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 - September 7

"Water Communion"
Rev. Dave and Rev. Teri

We'll start our church year with our cherished annual water communion. Please bring water from a place near to your heart—whether it be from far away or as close as the kitchen sink. We will merge our waters and celebrate the coming together of our community once more.

The Adult Choir, along with Jovani Robinson's Spear-it drummers return for our September 7 opening Sunday's Water Communion Service, along with dancers from the Hyde Park School of Dance.

September 7 - Soup Lunch

Our First Sunday Soup Lunch will help us open the church year on September 7. Everyone is invited to come and share fellowship and some mighty fine food! We do need people to provide soup, salad, bread, drinks, and dessert, so if you are able to help with that, please let us know (Cindy Pardo, Madeiria Myrieckes, or Evelyn Johnson). Sit with someone you don't know very well, and welcome the new church year with good food and fellowship!

September 6 - Science and Religion Lecture

"The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness: Coming Home to Reality,"

Speaker - Rev. Michael Dowd

Saturday, September, 6, 10:00am-12:00pm in the sanctuary. Child care will be provided

Science and religion are not enemies; indeed, they must work together if humanity is to survive the 21st century. Given our impact on Earth's climate, the seas, and other species, humanity is about to experience what could be called The Great Reckoning. The good news is that this will also be The Great Homecoming: the prodigal species coming home to Reality. This presentation will focus on 6 points of agreement held in common by tens of millions of religious and non-religious people across the globe — and how to stay inspired in the face of changing climate and other large-scal This program, geared for adults and teens, builds on Rev. Dowd's most recent TEDx talk, "Reality Reconciles Science and Religion," and also expands on material in his bestselling, bridge-building book, Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World.

Rev. Michael Dowd is an outspoken religious naturalist, evolutionary theologian, bestselling author, and one of the most inspiring science and religion speakers in America today. He and his wife, Connie Barlow, an acclaimed science writer, have spoken to some 2,000 secular and religious groups across North America since 2002. Michael has delivered two TEDx talks and has also spoken at the United Nations. He recently created a 5-part discussion course for church groups, titled, "God in Big History."e challenges.


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