First Unitarian Society in Newton

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Come Drink with UUs

Come to Coffee Hour--camaraderie and Fair Trade coffee and tea.

Coffee hour is a vital part of Unitarian Universalist community life. Just ask Garrison Keillor who peppers his Prairie Home Companion monologues with UU jokes, including the love of coffee.


At FUSN, Coffee hour is a meaningful gathering held regularly after Sunday services.

Community members chat about the sermon, catch up with friends, and welcome newcomers. Coffee hour also provides opportunities to connect with activities--to join a social action effort, sign up for adult or children's religious education classes, volunteer to help at the Holiday Fair, or learn about the newest efforts of the peace group.


FUSN's coffee hour is fueled by regular and decaf fair trade coffees, teas, and chocolate. FUSN's efforts are part of the UUSC Coffee Project partners UUSC with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned fair trade organization. after Sunday services.


"With this project, something as simple as the cup of coffee we drink at our social hour becomes an opportunity to put into practice the U.U. principles, 'to affirm human dignity' and to 'respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are all a part.'"


- Michael Arnott, member First Unitarian Society in Newton, MA



And the coffee jokes:



How many UU's does it take to change a light bulb?

Hard to say. Let's discuss it over coffee.




What would cause a crisis of faith in a Unitarian?

Offering one a choice between coffee hour and a discussion of coffee hour!



At show-and-tell day at school, the children are requested to bring in an item that illustrates their religious beliefs.

One child stands up and says, "This is a Star of David and I am a Jew."

Another child stands up and says, "This is a crucifix and I am a Catholic."

Another child stands up and says, "This is a coffeepot and I am a Unitarian Universalist."



A man was being given a tour of hell by the devil. "This is the area where we keep people who have violated the food taboos of their religion," the devil said. "Behind this first door are the Catholics. These are the ones who ate meat on Friday. Behind the second door are the Jews. They all ate pork. Behind the third door are the Unitarians." The man looked puzzled. The devil clarified, "They didn't partake of tofu, hummus, or fair-trade coffee."



Three buildings catch on fire-a catholic church, a temple, and a UU church. The priest rushes into the burning building and brings out the crucifix. The Rabbi rushes in and brings out the Torah. And what does the UU minister save? The coffee pot.




Here's a coffee song:


Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

(sung to Holy, Holy, Holy)

by Christopher Raible


Coffee, Coffee, Coffee,

Praise the strength of coffee.

Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee.

Served fresh or reheated,

Dark by thee defeated,

Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.


Though all else we scoff we

Come to church for coffee;

If we're late to congregate, we come in time for thee.

Coffee our one ritual,

Drinking it habitual,

Brewed black by perk or drip instantly.


Coffee the communion

Of our Uni-Union,

Symbol of our sacred ground, our one necessity.

Feel the holy power

At our coffee hour,

Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly.







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