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 duo February Sky, Phil Cooper and Susan Urban, will present a concert at the church on Saturday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. Traveling from the haunted North Woods of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, February Sky will present a Halloween/Celtic New Year celebration concert honoring the ancestors and the turning of the year. They play traditional, modern and original folk and Celtic music with guitar, cittern, mountain dulcimer, banjo and percussion. Suggested donation of $10. Costumes are encouraged but not required.
Sunday morning February Sky will present the Samhain service. The concert and the service will be very very different so you'll want to come to both! Here's a link to their Facebook page. Take a listen to their tunes! You'll be convinced to come Saturday night and Sunday.
February Sky (Phil Cooper & Susan Urban) will present, "Samhain." This Sunday service will be a celebration of the last-harvest holiday of Samhain (Celtic New Year or Halloween). The Celtic word "Samhain" means “summer’s end.” This holiday is the beginning of Winter and the New Year, the time of giving thanks for a good harvest, and a time for letting go of what no longer serves us. It is also the time of year when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is said to be the thinnest, and the dead are invited back for loving remembrance. In the course of this service, we will observe all of these ancient traditions and reflect on their significance in our modern lives. Please bring a picture or other memento of a departed loved one to church to place on our Samhain alter.
This service will be very different from their Saturday Concert. So come to both.
The 23rd annual Feast for the Dead (Samhain) will be Saturday, November 1, at the church. A potluck/covered dish dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. with the ritual at 7:30 p.m. Costumes are welcome or come as you Really Are. Bring something to represent an ancestor or a person significant to you, who has recently passed over. Bring a generous dish to share.
Amanda Beals will present, "Results Education Fund." We know that promoting access to education, health care, and economic opportunity proves to be the most effective way to lift people out of poverty worldwide and give people a fair chance at life. Hear how her non-profit encourages grass roots participation. http://www.results.org
The common read of Michael Durall's latest book, "Making the Annual Pledge Drive Obsolete: How Churches Can Get Out of This Business Once and For All" started Sunday, October 19 and will continue the next two Sundays. October 19 was a discussion of Chapters 1-4. October 26 will be a discussion of Chapters 4-6 and November 2 will be a review and consideration of applications. After the church service we can gather in the sanctuary to discuss. Lunch will be provided at a reasonable cost. The book deals with finance, but it deals more with questions about the real value of a church. Michael Durall is a UU who co-authored the book with Timothy Dombek, an Episcopal priest who adds traditional Protestant language to the book. Please RSVP to Charles Merrified at email@example.com with your plans to participate.
Starting in September and running through May, every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00. This year's curriculum is titled "Toolbox of Faith," looking at what tools Unitarian Universalism offers for the challenges of life. For ages kindergarten through 8th grade.