Welcome to First UU!

Building Community with Compassion, Service, Diversity and Spirit

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Are you looking for a warm, open and welcoming environment in which you can share your search for spiritual growth? Come join us on your journey.

We are a non-dogmatic congregation. We are focused on the effects we can have on the world around us, including through social action, justice, spirituality, love and mutual understanding.


Services are held upstairs in the Sanctuary

Sunday Services  10:30 AM

 April 13, 2014 – This week is Music Sunday! The theme “Alleluia! Spring is here!” is a risky one in Central New York, even in mid April, but at this very moment the weather forecast is saying something about temperatures in the 60′s and April showers, the flowers in the garden are budding and some are even blooming.  Please join the choir as we sing our praises to spring and the growth seen at this time of year.

April 20, 2014  -  Easter Sunday

The Power of Transformation 

Easter is a time of rebirth and renewal. It is also a time of transformation which can happen in so many unexpected and amazing ways.
Holly will be preaching and will host the Peep Show immediately following the service

You are invited to the Minister’s Challenge  -  The Annual Easter Peep Show  -  The peep show involves each family or individual creating a diorama made up of Marshmallow Peeps, using any number of them, dressing them up, creating scenery etc.  This is a fun and creative activity that will be displayed on tables on Easter Sunday during coffee hour.  There will be prizes and half the fun is dreaming them up and creating them.

Breaking News
The Search Committee has completed their work! Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias will be starting as First UU’s 3/4-time Contract Minister starting 1 July 2014. Jennifer is currently serving our sister congregation May Memorial as Associate Minister for Religious Education. She is UUA-accredited Minister who was initially ordained by the United Church of Christ, and is a clinical social worker and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She and her husband Geoff have two children at home, Jesse and Naomi, as well as three adult children, Betsy, Isaac, and Toby. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet Rev. Hamlin-Navias!

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    Consulting Minister
    Reverend Holly Baylies
    Read her sermons here
    Read her blog here

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    Social Justice
    We are a Welcoming Congregation that celebrates and supports the lives, relationships, religious quests, and contributions of LGBT people, their families and friends.

    We are also a certified Green Sanctuary recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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    First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse
    109 Waring Road
    Syracuse, NY, US 13224
    315-446-5940 phone
    315-449-0874 fax