The First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn is a joyful, loving, 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.
October 11th: Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons will preach. See our Fall/Winter Worship Calendar Here. Register your children & youth for Religious Education classes here. Artists: Read about our Seven Days of Creation Art Project
Worship is followed by coffee, tea and fellowship.
Whoever you are, whomever you love, wherever you are on your life's journey,
you are welcome here!
Last year First, with inspiration from Rev. Ana’s sermon on keeping the Sabbath holy, First Unitarian experimented with regular Sabbath Sundays. The all-day events which start with pre-worship meditation and end with and afternoon closing worship, are meant to provide our members and friends with a mechanism to, in the words of Rev. Ana “Put |...|
Dear Friends, We join in grief after yet another mass shooting, this time at Umpqua College in Oregon. Innocent people, once again, are dead. Innocent people, once again, are badly hurt. Once again, communal trust is destroyed and lives are altered forever. I was struck by President Obama’s comments that these shootings have become “routine” |...|
Cheap Grace Ana Levy-Lyons September 27, 2015 First Unitarian, Brooklyn In the early 20th century, Dietrich Bonheoffer was often lying awake at night. He was a Christian theologian and he was a liberal, but he was worried that the liberalization of theology had gone off the deep end. The Universalist idea of salvation |...|
You gotta’ love the literary genre of apology notes by children. They’re so… real. Take this one, for example, from a kid whose mother stipulated that she had to write a four-sentence apology to her brother: “Dear Aaron, I’m sorry I kicked you. I’m sorry I kicked you. I’m sorry I kicked you. You’re |...|
Every month First Unitarian shares its Sunday plate with a justice making organization. In response to the global refugee crisis, for the month of September, 2015, First U has opted to support the joint Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Refugee Crisis Fund which has a goal to raise $250,000 |...|
Human Powered Water Skiing Imagine a desolate, rocky place with no TV, no Facebook, no Twitter, and cellphone service that barely works. There’s no hot water except for occasional showers, which are strictly rationed. There are no cars, no subway, and nowhere to go anyway. You’re trapped there for a whole week. You’re separated |...|
First Comes Love Ana Levy-Lyons June 7, 2015 First Unitarian, Brooklyn When I was a little kid, I didn’t have just one imaginary friend, I had an entire jungle’s worth of imaginary animals. They would follow me around wherever I went – gazelles and elephants and chipmunks and opossums and snakes and lions and |...|
This past February the Congregation’s Social Justice Committee, Weaving the Fabric of Diversity, hosted an informal information session on a Sunday afternoon following coffee hour, with representatives of a Brooklyn-based supportive housing provider, Housing + Solutions. At the conclusion of that session, which was well attended, it was agreed among those present that we should |...|
At the First U auction last year, our Treasurer Mitch Major was the lucky winner of the opportunity to tell me what to preach about. Mitch is a Buddhist Unitarian Universalist and he wanted me to preach about something related to Buddhism, possibly using this book by Sharon Salzberg: Lovingkindness. At the same time as |...|