Worship Services are held every Sunday at 11:00AM.  We believe that worship is the center of spiritual life,  both for individuals and communities. At First Unitarian, worship seeks to express and explore the whole range of human experience. While services usually include familiar elements such as sermons, performed music and hymns, the content of sermons varies from atheism to Christianity, politics to literature, poetry to prose. We celebrate 5 ritual Communion Services each year.  Some of these have long histories at First U, others have come to us in recent years.  Each has a special place in our liturgical calendar. Services are followed with coffee and tea during our fellowship hour.  


Generally, our children attend the first 20 minutes of the worship service, which has elements that are designed to be engaging to younger congregants.  After the wisdom story, children attend their religious education classes, a monthly children's chapel or an all-ages justice Sunday. There are multi-generational worship services throughout the year.  High school youth remain in worship and meet in their groups at 12:15PM.


If you are visiting us for the first time please see our newcomer's page for useful information. 


Summer services from mid-June through Labor Day weekend are held in the McKinney Chapel (next to the main building on Pierrepont street), and led by members of our congregation.  Proposals for summer services are generally reviewed by the Worship Committee in the Spring.  



Sermon: Beginners Luck

2016 October 23
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
  When I was pregnant with our twins, my husband Jeff and I decided to not find out the sex of the babies. Relatives and friends, even progressives, found this bizarre. “How are you going to prepare for the arrival of these babies if you don’t know their gender?” they would ask. “How will you |...|

Sermon: Stories of Humans and the Earth: Noah’s Ark

2016 October 9
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Those of you who went to Sunday school or Hebrew school when you were kids may have happy images in your head of Noah and the Ark – the smiling giraffes and cows and lions going, two by two up the ramp into the big boat, Noah and his family waving like they’re going on |...|

Sermon: Following The Heart-Shaped Path By, Kevin Jagoe

2016 October 2
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by First U Bklyn
Kevin Jagoe, Ministerial Intern We will explore the challenges and deep rewards of caring for others and ourselves. How does caring deepen our community here at First U and help us live our lives more fully?

Sermon: The Best Of All Possible Worlds

2016 September 25
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by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Astrophysicists these days like to say that there is not just one universe, but many. That’s if by “universe” you mean everything you could possibly see, reach, know about, get to, or that could possibly affect you in even the slightest way. Anything outside of this area is beyond what they call our “cosmic |...|

Sermon: Flow, Part 2

2016 September 18
by Rev Ana Levy-Lyons
Jack Kramer is a welder. He works in a South Chicago plant where they assemble railroad cars. He’s in his sixties and he works with about 200 other people in a room full of noisy machines raising and lowering giant metal plates all day, surrounded by sprays of sparks. In the summer it’s roasting |...|