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. Services are followed by coffee or tea during our fellowship hour.  

 

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: A Community for All Seasons

2018 June 10
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
  A story from Winnie the Pooh:   “Piglet?” said Pooh. “Yes Pooh?” said Piglet. “Do you ever have days when everything feels… Not Very Okay At All? And sometimes you don’t even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do.” Piglet nodded his head sagely. “Oh yes,” |...|

Sermon: Our Bodies, Ourselves

2018 June 3
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
My dad is a philosophy professor and sometimes for fun he writes philosophical children’s poems. This is one of them:   Sometimes I feel like a wee tiny elf Curled up inside me and watching myself, Watching my arm throwing snowballs or rocks, Watching my feet disappear in my socks, Seeing my legs dangling |...|

An Embodied Spirituality, Takako Kono

2018 June 3
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by First U Bklyn

Wilderness Dance Party, Meagan Henry

2018 May 27
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by First U Bklyn

Sermon:That’s All Well and Good in Practice, But How Does It Work in Theory?

2018 May 20
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Some people think that mystics are a little bit out to lunch. They walk around with their head in the clouds, thinking their big thoughts, communing with the infinite, and falling into potholes. Or, worse, they’re self-absorbed, contemplating their navel instead of taking responsibility for anything or anyone else.  But according to Lawrence Kushner in |...|