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Original Blessing is a growing lay-led Unitarian Universalist spiritual community based in Brooklyn. We love our city — the vitality, the culture, the excitement, the food — but we also recognize that people can feel lost and lonely amid all the opportunity and excitement. Our purpose is to create a deeper sense of relationship among our neighborhoods by helping people develop their spiritual lives and serve the community in ways that creates a greater sense of justice. Come check us out. Don’t worry; we’re dogma-free! Join us in song or community service. Give a sermon. Share an idea. Bake a dish. This is B.Y.O.B. — “Bring Your Own Beliefs” — Religion. At Original Blessing, you’re welcome … home.

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Robin Bossert’s report from the UUA General Assembly 2016

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New York area Unitarian Universalists will “March for Science” all together this Earth Day. Join Original Blessing and our sister congregation  First Unitarian Congregational Society Brooklyn Saturday, April 22, for the march. Per OB board member Robin Bossert: “The event will start at 10:30 a.m. at 64th St. and Central Park West in Manhattan. UUs will meet at 10:00 a.m. in front of the fountain in the middle of Lincoln Center Plaza, on Columbus Ave. between 63rd and 64th St. We can be identified by our poster ‘Unitarian Universalists Stand Up For Science.’ At 10:30 a.m. sharp, we will leave for the starting point nearby.” For more on nationwide marches, visit




Sunday – 4/23/17 – 5 p.m.


Monthly Worship Service & Dinner

Join us for song and celebration, followed by a communal meal, at our monthly worship and fellowship service in the chapel of the First Unitarian Congregational Society Brooklyn at 120 Pierrepont Street, at the corner of Monroe Place, in Brooklyn Heights (Chapel entrance is located to right of main sanctuary.)

For more information or to participate in service planning, contact Original Blessing director Lou Miller.


(*E-mail us for more info on any of the upcoming events). 

Wednesday –  4/26/17– 6 p.m.


Book Club

Original Blessing’s book club meetings convene twice a month, once on a Sunday (replacing a Potluck Gathering) and once on a Wednesday, in the East Village (Manhattan). We are currently reading The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, by Michael A. Singer.

For more information and directions, contact Eileen W.




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“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and, behold, service was joy.”  Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali polymath


Click here for videos of musical content from Summer Solstice Celebration


Who we are

*NOTE: Our founding minister Rev. Ian White Maher — featured in this 2014 video — is no longer pastor of Original Blessing. Although we are now a lay-led congregation, we remain deeply indebted to Ian and his vision for us!




March 2, 2017 —Registration is now open for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2017 General Assembly, which will run June 21 to 25 in New Orleans. Lou Miller, Robin Bossert and Ken Kiesnoski are already booked to go. If you’re interested in more info, visit the event website at For a taste of what a General Assembly is like, read board member Robin’s impressions from and thoughts on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” —  in Columbus, Ohio, held from June 22 to 26, here.





Feb. 7, 2017 — If you’ve been following the fortunes of Original Blessing, you know we’ve had our ups and downs and ups again. Change — most of it good — has been the only certainty of late. The latest news is VERY good. Our longtime director of music, Lou Miller — a lifelong UU, accomplished musician, accredited lawyer and quite the self-trained chef — stepped up to take on the weighty role of Director. In that capacity, Lou will be guiding OB through some exciting new changes that are on tap. Stay tuned! For the time being, Lou’s been doing a bang-up job hosting, and cooking for, our twice-monthly small group Potluck Dinner & Worship session. Join us in congratulating Lou!



Welcome and Opening Celebration. Photo © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Welcome and Opening Celebration.
Photo © 2016 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Read Original Blessing board member Robin Bossert’s impressions from and thoughts on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” —  in Columbus, Ohio, held from June 22 to 26, here. Visit the event website at for other news from the gathering.








June 11, 2016 — Adhering to its stated mission of “transforming our world” and

“compassionate community,” Original Blessing participated in the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce and Neighbors Allied for Good Growth street- and sidewalk-cleanup day June 11. Thanks to donations from local businesses, participants ended the four-hour event with donuts from Peter Pan Bakery and lunch from the Meatball Shop. The next “Curb Your Litter: Greenpoint” event is scheduled for July 30. Let’s send a  big crew to help improve the quality of life in our host community!




May 23, 2016 — Original Blessings Mary Cinadr and Ken Kiesnoski road-tripped it up to Camp Unirondack, a UU summer camp and conference facility in the lower Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, for a weekend of pitching in to prep the place for its summer programs. This facility is a possible venue for future OB team-building events and group getaways. Check it out for yourself (virtually) by visiting




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May 7, 2016 — Original Blessing board members Robin Bossert and Ken Kiesnoski traveled to Morristown, N.J. for the 2016 Metro New York District annual meeting on May 7. In addition to a good time being had by all — i.e., hobnobbing, worship service, luncheon, concert by Brother Sun and bookstore browsing — an important vote was taken on dissolving the district and merging with three neighboring ones to form the new Central East Region under the managerial auspices of the UUA. The move promises both savings and new resources thanks to economies of scale. Both OB votes were “yea” in favor. The motion passed by a near-unanimous vote. Read more about our new Central East Region — which runs from New York to West Virginia, and from Ohio to New Jersey — by visiting



Lay Sermons

Click on a sermon to read …

“The Dreadlock Incident” — Lou M. — 7/10/16

On Covenant — Stina S. — 4/3/16

On Love – Katrina B. – 2/21/16 

On Transformation – Robin B. – 12/6/15 

On Vulnerability – Ken K. – 10/18/15




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