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!
Want to know more? Check out our vision and mission or peruse past sermons. Learn what others say about Unitarian Universalism at uuplanet or YouTube. And get involved! —with your time, energy, ideas, or shopping dollars. Explore the links above to learn about other regular activities and information about us and about Unitarian Universalism.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Snow season arrived early in Kansas but it wasn’t bad enough to cancel church services. When the weather is bad, the President makes the decision on canceling services based on whether it is safe for congregants to be out driving and on the weather forecast for Saturday night. One-quarter inch of ice may be worse than 6 inches of snow. The President tries to make the decision no later than mid-Saturday afternoon so there is time to get the word out to congregants. This sometimes means the weather improves Saturday night but the decision was already made. Closings are posted on Facebook and ListServe; and the 3 local TV stations are notified: KWCH (broadcast channel 12), KAKE (broadcast channel 10), and KSN (broadcast channel 3). Of those three, KWCH is the most reliable as they use an automated system and the message goes on their crawl line within a few minutes of notification. Look for “First Unitarian Universalist-Wichita” on the crawl line.
As for when we do have church services after a snow storm, the church has a snow-plowing contract for the parking lot for snowfall amounts over 2 inches. The company is good about getting the job done before the Sunday service. As always, the decision is yours about venturing out in bad weather. We want you to be safe.
First UU Events
Sign up for Thanksgiving Shared Feast on the signup sheet on the church office window. Or on Sunday, Del Smith will have a clipboard sign-up. Judy Naillon is doing the turkey; we're soliciting a volunteer for a vegan choice. We'll eat around 2 pm, but the kitchen will be open early for those who enjoy cooking at the church. Whether you're a "holiday orphan" or a family preferring not to cook at home or someone who just enjoys the company of others.... ALL ARE WELCOME!
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.
Cristan Vitkus will present, "American Gods." She will reflect on American gods and American culture: did they create us or did we create them?
Are you a crafter? Come join fellow Crafters on the first Tuesday of the month. Bring your craft project to work on and enjoy the fellowship of like minds.
Full Moon Dances are multi-faith, feminist spirituality and earth-centered chants set to easy folk dance movements. Bring drums or other percussion instruments if you have them. All ages and abilities are welcome so be prepared to join in the fun!
Marsha Diggs will present, "A Pagan Perspective on Christmas." The purity and spirituality of Christmas touches all faiths. Hear First UU member, Marsha Diggs, talk about reconciling the Christmas season with her pagan spirituality.
Honoring our UU diversity, displays of some of our faiths will be displayed during the advent season, November 30 through December 28. Each Sunday during the 11:00 a.m. worship service, a different display will be highlighted:
- November 30: Buddhist Rohatsu is celebrated 12/8. The Japanese word rohatsu means "eighth day of the twelfth month." In Japan, December 8 is the annual observance of the enlightenment of the Buddha, or "Bodhi Day."
- December 7: Christian and Wicca Christmas is celebrated 12/25 and Yule is 12/21. Yule is the rebirth of the Sun, as this is the longest night of the year. The Winter Solstice is a time of Introspection and planning for the future.
- December 14: Hindu – Gita Jayanti is celebrated 12/10 and is the day that symbolizes the birth of the Bhagavad-Gita, the sacred text of the Hindus.
- December 21: Judaism- Chanukah is celebrated 12/16-12/24 and is an eight day holiday commemorating the miracle of the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt
- December 28: Kwanzaa is celebrated 12/26-1/1 and is a celebration of family, community, and culture.