We are glad you are visiting our website! Whether you are looking for a spiritual home, a religious education program for your children, or a caring community of friends in which you can explore, learn, grow, and serve, we hope you will find it at First Universalist Church of Norway! Our mission, as we live our historic, liberal faith, is to nurture spiritual growth, honor diversity, and offer service in love.
Sunday services and childcare for young children begins at 11:00 a.m. and are followed at noon with refreshments in our social hall. We hope you join us!
Water Communion Reverend Fayre Stephenson
Join us for our traditional Water Communion service led by Reverend Fayre Stephenson. This joyous service of ingathering concludes our summer sabbatical and begins our church year. Those attending will bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. At the appointed time during the service, one by one, we’ll pour our water into a large bowl. As we add the water, we’ll tell those gathered why the water is special to us.
Crucible in the Mountains Reverend Nancy Haverington
This service will be an additional tribute to Mary Moody Emerson, Ralph Waldo’s aunt and tutor who had been writing to Ralph for several years about nature being superior to traditional religion. In one letter to him she wrote, “Nature is my pulpit.” At the time his young wife died, Ralph walked to her grave daily from Boston to Roxbury through an entire year of New England seasons plus two months. One day, he pulled her coffin out of the tomb and opened it to see his beloved one last time. This loss shook him to the core and made him question his vocation as a minister. Mary invited him to her beloved Elm Vale farm in Waterford, Maine. When he arrived, deep in grief, she led him on horseback up Bear Creek to the mountains. There they confronted Nature and God. The experience changed both of them and New England religious history. This sermon will tell that story and explore the questions they wrestled with on the mountain.
Holy Restoration Reverend Fayre Stephenson
During the days between Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 21) and Yom Kippur (Sept. 30), our Jewish brothers and sisters will make peace with those they have wronged. The task is about truth and wholeness, not about the comfort of forgiveness. How would it be for us if we sought such holy restoration?