Highlights of Our 182nd Annual Meeting

Our 2017 Annual Meeting on May 21 was filled with elections, important decisions, and special recognition. Click here for highlights of our 182nd Annual Meeting.

A Special Way to Welcome Others

If you can knit, crochet or make a quilt, you are invited to join the Welcome Blanket project. This is an initiative that will have an exhibit at the Smart Museum with a focus on what 2,000 miles of yarn and fabric look like, instead of 2,000 miles of wall. We will be gathering to … Continued

First U Summer Choir – Join us!

All singers are warmly invited to join Music Director Jeff Hamrick and members of the First Unitarian choir for Summer Choir. We’ll meet in the sanctuary at 9 a.m. on the following Sundays: June 18 July 9, 16, 23, and 30 August 6, 13, and 20 We will warm up together, sing through hymns, and … Continued

Memorial Service for Rev. Viola Moore

It is with deep sorrow the we announce that Rev. Viola Moore passed peacefully late Wednesday, April 5, in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of 98. She had been active in her interests in life, politics and music right until the end. She first joined First Unitarian in 1956 and sent her children through … Continued

Yard Sign

Members and friends are invited to buy yard and window signs welcoming all to our country. Money raised will go to help fund Sister Marie Cobb’s expenses as a First U delegate to the General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans. Please be generous as the Denominational Affairs Committee has no budget at this time. Make … Continued

Give Away the Basket

The results of our vote are in! Next year, we will give away our basket to: Ujima Village Friends of Whittier Chicago Community Bond Fund Coder DojoChi Thanks to the 59 members who voted, to everyone who completed a nomination, to Julie Larson for supporting the project, and to Parish Clerk Evelyn Johnson for tabulating votes.

Community Renewal Society

The First Unitarian Church has joined the Community Renewal Society and its public advocacy programs for returning citizens, police accountability, and countering community violence. CRS has a very active advocacy program in Springfield to restore civil rights to returning citizens in job and housing access. CRS, like the CJTF, is a member of the no-money … Continued

Pledge Challenge

Congratulations First U, We did it! A tremendous thanks to all of you who made a pledge this year, helping us to secure the special $25,000 Pledge Challenge. Your commitments have helped make our proposed 2017-2018 budget come alive!

Mayoral Proclamation making May 3, 2017 Charles G. Staples Day in Chicago

Many First Church members and friends know Chuck Staples, who has been a member since 1954, and also his volunteering at the Chicago Cultural Center.  They also know that he led the campaign to save the building that is now the Cultural Center, that was the Main Library of the Chicago Public Library.  The important part … Continued

Multiracial Unity Award

For the past three years the Racial Justice Task Force of the Social Justice Council of the First Unitarian Church of Chicago has been presenting its annual Multiracial Unity Award to a person or organization reflecting this principle. This year’s award will go to Dr. Kenneth Christiansen, a former member of the First Unitarian Church … Continued