First UU has a proud history of providing and supporting liberal religion in Wichita and the surrounding area. Dating back more than 130 years, First UU members include multi-generational families and new members.
We look forward to meeting you! We are a caring, joyful, spiritual, and diverse congregation. We are proud to be a welcoming congregation that respects your spiritual journey and your life directions. We offer an outstanding religious education program and a variety of sermons, services, and service leaders. Additional programs are available for people interested in Buddhism, pagan ritual, dancing and music, games, books and reading, and much more.
Our new home is a fully accessible church designed and constructed with green principles and materials, built specially for us!
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First UU Events
Rev. David Carter will present, "Inside Unitarian Transcendentalism: Freedom and Responsibility at Loggerheads." UUs to this day are often torn between the call to self realization as a means of bringing about social good, and the call to social activism as a means of transforming the world. How or to what should we devote ourselves? This contemporary dilemma is an inheritance from earlier times when notable Unitarians were, as we are, at loggerheads over the enduring divide. Is an ideal synthesis possible?
Popular local musician Trevor Stewart will perform with harp-guitarist Brian Henke and the Night Travelers, including James McKinney, National Banjo Champion. The concert is at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, September 13, at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 East 21st Street, North, Wichita.
Stewart plays the Chapman Stick. He’s performed at First UU several times for appreciative audiences. James McKinney won the South U.S. Banjo Championship at age 15 and in 1982 he won the National Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas, as well as first-place in dozens of state and regional championships. Brian Henke travels all over the US, but considers the Midwest, including Winfield, his main region. His music can be heard on New Age and Folk radio shows all over the world.
No admission will be charged, but a donation of $10.00 is suggested. All ages are welcome at this Music Committee sponsored concert. Invite your friends!
Kathy Hull is offering a four-week intensive class in multi-faith meditation techniques meeting Sundays at the church, September 14 to October 5, 2014. Each session will meet 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Topics will include techniques useful for staying centered in the midst of chaos, healing trauma and reducing recovery time, conditional retraining and developing virtuous character traits. Techniques include chanting, walking and dancing meditations to provide a variety in our spiritual practice. Fee for the class is $60 in advance or $20 weekly, $50 in advance for Church members. Work-exchange scholarships and childcare are available by arrangement. Fee covers textbook and journal, and donation to the church. Preregistration is required! Call or text Kathy at 316-204-9956 to preregister and make needed arrangements.
Eco-Fest 2014, a celebration of Green Living, will spread awareness of recycling, sustainability, water conservation, organic products and other vital green issues which reflect UU values. In addition, First UU is a “green” community, beginning with design and choice of construction materials, as well as the installation of energy saving appliances. Eco-Fest planning is in early stages, but there will be vendors, vegan food, music, fun activities for visitors of all ages, crafts (no animal products, of course), as well as useful and entertaining demonstrations. We will also be selling our vegan cookbook, now in preparation.
The planners, Marcia Ellsworth, Susan Hund-Milne, Dianne Waltner, Mary Moore, and Vivien Minshull-Ford would
like more members on the planning committee. We welcome questions, ideas, contributors, and volunteers: if you would like to help or be a vendor or lead an activity, contact Marcia Ellsworth, Vivien Minshull-Ford, or Susan Hund-Milne.