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Original Blessing is a growing lay-led Unitarian Universalist spiritual community based in the North Brooklyn neighborhoods of Greenpoint, Williamsburg and Bushwick, as well as western Queens. 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. This is B.Y.O.B. — “Bring Your Own Beliefs” — Religion. At Original Blessing, you’re welcome … home.

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

May is “Imagination”


rsz_57432451a76b2June is “Joy!”

Sunday – 6/5/16 – 6 p.m.

Service “Joy!” — led by Lou Miller

Join us for our first Sunday service in June, exploring the concept of JOY!

Location: San Damiano Mission, 85 North 15th Street, Brooklyn NY 11222. Click here for map.

           Contact: Lou Miller 


Thursday – 6/16/16 – 7 p.m.

Small Group Ministry — “Joy!” — led by Ken K.

Join us for more in-depth discussion and exploration of our monthly theme of JOY! If weather permits, Small Group will meet in Ken’s backyard in Greenpoint for BBQ. Rain location will be Libby Creative Arts. 

Shine: 1036 Lorimer Street, Backyard, Greenpoint (Near Nassau Ave. G stop, Norman Ave. exit) Click here for map.

Rain: Libby Creative Arts – 67 West Street, #317A, Greenpoint. Click here for map.

           Contact: Ken K. 

stonehengeSunday – 6/19/16 – 6 p.m.


Join us for our annual Summer Solstice celebration, with a special emphasis on this June’s monthly liturgical theme of JOY!

Location: San Damiano Mission, 85 North 15th Street, Brooklyn NY 11222. Click here for map.

           Contact: Lou Miller 




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!



rsz_120160507_153652-1REGIONALIZATION: 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



UU SUMMER CAMP PREVIEW: 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



rsz_574343998c381UUA GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly for 2016 — “Heartland: Where Faiths Connect” — will be held in Columbus, Ohio, from June 22 to 26. Visit the event website at for more information and to register.





Lay Sermons

Click on a sermon to read …

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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