We have many small groups to offer through First U. These groups meet regularly. They provide a way to deepen your friendship with other congregation members.

First U Men’s Group

Since 2004, the First U Men’s Group has provided the opportunity for the men of our church to come together to enjoy each other’s company; share their life experiences; help each other work through problems; and identify opportunities to support our church, its members and the broader community. Our raison d’être is to foster friendship and provide opportunities for men to become full stakeholders in the First U mission and vision. Some topics discussed in the past: “Politics in Chicago and Illinois,” “God is a question, not an answer,” and “The Beloved Community.” All male members and friends of First U Church age 18 and older are welcome to join us in our spiritual, social, and intellectual fellowship. For more information, please contact Joe Harrington.


First U Humanist Group

The Humanist Group continues to be vital and stimulating for its members and guests. The participants have a broad range of worldviews and interests, and enjoy sharing their thoughts and ideas with each other on a regular basis. We discuss many topics for a humanist or non-theistic view. The group meets twice a month, on second and fourth Mondays, at 7 pm in the Chris Moore Parlor. Over the five years of our history, we have touched most issues related to religion, belief, disbelief, atheism, gods, and spirituality. We continue to know that each of these words, and most others within our domain, carry far too many meanings for simple conversation. Sometimes discussions are structured around recent articles or essays proposed by group members, for example, Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism. We are working towards an extended focus on how we find meaning and purpose in life, and how we want to live out our time. For more information, please contact Allen Harden.

First U Christian Group

The UU Christian Group meets monthly, on second Tuesdays, from 7 to 9 pm. Our meetings are open to all church members and friends – holding any religious beliefs – with an interest in learning more about the Christian faith. For the remainder of 2017-2018, the group will continue its study of world Christianity. First we will view the opening lectures of a Teaching Company course, The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era, taught by Professor Brad S. Gregory, Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. We will also begin a Bible study, focusing on the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. For more information, please contact Phiefer Brown at PhieferBrowne (at) comcast.net or Finley Campbell at FinleyCampbell5222 (at) comcast.net.

First U Young Adults

We are a group of religiously liberal young adults from Hyde Park and surrounding areas generally between the ages of 18 and 35. We are diverse in our religious backgrounds, educational backgrounds, sexual orientation, and economic circumstance. What we have in common is a wish to connect to a community which will support us along our journey of exploring faith, life, interconnectedness, and young adulthood. We welcome all.

For more information, visit with us during Sunday church services. You can also check us out on Facebook (First Unitarian Young Adults) or email us at chicagouus+subscribe@googlegroups.com to join our listserv. We email a few times a month about an upcoming outing or potluck. If you have questions, please contact Christine at youngadults@firstuchicago.org.