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 Adult RE class has started a 6-DVD series called "Long Strange Trip" tracing UU history from early Christianity through the present day. Part I which examined the early roots of religious thought from the early Christian era through anti-Trinitarian thought and the Council of Nicea to the work of Michael Servetus was viewed last Sunday. The video makes the case that there were two Reformations in the 16th century: a theologically conservative one catalyzed by Martin Luther and a liberal one based largely on the works of Servetus. This Sunday, the RE class will discuss the Part 1 video.
Michael Diggs will present, "Sherlock Holmes or Why is Logic so Appealing?" Are you a member of the Baker Street Irregulars? Perhaps you have noticed the recent insurgence of Sherlock Holmes on the Big and Small Screens? Come explore how the continuing popularity of Holmes reflects trends in our society and faith.
Lughnasadh, (pronounced LOO-nə-sə) is a Seasonal Sabbat festival marking the beginning of the harvest season or approximately halfway between the summer solstice and autumn equinox. First UU's festival will include a celebratory ritual and potluck feast. Bring a generous dish to share.
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.
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.
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.