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The Compass, June 12, 2024

Updated: Jun 13

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June Services - Welcome to the Gift of Renewal

Registration is not required. Click the Register Now button for service details.

Juneteenth with Rev. Karen LeBlanc and the Social Justice Committee

June 23 will be the last formal service of the year! Join us for a "Farewell Until Fall" service.

Click below to see the schedule of events.


Did you miss Sunday service? Watch it here!


Sunday Summer Spiritual Soirée Schedule

Sign up to host a Summer Spriritual Sunday Soiree! You don’t have to run a service, just make coffee and conversation. You can lead a conversation, talk about the church, etc. with whoever might come. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Parish House. Thank you to those who already signed up!


See everything happening at UUNB on the website calendar!

As a reminder, the office is closed on June 13. The admin is attending an online conference presented by the AUUA.


Registration is not required for the following events.


Join the Social Justice Committee tonight at 6:30 pm. Our last Social Justice Meeting of the church year will take place on June 26. Meetings will resume in September.


Photos from Fairhaven Pride which took place on June 9. It was rainy but we still had a great day. Thank you to David, Jess, (Sam - Jess's Cousin) and Karen who tabled at the event, and Tonianne for giving a short speech. Please stop by the church on Thursday, June 13, for the last of June's Pride events.


The countdown to the end of the church year is on! Pledge statements have been sent out via email. We currently have over $3000 in unpaid pledges, so please make sure your pledges are fulfilled by June 30.

Thank you for supporting the church, it's ministries, the minister & staff, and all the amazing things we do for our community.


LAST CALL: If you have books you borrowed from the Social Justice bookcase, please have them back by the end of the church year on June 30.

I plan to pack the books away for the summer to protect them from the humidity. -Jess



June 30, 2024, Jazz Service

Vendors 10 am - 3 PM

  • Crafts by Donna - crochet bags and purses, jewelry, and more

  • Anomaly Poetry - Custom, original poetry made-to-order, typed on a vintage typewriter

  • WeeHa Co. - Crochet stuffed animals

  • Green Cottageworks - Soy candles in found objects

  • Lisa Elliott - Handwoven apparel

  • Susan Gelotte - Woodblock prints

  • Cards by GG - Handmade greeting cards

  • Caribe Creations

Raffle: We need raffle items for the following themed baskets

  • New Bedford: either branded NB items or local history/attractions. We currently have A Picture History of New Bedford Book 2 and a family membership to the RJD Museum.

  • Health & Wellness: some examples are spa items, face masks, self-care, essential oils, gift certificates

  • Foodie Basket: some examples are gift certificates, Epicurean items, charcuterie boards, canape knives, wine, etc.

  • We also have a $100 Gift Certificate to the Wamsutta Club, a season pass to Your Theater (valued at $250) and tickets to NBFT's summer production of Nunsense.

Please have raffle items in the office no later than June 14th. I will need photos of the completed baskets to promote on social media.

I have printed copies of the Jazz service flyer and left them in the kitchen area. Please take a few and distribute them to local businesses.


Community Flyers


Social Justice and Action!



64 countries will hold elections this year – representing nearly half of the world’s population. Globally, especially during elections, journalists are increasingly facing growing online abuse, hate, threats of violence, and other forms of intimidation.

In response to these unprecedented risks, the Coalition Against Online Violence (CAOV) is launching #ElectSafely, a campaign highlighting member organizations’ critical efforts to protect, support and defend journalists under attack online. Among the Coalition’s 85+ members, our work on covering elections safely includes research, training, emergency funding, legal aid, peer support and more.

Learn more about this initiative at:


First Unitarian Church's Social Justice Team in action! Thank you to Tonianne, Isaiah, and David for attending the City Council Meeting on Monday night. Tap the photo to read the full article by Arthur Hirsch.

Opponents of the Business Improvement District gather outside New Bedford City Hall Monday. Credit: Eleonora Bianchi / The New Bedford Light

City Council President Linda Morad listens to comments at the City Council Finance Committee’s public hearing Monday. Credit: Eleonora Bianchi / The New Bedford Light



Our Mission is to encourage diversity and mutual acceptance and work for positive change in ourselves and our community.

"We envision a congregation in which we practice the principles of our faith. We seek to enjoy peaceful reflection and inspiration in intellectually and spiritually satisfying church services. We aim to embrace the people and efforts of our church community by supporting our children and their programs, our committees and their goals, our staff and their efforts on our behalf, and each other."


Our Promises

  • Each person is important.

  • Be kind in all you do.

  • We help each other learn.

  • We search for what is true.

  • Each person has a say.

  • Work for a peaceful world.

  • The web of life’s the way.

  • Build the beloved community, free from racism and oppression.


First Unitarian Church in New Bedford

71 8th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 994-9686

Administrator ext. 10

Minister ext. 13

Karen cell: (508) 441-9344

Thrift Shop ext. 12

Board Members & Officers

Steve Carmel, President

Charles Morgan, Vice President

Deborah Carmel, Treasurer

Cora Peirce, Clerk


Committee Chairs


The Thrift Shop is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM

(508)994-9686 ext.12

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