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
The selected book is "The Rapture of Canaan" a novel by Sheri Reynolds. The book was chosen as an Oprah's Book Club selection in April 1997. Adolescent Ninah lives in a strict fundamentalist Christian community (The Church of Fire and Brimstone and God's Almighty Baptizing Wind) led by her grandfather Herman. The community is governed by a series of strict rules covering everything from drinking to speaking to people outside of the community, with punishments ranging from sleeping on stinging nettles to spending a night in a grave. You are welcome to join us - please call Anne Bailey, 650-4905 for further information.
Dr. Howard Resnick who is an author, Sanskrit scholar, musician, and professor of religious studies, will give two presentations at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 20 and on Friday, March 21. The Thursday presentation will be a lecture on “The Role of Spiritual Practice in Establishing and Safeguarding Social Justice”. The Friday presentation will be a lecture/concert featuring Jakub Omsky in concert with Dr. Resnick.
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis is the story of an unethical man who is mistakenly ordained as a Baptist minister, becomes an evangelist, then a Methodist minister -- all in all a most unsavory character. On publication in 1927, the book created a public furor. It was banned in Boston and other cities and denounced from pulpits across the USA. One cleric suggested that Lewis should be imprisoned for five years, and there were also threats of physical violence against the author. The famous evangelist Billy Sunday called Lewis "Satan's cohort." Elmer Gantry ranked as the number one fiction bestseller of 1927, according to "Publisher's Weekly". Join us for a brown bag lunch and lively discussion.
Dr. Howard Resnick who is an author, Sanskrit scholar, musician, and professor of religious studies, will finish the second of his presentations at 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, March 21. The Friday presentation will be a lecture/concert featuring Jakub Omsky in concert with Dr. Resnick.
We are beginning a new series of meetings on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness on Tuesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at First UU. These meetings will focus on ways we can help focus attention on this problem and reach out to other religious and secular organizations in the community and state. Local clergy have been invited to join with First UU at the meeting. We will also meet on April 22, with future sessions to be scheduled later. For more information contact Mike Diggs at 687-6424.
Our annual Partner Church dinner will feature the traditional dishes of chicken paprikash, Hungarian goulash, potato bread, slaw, Apfelkuchen, and libations. The cost is $15.00 per person, $10.00 for children under 12. We hope all will support our efforts and enjoy a delicious meal at the same time. In addition, anyone willing to help cook one of the dishes, serve at the dinner, or clean up afterwards, please contact Debbie Wadman, Betty Hensley or Vivien Minshull-Ford. It takes lots of helpers to pull off an effective fund-raiser!
Our church has a long standing partnership with a Romanian church in the rural Transylvanian village of
Homorod Szentpal. We support this church with a fund raising dinner each year, after which the money
earned is sent to them. In recent years our support has allowed them to put plumbing in their old church
building, repair the heater, buy a printer, acquire new playground equipment for the children, and last year,
to purchase new choir robes. An ongoing concern is the centuries old church bell; large funds are needed to
Come enjoy our second concert of the 2013-2014 season. Violin Duo Nancy Johnson and Dominique Corbeil return to our series this time playing “Winter Conversations" composed by Elaine Fine. Marta Prugar, a Polish born violinist who like Nancy and Dominique, also plays in the Wichita Symphony will dazzle us with Polish folk music written by Wieniawski. Carol Neighbor and Greg Golding plan to perform some of your favorite pieces transcribed for recorder and guitar. A donation of $10 is suggested. A refreshment time will follow the concert.
On Saturday, October 11 will be Eco-Fest 2014, a celebration of Green Living to spread awareness of recycling, sustainability, water conservation, organic products and other vital green issues which reflect UU values. There will be vendors, vegan food, music, fun activities for visitors of all ages, crafts, as well as useful and entertaining demonstrations. The new Vegan Cookbook will also be for sale.
-- An Eco-Fest logo design contest has been launched, open to artists in and outside the church. See the Logo Contest on this home page for more information or to submit a design.
-- If you would like to help with Eco-Fest, be a vendor, or lead an activity, contact Marcia Ellsworth at 688-5352 or Vivien Minshull-Ford at 683-9295. Susan Hund-Milne is in charge of antiques and collectibles and can be contacted at 664-7387.