From the Board

2022 Annual Pledge Drive: Investing in Our Future

Thank you to all who have made their pledge!  New Members—perhaps you joined too late to receive a pledge letter this year—contact the office or visit the link shown here. We need your support! Friends—are you participating in fulfilling discussion groups, Sunday services, meeting like-minded people? We need your support too! Please contact the office … Continued

2022 Annual Meeting

Thank you to all our First U members who were present in person and on zoom on Sunday, June 12, to conduct some of the most essential business of the congregation. Stay tuned—more information will be forthcoming on the work of these groups listed here and ways you can participate. FY 23 Board of Trustees and … 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

Letter from the President – Spring at 1st U

Happy Spring, Everyone! I made the most of our beautiful, Chicago winter and COVID-19-related shutdowns by purchasing crampons and snowshoes and hitting the trails in the Cook County Forest Preserves. That investment in my fitness, recreation and mental well-being was one of my best moves ever. But I don’t mind saying that I am thrilled … Continued

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

Get to know your 2021 – 2022 First Unitarian Board of Trustees: Ezrina Bradley

We’re highlighting members of the First Unitarian Board of Trustees so you can get to know them better! Your Board of Trustees includes Margie Gonwa, Amos Biggers, Tim Arehart, Richard Pardo, Cheryl Wegner, Ezrina Bradley, Evelyn Johnson, and Mary Clare Bietila (alternate Trustee). Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Ezrina Bradley has a Bachelors in General and Integrative Studies with concentrations in … Continued

Search 2023—Your Participation Is Needed!

In June 2023, we will vote on the candidate we select to become our new permanent Minister. But many actions and activities must occur before we reach that point, and soon we’ll post an overview of the process so you know what will be happening and when and what your role is. Our first activity will be … Continued

Get to Know Your 2021 – 2022 First Unitarian Board of Trustees: Cheryl Wegner and Mary-Clare Bietila

We’re highlighting members of the First Unitarian Board of Trustees so you can get to know them better! Your Board of Trustees includes Margie Gonwa, Amos Biggers, Tim Arehart, Richard Pardo, Cheryl Wegner, Ezrina Bradley, Evelyn Johnson, and Mary Clare Bietila (alternate Trustee). Cheryl Wegner, Trustee Years ago, Cheryl took an online test entitled “What is Your Religion?” … Continued

Statement regarding Samuel Harvard

Greetings Members and Friends, Perhaps you have already heard of the tragic passing of a homeless man, who recently had been staying in the alley doorway behind First Unitarian. We are all deeply saddened by this loss of human life. Samuel Harvard had been a familiar face in the Hyde Park neighborhood for years, and … Continued