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Welcome to Tameka Lawson!

We are excited to welcome Tameka Lawson to First U as our Lifespan Religious Education Assistant. Tameka studied Public Policy at DePaul University and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of education, non-profit administration and community activism to our community.  When she is not working in one of these areas, she enjoys teaching … Continued

Social Justice Council Table – Sundays at Coffee Hour

The mission of the Social Justice Council is to coordinate and promote social justice activities at First Unitarian Church, develop awareness among the congregation of social justice challenges, and facilitate cooperative efforts to address social problems. The SJC is composed of task forces. These are the primary vehicles that carry out the ongoing social justice … Continued

Welcome Rev. Monica Faith Stewart!

First Unitarian welcomes Rev. Monica to our team to assist with membership development, community outreach and other activities. Monica will lead the creation and marketing of church activities and special events. She will also assist in the development of effective and meaningful Sunday services to ensure a positive church experience for our congregation and visitors alike. A native Chicagoan with a multifaceted career, Monica Faith … Continued

Chicago Children’s Choir 66th Birthday – Sunday, October 16

Enjoy the Musical Magic at Sunday’s Service! The Chicago Children’s Choir was founded in 1956 – 66 years ago! – right here in the First U Sanctuary. At the time, forging an interracial choir of children was unheard of.  Our sanctuary was a shelter from the storms of racism in the broader city; when the children … Continued

From the Wildflower Garden

Seeds will be available during social hour following service on Sunday, October 30.  Seeds from the following plants will be distributed: Ohio Spiderwort Foxglove Beardtongue Nodding Wild Onion Cup Plant Prairie Dock Tall Coreopsis Wild Golden Glow, Green-headed Cone Flower Wild Bergamot Big Bluestem Bottlebrush Grass Purple Joe Pye Weed Garden Columbine Review descriptions of these plants … Continued

Minister Search: Timeline

First U Posts Upcoming Position[1] July 2022 | Complete                 Search Committee Retreat[2]August 2022 | Complete Congregational Survey[3]September 12 – October 2, 2022 | Complete Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop[4] September 30 & October 1| Complete            Focus Groups[5] |September 20 – October 23 | Complete Cottage Meetings[5] | October 30 | Complete Minister Compensation & Contract[6] | November 2022 … Continued

Minister Search: Congregational Survey

The Minister Search Congregational Survey is now complete, with over 50 survey responses received. Thank you to everyone for their participation!.

Search Committee Update

At the Annual Meeting last June, you selected your Search Committee to conduct the work of searching for a new, permanent Minister for First Unitarian—Ross Blythe, Leslie Davis, Margie Gonwa (chair), Evelyn Johnson, Daughon Langner, Virginia Pace, and Natasha Walker. Among them, this group possesses the skills, knowledge, and experience to conduct the many tasks … Continued

Minister Search Committee

Members of the Minister Search Committee were elected at the June 2022 Congregational Meeting. Committee. The Search Committee is following the UU Settlement Handbook and policies to help identify the next full time minister for First U. Margaret Gonwa, Committee Chair I became a member of First Unitarian Church of Chicago about 25 years ago when … Continued