Our Community
Programs at First Unitarian Church deepen our spirituality and ethical philosophies while building community in addition to Sunday worship. Contact any team by clicking on the team leader's name. 
Check out our calendar, or newsletter. Looking for a way to get involved? Contact Carrie, membership coordinator, at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org 
Interested in creating a new event or group or activity? Click here

Group meeting schedule

Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics Discussion Group (AHA)
The Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics of First Unitarian Church, (AHA) is a group that exists to provide programming, education and discussion which enhances the Unitarian Universalist experience for like-minded members and friends of our church. This group meets on the second Thursday of September, November, January, March and May at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm for those who wish to bring their own sack dinner and have some time for informal conversation. The program begins at 7pm. Contact Sheri Conner at aha@firstuuomaha.org.

Breaking Bread for Believers

This group is to share/express Christian beliefs. As Unitarians, ALL religious and spiritual paths should be considered equally valid and therefore need to be represented within our community. If you have questions, please contact Ben at bmwallace@gmail.com. This group is taking a break. 

Book Club 

Last Monday of the month, 7- 9pm in the Merritt Lounge 

Meetings held every month except for July and December. Team Leader: Dave Richardson.

Bridge Group ​

Meets at 11:30am in the Conference Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

Team Leader: Scott Kemper.

Choir 

Rehearsal on Wednesdays, Sept - May, 7-8:30pm, Sunday performances. Choir Director: William Miller

Compassionate Communication Practice Group

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Common Room. Using Compassionate Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD, we learn to connect with ourselves and others with empathy and to act in greater harmony with our values. Learning to communicate more compassionately, like speaking a new language, takes practice. Thus we are a practice group learning together. No prior experience needed.  For information, please contact Suzanne: nvcsuz@gmail.com.

CUUPS Mystic Sojourn -- Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans

Celebrating Earthbound Religions through ritual, church services, meetings, book clubs, potlucks and more. Info on church FB page and in Flame, please contact us by email at cuups@firstuuomaha.org.   Team Leader: Steve Switzer

Early Morning Risers

Modern musicals, old show tunes, pop music and so much more. The Early Morning Risers perform their energetic compositions during Sunday service, but also lead concerts for church events. Comprised of church members who love to perform power ballads and songs everybody knows, this band gives an energetic voice to our congregation. This group usually rehearses Saturday mornings. Contact Mary Kay at mkpnet11@gmail.com

Listening Circles

Please click here to see the list of our active Listening Circles.

Dharma Chautauqua 
Every Thursday, 6pm to 7:30pm, in the Whitney Young Classroom. This group explores the liberating and transformative practice of vipassana (insight) meditation. More info can be found online here: dharmachautauqua.drycreekhost.net/.

Leader is Forrest Knapp (forrestknapp@yahoo.com). 

Women’s Alliance 

New in 2019: meeting the 2nd Monday of the month in November, December, March, and April. Background: Women's Alliance has been meeting since the late 1800's. Members of the Alliance are women, and those who identify as women, primarily from First and Second Unitarian Church of Omaha.  The Alliance Women meet the second Monday of each month September through May, except for January.  Women's Alliance is a gathering of women who mingle with friends, eat a delicious dinner, and hear a presentation from a speaker chosen by our program volunteers.  Previous speakers include members of First and Second Unitarian, No More Empty Pots, Youth Emergency Services, and Refugee Empowerment Center, among others. Women's Alliance members pay a fee that helps develop our Merritt Education Fund, a fund created to help those who wish to broaden personal development directly related to church functions or education.  Previous recipients attended General Assembly and UU Leadership School.  The Alliance also provides scholarship for young people who live in 1st U’s partner village in Transylvania, Romania.Please consider joining us! Click here for more information. 

Women's Religious Study Group

Thursdays, 1-2:30pm

Come and join us while we study a variety of  religious texts like the Bible, Book of Mormon, or Tao Te Ching. Team Leader: Rae Barry.

 

Youth Group/YRUU 

For 8th-12th grade youth. Wednesdays, September-May. Email DRE@firstuuomha.org for more information. Leaders: Taylor Eman and Ben Stallings. 

Outreach  

Midtown Helping Hands (Formerly Neighborhood Ministry)

People often come to our church needing immediate short-term assistance: groceries, gas, and transportation. Our neighborhood ministry team responds to these needs by purchasing gift cards and referring them to agencies who can help. In these times, this ministry is vital to our neighborhood. Contact the church office.

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC)-- For more info, click here.

First Unitarian participates in community organizing through OTOC. OTOC is a coalition of churches across Omaha organized by the Industrial Areas Foundation. The group democratically elects three advocacy issues to work on. Members on this team attend OTOC meetings and advocate our Unitarian Universalist faith in action. For more information, visit OTOC.org  

Partner Church 

Our partner church is in Firstmartanos, Transylvania. Our church raises funds to send Transylvanian children to high school. We also take trips there to deepen our faith. These team members meet bi-annually to plan these events and correspond with our partner church.  Click here to see the Partner church webpage. 

