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.

First Forum - February 1

Coffee with the Ministers

A time for conversation with Rev. Teri and Rev. David. There's no agenda beside the questions and reflections you bring

Sunday Service - February 1

The End Is Not Near
Rev. David Schwartz

As we kick off our canvass month we're turning toward the future: if we are a people who don't believe the end is coming, what then shall we build together? What lives are we invited into on this shared road ahead?

January 31 - Emancipation Proclamation Pageant

The Racial Justice Task Force plans a spectacular 150th anniversary celebration of the passage of the congressional version of the 13th Amendment (January 31, 1865) which laid the foundation for the version completed in December 1865. This celebration will be incorporated in our annual pageant "O Freedom: The Day of Jubilee," a celebration of the official proclaiming of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. This year, our celebration will have the following components:

• Thursday, January 29, 2015: a showing of the movie LINCOLN with a discussion at 6 pm in Chris Moore Parlor.
• Friday, January 30th: our dress rehearsal – 6pm in Hull Chapel
• Saturday, January 31: a combination of our community performance and our church wide performance, beginning at 6:30 pm, also in Hull Chapel.

We invite anyone interested in singing, dancing, narrating, acting, etc. to join our ensemble of players in making this a great event. We're adding two new characters Mary E. Chestnut and Thaddeus Stephens to our 21st annual performance, and we plan to make this the best version ever.


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
david.schwartz@firstuchicago. teresa.schwartz@firstuchicago

Laura Hollinger Antonelli, Director of Religious Education
Rev. Dr. William David Arksey, Minister at Large