From the Wildflower Garden

August 11, 2022 Monarda fistulosaWild Bergamot This wildflower’s showy lavender flowers are clustered at the tip of the stem. Flora of the Chicago Region has a long description of the many butterflies, moths, beetles, ants, bees, and bugs that visit Monarda.   These insects have many different techniques for gleaning nectar, including siphoning it from holes at the … Continued

1st U Women’s Group – Sunday, August 14

1:00 p.m. via Zoom All women members and friends of 1st U are welcome to this meeting. Contact Christen Morrow at for further information.

Equal Exchange Chocolate Sale: Continues Sunday, August 14

After service on 7/17, 7/31, 8/14, 8/28 First U children and youth are encouraged to join in this FUNdraising opportunity supporting future First U social justice projects or trips for children and youth. We’ll have a table at coffee hour ready with everything needed to sell some delicious fair trade chocolate bars. Bring $10 or … Continued

Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice Summer Quarterly Meeting – Sunday, August 21

UU Community Church – 70 Sycamore Dr., Park ForestIn the Sanctuary and via Zoom from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meeting ID:  894 8355 2930Passcode:   944047To participate via phonecall 1-312-626-6799 2:00 to 3:25 p.m. “Illinois Criminal Justice Reform: The Road Ahead”Gregory Chambers, Co-Chair of our Interfaith Criminal   Justice Task Force, will be the presenter.  Greg is a former Chicago police officer who served 28 … Continued

Reproductive Justice Task Force

Last month SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, allowing states to pass their own laws regarding abortion and other reproductive services. There are already horrific stories of women being denied timely, safe medical care in cases of ectopic pregnancies and incomplete miscarriages. You might be feeling confused, angry, or sad about this monumental change and what … Continued

First U Hiking Club

The First U Hiking Club kicked off in July with a glorious trek on the Sag Valley trails in the Cook County Forest Preserves. Watch the weekly email or this space for dates of future summer hikes! If you are interested in hiking, please join us. It’s fun! And we sometimes end the activity with … Continued

Parliament of the World’s Religions – August 2023

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s premier interfaith convening of civic, spiritual, and grassroots changemakers. Parliament Convenings are the most culturally and religiously diverse global interfaith event.  In August of 2023, the Parliament of the World’s Religions will return to the birthplace of the modern interfaith movement after 30 years away to celebrate 130 … Continued

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

Magic Summer: June 26 – August 28

First U kids who are in town for Sunday morning classes this summer are in for a treat! Magic Summer is a multi-age curriculum that celebrates community, the outdoors, and all the joys of summer. Drop ins welcome, advance registration is appreciated (thank you!) – contact for registration information. Most classes will include a brief and often hands-on meditation experience, … 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