First Unitarian Church of Chicago


Our congregation provides many opportunities for friendship and community fellowship, intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth, involvement in social justice and other important issues, and pastoral support and mutual support of one another.  Ours is a diverse community of life-long learning and growing. We have no creed, but are joined together in the spirit of love and the light of our mission and vision, and Unitarian Universalist principles , which you will find elsewhere on this web site

We are a congregation for children, youth and adults of all ages.  We are intentionally inclusive, embracing and appreciating people of every age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic circumstance. We welcome people from all religious backgrounds and beliefs and we support you in your seeking and growing.

Sunday Service - October 26

When Things Fall Apart
The Rev. Bret Lortie

In a world that seems to be ripping at the seams, how do we maintain a disposition of forgiveness amidst age-old angers and wrongs?

The Rev. Bret Lortie is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, and a chaplain and search and rescue pilot with the Civil Air Patrol (USAF-AUX). Most recently he has been published in the Skinner House collection Not for Ourselves Alone: Theological Essays on Relationship and in the fall edition of the UU World.

We are delighted to welcome our Chicago colleague, the Rev. Bret Lortie, as our first pulpit exchange pilot. Historically, the pulpit exchange is a long part of our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Rev. David and Rev. Teri are privileged to build relationships and collaborate with area colleagues and broader Unitarian Universalism in Chicago. Rev. David is honored to preach at Bret's church at the end of November.

First Forum - October 26

Domestic Abuse
Alisa Holman and Betty Holcomb

October is a busy month as Domestic Abuse Awareness is publicly highlighted. First Forum will feature two speakers : a guest and one of our own will share their personal experiences. We welcome our brave guest who continues her quest for safety.

October 25 - Annual RE Halloween Party

5-8 p.m. in Hull Chapel
Get your costumes ready for our annual Halloween party, including food, games, and a tour of the Crypt!


Worship begins at 10:00 am Sundays
Religious Education: 10:15-11:30 am Sundays
Forums: 11:30 am Sundays
Child care available

5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 324-4100

David and Teri Schwartz, Senior Co-Ministers
david.schwartz@firstuchicago. teresa.schwartz@firstuchicago

Laura Hollinger Antonelli, Director of Religious Education
Rev. Dr. William David Arksey, Minister at Large