At the Jamesport Meeting House

An open-minded, open-hearted spiritual community



Our worship services draw from diverse sources including science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience
At this time we are meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month

Service Schedule


When and why

At this time, as we breathe new life into our Fellowship, we're scheduling two worship services a month. 

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:30 a.m. - followed by coffee hour in the hospitality room.

Community Service


Community Action

Proposing and planning for our outreach to the local community.

Project one: connecting incarcerated parents with their children through books and recorded readings.

Sunday Worship Services

Next Service November 27th



Rev. Ben Bortin

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Rev. Ben Bortin

November 27

Fresh after a beloved holiday whose very name is a synonym for it, a look at the issue of gratitude. It's more complicated than is apparent at first blush.

Some are obviously not in circumstances in which they can authentically experience gratitude. Native Americans, part of the familiar Thanksgiving story, have no cause for such sentiments, for example, after centuries of broken treaties and mistreatment. Someone unjustly imprisoned understandably cannot be expected to experience gratitude. Ditto for someone who loses a child.

Yet for those of us fortunate enough to reap life's blessings, even amid setbacks and hardships, being reminded of those gifts can compound our sense of joy and sustenance in life. And expressing and receiving genuine gratitude, one person to another, is one of life's greatest rewards.

"PS. A homework assignment. Think of some genuine blessing in your life."


The Eight Principles

Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote eight Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience.

As Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove explains, “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.”

  1. 1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

  2. 2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

  3. 3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;

  4. 4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;

  5. 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;

  6. 6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;

  7. 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

  8. *8th Principle: We covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.

The eight Principles and six Sources of the Unitarian Universalist Association grew out of the grassroots of our communities, were affirmed democratically, and are part of who we are.


About Us

In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart.

Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system. As Unitarian Universalists, we do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.

Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

Unitarian Universalists believe more than one thing. We think for ourselves, and reflect together, about important questions:

We are united in our broad and inclusive outlook, and in our values, as expressed in our seven Principles. We are united in shared experience: our open and stirring worship services, religious education, and rites of passage; our work for social justice; our quest to include the marginalized; our expressions of love.

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In Memoriam

June 26 2022 marked one year since the passing of our founding member, wise, generous-in-every-way, Jere Jacob. We will always feel her loss and be grateful for her time with us.


Connect with us 

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Jamesport Meeting House

1590 Main Road

Jamesport, NY 11947

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3275 Aldrich Ln

Laurel, NY 11948