Worship

 

Worship Services are held every Sunday at 11:00AM.  We believe that worship is the center of spiritual life,  both for individuals and communities. 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 with coffee and tea during our fellowship hour.  

 

Generally, our children attend the first 20 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 groups 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.  

 

 

Spiritual Altruism

2017 March 26
by First U Bklyn
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Homily, part 2: Anger Management by Ana Levy-Lyons

2017 March 5
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Dale’s beautiful, raw story of his own anger and despair is a story I’m hearing from many of you in different versions these days. And I’m feeling it myself. As many of you know, this past Tuesday someone carved swastikas and white nationalist slogans into the wooden front doors of our sister church, 4th |...|

Homily, part 1: The Permanence Of Injustice by Dale Ho

2017 March 5
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by First U Bklyn
I was furious. It was a Friday night, about a month ago. I broke a Date Night rule and fiddled with my phone on the way to the restroom. I scrolled through the news, and was horrified by what I read: travelers, refugees, even green card holders from 7 predominantly Muslim countries were immediately |...|

The Journey Home

2017 February 19
by First U Bklyn
The Journey Home – February 19, 2017 – First Unitarian of Brooklyn Kevin Jagoe, Ministerial Intern I have been looking for Home for most of my life. I grew up in a small town in the Midwest where I was raised by my mother and grandmother. I occasionally saw my father and I had |...|

Stewardship Sunday Remarks by Kevin Jagoe, Lee Pardee, Parrish Turner, Joy Gabriel

2017 February 5
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by First U Bklyn
All of Us, Part 1 – Kevin Jagoe, Ministerial Intern  Rebellions are built on hope. You have seen images of this amazing community this morning and soon you will hear from several of our members. Classes taught, youth group activities, worship services, choir performances, our spectacular building that holds so much of this. |...|