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The Compass, May 22, 2024

Updated: May 28

May Services - Welcome to the Gift of Pluralism

Registration is not required. Tap "Register Now" to see service details.

Social Justice Service Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

June Services -Stay Tuned!


Did you miss Sunday service? Watch it here!


We are trying to get a feel for whether our members would still like to have gatherings in the summer on Sundays at 11 AM with a lay leader. Please put your answer in the following poll!

Would you be interested in Sunday summer gatherings at 11 AM?

  • Yes!

  • No, I'll be at the beach.


See everything happening at UUNB on the website calendar!


Upcoming Events

Registration is not required for the following events.

Saturday, June 1, 12 PM - 5 PM: Pride at Buttonwood Park sponsored by the SouthCoast LBBTQ+ Network. We will be tabling with our friends at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven. Stop by and say HELLO!

Sunday, June 9, 11 AM - 3 PM: Fairhaven's Got Pride outside of Fairhaven Town Hall. We will once again be tabling with the Fairhaven UU.


Join the Social Justice Committee tonight at 6:30 pm. We will be planning Pride events with UU Fairhaven. Our last Social Justice Meeting of the church year will take place on June 26. Meetings will resume in September.


We are still looking for volunteers to help with the Jazz Service on June 30. Thank you, Lynn, Pam, Brownie, Deb, Steve, Joan, and Eileen for volunteering.


We Are Looking for Business Sponsors

Have a business or know someone who does? We are selling sponsorship ads in the program. Prices start at just $45! The money raised will help offset the cost of musicians. Click on the image below to get started. So far we have received commitments from The Fiber Optic Center, Tri-Town Against Racism, Tony's Auto Detailing, The Symphony Music Shop, Traveler's Ale House, and Delicate Touch Salon. We have extra printed copies of the ad packet in the office. If you would like a few, please let the office know.

Ads are due by JUNE 1.


New Bedford Festival Theater has donated two tickets to their summer production. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM, in the office or on Sundays after service. The winner will be drawn on June 30 after the Jazz Service.


Thrift Shop Update

Summer Preview! FLASH SALE!

ALL Summer pants and shorts are $1 until June 22!


From the UUA

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Participants worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to have voting delegates.

General Assembly 2024

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, where we conduct business of the Association, explore the theological underpinnings of our faith, and lean fully into our mission and principles.

In a world filled with division and challenges, the theme for this year's General Assembly is a powerful reminder of the core principles that unite us as Unitarian Universalists. "Love Unites, Stories Ignite" celebrates the profound impact of love as a binding force that transcends boundaries and fosters connections within our faith community and beyond.

Our faith has always been rooted in the power of storytelling, and this year we'll explore how our stories can ignite change, inspire compassion, and help us build a more just and equitable world. Through storytelling, we share our experiences, our dreams, our struggles, and our triumphs. It is through these stories that we can find common ground, deepening our understanding of one another and the world around us.

The 63rd General Assembly will take place virtually Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23, 2024.



Pledge Reminder FY 24/25

Thank you to all the members who sent in their pledge cards by May 1st. There is still time to get your pledge cards in by the end of the fiscal year on June 30. We have made it easier than ever to set up a recurring gift through our donation platform, GiveButter. They accept all forms of payment, even ACH payments, with approval from your bank.


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

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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