Worship

 

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: Modern Confessions: Augustine and the Stained Glass Self by Ethan Loewi

2019 November 17
by First U Bklyn
  Modern Confessions: Augustine and the Stained Glass Self   A short way above our heads, nineteen figures watch over us, immortalized in glass. I like to imagine that the window people are secretly alive, like in Toy Story or Harry Potter, and when the sanctuary’s empty they all hang out. Maybe Martin Luther and |...|

Sermon: Biblical Migrations – Noah And The Ark by Ana Levy-Lyons

2019 November 10
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Biblical Migrations: Noah             Ana Levy-Lyons November 10, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn   Approximation of Scripture Reading (Genesis 3-6) It’s a few years into the humanity experiment and God is looking around, bummed out. “This is not at all what I had in mind when I made the adam – the human. First I give |...|

Sermon: Breath of our Ancestors, by Meagan Henry

2019 November 5
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by DoMC

Sermon: Radical Self-Acceptance by Ana Levy-Lyons

2019 November 3
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Radical Self-Acceptance Ana Levy-Lyons November 3, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn   A few years ago, a friend of mine who directs a large non-profit organization, posted a picture on Facebook of herself and her husband, decked out in their finest, at the White House Christmas Party. I was a little taken aback. This is a |...|

Sermon: Wrestling with Faith by Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons

2019 October 20
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Wrestling with Faith Like so many well-meaning progressives, Paul started out his faith journey assuming that justice and compassion will speak for themselves. He assumed, as many of us would have, that it’s self-evident that poor people having homes is more important than wealthy people having parking. And that simply explaining this in a calm |...|