Bicycles for No One Left Behind
The organization No One Left Behind sponsors refugee families who have served as interpreters for American activities in both Afghanistan and Iraq. They have a new family in the area and are looking for bicycles for their children (ages 1 through 21). If you have a bicycle of any size that you would be willing to donate, contact Richard Pardo at with a description and your contact information and he will coordinate the possible gift. Thank you.

2016 Aids Run & Walk Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7 a.m. Soldier Field
Join First U and community members from all walks of life to provide support for The Night Ministry and help change the story of HIV in our lifetime. Your participation will help ensure that free, confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling remains available to homeless and vulnerable individuals across Chicago. Last year, The Night Ministry provided more than 600 free HIV tests on their health outreach bus, in youth shelters and at community-based testing sites. Their Aids Run & Walk team helped make that possible. Help them reach their $10,000 fundraising goal by making a donation or by joining The Night Ministry's Aids Run & Walk team. Ninety percent of all dollars the team raises will return directly to The Night Ministry and support HIV outreach, testing and prevention efforts. Please join The Night Ministry's team today by visiting www.aidsrunwalk.org and clicking on "register", be sure to enter "The Night Ministry" as your team. Contact Joanne Michalski at .

Multiracial Unity Outing
An outing to see the modern version of Ben Hur is being sponsored by the Racial Justice Task Force of the Social Justice Council. Interested members and friends should come by the Social Justice Council table to sign up. The RJTF will schedule a date based on the interest of the majority of signees. For more information, call Finley C. Campbell at 773-230-3883.

2016 First Unitarian Congregational Survey
The First U Board of Trustees invites you to share your insights on a variety of issues and areas affecting the church's mission, buildings, operation and outreach. Click here for a link to the survey. Hard copies are available for members and friends on the welcome table and in the church office and should be returned to Joan Pederson's box in the office.

Need Caregiver Support?
Are you a caregiver of a loved one? If you are caring for a family member or close friend and would like to connect with other caregivers for support and resources, please contact Rev. Teri at .

Pastoral Care at First Unitarian
Our Lay Pastoral Care Team is comprised of Betty Holcomb, Evelyn Johnson, Madeiria Myriekes and Lorie Rosenblum. They provide practical and emotional support to First Unitarian members as needed, and refer pastoral issues to our ministers. You can contact the team by calling the church office at 773-324-4100 x10.

Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup
Join us for the September Adopt-a-Beach cleanup!  Come volunteer to give some love to 63rd Street Beach/Jackson Park Beach on Saturday, September 17th, at 12 P.M.  REGISTER 
for the Alliance for the Great Lakes celebrating their 25th Anniversary event for 63rd St/Jackson Park Beach cleanup.  The cleanup is being supported by our Green Sanctuary Committee. Contact Barbara Randolph at (773) 391-1292 to let us know that you will be there!

Bicycles for No One Left Behind
The organization No One Left Behind sponsors refugee families who have served as interpreters for American activities in both Afghanistan and Iraq. They have a new family in the area and are looking for bicycles for their children (ages 1 through 21). If you have a bicycle of any size that you would be willing to donate, contact Richard Pardo at with a description and your contact information and he will coordinate the possible gift. Thank you.

2016 Aids Run & Walk Chicago
Saturday, Oct. 1st, 7 a.m. Soldier Field
Join First U and community members from all walks of life to provide support for The Night Ministry and help change the story of HIV in our lifetime. Your participation will help ensure that free, confidential rapid HIV testing and counseling remains available to homeless and vulnerable individuals across Chicago. Last year, The Night Ministry provided more than 600 free HIV tests on their health outreach bus, in youth shelters and at community-based testing sites. Their Aids Run & Walk team helped make that possible. Help them reach their $10,000 fundraising goal by making a donation or by joining The Night Ministry's Aids Run & Walk team. Ninety percent of all dollars the team raises will return directly to The Night Ministry and support HIV outreach, testing and prevention efforts. Please join The Night Ministry's team today by visiting www.aidsrunwalk.org and clicking on "register", be sure to enter "The Night Ministry" as your team. Contact Joanne Michalski at .

See "GET INVOLVED" above for additional opportunities.

Guest Organist - August 28th
Chelsie Coren will be the guest organist at the Sunday Service on August 28th.  This will be the third time that Chelsie has played the organ at First Unitarian.  Our guest musician is a fourth-year anthropology major at the University of Chicago and a Rockefeller Chapel Organ Scholar.  She started playing piano and clarinet at an early age and learned pipe organ the summer before entering the college.  In the future, she plans to continue playing pipe organ in worship and concert settings as she pursues a graduate degree in anthropology.
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(Photo by Robert Kozloff)

Sunday Services 10:00 am

We gather to sing together a few minutes before the service starts. Classes for school-age kids are available, and childcare for children 0-4 is available each week (though of course you're welcome to keep your little one with you!). After the service, you are warmly invited to gather for food, coffee, and conversation.

About Our Sunday Services

Upcoming Services

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First Forums 11:30 am

Most Sundays a program is offered after the service at 11:30 -- everything from updates on church life, to coffee with the ministers or Director of Religious Education, to Social Justice speakers and other presentations.

August 28th: Denominational Affairs Task Force Meeting
Chris Moore Parlor
The Denominational Affairs Task Force of the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago presents an informal update of ongoing projects with a focus on the involvement of our Criminal Justice Task Force in the Prison Reform Movement. Our guest presenter will be Mr. Joon Kang, a community organizer with the Illinois Institute for Community Law and Affairs. There will also be short reports from the recent Chicago Area Unitarian Universalist Council meeting and a preview of the Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice up coming activity. Please join us to find out how you can participate in the denominational work of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. For more information, call Marie Cobbs at 773-752-4019.

September 4th: Current Labor Issues Discussion
Chris Moore Parlor
Join members and friends in a follow up discussion of the morning's message, featuring current labor issues.

Congratulations to Our Own Rev. Teri!
Many important and exciting things happened at the 2016 UUA General Assembly, but perhaps one of the most important events was that First U's very own Reverend Teresa Schwartz received her Final Fellowship. Congratulations Rev. Teri, and thank you for your leadership and guidance.

Coming Events

First Unitarian Church of Chicago
5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: (773) 324 - 4100  Fax: (773) 324 - 1136
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Sunday Services: 10am, Sunday First Forums: 11:45am
Office Hours: Mon: 10am - 4pm, Tues - Fri: 10am - 6pm, Sat: 9am - 12pm

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