The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn is a joyful, caring, religious community that inspires and empowers people to Grow spiritually, Care for one another, and Work for social justice and stewardship of the earth.

 

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 We worship every Sunday at 11:00AM in our historic Gothic Revival Sanctuary on Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights. 

July 3rd: 11:00AM - Michael Richardson will lead worship this week.  This week we will meet in the Undercroft for a labyrinth walk.  Please enter through the 50 Monroe Place door and make a right.  If you're visiting someone will be at the door to direct you.

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Sermon: Going On All The Rides

2016 June 12
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
When I’m trying to get my kids to taste a new food, I often give them the following speech: “Life is like Coney Island. There are all different kinds of rides. Big rides, small rides, fast rides, slow rides. Some of them go up and some go down and some go round and round. |...|

Sermon: Commencement For Caterpillars

2016 June 5
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
An hour before my husband Jeff’s high school graduation, he was nowhere to be found. He had left the house that morning, informing his parents that he would not be going to his graduation. He had just gotten the news that a friend of his had been in a terrible accident and was very |...|

Sermon: Lessons From Microsoft Word

2016 May 29
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Until just now, there was really no natural and obvious way for me to introduce the topic of how Microsoft Word relates to the First Principle of Unitarian Universalism. There was no nice segue that I could think of from any hymn to software. No humorous personal story that related. Nothing to make this |...|

Invisible People

2016 May 29
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by First U Bklyn

Allegra Alcoff Reflection: Awkward Beginnings

2016 May 22
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by First U Bklyn

Sermon: Practical Ethics

2016 May 15
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
“Every night and every morn, some to misery are born; every morn and every night, some are born to sweet delight.” These are the words by William Blake that we just sang. They describe so crisply one of the problems in ethics that people have wrestled with throughout the ages: what is the right |...|

Sermon: The Seventh Day Of Creation

2016 May 8
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
I love computer programmer Derek Sivers’ idea for hacking the consumer system. He writes, “I’d like to get 100 parrots and teach them to say, “It won’t make you happy!” – then let them loose in shopping malls, big electronics stores, and car lots. Then, when people are considering spending thousands of dollars on |...|

Sermon: Wake Up One Morning

2016 May 1
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
At the Republican debate in Detroit last month the candidates were discussing Flint – specifically, what to make of the coincidence that the thousands of children and adults whose drinking water was contaminated with lead were mostly black. Senator Marco Rubio was saying that it’s unfair to politicize the issue. He said, “I don’t |...|

Sermon: Now Is The Time by Pilar Millhollen

2016 April 24
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Phrakhru Pitak had come to a crossroads.  For 18 years, the Buddhist monk had watched as the forests of northern Thailand were gutted by deforestation, the watersheds destroyed, and the local economy suffering as soil erosion and mono-cropping forced local farmers off their lands and able-bodied family members to flee to the cities in search |...|

Constraint-based Living

2016 April 17
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by First U Bklyn
By Ana Levy-LyonsDuring a concert that has gone down in history, the great violinist Itzhak Perlman broke a string. Instead of stopping to replace it, he kept playing, finding the melodies on the three remaining strings. When the piece was finished, the astounded audience gave him a standing ovation and clamored for him to |...|