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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Group meeting schedule
Note for 2020: The church building is closed. Most meetings/events are happening via Zoom
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)
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. Contact Jaime.
Meets at 11:30am in the Conference Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
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.
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 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. No prior experience needed. Contact: Suzanne.
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. Contact: Rosharra.
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/. Contact: Forrest Knapp. This group is on hiatus.
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.
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.
Soul Matters groups are small, relational groups made up of six to ten people led by
facilitators meet monthly to establish and nurture themselves in this community and to explore different topics. Click here for more information.
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. This group is on hiatus.
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.
For 8th-12th grade youth. Wednesdays, September-May. Email DRE@firstuuomha.org for more information.
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
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. This team is looking for a new leader.
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. For more information, contact email@example.com.
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.
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!
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.
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 the church office.
The Caring team maintains contact with and expresses concerns for ill, homebound, and bereaved members of the church. Contact: Nadine and Carol
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.
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
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
This group is on hiatus and looking for new leaders.
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.
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: Carrie, membership coordinator
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: Carrie, membership coordinator.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.