First Unitarian Society of Ithaca

Sunday Services 10:30 am

Corner of Buffalo & Aurora St.

Ithaca, NY

Our mission is to create connections, find inspiration, and engage the world.

Join UUs IN the Ithaca Festival Parade!

Event Date: 
Friday, 2 June 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Bring your ukulele or your singing voice and have fun marching and/or carrying a banner and wearing your Standing on the Side of Love Tshirt (or something else)  Don’t miss this opportunity to let your FUSIT pride shine! We also need volunteers for the Ithaca Festival booth! If you would like to volunteer or help out, talk to Beth Pallace at the Welcome table or email See you at the festival!

Interfaith Pride Worship Service at First Presbyterian

Event Date: 
Wednesday, 7 June 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Interfaith Pride Worship Service
June 7, 2017
First Presbyterian Church
315 N Cayuga St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
Ithaca’s Welcoming Congregations welcome all LGBTQ people and straight support-ers to a service of inclusion for all faith traditions and expressions. Though we are diverse in belief and practice, we gather to celebrate the love we have for one another and the love between creator and creation.
We gather together from different faith traditions and communities as we pray, re-member, lament, encourage, and hope together, as we celebrate the unique and in-tentional beauty of each individual. Through reflection and song, the rainbow hues of creation will shine out the fullness of the human life.

Cosponsoring congregations: First Congregational Church, St. Paul’s Methodist Church, Congregation Tikkun v’Or, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, First Presbyterian Church, and more.

Our New Settled Minister! The Rev. Margaret Weis!

We are VERY excited to announce that the Rev. Margaret Weis was called as our next settled minister at Sunday’s (April 30, 2017) specially called meeting following the celebration. The vote was 98.6% in favor which was no surprise since she had received a standing ovation following her sermon and numerous positive responses from all the scheduled events which were packed into her candidating week.  Rev. Margaret and her wife, Susan, hope to move here over the summer so that she can be ready to start on or around August 1st.  Another exciting chapter in the life of this 150 year old congregation is about to begin!


Message from the Minister

By the time you read this, candidating week will be over and you will hopefully have called a new settled minister. It is an exciting time in the life of the congregation, and I know you have great expectations of your next minister. I would like to caution you, however, not to expect her to be the perfect minister. It is hard for a minister to be everything each of you wants them to be, and the expectations can be
quite high.
To illustrate this, I offer this definition of the perfect minister that has floated around the internet:
The perfect minister…
· Is 29 years old and draws upon 40 years of ministerial experience.
· Gives sermons that are thoroughly researched, intellectually challenging, deeply practical and will leave you in tears. And only 15 minutes long.
· Condemns injustice but never hurts anyone's feelings.
· Happily works for little pay (because after all it is a calling), wears professional clothes, maintains an extensive library, drives a good car, and tithes 10% to the church. And Habitat for Humanity.
· Is single with a nice family.
· Is a humanistic theist, with Buddhist and pagan influences most of the week, reverting to Christian and Hindu practices on weekends.
· Will meet with committees, congregants and community leaders on any day of the week, morning, noon and evening, and has good boundaries, nurturing their own self-care.
· Smiles all the time with a straight face, using a sense of humor to be seriously dedicated to church work.
· Makes 15 calls a day on church members, spends all spare time recruiting new members, and is never out of the office.
· Is GLB or T, from a minority race, grew up in and out of poverty, and is just like all of us.
I have every confidence you and Rev. Weis will have a long and fruitful ministry together. Meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful month of May!
In faith,
Rev. Jane

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