First Unitarian Society of Ithaca

Sunday Services 10:30 am

Corner of Buffalo & Aurora St.

Ithaca, NY

A welcoming spiritual home for religious free thinkers

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Best-Looking House of Worship: First Unitarian Church

Designed by architect William Henry Miller, who also designed over 70 other buildings in Ithaca, the home of the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca dates back to 1893. Originally, the church was supposed to have a pyramidal roof, but a tall steeple was erected instead, ostensibly so that students could not miss seeing it. Over the years, the Unitarian empire has spread to adjoining buildings on North Aurora and East Buffalo streets, but the main church building, renovated in the 1990s is an imposing architectural gem and a downtown landmark.

The next Board of Trustees Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The next Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 14, from 7-9 PM in the Parlor.  All are welcome to attend.



It's Time for a New Photo Directory!

Event Date: 
Tuesday, 7 October 2014 - 2:00pm - 9:00pm

It's Time for a New Photo Directory!

We will be working with Lifetouch to create a photo directory that will be available in the fall but our photo sessions will be from 2-9 PM on October 7 & 8.  To sign up online, please press this link:

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Message from the Minister

There’s a certain price that you pay for being a free-thinker who respects the right of others to believe as they will.
• You give up the comfort of dogmatic boundaries that usually belong to more traditional faith-groups.
• You give up the certainty of knowing that you’re right, and that those who disagree with you are wrong.
• You give up the convenience of “not having to think for yourself” that’s available to you when you know the party line and have the ability to
parrot it.

Then again, there are a few things that one gains as a result of being a free-thinker.
• You’re free to follow your own ideas and intuitions wherever they may lead you, and to test them out for yourself in your daily living.
• You’re free to discover which of your ideas are valuable and useful, and which are worthless and not helpful.
• You’re free to acknowledge whatever is life-affirming and empowering in any religion or spiritual teaching you come across.
• You’re free to take part in the greatest adventure known to human beings: to be your own person, and to grow your own soul, right where you are.
• You’re free to listen genuinely to others with an open mind in the hope of discovering something they’ve figured out about living that, perhaps, you haven’t.
• You’re free to love and affirm everyone, even when they disagree with you. In fact, you’re free to cheer everyone on, without hesitation, as each person makes their way at their own pace, on their own unique path, just as you do on yours.
• You are free, in other words, to take your place in the caravan of life-journeyers, and to play your part as fully as you can, in the age-old drama of being and becoming.

There’s more, of course. But even with so partial a list, being a free-thinker still sounds
pretty good to me.

Rev. David

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