) to submit your own name or the name of a good candidate. Deadline: May 1, 2016.

  • The Annual Budget Drive each March-April promotes connections among people in the congregation, raises awareness of FUSN’s financial picture, and secures contributions for the coming fiscal year. Please review the FUSN Values Are for Life brochure to understand this year’s financial objectives and how to determine your own fair share. As of late April, the target is in sight but not reached. You can still pledge.

  • 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), our Membership and Communications Coordinator.

  • 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.

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

May 8, 2016 - 10:15am
Rev. Erin Splaine
May 15, 2016 - 10:15am
May 22, 2016 - 10:15am


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