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. 

See a list of upcoming events by clicking here

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See our online church calendar here.

Looking for a way to get involved? Contact Melissa at coordinator@firstuuomaha.org 

Group meeting schedule

3F Book Bonanza Group meets monthly to discuss a novel. This group has met in person and on Zoom. If you're interested, contact Sheri. ​

Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics Discussion Group (AHA)

AHA (Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics) was founded over 10 years ago as the Tolerant Atheists Discussion Group (TADG). AHA gathers to exchange ideas about the belief systems of atheists, humanists and agnostics and their connection to Unitarianism and Universalism.   Next meeting: Thursday, October 6th. Email aha@firstuuomaha.org 

Book Club 

Last Monday of the month, 7- 9pm in the Merritt Lounge or on Zoom. Meetings held every month except for July and December. Contact: Dave.

Sanctuary Singers Choir 

Rehearsal on Wednesdays, Sept - May, 7-8:30pm, Sunday performances on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Choir Director: William Miller

Compassionate Communication Practice Group

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Common Room or on Zoom. 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.  Email Suzanne for more 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 the enews. Email CUUPS@firstuuomaha.org

Morning Reflections is an informal drop-in group that meets via Zoom for a time of silent prayer/reflection and small group connection. Contact Kim.  

Women's Religious Study Group

Come and join us on Thursdays, 1-2:30pm, while we study a variety of  religious texts like the Bible, Book of Mormon, or Tao Te Ching.  Contact: Linda.

 

Youth Group/YRUU 

For 8th-12th grade youth. Wednesdays, September-May. Email DRE@firstuuomha.org for more information.

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Outreach  

Neighborhood Care (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  

Sister Church

Our Omaha Sister Church is Clair Memorial United Methodist Church located at 5544 Ames Ave., Omaha, NE 68104. Every month, we help fill Clair's food pantry and take part in other events as well. Click here for more information.   

Side With Love (Social Justice) Team: meets as needed to create, support and coordinate pathways for members of our church community to live our Unitarian Universalists values through increasing voter participation and civic engagement with local, national and international issues. Click here for the group's webpage.  For more information, contact sidewithlove@firstuuomaha.org.

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.

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! Click here for our updated Ways You Can Help page. 

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.

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.

Caring Team

The Caring team maintains contact with and expresses concerns for ill, homebound, and bereaved members of the church.  Contact: Nadine and Carol

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.

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. Contact: Nadine and Nellie

First UU Young Adults

This group plans a monthly game night. Email youngadults@firstuuomaha.org 

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: Sara & Taylor.  

House and Grounds Team

House and Grounds Team: Taking care of our historic building and our award-winning garden is a real joy.  Contact the church office



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. Contact Melissa

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. Contact: Carolyn.

Side with Love Team

Our faith calls us to act in solidarity, understanding that interdependence means “None of us are free until all of us are free.” Our lives and future are bound together, and together is how we move forward toward living out our faith in a just and loving world. Learn more by clicking here

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. Contact the church office

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