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What They Don’t Tell You About Change

Rev. Jennifer Hamlin-Navias

Emergence and change seemingly go hand in hand.  As we grow and change what emerges from that process is new and different.  But change most often begins not when something new happens but when something old falls apart.  This is the painful part of change and the so very rich part of it too.

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  • Seaway Gathering April 13-14

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    2018 Seaway Spring Gathering

    Come join UUs from across New York for a day of worshipping, learning and connecting!

     Friday, April 13

    7:00 Gould Lecture with Sheila Schuh

    8:30-11:00  Reception & “UUs Got Talent”

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    8:00 Registration

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    head shot of Bear BergmanFirst UU will be once again proudly hosting a gender identity conference on Feb 10, 2018.  Bear Bergman will be our keynote speaker, speaking on “Three Problems Facing Trans Communities (and Three Solutions Anyone Can Help With).  There will be many workshops ...

  • First UU affirms the Citizens climate Lobby Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy

    We are proud to announce that at a congregational meeting on January 21, 2018 First UU Society of Syracuse affirmed the Citizens Climate Lobby Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy and agreed to have our name added as an endorser.  To read the copy of this policy click here.


    Way to go First UU!!


Our Stories

At First UU, I have found an institution which does not pelt me with answers to existential questions, but which provides me opportunities to seek answers to them in a community of open-minded people as well as ways to pursue social justice in the larger community.

As a college student I came to First UU in search of a more liberal church.  Our beautiful rose window which honors all religions of the world brought tears to my eyes and I realized that I had found my spiritual home. This spring my wife and I celebrate 50 fruitful years of membership here.  We are proud and blessed to be a part of this loving and supportive community.

Jerry Claussen

My husband and I are both totally blind and have two Seeing Eye dogs.  Not only have we been welcomed into this congregation, but we are accepted as equal participants in this caring community. Shortly after we began attending the services, we were provided braille hymnals, which demonstrates First UU's commitment to meeting the needs of people with disabilities. We have participated in a summer service and given a presentation to the youth's religious education classes about our blindness and how our dogs enhance our mobility. Attending the services at First UU has expanded our knowledge of social justice, provided us with deep friendships and has helped us to expand our spiritual growth.