sslFirst Unitarian Church is a liberal, progressive religious community. We come together for support in living lives of integrity, service and love. Together we are building a beloved community that affirms a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and supports our spiritual growth. We provide a safe and caring environment for adults, children and youth to come and learn about themselves and the world around us. We provide a community that encourages outreach, growth and deep knowing. For we all yearn, as author and educator Parker Palmer says, “to know as we are known.” Read more…






Saturday, December 2nd
10:00am to 2:00pm
Quilt Raffle

Delicious Baked Goods
Interesting Books
Lovely Jewelry
Colorful White Elephants
Craft Table
Silent Auction

Take a break from you busy routine and have Lunch with us. And be sure to check out our thrift shop.
-Universal Thrift-
full of household goods, clothes, Christmas decorations and more.
See our website for directions:
or call 508-994-9686 for more info



28th Annual Coats for Kids
(and grownups too!)
Community Coat Drive
to give coats away December 9th
The snow has not yet begun to fly, but it isn’t too soon to think of temperatures in the 20’s and 30’s and the need for warm coats and jackets, hats, scarves and gloves. As the temperatures start to drop, it’s time to sort through your closets for winter coats and jackets you no longer need, but will help someone else keep warm this winter.
The 28th annual Coats for Kids (and grownups, too!) community coat drive is beginning this week and coats are needed for this year’s coat drive.

Coats will be distributed to anyone in need
11 AM to 3 PM on Saturday, December 9th from the Unitarian Church at 71 Eighth Street.
The location in downtown New Bedford is handicapped accessible.

New, Next-to-new or gently worn clean coats can be brought directly
to the Unitarian Church on Saturday, December 9th between 9 AM and 11 AM.

Or you can drop off your coats at the following locations through Friday, December 8th
YWCA, 20 South Sixth Street
the Unitarian Church, 71 Eighth Street
City Hall, Room 220, 133 William Street

Coats for Kids will also accept hats, scarves, and mittens or gloves, but NO CLOTHING. This year we will also be accepting blankets. In the past, the greatest demand has been for children, men’s and larger-sized women’s coats.
For 27 winter seasons, Coats for Kids has collected gently used children’s and adult coats, giving away more than 12,000 coats and helping more than 250 families and individuals each year.
For more information about the coat drive, call the YWCA at 508-999-3255.
This year’s coat drive is sponsored by
the City of New Bedford – Mayor’s Youth Council and the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford
in partnership with the YWCA Souheastern MA and New Bedford Office of Community Services


Sunday Service Information

 Join us for Worship!
This Sunday we celebrate Thanksgiving together, appreciating the abundance of blessings that we share. Service begins at 11 am, with a potluck to follow at noon. If you can bring a dish, please do, but we mostly want to see YOU, exchange stories, and remind ourselves what beloved community means. What we need is HERE!
“…And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye clear. What we need is here.”
-From The Wild Geese, by Wendell Berry


Church Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9am-1pm (except holidays)

Minister’s Hours
Tue, Wed & Thu 10-1
or by appointment at your convenience.
You may call the office (508-994-9686) or call
Karen Andersen at 508-441-9344
or email her at kandersenuunb@gmail.com


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