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.
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First UU Events
We will gather at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 2 for pot luck dinner (bring a generous dish to share) to celebrate Lughnasadh. A ritual to thank the Goddess for the first harvest will be followed by songs and games appropriate to the season.
The Adult RE class continues viewing "Long Strange Trip," a history of Unitarian Universalism. This week we will view Part 2 which explores how the ideas of Servetus and others came together in the mind of Dávid Ferenc in Transylvania and led to the formation of the first coherent Unitarian theology. It documents these early influences on English religious liberals which helped form organized English Unitarianism. It concludes with the emigration of Joseph Priestley from England to America in 1794. Part 2 plays at 9:45 a.m. Come early at 8:45 a.m. to see a rerun of Part 1.
Rev. David Carter will present, "India and Unitarianism: Encounter and Response." In the nineteenth century, Unitarians met with important intellectual and spiritual leaders of India, leading to a cultural, spiritual renaissance that cut both ways. Important progressive thinkers among the most influential movers and shakers of nineteenth century India embraced modernity and were transformed through their contact with Unitarians. Simultaneously, Unitarian and other religious leaders and intellectuals from the west, most notably the American Transcendentalists, were profoundly impressed and transformed by Indic theological/philosophical teachings which they encountered in India's Bhagavad Gita and other religious texts.
Wichita schools start very early this year, so let's all get in line on August 3rd when the UU Lunch Ladies (and Gentlemen) serve up lunch. We guarantee that the food will be tastier than you might remember from your school cafeteria days. But there may be a lunch room monitor or two!
Rev. David Carter presents, “The Unitheist Mission of Charles Dall in India." Early in his ministry, Charles Dall's Unitarian vocation aimed at transforming the afflicted lives of the economically disadvantaged in America through education. However, he is most well remembered today for his decades of pioneering "missionary" work in India. He termed his mission "Unitheist," honoring what he held to be his greatest gift to Indian spiritual thought. Historical retrospect may, instead, view his mission as instrumental in helping foster India's entry into modern spiritual discourse.
The Wednesday Night Book Club will meet to talk about John Esposito's book "What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam." In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, there has been an overwhelming demand for information about Islam. As a leading expert, John Esposito has found himself called upon to speak to a wide range of audiences. Out of this experience, he has identified the most pressing questions people consistently ask about Islam. Join us for lively discussion, even if you have not yet read the book.
A new book discussion group has formed. At it’s first meeting, the book to be discussed is Erik Larson’s “The Devil in the White City.” In this nonfiction, the White City was an inspiring World’s Fair and the Devil was a serial killer who took advantage of the fair that was being held just a few streets away from him. Bring a sandwich for supper and enjoy this new discussion group.