Social Justice Team 

This team organizes our Pride Parade participation and booth at Pride events. This team  is in transition and plans to become more active. Leader: Sharon Conlon. Email sjconnect@firstuuomaha.org

Wakonda Elementary School Tutoring 

First Unitarian is looking for volunteers to tutor at Wakonda Elementary School. The time slot is 2:00-3:05pm, Monday-Friday. If you are interested in participating for one or more days a week, please contact Mark Loscutoff (mark.loscutoff@gmail.com).

Youth Emergency Services (YES) Meals 

Youth Emergency Services (YES) program has several components. Street Outreach, Maternity Home, and Transitional Housing. Our efforts are focused on the Street Outreach. Omaha has approximately 300 youth, aged 12-22, who are homeless each night. The Street Outreach program has physical and mental health services, food and clothing pantries available. They (and this is where we come in) provide a warm meal for 50-75 kids each weeknight. The Outreach center has no facilities for cooking, so meals must be prepared offsite and delivered. It requires 2-3 people to prepare and deliver the meal. We make and deliver a meal to YES once a month. We request donations of various items from time to time to help as many kids as possible and keep the cost to the church low.  Contact: Kim Callaghan (kjcallaghan@hotmail.com).

Ways to Get Involved 

 


There are many opportunities to volunteer at First Unitarian. Studies show that volunteering for at least two hours a week increases your overall happiness. Volunteer, meet new people, have fun, and be happy!

Archives Team and Library

This team maintains historical records pertaining to our building and our congregation and keeps scrapbooks of members who appear in the news. This team also organizes and maintains the church library. Contact Linda Parker at lparkerlib@gmail.com.

Baby Welcoming Team

This is a subgroup of the Caring Team to make sure families have a few meals when the baby first comes by setting up a meal train. We also make sure everyone expecting has a baby shower, which is typically a simple get-together at a restaurant for those expecting their second or third child.

Contact Sara Switzer at smswitzer15@gmail.com.

Black Lives Matter Team

The First Unitarian Black Lives Matter Team is committed to providing classes, workshops, speakers, discussion forums and education to help our predominantly white congregation do the uncomfortable work we need to do to be the best co-conspirators we can be. We typically meet once a month when we are not having pre scheduled workshops. We are still a new group and finding our way and need more people to donate and volunteer their time. We are in the process of building our Little Free Library. Contact Rene' Harper at sweetnlow@cox.net 

Caring Team

The Caring team maintains contact with and expresses concerns for ill, homebound, and bereaved members of the church.  Contact Louise Jeffrey at louisejeffrey@hotmail.com.

Chalice Guild

A small group who maintains some hidden, but necessary parts of the church.             Bi-annually the Guild does a deep-cleaning of the kitchen:  stove, refrigerator, etc.  Regularly, linens are laundered.  The candles in the front of the sanctuary are changed quarterly, and the brass tops are cleaned/polished.  The chair of the team orders the new candles. Annual members of the guild vacuum the pews and pew racks.  Contact: Kay Lynn Goldner at klgoldner@cox.net.

Finance Team

The Finance Team has a major responsibility conducting a pledge campaign each spring. They also help supervise church finances and help develop the budget to be approved at the Annual Membership Meeting each May. Contact Walt Jesteadt at 

treasurer@firstuuomaha.org.

Fellowship Team

This team provides opportunities for people of all ages in the church community to interact socially and build community. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: the Holiday Dinner, Circle Suppers, the Fall Picnic/Social, Chili Cook-off and multi-generational events. Team Leaders: Nadine Keith and Nellie Chenoweth

First UU Young Adults

 In June 2019, events and groups for this team are cancelled until new team leaders can be named. 

Fundraising Team

FUNdraising Team is responsible for raising a specific amount of money each year, as specified in the annual church budget approved each May. Usually this is $15-17,000, most of which comes from the annual big Heart & Hand Auction in October. The auction has its own co-chairs and team, but is part of Fundraising. Other activities in recent years have involved selling scrip (gift) cards, running a UUnique Boutique, selling snow cones at public events, and hosting smaller parties to raise funds for the church.  All requests for fundraising events go to this Team for approval and scheduling, with church groups having priority over outside causes.  Contact: Donna Neff    (neffd@cox.net

Hospitality Teams

We help greet visitors, prep cookies and coffee, and make things run smoothly on Sunday mornings.  Each team only works 6 Sundays a year. For more information, please click here. Contact:  Carolyn McNamara

 

House and Grounds Team

House and Grounds Team: Taking care of our historic building and our award-winning garden is a real joy. We need a new team leader. Please contact the church office if interested. 



The Membership Team

The membership team helps arrange for orientation sessions and helps guide new members into channels of church activity where their talents can flourish and grow. They also supervise the membership book, the name tags, and the regular recognition of new and longtime members. Team Leader: Mike McAtee

 

Office Team

The Office Team helps with office tasks from envelope stuffing and word processing, to computer and procedural consultations, assessing office needs and budgeting office funds. Team Leader: Carolyn McNamara

Worship Arts Team

This team provides many avenues for lay people to be involved in the church services, including serving as ushers, chalice lighters, church criers, readers, and chancel decorators. They also arrange for occasional lay-led services and for an exciting array of summer services when the minister is on vacation. Team Leader: Mary Thomas.

Youth and Children Religious Education Team

The Religious Education Team oversees our lively Religious Education offerings including Sunday School and youth activities.​​ Contact Christina at dre@firstuuomaha.org

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