Meet Rev. David H. Messner, our Candidate for Settled Minister

Dear Members of the First Unitarian Society of Chicago:  I feel so fortunate to be your candidate for settled ministry. I graduated from Divinity School at the University of Chicago 12 years ago, and on that day, I remember walking across the street and standing outside First Unitarian. In my heart, I hoped I would … Continued

Report of the 2022 Nominating Committee

In preparation for the June 12, 2022 Annual Meeting, the Nominating Committee presents the following nominations for elective offices of the First Unitarian Society of Chicago. Click here to Download the Report of the Nominating Committee

Good News for First U Regarding COVID-19 Precautions!

Update from the Return to Church Committee  The Return to Church Committee and Staff met on Friday, March 11 to discuss changes to our current guidelines for in-person gathering at First U. Our aim is, as always, to provide a safe space with respect for the most vulnerable among us.  The Board of Trustees and the … Continued

Return to In-Person Services – Sunday, February 13

The Board of Trustees has been monitoring the COVID-19 Dashboard for Chicago in order to assess the risk of holding in-person services and events on the church property. As of February 5, the COVID dashboard shows that Chicago is no longer at the Severe risk level. Accordingly, the Board has determined that we may resume in-person Sunday services as of February 13. … Continued

Special Announcement re: COVID-19 Exposure

IMPORTANT UPDATE After careful consideration, the Board of Trustees Leadership of First Unitarian, Chicago have concluded that due to the current rise in COVID-19 cases, the Christmas Eve Vespers and Communion service as well as this Sunday’s Kwanzaa service will not be held in person, but conducted via Zoom. This action is taken for the safety … Continued

Rules for being inside during COVID-19

To be inside the church or other First U property, visitors to and members of the First Unitarian Society of Chicago must follow these COVID mitigation protocols: Be fully vaccinated. The sole exception is for children too young to be vaccinated yet. Wear a mask. The mask must properly cover your nose and mouth. Socially distance. Stay six … Continued

Gathering Safely at First Unitarian

First Unitarian met the challenge of presenting services during the pandemic with services on YouTube that kept us connected while we sheltered in place at home. Covid protocols that we have developed by following the current advice of the UUA and CDC will continue to keep us safe as we gather in person at First … Continued

Returning to In-Person Services

We will return to in-person services in our sanctuary on Sunday, September 12 for the In-Gathering Water Communion service! This will be a hybrid service which means you can attend in person at 10:00 a.m. or Zoom in from home at 10:00 a.m as well. First Unitarian met the challenge of presenting services during the pandemic with services … Continued

Interim Minister Rev. Don Cameron

The First Unitarian Society of Chicago is pleased to welcome Reverend Donald J. Cameron as our Interim Minister. Rev. Don is relocating to Chicago from Georgia and will join us starting August 1, 2021. He is excited to become a part of First U, to operate in a large, urban environment with a diverse and … Continued

Join with Social Activists at First Unitarian

Would you like to learn about opportunities for education and social action offered by organizations in Chicago to advance the social health of our community? To receive bulletins, go to and add your name.  You will be able to manage or cancel your listing at any time. Everyone is welcome. Contact Sandra Rigsbee at srigsbee (at) for more … Continued