Give Away the Basket: Seeking Nominations!

We give away our Sunday offering twice a month to agencies in the community who are working for the greater good. We select four recipient organizations who receive roughly six offerings each.  All members and friends are invited to nominate potential recipient organizations. At the annual meeting in May, all members vote to select the recipients … Continued

Thank you for a wonderful auction! And apologies for the delayed billing

The auction committee would like to thank everyone who volunteered, donated to or attended the annual auction and helped make it a success. Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented the bills from being printed in a timely fashion. If you haven’t yet paid your bill, you can do so at social hour, or by making arrangements at … Continued

Chicago Children’s Choir, April and May

World Music Festival Saturday, April 14, 3:30 p.m. Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier, 840 E. Grand Ave. The annual World Music Festival explores the rich and diverse musical traditions of various countries through a day-long set of workshops with the Neighborhood and VOC singers. The day culminates in an exciting performance that showcases international … Continued

Sign Up: Multiracial Unity Outings for April

Come to the Social Justice Council table and sign up for our April events, and help decide the days of our next multiracial unity outings. Proposals include an evening at Navy Pier, the movie The Death of Stalin, and two plays: Anna Karenina and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. For more information, please contact Finley … Continued

Welcome Myles Brady Davis!

We are delighted to introduce our new membership coordinator, Myles Brady Davis – Please give him a warm welcome! The first two months of Myles’s time with us will be focused on making connections: meeting with members currently involved in welcoming, past participants in the membership committee, and UU membership professionals at other area churches. He’ll also … Continued

Is This Your Year to Represent Our Church at a UUA Meeting?

First U is is entitled to send four delegates to the meetings of these three levels of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) – all in May and June. The Chicago Area Unitarian Universalist Council, CAUUC, includes the active UU congregations in the city of Chicago and its suburbs in Illinois and Indiana, and focuses on … Continued

UUANI Action Alert: Urge IL Senators to Shine Light on Fracking

From the Denominational Affairs Committee: The Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois (UUANI) encourages us to write public officials on issues pertinent to our UU principles. Action item this week: Commit to protect the environment by writing state senators in support of SB 3174 for increased transparency regarding in-state fracking. To learn more or to sign … Continued

Take Part: Community Roundtables – Federal Consent Decree Concerning the Chicago Police Department

Our Criminal Justice Task Force encourages you to take part in the community roundtables on the federal consent decree concerning the Chicago Police Department. The roundtables were recently announced by the Illinois Attorney General’s office and begin this Monday, March 26, at the South Shore Cultural Center. The roundtables are intended to solicit input on the content … Continued

Humanist Women of the South Side: A Women’s History Month Exhibition

Four clips from the South Side Home Movie Project are featured. Included are selections from the George Reed Sr. Collection that feature the late Selina Reed’s annual picnic for Howard University alumna at Argonne Laboratories in the 1950s. Selina Reed was a longtime member of First U and mother of Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed. Continuing through … Continued

Spring Jobs Available for 14-19 Year Olds

Urban Growers Collective Youth Corps, affiliated with After School Matters, has youth jobs available at its Altgeld Gardens and South Chicago locations. For more information please contact Lauralyn Clawson at 773-376-8882 or, or go to