First Unitarian Church of Chicago


Our congregation provides many opportunities for friendship and community fellowship, intellectual stimulation, spiritual growth, involvement in social justice and other important issues, and pastoral support and mutual support of one another.  Ours is a diverse community of life-long learning and growing. We have no creed, but are joined together in the spirit of love and the light of our mission and vision, and Unitarian Universalist principles , which you will find elsewhere on this web site

We are a congregation for children, youth and adults of all ages.  We are intentionally inclusive, embracing and appreciating people of every age, race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and economic circumstance. We welcome people from all religious backgrounds and beliefs and we support you in your seeking and growing.

Sunday Service - October 5

Rev. David Schwartz

When we fall short—individually or collectively—how do we hit the "reset" button and begin again in love? Rev. David will explore collective guilt and responsibility in this first worship of our October theme of forgiveness.

Following the service, please join Rev. Teri and Rev. David for their quarterly "coffee with the ministers," in the Chris Moore Parlor. Come with any questions, concerns, or simply to chat and get to know one another better. See you there!

October 4 - Welcome Back Party

Sponsored by the Men's Group, 6:30 p.m. in Hull Chapel. Those interested in participating in the Welcome Back are invited to register at the Membership Table this Sunday. Remember: the focus of the party is to share your vacation/staycation stories, so we need to have an idea who will be taking part in order to arrange our program. Also bring some food and drink to share. You can also register by email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . So come one, come all.

October 5 - Haitian Music Concert

First Unitarian's opening Concert of the year, The Real Vodou, features the return of the Crossing Borders Music Collective. They will perform a string quartet concert of Vodou ("voodoo") songs and Vodou-inspired compositions accompanied by narration and audio-visual materials. Vodou formed the spiritual backbone for Haiti's revolution - the largest, most successful slave revolt ever - but has subsequently been maligned as a religion of "black magic." "The Real Vodou" cuts through the fiction and presents vodou folk songs and music by Haitian composers inspired by Vodou rituals, ceremonies, and practices.

The concert includes Vodou songs played by string quartet arranged by Julio Racine; Werner Jaegerhuber's Trio, which incorporates Vodou songs into the composition; and Ludovic Lamothe's "Sous la Tonnelle," a piece inspired by ceremonies within the sacred Vodou peristyle. It also features Racine's String Quartet #2, a work inspired by rara: lenten Vodou musical processionals. Accompanying audio and visual materials provide insight into the rich culture of Vodou that inspired the works.

October 5, 2014 3:00 p.m. $20 General admission, $15 Seniors, and $10 students.


Worship begins at 10:00 am Sundays
Religious Education: 10:15-11:30 am Sundays
Forums: 11:30 am Sundays
Child care available

5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 324-4100

David and Teri Schwartz, Senior Co-Ministers
Atena Danner, Acting Director of Religious Education
Rev. Dr. William David Arksey, Minister at Large