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 - August 24

"Playing By Ear"
Rev. Teri Schwartz

First Forum - August 24

Aiding Children in Central America
Through Literacy Education
Debra Gittler, speaker

Debra Gittler grew up in Hyde Park. She will talk about her work in educational development in the region, current educational realities, and the role that improved education in Central America plays in creating opportunities, halting violence, and easing migration. The mission of her NGO, ConTextos, is to transform the educational experience so students go beyond rote, mechanical learning to develop authentic literacy skills such as deep-thinking, interpretation, analysis and creativity. They do this through an innovative teacher training program, the creation of libraries, and a writing-program that incorporates tablet-technology.

Gittler is Founder and Executive Director of ConTextos, an educational NGO established in El Salvador and the USA. Debra has a masters from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on international policy and social entrepreneurship. Previously, she worked as the Coordinator and Lead Author of El Salavdor's national teacher training strategy in the area of literacy, and was a teacher in Honduras and the South Bronx. In 2013, Debra was recognized as a Fellow by Echoing Green, which recognizes global leaders in social innovation; she was selected as one of 20 fellows from a group of 2,800 applicants and is the first Fellow to work in El Salvador.

Videos of UUA General Assembly

To access videos of the UUA General Assembly, click HERE


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
Atena Danner, Acting Director of Religious Education
Rev. Dr. William David Arksey, Minister at Large