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: The Bank of The River by Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons

2019 September 8
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
The Bank of the River Ana Levy-Lyons September 8, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn   Water is trending. We’re talking about it all the time these days. Too much of it; too little of it. Water in the wrong place at the right time and water in the right place at the wrong time. The |...|

Sermon – The Moment of the Rose by, Ethan Loewi, Intern Minister

2019 August 25
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The Moment of the Rose Ethan Loewi August 25, 2019  Good morning! Lovely to be here with you. For those who don’t know me, which at this point is all of you, I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself. My name’s Ethan Loewi—I’m a second year seminarian at Yale Divinity School, and it |...|

Sermon: Lessons for UUs from India’s Anti-Caste Activists, from Buddha to Ambedkar, By Amit Mehta

2019 July 28
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by DoMC
Lessons for UUs from India’s Anti-Caste Activists, from Buddha to Ambedkar Summer Sermon, First Unitarian Congregation Society of Brooklyn Amit Mehta July 21, 2019 When my wife Marci suggested I speak on caste, I told her I didn’t know my caste or think it impacted my life.  She answered that she knew my caste, from |...|

Sermon: In Tragedy Lies Opportunity by Bridgette Raes

2019 July 10
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by DoMC
In Tragedy Lies Opportunity First Unitarian Congregational Society, Brooklyn, NY Bridgette Raes July 7, 2019 It was October 27th 1997.  The social worker assigned to my dad’s hospice care was coming by to check in with my family and help us understand the status of my dad’s health. The daily routine for weeks leading up |...|

Sermon: We Are One And We Are Loved

2019 June 9
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
We Are One and We Are Loved Ana Levy-Lyons June 9, 2019 First Unitarian, Brooklyn   Someone asked me recently, “so, we are one and we are loved – what does that mean anyway?” These are the two statements with which I end my benediction here every Sunday. Those of you who are children |...|