Congregational Singing to Resume May 1!
Following our reopening plan, and in accordance with CDC and ACDA guidelines, congregational singing will resume during our worship services beginning Sunday, May 1. All in-person congregants who wish to sing our scheduled hymns from their seats may do so this week. However, anyone who wishes to sing is required to wear masks during the singing of hymns to reduce the spread of aerosols. Masking remains optional for those who choose not to sing. Singing activities will be limited to the times in the service when children are not present in the sanctuary, meaning that intergenerational services will continue without congregational singing for the time being.
This non-auditioned ensemble sings for services three times a month from September through June. This choir sings in a variety of musical styles and languages. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday evening from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the choir room, and new members are always welcome to join.
Singing Meditation is an interfaith spiritual practice that combines repetitive rounds, mantras, and harmony group singing, followed by periods of silence. The combining of the two practices of singing and silence results in a synergy that enhances each component. Singing Meditation will be offered at First Unitarian Church quarterly, and is included in some worship services.
Chicago Children’s Choir
First Unitarian is the original home and founding institution of the internationally renowned Chicago Children’s Choir. We occasionally invite neighborhood chapters of the Chicago Children’s Choir to perform for our worship services, including in October for the organization’s annual birthday celebration. For more information about this choir, please connect to First U’s CCC Boosters.
The music of our UU faith draws from many faith traditions, and cultures. We strive to include participants of all ages and abilities in the music at First Unitarian. The Great Choir is a volunteer choir with singers of every age, and sings about three times each year. The purpose of this group is to promote joy and unity through music. Repertoire for this group consists of unison music, or music with simple harmonies, which will allows voices of all abilities to sing together. Rehearsal time is at 9:00 am before the Sunday service.
Dances of Universal Peace
Several times a year, First U is host to these participatory events. Dances of Universal Peace bring people together in joyous and meditative dance circles, and in singing or chanting sacred phrases from many spiritual traditions. For more information, please see the events page.