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Bridging Cracks in the Refugee Community

Tai has worked to bridge the differences between those from north and south Vietnam as well as bringing together refugee communities in Syracuse in the New American Forum.n He was the lead behind World Refugee Day, June 29th this year in Syracuse.



Sunday July 21, 2019
9:00AM - 12:30PM

Open Heart Meditation

Sunday July 21, 2019
9:15AM - 10:15AM


Sunday July 21, 2019
10:30AM - 11:30AM

Engaging Buddhism (P)

Tuesday July 23, 2019
7:00PM - 9:00PM


Sunday July 28, 2019
9:00AM - 12:30PM

Our Stories

Honesty is important to me. Honesty with those around me, but more importantly, with myself.  What I truly appreciate about First UU is that I am not only encouraged to honestly develop my own spiritual beliefs, I am supported in doing so. No one is telling me what to believe. Instead, inspiration has been provided from diverse perspectives from the pulpit, courses, workshops, and dialog with other members and friends. For me, I am also inspired by so many of our traditional belief systems so wonderfully expressed by our wonder full chancel window!

Dennis Killian-Begnigno

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.

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.