Recent News

  • Seaway Gathering April 13-14

    Headshot of Rev. Megan FoleyYou Can’t Spell Church without J – O – Y 

    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”

    Saturday, April 14

    8:00 Registration

    9:00 ...

  • Gender Identity Conference Building Beloved Community Beyond the Binary

    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

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.

I like going to First UU because I know everyone there and they are friendly. I know the building well so I don't get lost and it is fun to play hide and seek. My RE class is small without too many kids so I feel like I can get to know them well. There is a time in the service when the kids go up front to hear a story, I enjoy listening to the stories. I would recommend First UU to other kids because it is a fun place.

Amelia a young girl who attends First UU

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.