First Unitarian Society in Newton



Volunteer participation in church affairs is organized by committees—the lifeblood of the Society. To participate in an activity or specific task, find the committee chairperson responsible for that area and indicate your interest. If you would like to instigate a new project, go either to the committee whose activities seem closest to your project, or go to the Operations Council, for advice and help.

For contact information for individual committees, consult the Leadership List (available only to logged-in members).


Music works with the Music Director in support of the Society’s music program; sets priorities for the music program; generates support for, and awareness of, music at FUSN; oversees the selection and compensation of professional and volunteer instrumentalists and vocalists for special occasions.


The Nominating Committee, members of which are appointed by the Moderator, observes the congregation during the year and, in the spring, informs the congregation how to offer the names of candidates to be nominated for the various posts. The committee then puts together a slate of members with the interest and qualifications to serve as members of the Boards of Trustees and Investment, and as officers of the Society. The slate is presented to members at the Annual Meeting.

Personnel Policy

Personnel Policy advises the Board of Trustees, and the minister as staff supervisor, on current personnel policies, remuneration, and benefits with comparative organizations, and keeps the Society aware of what it needs to do to keep up with the standards set by our denomination for fair compensation employers. The committee also maintains current job descriptions for each staff position and an up-to-date personnel manual for the Society. Finally, the committee will provide advice and support whenever the Board and the minister need to make any shifts in staffing for the Society.

Religious Education

The Religious Education Council is a volunteer oversight body for the Lifespan Religious Education program at FUSN. As such, it works with the Religious Education staff to assure that the Religious Education programs reflect the vision and priorities of the congregation. The Council is responsible for long range planning, policy decisions, and problem solving as related to the overall functioning of the Lifespan Religious Education program.

Sandy Island Memorial Day Retreat

FUSN's annual Memorial Day Weekend retreat at a YMCA family campground on a small island in New Hampshire's Lake Winnepesauke. Lodging (for about 200 of us exclusively) is in rustic cabins with shared facilities; meals are served cafeteria style by the Sandy Island Camp staff in the dining hall.

We plan and staff our own activities, including sports, arts, games, discussions, chapel service, bonfire sing-a-long, and a talent show in the lodge. It's usually warm enough for boating (canoes and kayaks are available) and sometimes swimming.

Social Action

Social Action is a task-oriented group engaged in improving social justice and the quality of life in our extended community.

See more at the FUSN Social Action page.

Space-Use Planning

Space-Use Planning oversees the use of our building and the scheduling of activities in specified rooms and in the sanctuary. This is a subcommittee of Building and Grounds.


Head Usher recruits, schedules, and trains ushers for services.

Welcoming Congregation

Welcoming Congregation is committed to maintaining the First Unitarian Society in Newton as a “Welcoming Congregation” by assessing how often the UUA curriculum of the same name should be offered at the Society for members who have not had an opportunity to participate. This 10-week course helps individuals learn how they can make the Society more welcoming to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people. The committee also undertakes other activities aimed at improving social justice for these groups outside the congregation as well.

Women’s Alliance

The Women’s Alliance is not actually a committee. It is an independent organization affiliated with the Society and it is open to all women. Its mission is to nurture community with programs, outings, and speakers. It maintains its own small budget and raises funds to support the Society’s operating budget or contribute furniture or equipment. In the past, the Alliance donated a fund to support intern ministers and purchased a commercial refrigerator and freezer for the kitchen. Since May 2009, this 100 plus year old organization has been on hiatus.


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