First Unitarian Society of Ithaca services are held in person Sundays at 10:30 am. We are located at the corner of Aurora St. and Buffalo St (306 N. Aurora Street). The church does not have a parking lot, but there is free parking on the nearby city streets on Sundays and the Town of Ithaca allows us to use their lot on Sundays (on Buffalo Street, directly across from the church). Masking is optional

Join us after service at Coffee Hour in the church parlor for a time of connection.

Sunday Services will also be Live Streamed from the sanctuary on our YouTube Channel. If you are unable to attend in person, we would love for you to join us virtually! Just click on the link above each Sunday at 10:30 am (or you can watch it later at your convenience).

Our services feature inspiring words, music, and stories exploring themes in a multigenerational context. We are excited to welcome you! Information about upcoming services is listed below. View Past Services.


December Services

Sunday, December 4, 2022
Music, Movement and Meditation
: Emily Richards, Director of Congregational Life and Religious Exploration

Collective spiritual practices can be experienced in a variety of ways. In this service, where the idea of worship, connection, and spirituality will be explored through a variety of group activities, we invite you to contemplate music in several forms and discuss its relevance and meaning, to join with others in connecting to an embodied faith practice, or to relax and free your mind through guided meditation.

Sunday, December 11, 2022
Hearing the Invitation of This Season of Advent
: Rev. Janet Shortall

I loved the Advent season as a child, especially the lighting of the candles. Perhaps some of you are familiar with the Advent wreath that traditionally holds four candles symbolizing hope, love, joy, and peace. How might this
contemplative tradition speak to each of us, even as we hold diverse spiritual beliefs and practices?

Sunday, December 18, 2022
No Rehearsal Holiday Pageant

This all-ages service is filled with the wonder of the holidays. Come and take on the role of a child born, the star above, a menorah, yule log, a sheep or donkey, one of our choir of angels, or even one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
Together we will create a joyful tale of the miracles of the season. Costumes are provided and cookie decorating to follow.

Saturday December 24, 2022
Christmas Eve Service at Sage Chapel – Musical Prelude at 5 pm
, Service at 5:15 pm

We joyfully return to our Christmas Eve tradition of a holiday worship service for everyone in the Ithaca community at Sage Chapel on Cornell’s campus. A Christmas celebration with music, story, candlelight, and gratitude where we lift up our hearts in wonder and hope. Special music by the FUSIT Choir and guest musicians.

Sunday December 25, 2022: No Worship Service