Building Community with Compassion, Service, Diversity and Spirit
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.
Please join us for Sunday Services at 10:30 a.m.
May 5 at 10:30 am – Hidden Identities – Rev. Holly Baylies There are so many ways we find to claim our own identities and separate ourselves from others as unique individuals. Clubs, organizations and churches name a few but there is another way, highly personal that I will discuss, that just may surprise you!.
May 12 at 10:30 am – Best Advice – Rev. Holly Baylies
As we honor our mothers or those women in our lives who have influenced us the most, the congre-gation will be invited to come forward and in a few words answer the question, “what is the best advice, you ever received from your mother or a woman in your life whose wisdom has stayed with you?”
May 19 at 10:30 am – The Faith of an Atheist – Rev. Holly Baylies Preaching How can an atheist consider him or herself a spiritual person, attend any church, reconcile the wonders of creation, the universe, the miracle of all life without a believe in something greater than ourselves? Holly will tackle this age old controversy in her sermon “The Faith of an Atheist”.
May 26 at 10:30 am – Service Led by the Worship Committee
Watch the Winning Movie from the UUA Contest!
First UU Annual Meeting
Sunday, June 2, 2013 in the Sanctuary after Services
2013-2014 Budget Forum Sunday, May 19 in the Sanctuary after Services
First UU Movie Series A Class Divided – Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM Unitarian Universalist History, Long Strange Trip – Part III – American Unitarian-ism (1620-1860) – Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 PM
Dinner & Bikes Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 OM
$10 Suggested Donation
A Dinner and Bikes evening includes a gourmet, vegan and gluten-free buffet dinner prepared
by Joshua Ploeg, a presentation about transportation equity and the everyday bicycling movement
by Elly Blue, and a near-complete excerpt from Aftermass, Joe Biel’s forthcoming documentary
about the history of bicycling in Portland.
Composting Forum – Sponsored by the Green Sanctuary Committee
Sunday, June 23 at 12:15 PM in the Parlor
Join us for an educational forum on composting.
Child care will be provided (or activities will be available).
You can find us at 109 Waring Road,
Syracuse, NY 13224
PH: (315) 446-5940 FAX: (315) 449-0874
If you have questions, please feel free to call the church office at (315) 446-5940. You may send us a fax at (315) 449-0874 or email us.
We also have a wonderful Music Program and Choir Group who perform a wide variety of music during our Sunday services. If you are interested in finding out more about us, please contact the church office at (315) 446 – 5940.
“The Church of Tomorrow will not be of uniform doctrine or of identical organization. There will be unity of spirit, but not uniformity of creed or rite or polity. There will be variety, but not intolerance. There will be cooperation for holiness, but not conformity of theological opinion. There will be identity of ethical enthusiasm but diversity of administrations.”
-Florence Kollock Crooker (Universalist minister, from “The Church of Tomorrow,” 1911)
Unitarian Universalists are called to affirm and promote:
The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and society at large.
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
First UU has a congregational covenant
We choose, as participants in this religious community, in what we do and say to:
Support the overall good of the congregation
Honor the ongoing nature of our relationships in this community, and
Encourage spiritual growth.
We recognize that conflict may occur, therefore, in a spirit of good will, and with good humor when possible, we agree to:
Be responsible for ourselves and our own feelings,
Do our part, not leaving the work to others,
Treat each other respectfully,
“Share our Truth” while keeping in mind that language matters,
Address conflict and disagreement with open communication and respectful listening,