Worship

COVID-19 Pandemic information about Sunday worship:

We worship together every Sunday morning at 11:00AM on the Zoom platform streamed to Facebook.  Worship services include all elements of in person worship including hymn singing and performed music, a sermon, a story for children, a prayer, and readings.  All are welcome to join us.  If you join us on Zoom, you are welcome to join us for a time of fellowship following the service.  Contact information@fuub.org for more information about worship and to request a zoom link.  Note:  to insure the safety of our congregation, we may ask you for additional information before providing you with the link.  

 

 

 

In-Person Worship will resume when our board of Trustees in consultation with the staff and ministry determines congregating is safe for all.

Worship Services are held every Sunday at 11:00AM.  We believe that worship is the center of spiritual life. At First Unitarian, worship seeks to express and explore the whole range of human experience. While services usually include familiar elements such as sermons, performed music and hymns, the content of sermons varies from atheism to Christianity, politics to literature, poetry to prose. We celebrate 5 ritual Communion Services each year.  Some of these have long histories at First U, others have come to us in recent years.  Each has a special place in our liturgical calendar.

 

The Second Sunday of each month, from October through June, is special at First Unitarian.  Our worship services feature jazz music, Rev. Ana preaches a sermon from her annual series and worship is followed by an all congregation Sabbath lunch. If you are experiencing First Unitarian for the first time, this is an especially wonderful time to join us.

 

Generally, our children attend the first 20-30 minutes of the worship service, which has elements that are designed to be engaging to younger congregants.  After the wisdom story, children attend their religious education classes, a monthly children's chapel or an all-ages justice Sunday. There are multi-generational worship services throughout the year.  High school youth remain in worship and meet in their group at 12:15PM.

 

 

If you are visiting us for the first time please see our newcomer's page for useful information. 

 

Summer services from mid-June through Labor Day weekend are held in the McKinney Chapel (next to the main building on Pierrepont street), and led by members of our congregation.  Proposals for summer services are generally reviewed by the Worship Committee in the Spring.  

 

 

Sermon: Are We Alone In the Universe? Why the Question Should Matter To Us by Amit Mehta

2020 August 30
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Are We Alone In the Universe?  Why the Question Should Matter To Us Amit Mehta First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn August 30, 2020 From the moment I first heard it, I’ve felt challenged by our seventh principle.  “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence” makes me ask, “really?  All existence?”  Planet earth, sure.  |...|

Sermon: Escape, Engage, Persist: Finding Focus Amid Chaos by Ethan Loewi

2020 August 27
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Escape, Engage, Persist: Finding Focus Amid Chaos First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn August 23, 2020 Ethan Loewi, Intern Minister First U it is a pleasure to be with you as always, and a privilege to share some words from the pulpit. But this is not your average pulpit. See, I’ve been spending the summer |...|

The Transcendentalist Activists of 1854 By Allan J. Kone

2020 July 19
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The Transcendentalist Activists of 1854 First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn Allen J. Kone July 19, 2020 A little over three years ago, a UU minister[1] (whom I have never met) published a sermon that concerned me greatly. In it, he stated: In 1850, when news of the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act reached many |...|

Homily: “God’s Gonna Trouble the Water” by, Andrea Shasgus Parkinson

2020 July 7
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God’s Gonna Trouble the Water Andrea Shasgus Parkinson July 5, 2020 I spent my first week as a middle school dance teacher talking myself out of quitting. According to the students, I was the third to come and go within the span of five months. Class after class, my eighth-grade students, who are mostly black |...|

Raising our Voices & Waving Our Sanitized Palms on Palm Sunday By Rev. Michael J. Crumpler

2020 April 6
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Raising Our Voices and Waving Our Sanitized Palms on Palm Sunday Rev. Michael J. Crumpler, Sabbatical Minister First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn April 5, 2010  Tuesday, March 31st was International Transgender Day of Visibility when we celebrate transgender people around the globe and the courage it takes to live openly and authentically, while also |...|