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
Tom Moore has started a new book club which meets every fourth Friday at 6:00 p.m. at First UU Church. The book is “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate” by Naomi Klein. Contact Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participating.
Rev. Leigh Carlson Burgess presents, "From Sorrow to Joy." Each of us inevitably must face sorrow in our lives. Sorrow can be transformative, and lead us toward acts of compassion, love and social justice. Our guest speaker currently serves as the chaplain at the Kansas Masonic Home and also as a chaplain at Progressive Home Health and Hospice. A 2010 graduate of Phillips Theological Seminary, Leigh formerly served as Associate Minister at Pine Valley Christian Church. She is ordained as a minister through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). As one of the founding members of "Wichita Clergy Supporting LGBT Equality," she is dedicated to gay rights. In childhood, Leigh was a member of a UU lay-led congregation in Mansfield, OH and a Universalist outlook remains at the core of her theology.
The Holiday Party Group is sponsoring our annual Memorial Day Potluck Dinner on Monday at First UU Church. We love good food and good fun. Please bring a traditional holiday dish or comfort food to share. Doors open at 5:30; eat at 6:00 p.m. Stay for games afterwards.
Seth Girton, cellist will be the guest artist for this First UU Chamber Music Concert. Seth has performed on our series from time to time. He recently played his Graduate Cello Recital at Emporia under the instruction of Susan Mayo. He has offered to play portions of this recital augmented by: a Latin Jazz segment including Carol Neighbor and Greg Golding; a cello sonata by Boccherini with bassist, Carol Neighbor; and selections of his greatly entertaining voice and cello folk/pop songs. Seth is an excellent cellist and an extraordinary performer. You will really enjoy this concert. As usual, a reception is included and the suggested offering of $10 stands. Do plan to attend.
Breathtaking changes in technology are posing stark challenges to our constitutional values in democracies around the world. From free speech to privacy, from liberty and personal autonomy to the right against self-incrimination, basic constitutional principles are under stress from technological advances unimaginable even a few decades ago -- let alone in the founding era. On June 14, Adult Religious Exploration will begin the 24-week series, "Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution in the 21st Century". This course identifies the range of options that judges, technologists, legislators, and citizens have as they struggle to respond to technological shifts. Join us Sundays at 9:45 AM. Childcare is available upon request.